Madera - Rosewood Sand Hill

4.6
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2605 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Acknowledged as one of Northern California’s best restaurants, Madera has been honored with a Michelin Star and Wine Spectator’s Grand Award for 2019.

A comfortably elegant ambiance, picturesque views and outdoor terraces welcome guests and Silicon Valley locals to Madera. Featuring an open artisan wood-burning kitchen and extensive wine list, Madera serves rustic American cuisine that celebrates the culinary traditions of the Bay Area

In addition to indoor and outdoor dining, Madera offers two private dining rooms with private terraces and cozy fireplaces. The Lemon Room seats up to 10 guests, and the Orange Room up to 14 guests.


This Menlo Park restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and for Saturday and Sunday brunch as well. We can accommodate parties of 6 or less in the main dining room. If you care to have a larger party please contact the restaurant directly.
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C
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every one was welcoming and friendly. Service was attentive. The food was scrumptious: excellent taste, texture and presentation. Very enjoyable.

D
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a wonderful day-before-Valentine's date at Madera and, as always, had a wonderful evening. The staff could not be more gracious and we really appreciated the attentiveness of the wine steward who made fantastic recommendations. We shared the scallop entree as an appetizer and the I enjoyed the pork chop and my wife had the duck breast. All 3 dishes were fantastic.

AL
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There's a reason this place has a michelin star. Amazing environment, amazing food, amazing staff.

MC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had such a fantastic experience here. Food, ambiance, and service are all phenomenal. Dress was mostly semi formal, noise wasn't too loud, and the uni and duck were just great. Fior di Latte for dessert which was the best way to end the night. Would highly recommend!

SJ
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The protein is done fabulously in general. There is a bit too much smoke on it though. Not everything should have a smoke to it. The sides to the protein are not mixed or chosen well. Weird is the best description I can give. For the pricing I would have expected a 4 or5 star meal. It was not that, unfortunately. We are a bit picky living in Napa, so consider the source there, but I honestly expected more. The restaurant is also very loud. The acoustics are not good. So if you are trying to have a conversation, it is a bit of a challenge.

DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have had the opportunity to have dinner here a few times. EVERYTIME has been a wonderful experience. The Duck, Filet, soup and salad were perfect. Th e octopus was incredible. I am impressed with all service personnel from walking in to walking out. Our server had every answer to our inquiries. I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone looking for a dinner experience above your highest expectations.

TL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

As a supportive comment, the food could be better especially as Michelin One Star.

CD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a meeting but be sure to reserve. Views are lively and food is delicious.

SF
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Terrible service and way loud.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It felt like it was over priced for what it was.

JM
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Madera made my girlfriend and I feel very special, more than anybody else has. On our anniversary, they brought us champaign, gave us a table with a great view, made a special passion fruit with coconut cake just for our occasion, and took pictures of us with their instant cameras. They also gave us an envelope with goodies and the menu (the envelope had a heart and an arrow, so it was very fitting!).

On top of that, the quality of the food was fantastic! The uni, risotto, and duck were fantastic. The pork chops were the best pork chops I have had in a very long time - soft, lean, seasoning on point, and melted in our mouths. Just superb.

All of these things, combined with the beautiful scenery, make it one of my favorite places in the Peninsula and in the Bay Area.

LI
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, food and experience. Great place to celebrate my birthday

SB
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding wait staff -- makes the experience at Madera!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We ordered the tasting menu because everyone on the table had to order same if one orders. Dishes were fine but nothing popped for both of us. Rib was rather dry. Cabernet Sauvignon that’s was chosen and recommended by the sommelier was excellent! I don’t mind paying the high price but I expect food to match the wine at $155 a bottle. Next time maybe a la carte.

SB
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Madera recently added the Cobb Salad back on to their Saturday brunch menu. Hurray!!! I have missed it and I go to this lovely restaurant every other month. Thank you Madera for bringing it back on Saturday 👏👏👏

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely amazing! Great experience.

J
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I'm sure the fine dining during dinner is excellent, but breakfast falls short for what you pay. I understand you're eating at hotel prices—a luxury hotel at that—but for what I paid the food experience really needs to rise above a simply well-executed plate that any good kitchen can crank out.

The omelet was good (fresh ingredients and the eggs were cooked properly). The fruit on the side was fine, nothing better than a fruit cup you could buy at Trader Joe's. Rye toast was toasted properly (good bread, and the spreads provided were pleasing). The Americano I had to drink—again—it was fine: good espresso properly served. The service was very good and what you would expect at a fine dining restaurant in a luxe hotel.

That said, for an omelet with fruit and an Americano, it's really not worth the $55+ price after tax and tip. I'm happy to pay a premium for a wonderful breakfast plate (try the salmon tartine at Aha Fresh in Noe Valley or anything on the menu at Plow in Potrero). The breakfast I had at Madera was just not worth the price. Would have had the same food experience at a well-rated diner or breakfast spot in downtown Palo Alto or just grabbing something at Whole Foods.

YI
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a great dining experience. We enjoyed our food and drinks in a very nice setting. It is pricey but this is one of a kind in the Silicon Valley.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, enjoyed every bite of the meal!

SF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. Had date night with my daughter after spa services at Sense. Our waitress was incredible. We had my daughters Bat Mitzvah here as well (in the ballrooms) and it was absolutely fantastic!!

AG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

She loved it!!!!

KD
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service and presentation !

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Nice place and good service. However fixed menu on new year eve had bad choices and was overpriced , not to mention that too long interval between dishes.
We have been in many fine dining new year fixed menus, this year experience cannot live up to expectation compared to others.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Limited vegetarian selection. Fair flavors

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The food was bland, the service was alright, good ambiance, but wouldn’t eat here again unless staying at the hotel.

RB
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully decorated for Christmas, food selections are various and high quality. Some really compelling wines available by the glass. Everything is calm and attentive. Presentation and flavor of food is top notch.

TN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was wonderful as always however the busters need to be a lot more attentive to the dining experience

FM
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent as always!! Presentation was excellent. I have celiac disease and they take great care of me. The food was good but not their usual superb. It was Christmas night and they did a family style semi traditional prix fixe menu to handle the volume of people. The ambiance was charming. Festive but not over the top. My guests were enchanted. It was a special treat for me and a huge treat for them. So that was fun. I was very grateful for somewhere to go on Christmas where I could safely eat (without gluten cross contamination) and it would be special. Once again Madera did a great job!! My Mom and I are going for New Years eve too!!

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! It was our anniversary, and the experience was delightful. The fireplace was roaring and the outdoor scenery was picturesque.

EO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb as always. The staff, ambiance, and food was perfect. I would dine here weekly if I lived on the peninsula. The Somms are excellent and very knowledgeable on their extensive wine catalog.

SS
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food, and excellent service. But very, very pricey - corkage at $75 is really a rip off. We had a very good aged, red wine, and it was galling to have to pay it!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

All was good the new corkage fee of $75.00 is outrageous!

MF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Steak was raw! Sent it back and it came back 49 minutes later so tough one could not eat it! They did not charge for it, but my guest left hungry !

A
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went for lunch with our 84 year old dad. It’s incredibly loud and honestly, way too hard to talk or hear. The food is good, the room is pretty.

PJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Noise level was very difficult to have a nice conversation with others at the table.

J
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

I feel Madera is very expensive --the food is good --the wine list amazing --its the kind of place to go when the weather is great and you can be outside. The service is terrific -the food very good --it just is very expensive and does have a "hotel" feel.
Best on a company expense account!

l
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our time at Madera. Very pleasant overall experience!

c
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Madera is first rate in every regard. It is a beautiful room (and terrace, in the right weather). The staff are first rate -- high quality service with a personal touch. Can't say enough about the quality of the food and preparation. Is it my imagination, or is it just getting way better? In any case, we are returning more frequently.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our annual Ladies Luncheon. It was perfect!

M
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice dinner and fantastic service

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