Madera - Rosewood Sand Hill

4.6
2319 reviews
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Contemporary American
Madera Restaurant Honored with Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence 2017 and Michelin Rated One Star 2018.

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 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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The environment is very nice. The view of mountain is shown through large windows without any obstacles. I enjoy most of dishes, especially main dishes.

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J
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Although it's a pricey place but the restaurant is beautiful, service is absolutely impeccable!!!

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B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Madera consistently has great food and service. They are also very accommodating, both my girlfriend and I are gluten-free and dairy free and they were very on top of making sure everything was prepared without those ingredients when possible and giving recommendations on items we could have. They also brought out gf bread along with a special dessert.

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JB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Valentines

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JJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It seemed very overpriced for the soups and salads we ordered. For 5 people it was almost $200 for soup and salads. We didn’t have cocktails or wine and no dessert. I probably would not go back there again.

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D
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is excellent. Managers are very helpful. I requested a specific table although it wasn’t ready when we arrived they did their best to prepare that table for us.

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LK
Singapore
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Really excellent food and quite unusual dishes. Well worth the trip.

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MU
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael, our waiter was so patient with us. The food was amazing! I had the quinoa and regrettably shared hahaha I enjoyed the view and the decor of the restaurant was great!

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

I often dined at your restaurant.
My reservation was 12:15 pm. Other couples came after us, were seated before us. We were finally seated in the hallway, near the kitchen counter, with waiters running near out table. The service at our table was bad because our waiter was too busy.

Worst of all a young lady at the reception desk greeted us with an unfriendly face and expression, looking down on us. I came from work so I was dressed in a business suit but my sister was dressed casually. I’ve never been so poorly treated at Madera.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Apart from an occasional attempt on the chef’s part to be overly creative —resulting in some untenable flavor combinations — the food is generally quite good and always attractively presented and well served. My consistent complaint, however, is that the fare is nano-food, the portions being so small as to leave a diner unsatisfied. Small plates may be the current mode, but the prices charged at Madera are for large plates, not small. Hence, the restaurant is not good value.

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PI
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our table for 5 was extremely cramped, 3 adults squeezed in one side of table for 2. I see other tables of 5 were much more spacious.
Also we were 10 mins early but was told to wait until the 7:15 reservation time even though there were plenty of empty tables. Not a good start.
Bar service was slow.

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SF
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 5

We found the ambiance lovely for a birthday celebration. Brunch was very overpriced for the amount of food served. My bowl of soup was less than 1/2 c. Our salads were minimalistic as was the main course of dick confit. We were very happy with the taste of food, but fiund it extremely over priced. Our server, Eric, was very stoic..

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ES
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I honestly was entirely unimpressed, particularly for the expense. The food was average at best, the fish was way over salted, the short rib was relatively flavorless, the bon bons were absolutely laughable (they were beautiful to look at, but had LITERALLY no flavor), and the cocktails that we ordered - despite the fact that they are standard cocktails - were made poorly and didn't resemble the flavor profile they should have. The shrimp cocktail - dubbed the 'Mexican Shrimp Cocktail' - had Indian spices akin to what you'd find in curry, and was way too light on the horseradish.

Honestly, for north of $250, this was a total rip off.

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l
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was done perfect....Will go back for sure when in Northern California

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RN
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Party of 4 for dinner. Food and service were excellent. Pricing is a little high and portions are a little small. Also it would be nice if the menu was expanded to include intems on the bar menu.

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DC
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

While not worthy of a Michelin star, nonetheless a very enjoyable, upscale-casual venue. While a most enjoyable evening, Madera does not compare with one-star Michelin restaurants of Europe. No need to dress up here; vast majority were very casual from blue jeans to casual-Friday work clothes. Beautiful ambiance of wood and stone, with a high vaulted ceiling and spacious distance between tables providing a quiet and pleasant environment. An energetic, hard working and delightful wait staff certainly added to the evening's enjoyment, though not sophisticated in delivering and removal of meal courses. Menu was surprisingly limited and casually presented on a single piece of plain, firm-stock paper. A tasting menu was available and verbally offered, though not presented in writing. Overall the food was wonderful. My Ahi Tuna tartar starter was outstanding, as was my main course Schmidt Ranch Short Ribs. While my wife's Chicory salad just OK, her Black Truffle Risotto was excellent. A superb wine menu was available, though be prepared for Palo Alto venture capitalist prices. A nice touch if ordering by the glass is a small tasting of the wine was offered before filling the glass table-side. Definitely a place for special occasions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional & professional. Would recommend to a colleague.

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h
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

For a Michelin one star, I expected better seasoned food and more careful service, music was not fit to the food nor the environment.

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SC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A place for a very special dinner. The ambiance, service levels and food were all excellent. And parking is easy.

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JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely spot, not noisy with views of the hills, added to our enjoyment of delicious food. Portions are not large, and the menu is somewhat limited. But everything we had was delicious, and we enjoyed just being there at lunchtime.

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S
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went there for brunch, ambience is great and food and service was great this time . I am glad things are changing at madera for better. Our server was really nice and he made the experience pleasant.

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AK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband and I stayed at the Rosewood and had dinner at Madera for my birthday. The service was impeccable, the waitress even helped us move to a larger table for dessert as some friends wanted to join us.

The dinner was very good although the portions are not large. I had the risotto and it was more like a larger appetizer size. Husband had the scallops - ditto on the size. The wine was great and the sommelier was very helpful (and not snarky).

The only disappointment was dessert. We tried 3 different options and 2 were mediocre and the cream puffs were so bad we couldn’t eat them. They are nothing remotely close to what you would expect when ordering a cream puff. It would have been nice for this to be called out when we ordered them.

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K
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took my son’s girlfriend for her birthday.
She was very impressed and happy with everything including the special birthday menu and a delicious chocolate cake. I was happy to see her having good time and enjoying food and ambience.

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JL
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an awesome time for anniversary. Restuarant gave us compliments such as sparkling wine and dessert in celebration of the special occasion.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday spot.

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BN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, and tasty food. Always a HIT. My goto place along 280.

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SM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. They brought a nice desert for her birthday with candle. Very special

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SS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was not that impressed, we came here for lunch and had a really nice time, views are fantastic. There is nothing new to add for the evening vibe, so I'd say go for lunch. Menu is not that different for dinner, so you aren't gaining anything. The portions are small, and no amuse bouche, or anything 'on top' for the $. It was our anniversary, this was on our menu, but I had to remind them this time to include with our dessert, they did then bring out a small cake with Happy Anniversary, so the service was excellent. Just felt its more a formal quieter atmosphere more suited to lunch than a happening vibe for dinner.

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VL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and wines pairing are excellent!!!

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked for a Saturday night, citing it was no special occasion, and to our delight, they sat us in front of the fireplace. It was cozy, quiet, the tables are far apart for privacy. Facing the entire room, we got to see everyone And everything going on. Very lovely.

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S
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

It may be a Michelin Star restaurant but the food , while being excellent, was way too heavy on truffles. Also, the price of wine by the glass was ridiculously expensive!
A cocktail @ $22 is also almost unheard of.
Would we return.....would not.

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E
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmoisphere...pleasant surrondings, friendly service

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable family dinner. Food was delicious - especially the grilled octopus! Portions were rather small and simple, but tasty.

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DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

I took my wife to Madera on Christmas day hoping to have a good meal at a Michelin 1-star restaurant, and we were completely disappointed at the quality of the food. Only the prix fixe menu was offered on Xmas day, which was fine if it was good. However, it looks like the restaurant was trying to serve (and milk) as many customers as fast as possible at the expense of quality. The kitchen tried to produce the dishes as fast as a production line in a factory. That's what I would expect of a cafeteria and not a Michelin 1-star restaurant.

The duck confit salad was acceptable but the wild arugula salad was too sour. The rib-eye was bland and not seasoned. The chocolate torte was quite tough to bite. There really isn't a dish I would recommend.

I asked for the birthday treat for my wife and hoped it would be a saving grace. I wish I didn't ask for it because the cake was fairly stale.

Needless to say, the experience completely spoiled our evening. At $150 per person plus a mandatory 20% gratuity, the Christmas Day prix fixe menu was a total ripoff. In addition to getting a 1-star from Michelin, it now gets an overall 1-star on Opentable from me too.

(For those of you who are going for their New Year's Eve special menu, I strong encourage you to re-consider your plan)

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PA
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance...food is amazing too! Tasting menu is superb.

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RS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Birthday- I had been here before, Th night, good ambient, busy kitchen, welcomed w smiles. Nice place. But simply; food is very good, but very expensive. And portions are minuscule. I ordered Black Cod: two string bean across the plate, two teaspoons of Cauliflower purée, and one very small piece of cod. About the size of large nigiri serving. But 1, not two.. at most 1.5oz serving. She had scallops, 3 were given which is not too bad. That said, flavors were excellent, it’s a nice place. Close to home, well taken care of.. but as far as a standout or value? No. Various other options if you just want to drive a bit more. Our bill our the door was near $300. Included one drink a piece, we shared a starter and a salad. Did get dessert and coffee at end as well.. prices likely high due to local VC crowd on Sandhill. Anyway.. it’s a good place but expensive. Other better options

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DT
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant setting. Accommodated my daughters 2 dogs! Outstanding food. Staff really nice and friendly.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional. Perfect for a special occasion.

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VB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was good, not great. The service was very good, but not outstanding and the prices are high. I expected more from a Michelin star rated restaurant.

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GH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We go about once a year, which seems about right for this place. The atmosphere is great and our service was perfect. Everything we ordered was tasty but boy the entrees were pretty small. We are not big eaters but we basically got appetizer sized entrees and were left a little hungry, despite getting 3-4 courses. I think other special occasion restaurants are better values.

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