Madera - Rosewood Sand Hill

4.6
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2624 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 lunch and dinner.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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3.9
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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Brunch was delicious. Portion is wayyyy too small. I got duck confit and waffle for main course which tasted amazing but it’s only a quarter waffle! A QUARTER of a waffle!! I would be happy with at least half a waffle even if I rather have whole waffle lol. I got an appetizer before this and still hungry after :(

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Candace
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Not worth it. Sorry to say that the food was not great, you get 3 scallops for $40 and a cocktail is $25. I've eaten at many places and for $550.00 I expected more. The artichoke palate cleanser was hard to swallow. Just very disappointed. I think the only thing I enjoyed was the salad and the bread.

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vipBabaloo
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since it was a Sunday night, and due to the current health circumstances it was not a popular time to dine, we had a fabulous and lovely dinner with a very cordial staff. The four of us decided to have the Chef’s Tasting Menu, and it was absolutely delicious from start to finish. We were so glad that we chose Madera to celebrate our anniversary with our good friends. We were not in a hurry, and either was the restaurant, so we were there for 3 relaxing hours.

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vipteefee
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kevin, Michael, Christian and Nancy, and the SAs that work with them, were amazing as always.

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eateateat
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great services and great food, always. Kids friendly.

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vipGFNMD
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was very good & well prepared/tasty, but service was off with long delays between courses & non-responsiveness. Of note, had indicated on reservation & to waiter at the start of a diner’s food allergy - he was then served the food allergen right off the bat! Tried to get waiter’s attention, but to no avail. Evident that the wait/service staff appeared too busy throughout evening, they were also over-anxious to clear the table even though diner was still eating. Got an unusual response when I asked for cracked pepper on my salad. For a Michelin-star restaurant the whole experience was not what I was expecting.

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patrocket
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place for a complete Birthday Dinner experience.

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Altune
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, peaceful and serene venue especially when seated outside for a relaxing fulfilling meal and drinks.

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LisaB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and ambience. Yes! We'll be back!

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PaulineZ
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We came in on a busy Saturday night, was very busy and noisy. Came in to have an intimate dinner but practically had to yell at each other across the table to be heard. Took a long time to get our food, too.

Almost all the sauces were too salty for my taste, but food itself were cooked to perfection and dessert was excellent. Service was excellent too.

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KG0218
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic ambiance and service (a little slow at times) but we were in no hurry. Personal touches for anniversary seating privacy, provided photo and desert where a big plus! Highly recommend for a very nice dining experience

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ParkerM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was out best dining experience in the Bay Area in many years. Outstanding service, food and wine. Everything was top-line from the minute we walked in to the minute we left.

For us -- and this is unusual -- the desserts were the absolute highpoint of the meal, even with two wines and multiple courses. So imaginative and beautifully presented. The pastry chefs at Madera are artists!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Professional ambiance

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DreaG
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing experience. The service is outstanding, the wine selections are never ending, and the food was beautifully and artistically crafted.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience4

The chicken was not fresh and smelled so bad; the food quality in this place has been getting worse over time

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Debi
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Very disappointed in the food. It was very expensive and not fresh. Do not eat here. Don’t waste your time or your money. Sad!

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foodmoron
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The menu changes frequently, which we like. But sometimes you get there and the daily menu doesn't wow you. Still a great place to eat, food is good, and service is awesome.

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Jacob
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want to be totally spoiled by great service and amazing food, this is the place to come. If you want a wine list with a book over 160 pages, this is the place to come. If you want to watch the sun set from the terrace, this is the place to come. This is the place my wife and I come when we want a memorable evening. You won't be disappointed! Bon Appetit!!!!

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vipCarolyn
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Sheela
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have gone to Madera several times! The food is excellent and the service is great! They do not rush you as you are paying a premium for good food! We especially like the yummy bread and their homemade soups. The ingredients are always fresh and you just can’t go wrong! Beautiful setting and a cozy place!

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vipDiner2020
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
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.

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AlexLVuc
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MaxwellC
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!

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StaceyJ
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.

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DaleL
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.

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TL12
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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

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CDiane
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.

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vipSarahF
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Terrible service and way loud.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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

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JuanM
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.

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LeslieI
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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StephanieB
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding wait staff -- makes the experience at Madera!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipSueB
San Francisco
78 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 👏👏👏

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely amazing! Great experience.

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vipjisforJoe
San Francisco
14 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.

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YoungIron
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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, enjoyed every bite of the meal!

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vipSFFoodie
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!!

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

She loved it!!!!

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