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About Mountain House - Woodside

Whether you’re looking for an intimate dinner or celebrating with friends and family, The Mountain House is your destination. Nestled in the redwoods above The town of Woodside on Skyline Blvd., The Mountain House offers a casual fine dining experience. With our wood burning fireplaces in the Rustic bar and elegant dining room or the outdoor beauty of the forest room, The Mountain House offers a variety of Meat, Poultry, Seafood and game items, such as Bison, elk, ostrich, venison and rabbit.

Just a 5.5 miles south of highway 92 on Skyline Blvd., The Mountain House is easily accessible from San Francisco, the east or south bay.

13808 Skyline Boulevard
Woodside, CA 94062
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Wild Game, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5:30 pm Friday. Saturday from 5:00. Sunday 5:00 pm.

Cross Street:
Henrik Ibsen Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 851-8541

Website:
http://www.themountainhouse.com/

Executive Chef:
Jerry Olson

Private Party Facilities:
Both of our dining rooms are available for private functions. Our Main Dining Room will accommodate up to 70 people for full service dining and the Forest Room will seat up to 40 people. We are also available for cocktail receptions and luncheons.

Private Party Contact:
Jerry Olson: (650) 851-8541

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Mountain House - Woodside Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (16)
Worth the Drive (14)
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Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Good for a Date (8)
Scenic View (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Cozy (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fun (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Casual (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Business Meals (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Authentic (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Seasonal (2)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
People Watching (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My boyfriend and I dined here to celebrate his birthday. It was a beautiful setting and ambiance! We loved sitting in the restaurant with glass windows; it almost felt like we were dining right outdoors. I would recommend dining here during the spring time when you're able to catch the sunset before it gets dark at 5pm. Other than that, we both enjoyed our experience and the food was delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 8, 2017

My husband and I were celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary. We had seen The Mountain House on Check, Please on PBS and were intrigued by the location and view of the redwoods. It was a long drive from San Jose, but well worth it. The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding. We were seated in the back room with full views of the redwoods. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

If you haven't been to the Mountain House then it's a must!!

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

awesome food, service and a great view...ask for the forest room! its beautiful and scenic outside.

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

we had a wonderful meal, i had the salmon special cooked to perfection and my husband had the skirt steak also very, very good and very generous portions. We started with the house salad love the fried chick peas. Chris our waiter was great, everything brought at just the right time and friendly service. And, of course its so beautiful in the woods, beautiful views. love coming here

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

What a special place! Everything from the service to the food to the drinks was perfect. We really enjoyed this place for a special birthday dinner.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We had a reservation and we're seated right away. Our waiter admitted off the bat he was new, we told him it was our first time at Mountain House so we didn't have anyone to compare him to.
We started with drinks and appetizers and our waiter was patient while we looked over the menu and chatted. My husband ordered skirt steak and I got the shrimp and scallops.
Our food arrived and everything was beautifully presented. The steak was perfectly cooked, and the shrimp were a nice texture. I noticed my second bite that I was given the wrong meal. I asked our server if it was the primavera which he answered it was. I reminded him I hadn't ordered primavera and he took it away.
While he fixed my meal, it was disappointing that he confused the only two pastas on the menu. The other disappointment was that my husband's meal got totally cold while he waited for me to get the correct entree.
We ordered peach cobbler for dessert and it was delicious. Fresh peaches, creamy ice cream, it doesn't get much better. Overall it was a good dining experience. Would go back.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy
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food4
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Beautiful restaurant! Great atmosphere and food. I took my wife for our 2 year anniversary and was not dissapointed.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Overall we like MH, and the staff is in general very friendly. Sadly our waiter and food were not up to standards this visit. Waiter was friendly but unsophisticated and poorly trained for a white-table cloth establishment. The ambience of being in the middle a forest is quite pleasant and different, and while dining in the atrium gives a greater feeling of "being in the trees", the inside near the fireplace is more romatic and intimate. The Tuscan salad was so sour we could only eat a couple bites before setting it aside, and told the waiter so. The waiter should have asked if we would like a replacement salad, but did not. Nor did he take the cost of the salad off the bill. We should have asked for either a replacement salad or a refund but did not, expecting the final bill would be adjusted which did not happen. My wife's veal strip steak was very tough, difficult to cut, though properly cooked medium rare. I would not recommend either the Tuscan salad or veal. However my elk medallions were superb and highly recommended. We will return, as we enjoy the ambience though we are not in a hurry to return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Wonderful - as always. Sides are always wierd choices with entre.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Casual, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Our view was awesome! Our service impeccable! Food was delicious!

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We took my mom here for her 84th birthday. I was a bit dubious at first because I'm a pescatarian, and this place is known for meat (the special was elk). Also driving 40 minutes from Palo Alto for dinner wasn't on my bucket list.

It was a blistering hot day (topping 110 degrees!) and there was no A/C, so that was a bit difficult to handle, but not their fault. Woodside is not known for a place where A/C is often needed.

I was pleasantly surprised. The food and service were great. I had three appetizers, as did my husband. So between the two of us: popcorn shrimp, bleu cheese salad, corn fritters, Buratta/heirloom tomato salad, and gazpacho. My mom had the bone marrow followed by the rack of lamb. My dad had the pork chop. I didn't sample any of my parents' food but they are foodies and said everything was excellent. Our food was also great. My mom and I shared a creme brûlée, which was perfect.

I'll go back when it's not 110 degrees!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Hosted an out of town friend and had ample good food just sticking with several starters, gazpacho, and salads along with wine and dessert. The only damper was the weather...think it got up to around 106 degrees at the King's Mountain Fair that we had attended. The fan in the dining room and open windows helped a little...but the place was pretty warm.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on August 31, 2017

The restaurant is in a very nice setting. The staff is nice and friendly. One might say it's a little quirky, but it's definitely welcoming.

Unfortunately, the quality of the the food was not to the level expected. We had to send back one dish because the main ingredient was cold. Another dish was barely edible. We had four entrées total, so two for four is not a very good ratio.

I liked the atmosphere. I appreciated the staff, but I don't believe I would go back.

J

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We love the mountain house. A neighborhood gem, with terrific food and ambience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Mountain House is where we always go to celebrate a special occasion. Food is great and the staff is friendly and accommodating.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Fabulous entree - grilled halibut with Orange Ginger sauce over risotto. Perhaps this was the the most delicious fish entree I've ever eaten....beautiful presentation, perfectly grilled with unique and delicate flavors in the orange ginger sauce. Marvelous. Add in the vision of the redwoods, lit in the night sky, overhead..... Nothing could be better!!

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2017

I've eaten at the Mountain House many times. If you want a leisurely dinner (2.5 hours), then eat in the back. The food is good, the atmosphere great and you can hear people talk. The servers are lovely: friendly, non-intrusive, and yet still attentive. It's kind of like eating in Europe where SLOW dining is de rigueur. But for us, it was too slow and somewhat overpriced as well. If you want to eat faster, don't make a reservation but go for the bar food up front. The Mountain House is truly a local bar with a nice fire, good bar food, a great bar, and a community atmosphere. So yes, I recommend the Mountain House but only for an event with a slow meal.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Another great dinner at the Mountain House. We had just gotten back from a long trip and my son's first request was to go to the Mountain House for dinner. Sitting surrounded by Redwood trees while having a delicious dinner was just what we needed to feel back at home.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Love the Mountain House Food and service is always great. The glass in dinning room offers great views of the Redwoods. One problem was the table next to us with two 10-14 year old kids that had NO manors at all and the parents should have been asked to leave. I don't understand parents that can't or will not demand children of this age behave. Screaming and tossing food all over the place and playing video games took away form my evening.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Rachel was attentive and welcoming. It was a delight dining in the glass patio.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

The perfect place to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Thank you Mountain House for the solicitous service, delicious fresh meal and fabulous evening!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

A place we have been going to for years; a 45 minute drive from our home, but worth it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

All our meals arrived promptly after cocktails.
Wade & the other wait staff was very attentive and made sure we had everything including 2 baskets of bread. My veal was done perfectly as was the other
dishes of rack of lamb, cod, and shrimp/scallop pasta. We all had deserts as well-warm peach cobbler, flourless brownie, blueberry/raspberry parfait. No leftovers
there either. Good job!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

This is an A++++ restaurant. We often order from the "Specials" menu and have never been disappointed. The Mountain House offers a rare opportunity to dine at a place with so much natural beauty - in the Garden Room under the redwoods, or, in the dining room that features antiques, a cozy fireplace, and old-style elegance. The chef is fantastic. Presentation is "spot on". Service is gracious and friendly. The "cowboy" bar in the front is a fun first stop with excellent bartenders who are good and friendly. It's my favorite pick for a night out! I really feel that I've been in a special place.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

It's always a pleasure to dine at the Mountain House. We continue to discover new things on the menu which is a real treat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

The sunroom Is a wonderful dining experience. It was my fathers 91st birthday. Even he thought the space made you feel as if you were dining perched in a treehouse in the forest. The food and the service were excellent. Mountain House is definitely a place to go for that special occasion.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

The setting is lovely, looking out into a redwood grove, but the food is really only average at best. Maybe in Kansas this would be considered fine dining, but for the Bay Area, the kitchen needs to lift its game.

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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Mountain House is always amazing; great food, great service, good energy. We always go when we have friends from out of town.

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

early evening has great filtered light views of the redwood forest. Food & service was top notch.

Tags: Scenic View, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We had a delicious dinner, and Rachel was an excellent waitress. We, highly, recommend the Mountain House!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

We've been to Mountain House many times over the years and have never had a bad meal. It is both intimate and friendly. The food is outstanding and our waiter was both efficient and friendly.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Another great dinner at the Mountain House. Great wooded location. The lamb chops were excellent and the braised wild boar shank was outstanding. Our waiter Wade was more than outstanding. Great place for dinner.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Have never been disappointed. Food well presented and delicious. Staff are courteous, efficient and our table waiter very knowledgeable about menu and answering questions. Forest room is a beautiful environment. This is a restaurant that we keep coming back to.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Always a favorite!! Have been going to Mt. House for years. No plan to stop doing so!!

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

I loved it.Had the Salmon special and cooked to perfection.The cocktails from the bar outstanding the waiter the bartenders and the bussers were friendly and right there if you needed anything.It was a special night for my wife and I,it was our 27 wedding anniversary and couldn't have asked for a better evening.Thank you Mountain House

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Love this restaurant, which we have eaten at several times. We live in the area and appreciate having a good restaurant near by.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Rustic, classy ambiance in a quiet atmosphere. Appropriate level of attention (service). Quality food. Located in Redwood trees.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Poblano chile appetizer is out of this world; the ahi was cooked to perfection. Servers were sufficiently attentive without hovering. We ate in the sunroom and it was nice to look out at the redwood trees as we dined. Noticed there was no music. Something playing softly in the background would have been nice.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Relaxed dinner in a beautiful location amid the redwoods. I had the spare ribs, which were juicy and meaty. My friend had the pork chops, also delicious. I love eating here.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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