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Mountain House - Woodside

1396 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Wild Game, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5:30 pm Friday. Saturday from 5:00. Sunday 5:00 pm.
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Phone number
(650) 851-8541
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jerry Olson
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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.
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Private party contact
Jerry Olson: (650) 851-8541
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Cross street
Henrik Ibsen Road
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
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jchwa (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 17, 2017

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

Annie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 17, 2017

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

vipjungwirth (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 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

vipFishLover (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 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.

Jewelz4me (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 15, 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 8, 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.

Diamond (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 7, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2017

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

PaloAltoNative (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 2, 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!

normar (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 2, 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.

vipGlobalFoodie (Denver)
3.0  Dined on August 30, 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.


vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 30, 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful dining experience in the window room sitting under the big redwoods. We got a little delayed with the traffic but our reservation was still honored and we were seated without any problems. Our meal was tasty and we were well attended by the many waitstaff who helped us. My husband and I had the petrale dinner which was fresh and on point, but my mother's eggplant parmesan was not quite prepared in the usual Italian style she is used to and so she was a little disappointed. Nevertheless she ate it and said it could have used more sauce. My daughter enjoyed her Pasta Primavera meal and we all enjoyed our desserts. I would return here next time I am in CA and would recommend this restaurant highly for anyone who is looking for a delicious meal in a very scenic setting.

viphungryperson (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

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

Sawman (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

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

KarenM (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 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!!

vipstanfordprof (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 13, 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 11, 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.