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Alex Madonna's Gold Rush Steak House

100 Madonna Rd, Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-5408
+1 800-543-9666
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  • Very good24%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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100 Madonna Rd, Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-5408
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I regret not simply going to the restaurant next door. My wife and I went the day before Thanksgiving in part because my wife wanted to see the decoration. The food was average at best while charging big city top steak house prices. Service was...More

Thank Anchises1968
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a special place to celebrate an occasion or just have a delicious meal. The decor, especially during the Holidays is always beautiful. It's a casual/formal restaurant. You can dress up or come as you are, all are welcome. The food is perfection. We usually...More

Thank TheDunks
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed at the Madonna and walked over to the Gold Rush for dinner. We had the steak and lobster! I am very selective when it comes to a good steak and this was a winner! The wine selection is great! Loved the soup...wish I could've...More

Thank James H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A Rare find and excellent food offerings! Well played out restaurant space and flexible enough to find a spot for casual business meeting. I suggest medium well done steaks.  i enjoyed the spectacular décor and outstanding service, I hope they will decorate for the holidays....More

Thank j0urneymaker
Reviewed 21 October 2017

They acknowledged my husband's birthday right off the bat by providing a balloon at the table and then at the end of dinner they gave him a giant piece of cake with a candle in it. So that was a super nice touch since places...More

Thank Cali S
Reviewed 17 October 2017

The service was incredible. From fun servers and table runners who talked us through the enjoyment of the regulars and who also added to the perfection of our meal, to the manager who was quick to correct a small issue on his table touch. You're...More

Thank EmmePink
Reviewed 28 September 2017

We celebrated our anniversary at Madonna Inn Restaurant. After a very nice relish tray we shared an excellent abalone appetizer. It was too small for two. For the main course my wife had halibut and I had an eleven ounce filet and another abalone appetizer....More

Thank Dennis L
Reviewed 18 September 2017

We had lunch in the Copper Cafe. A unique experience, great ambiance and over the top decor. Food was ok, staff very friendly and efficient, service was excellent. However you have to be prepared to pay a little more due to the fact that the...More

Thank SueJim126
Reviewed 14 August 2017

I'm not sure why the Madonna Inn feels like their food, service, and ambiance deserve such high prices. The relish tray was nice . It was a nice idea to serve a chilled salad fork but the salad had also been pre-made and chilled for...More

1  Thank molli s
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Although pricey it is definitely worth going to for a special occasion. I love going on Monday evenings so that I can go dancing afterwards with the Rug Cutters.

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Dana S
13 August 2017|
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Response from beverleyhayes | Reviewed this property |
The cakes are amazing. Always an eye popper, especially the signature pink cake. Piled with huge pink curls of chocolate, with white cream frosting, with the inside, I believe can be special ordered to whatever you would... More
26 March 2016|
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Response from SCalifTraveler | Reviewed this property |
We went on Thanksgiving and so I wore good black jeans and a long-sleeve dress shirt. That worked out fine. I didn't notice any really formal attire so I'd say "nice casual" would be the guide.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$98
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Wifi, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Madonna Rd, Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-5408
    (Hwy 101 & Madonna Rd Exit)
  • Public Transportation: Bus stop at the entrance to the World famous Madonna Inn property.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: +1 800-543-9666
  • E-mail
  • This restaurant is at Madonna Inn
Located at Madonna Inn, the Alex Madonna's Gold Rush Steak House is a landmark destination for its whimsical décor and classic menu. Featuring outstanding oak-pit barbequed steaks, a superb wine list, world-famous cakes and pies, and outstanding service. The menu also features abalone, lamb, Australian lobster, chicken, and vegetarian entrees. The Silver Bar Cocktail Lounge serves an assortment of specialty drinks along with appetizers. Music and dancing nightly.
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