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“Massive portions, but heavy”

Madonna Inn Copper Cafe
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Ranked #11 of 304 Restaurants in San Luis Obispo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$22
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: The Famous Copper Cafe is popular with tourists and locals alike for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all served in a continental atmosphere. Elaborate woodcarvings, red leather seats, and hand-painted walls create a memorable, unique experience. Adjacent the Copper Cafe, the Madonna Inn Bakery features World Famous cakes, pies, pastries, French pastries, cookies and delightful cookies, all made daily.
Reviewed 30 May 2014

We ordered a Reuben sandwich and a spinach salas. Portions are big, bordering on massive, and felt "heavy". If this is your thing you're in for a treat. If not, stick to the salads that seemed to be the better choice as the Reuben was drenched if fat and melted cheese. Overall ok, but do expect an old-school feel to the food as opposed to contemporary.

Thank Andreas B
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Service was a little slow, but the food was awesome! The Egg Benedict is the way to go! Biggest slice of ham ever!

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

We dined in the Steakhouse side of the Madonna Inn Restaurant. Average price started $20 per plate and went up from there.
I ordered the Filet Mignon $42 was to be prepared medium. Brought out RARE. I sent back, and it must have been microwaved. A bit rubbery, and steaming hot.
Also ordered was the Fettuccine and Shrimp, $26 the pasta and sauce was cold. Sent back, yes again I do believed warmed in a microwave.
With drinks and "Free" dessert from manager for sending back the food, the cost of the meal was $118
I have eaten in many fine dining restaurants and this was not one I would call that.
Zero flavor.
I guess the cost is the attraction of the odd decor of Pink Flowers, Grapes, and gold floating Angels.

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Thank ScottLisa F
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

After many years of visiting San Luis Obispo and seeing the Madonna Inn from the freeway I finally stopped to look around and eat. Wanted to really know if this very gaudy venue was all it was cracked up to be. The décor is without compare = defined as, wow what an overdone very pink motif.

The food was lacking in quality and flavor. Glorified freeway type presentation and kitchen skills. Overpriced for what they serve.

Basically "I" felt it is a typical over-hyped venue which, in it's day, (which was many years ago), it probably was THE place to see and be seen and to have been served a quality meal.

Turns out FOR ME, that stop will be the first and only.

But don't let that deter you from at least visiting to try for yourself.

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1  Thank Zantor2
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Our second visit will come again.
Fantastic décor food on the dear side but quality is worth it.
Excellent service.

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Thank areyathere
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