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Alex Madonna's Gold Rush Steak House

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100 Madonna Rd, Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-5408 (Hwy 101 & Madonna Rd Exit)
+1 800-543-9666
17:00 - 22:00
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San Diego, California
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543 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Since we were staying at the Madonna Inn, we decided to dine at the steakhouse there. What a pleasant surprise with fine, friendly service and excellent prime rib and filet mignon. The meals included other sides, which also was nice. You have to get used to the pink motif, over-sized roses, and bric-brac everywhere but, hey....this is the Madonna Inn... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Mr. Madonna is gone and doesn't come to your table like he used to but the warm friendly service is still there. The family does a great job keeping what was good in the past and integrating what is new to keep up with the times. The atmosphere is a cross between being at a Swiss Alps Inn and Disneyland.... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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84 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all, I know the whole Pink Flower thing is a tradition for this place but the dining room is a bit garish, sorry. I had the french fillet mignon (Bacon wrapped). It was a sizeable piece of meat and well prepared but under seasoned. The accompanying baked potato was well prepared and presented. The steamed broccoli was not... More 

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Madera, California
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220 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017

A reservation had been made days in advance to celebrate a Birthday. They did place Us in a nice booth as per our reservation request, but other than that I DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING POSITIVE TO SAY. VERY OVER PRICED. The antipasto plate seemed old and rehashed. The salad looked limp and old. We watched other serveres offer fresh ground... More 

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Redmond, Oregon, United States
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

We had breakfast and dinner here during a visit to the Cal Poly Rodeo. By the way the rodeo was great. The dining room was crowded so they let us have breakfast in the bar area. There were 9 adults and an two infants. The food and service was great. We went back for dinner. The decor is crazy good.... More 

Thank Del J
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We were staying at the Inn (which we really enjoyed btw) and booked here on our first night. I wish we hadn't really, the prices were quite astonishing - we were travelling fron San Francisco to Las Vegas over two weeks and this place was by far the most expensive. And they were not "The World's Best Steaks" - they... More 

Thank sauzie123
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

I was a bit worried about this place after reading other recent reviews, but we had a very nice meal and the setting was unique! Our steaks were very tender and cooked perfectly, and the mash potatoes were excellent. The veg was over cooked and the worst part of the meal. I would recommend for the steak and the ambiance!

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55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

I have been eating at Madonna Inn since the 1970's. Recently they have gone downhill, at least in my experience. In January we went for my birthday. Not so much as a best wishes, the service was horrid, and the meal was below average. Tonight we went, with a taste for prime rib. Service was quick, and the waitress did... More 

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Arroyo Grande, California
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

The atmosphere and service was great. The meal was below average. The soup was flavorless and lukewarm. The veggies were overcooked and soggy. I had the salmon and it was just tasteless and dry. Others in my party had steaks and they did enjoy them. The steakhouse is extremely overpriced for the quality of the food. There are so many... More 

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Spring Arbor
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80 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Hot pink and gold, everywhere! A warm fuzzy feeling just tickles your senses as you take it all in. Memory lane was revisited as the band played and the couples twirled around the dance floor. You just felt that you were someplace like no other on earth. BBQ beef was the hit of the table then the pork chop came... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$98
American, Steakhouse
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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
  • 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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