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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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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good24%
  • Average14%
  • 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

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 15 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.

Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

We visited here for an anniversary dinner and had a great time. We spent about $120 (inc gratuity) on two entrees and a bottle of wine with a free slice of the famous champagne cake (if you're celebrating an anniversary or birthday they give you...More

Thank McNoodle
Reviewed 6 August 2017

It's a shame to see what was once the best restaurant in area gradually fade. Prices are in the $35 to $90 range, but service & kitchen personnel are not trained to that level. My wife had the prime rib which was generous and very...More

Thank PismoPat
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Most fantastic environment made us look forward to a great evening. First shock were prices like a Michelin restaurant! It raised our expectations but soon discovered that the kitchen of this steak house has no ambitions at all except ripping people off and counting on...More

Thank Ane Heiberg S
Reviewed 12 July 2017

The service is good, the atmosphere is interesting, the place is a bit of a local classic, and the food is excellent.

Thank Tommy O
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

What can you say about the Madonna Inn and its restaurants — they're a one-of-a-kind experience! Over-the-top, garish, kitschy — yes, those descriptions certainly apply. But, so does the word "fun". Everyone should go at least once, even if hot pink and gold are not...More

Thank Jon R
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Had never heard of this place and decided to try it. I was expecting a tourist trap kind of place. It was very neat to walk in and have a band playing, cocktails in the bar and people watch. Our food was great. We split...More

Thank CarnivoreGunter_TX
Reviewed 4 June 2017

My first time ever being there went with my Boyfriend for breakfast. The older lady at the front entrance was very rude! I asked to be seated towards the middle instead of right by the entrance, was told no because the table setting needed to...More

Thank Shonna J
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Dana S
14 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
USD 20 - USD 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
Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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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