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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 good25%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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American, Steakhouse
100 Madonna Rd, Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-5408
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 June 2017

I was a little shocked at the cost, but it was totally worth it. The portion sizes were large enough that my husband and I could split an entree. We had an ample steak and the sides were to die for. We had mashed potatoes...More

Thank landollks
Reviewed 2 June 2017

This spot is pricey with small portions, but worth it for a once in a lifetime kind of thing. The decor at the Madonna is likely to make your eyes bleed, but it is well known as a curio attraction.

Thank klmattocks
Reviewed 21 May 2017 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...More

Thank bsimosd
Reviewed 18 May 2017

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...More

Thank scott123xyz
Reviewed 11 May 2017

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...More

Thank Marshall W
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...More

Thank trra
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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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Kids, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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17:00 - 22:00
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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
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  • 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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