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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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  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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100 Madonna Rd, Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-5408
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary here while staying at the Madonna Inn. We had stayed here the year before and had eaten at the bar, but after seeing how crazy the restaurant looked, we knew it was the perfect place to celebrate our big...More

Thank yusqueya
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My parents spent their honeymoon at the hotel and ate here many of years ago. I’ve been hearing about cakes and some weird waterfall bathroom. I was in town and figured why not try it out. The restaurant is very pink! Has a old style...More

Thank Josiah L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went for restaurant month and enjoyed the discount. If you’ve never been this place is a must see. The food is good not great, but you pay for the location. Recommend to visit once.

Thank kja100
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A classic experience from the 1950’s!! A great old icon of years gone by. Where can you go and still get crudités before you order? A very good dinner with delicious home baked breads, char fired steaks and friendly, efficient service. Thank you to our...More

Thank Donald H
Reviewed January 14, 2018

We had birthday party at the Madonna Inn - our family really enjoyed this very unique restaurant and hotel. It was decorated for Holidays and was very busy, recommend Reservations. The Ribeye was perfectly cooked and the service was first rate. Very attentive and quick...More

Thank Anthony C
Reviewed December 27, 2017

We spent three days Xmas in San Luis Obispo. There were not that many restaurants open on Xmas day. Either went to Pismo beach or stayed in San Luis Obispo. We checked the reviews and the pictures of this restaurant. We decided to enjoy a...More

Thank TRventure
Reviewed December 6, 2017

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 December 3, 2017 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 November 28, 2017

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 November 11, 2017 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
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Dana S
August 13, 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
March 25, 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
$20 - $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
Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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