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Alex Madonna's Gold Rush Steak House

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100 Madonna Road, Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 (Hwy 101 & Madonna Rd Exit)
Bus stop at the entrance to the World famous Madonna Inn property.
18005439666
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Families with children
Description: Located at Madonna Inn, the Alex Madonna's Gold Rush Steak House is a...
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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  • 97
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Christmas extravaganza!

For the very first time we dined on Christmas Eve at the Gold Rush Steak House in the Madonna Inn. We've only lived in San Luis Obispo County for almost 30 years! We took our two grandsons and we all had a very good time. The steaks were wonderful, especially the filet, and the wait staff was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Diane O
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Atascadero, California
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Atascadero, California
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For the very first time we dined on Christmas Eve at the Gold Rush Steak House in the Madonna Inn. We've only lived in San Luis Obispo County for almost 30 years! We took our two grandsons and we all had a very good time. The steaks were wonderful, especially the filet, and the wait staff was really top notch.... More 

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Thank Diane O
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Old and new world meets the pink side. The food is good and the ambiance is beyond anything we have experienced before. What a cool place you gotta go to at least once. Oh and don't forget to see the men's restroom downstairs. Too cool!

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Thank matthew s
Hitchin, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Let’s face it, you are here for the experience rather than the meal and on that front, it delivers (even the men’s loo is a bizarre treat; resulting in us having to smuggle the girls in, just so they could see it for themselves!). The service was friendly enough, but not the best in terms of information or speed. Similarly,... More 

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Thank Sicarrie
Maine
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61 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to this place for dinner each of the last two Decembers, and to say that they go all-out in their decorations would be quite the understatement! I've never seen a restaurant with more attention paid to every detail of the decorations. On top of that, the food is pretty good. Can't really ask for much more!

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Thank SoxWin09
Los Angeles, California
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78 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We do eat here once each time we stay as the dining room is really quite something. Beyond that though, the food isn't our favorite.

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Thank KamranNezami
Euless, Texas
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our third time eating at the Madonna Inn in 2015, and every time we leave I hope the experience was just a fluke, and that maybe this place really is as good as it's made out to be in reviews. We made reservations through OpenTable, and just like each of the previous times when we arrived we were... More 

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Thank Tweeterhold
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

My husband and I first stayed at the Madonna Inn in April 2015 for our 9th wedding anniversary then returned for new year's eve 2015. Naturally, we dined at the Gold Rush on both occasions. On New Year's Eve, not only was the food delicious but the energy level was high and very positive. It was so much fun watching... More 

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Thank Roxy D
Santa Barbara, California, United States
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

I have to say first of all that the servers were excellent when we went for our Christmas Day meal, although with one small caveat: the waitress asked if we wanted a drink, but no drinks menu had been provided, so how did we know what drinks were available? We decided to let that one go, and stick to the... More 

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Thank Keitholeous
San Luis Obispo, California, United States
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63 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

This was our first visit to the Gold Rush Steak House in many years. It is still a very pleasant experience. The Restaurant is all decked out in beautiful Christmas décor. But, like so many places in our area it has gotten very busy. We were told the restaurant had 1500 reservations for Christmas day. I decided not to have... More 

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Thank Bob N
Lodi, California
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

First let me say this place is incrediable. Decorations that would give Las Vegas a run for its money. Service was kind, attentive and friendly. Food top notch,so much flavor and cooked to perfection. We had the steak special and shrimp pasta. Drinks set the tone of the meal and the bar staff knows how to pour a drink. Hot... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 100 Madonna Road, Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
    (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: 18005439666

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 98
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Families with children

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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