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“Fantastic Gourmet Meal in a Victorian Setting” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Madrona Manor Restaurant

Madrona Manor Restaurant
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Ranked #19 of 95 Restaurants in Healdsburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: West Dry Creek Road
Description: Guests have all five of their senses enlivened at Healdsburg's most romantic destination. Inventive cuisine, a stunning backdrop and impeccable service create a welcome retreat "worthy of a journey". Madrona Manor captures the rich culture of wine, food and nature inherent to the region. A stellar wine list expresses the varied bounty of the local vintners as well as global sources. Chef Mallgren prepares New Californian cuisine using the finest ingredients available in the county, as well as greens, vegetables, herbs and fruit from our gardens. Visitors can stroll through the beautiful gardens which meander up the hillside just beyond the mansion. One Star Michelin - Michelin Guides San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country Restaurants Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants - San Francisco Chronicle
Los Angeles, California
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113 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Fantastic Gourmet Meal in a Victorian Setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

We have been coming to this restaurant for the last 6 years on an annual long-weekend. It is located just outside of downtown Healdsburg in a Victorian hotel that is beautifully maintained, has magnificant gardens, and lovely views of wine country. Reservations were promptly honored, we were seated in a lovely room where tables were well-spaced and not close to one another. This is a Michelin 1-star restaurant and it deserves it! Very creative cooking and many little treats (amuse bouche) served before and between courses. Exceptionally high quality foods prepared by a very inventive and creative chef. Almost every course was incredible; those that were not were merely very good. Wine pairing was well done and perfect for the food it was paired with. Every course (and amuse bouche) and wine was delivered with a full explanation of the ingredients or where the wine was from. Service was impeccable, as I would expect in a well-run establishment. I can think of no improvements that are needed to make for a perfect dinner here.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Morgan Hill, California
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Repeated excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

This was our 2nd time staying at the manor and having dinner. I can't wait to go back! Superb service, food, wine, and atmosphere. What else can you ask for? Highly, highly recommend! The staff is fantastic. We loved the specialty drinks and chatting with Pam. The little extras are just the best!

Visited March 2013
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Sonoma County, CA
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221 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Romantic, quiet and amazing food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

Very quiet, small intimate rooms in a perfectly restored Victorian home. The food is really over the top and sublime at the same time. Service is exceptional. Really a great place for a special occasion. Beautiful gardens.

Visited April 2012
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San Francisco
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227 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Top rate dining experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

The menu (http://www.madronamanor.com/menu/Madrona_Manor_Dinner_Menu.pdf) has several choices for each course. This was our second time dining here and the food, service, ambiance and exquisite attention to detail makes is a most memorable event.

The chef sends out little morsels between courses, and the wait staff are all well informed as to the composition and intent of each flavor and texture.

Everything is fresh, and the flavors are crisp.

This is for people who want a dining experience - not a meal.

The wine pairings add to the experience but also add to the tab.

If you are there during the warmer months, dining on the patio with a warm breeze was good. As we were there in the winter time, we were cozy in the dining room with a fire in the fireplace.

Visited January 2013
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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733 reviews
353 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
“Over priced and underwhelmed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Ambiance and service are high end. Food was pretentious and bland. Cutesy presentations with waitstaff narratives when serving do not make up for serving sizes too small to find let alone taste made our meals almost comical except there is nothing funny about the price. They do not like parties of eight and restrict your choices. While that did not make a difference in our opinion of our food you would think that they could handle parties of eight without a problem. Considering how small the portion sizes are it should have been easy. It took over twenty minutes for our appetizers and the meat portion was the size of a fingernail and served on a rock, too small to taste or remember what it was supposed to be. Healdsburg has many better choices when looking for an exceptional dining experience.

  • Visited January 2013
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