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Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA
Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA
Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA
Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA
Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA

Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn

4.6
4.6
4288 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Enjoy an award winning dining experience in our world-famous pink and gold Steak House - offering a comfortable and opulent dining atmosphere. Indulge in a delicious oak-pit-barbecued steak, fresh seafood, chicken, or vegetarian entrees. Featuring a superb wine list, decadent world-famous desserts and a whimsical, European atmosphere. Boutique shopping makes for a fun experience before or after you dine with us.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, American, Barbecue
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (805) 543-3000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Catering
    Please visit https://www.madonnainn.com/weddings-events for more information about catering and events!
  • Private party facilities
    Please visit https://www.madonnainn.com/weddings-events for more information about catering and events!
  • Neighborhood
    San Luis Obispo
  • Cross street
    Hwy 101 & Madonna Rd Exit
  • Parking details
    Plenty of free private parking! Easy on and off freeway access with parking adjacent to the restaurant.
  • Public transit
    Bus stop at the entrance to Madonna Inn.
  • Entertainment
    Voted biggest and best dance floor on the Central Coast! Nightly entertainment and dancing. The adjacent Silver Bar Cocktail Lounge serves signature cocktails, craft beer, and a select wines. Made to order appetizers also available.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 4,288 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Steakhouse

  • California Central Coast

    Most Booked

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Best Service

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Best Ambiance

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Innovative

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Good for groups

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Hot spot

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Romantic

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Good for special occasions

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Lively

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Most Booked

4,289 Reviews
  1. John

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service from Riley! Food was delicious! The decor was amazing. So many celebrations happening while we were there....birthdays, anniversaries, proms, and a wedding!

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  2. StevenH

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great evening Good food Nice live music Very busy but well taken care of

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  3. Terrih

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So so good, splurged on the filet & half lobster tail… skip the lobster tail, the filet dinner is perfect without it!

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  4. MonicaR

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I had a wonderful dinner. It was our time dining at the steakhouse and it was an excellent experience. The staff was amazing and very friendly. Our server, Jamie, was so helpful and even took some photos of my husband and I with a polaroid we brought. The food was perfectly cooked and the cake was better than I imagined. We can't wait to go back.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place in terms of the experience, the decor, etc. and the service was great, but the food was really bad. The fish was overcooked, rubbery and overcooked. The pasta was so drenched in sauce that it was nearly inedible. You are definitely paying for the experience and not the food quality. I would eat somewhere else and maybe stop here for drinks or dessert.

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  6. JoshS

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kitsch matched with a simple steak house menu that delivers.

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  7. CrieG

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    From the time we were seated we were rushed. The kitchen was closing so we had to order. The bakery was closing so we had to order cake as soon as our food came. The hostess wants to close out so we had to pay when our cake arrived. The busser was hovering taking each so we had to box our cake. It was as if we asked for a table at the last minute, but we had a 9:30pm reservation. Please block 9:30pm reservations unless you are willing to provide the same service as a 5:30om reservation. No one wants to feel like the restaurant is doing them a “favor” when spending $50 for halibut.

    1 person found this helpful

  8. SteveL

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been going to In for dinner for over 30 years, Every dining experience is why we come back

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  9. CorrineE

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was friendly, always refilling our water, and checking in with us, the place looked great.

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  10. HayleyT

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a beautiful setting! Absolutely stunning venue! Service was great too! Even catered for the children’s fussy needs. Absolutely loved the pink champagne cake!

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  11. rah3794

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Steak House is quite expensive. The entire property has the feeling of being old, nostalgic, and passed by. We went there to have the famous Toffee Crunch Cake for dessert--it was delicious! We asked the bakery to keep three pieces of the cake for us in their refrigerator, after we paid for it, so we could have it after dinner--we were refused. We had to take the pieces with us to dinner--ridiculous! The wait staff was friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. One person in our party ordered the avocado toast--the Romesco sauce on the bread was so spicy she couldn't eat it. She did not want me to send it back. The prime rib was cooked to specs, but was not warm. The overall experience was a disappointment. We will not return for another meal there.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. The ambience & atmosphere of restaurant is vibrant, colorful & exciting. A unique hotel & experience well worth exploring.

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  13. TraceM

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, service, and atmosphere! Can’t wait to return.

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  14. MarkM

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely great. Great food great service and live music. Only problem was they ran out of Pink Champagne cake!! But we didn’t have room for it anyway after our giant ribeye. Thanks Madonna!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner

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  16. steakeater

    San Joaquin

    104 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing!!! My father and step mother split the salmon and salad. My wife and I split the pasta with chicken.....the beginning bread was fantastic. The amount of food is just incredible that is why we both split plates....then for desert to go we got A PIECE of the German chocolate cake and was able to split in 4 pieces....again just HUGE!!!! The service from Jamie was great. My parents had never been here before so we took the for a walking tour of all the shops.....just very cool place.

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  17. JeffL

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great...nice to see relish tray still there...most do not have that style. Chicken was outstanding, filet the same and the cake...speaks for itself...we will come here for all our anniversaries! We were in the Madonna Suit for the first night of our honeymoon 20 years ago...such a great place to stay!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I had a fantastic dining experience at the Gold Rush Steakhouse. It was a genuine treat. We were welcomed by the host and seated promptly despite how busy it was. Our server Sharon was great and Jose of the bus staff was on top of his game. He was efficient and attentive without being intrusive. Our food was well prepared, well presented, and very tasty. Our portions were huge, so we had leftovers to enjoy later. It was truly a five star experience.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was fantastic! She made sure to make our experience welcoming.

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  20. Angeliki

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely love coming here! We drove from Los Angeles to enjoy a wonderful birthday dinner and everything was perfect! We ended our night with a slice of pink champagne cake!!🍰

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  21. Kim1

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice dining experience. It is a little expensive for what it is. The food is excellent. It is noisy when there is dancing.

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  22. ValerieM

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    First time attending. A bit disappointing with food options. Higher price and carving station would be great. Biscuits hard, bacon undercooked. Potatoes weren't breakfast potatoes. Omelet station was GREAT. Add bottomless mimosas for a flat price. Just a few thoughts:-) Love this place!

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  23. Roadawg

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easter Brunch. You can't miss this! Make reservations!

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  24. BetteJ

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Madonna Inn for Easter brunch. Majority of the food was cold and undercooked. Although the service was really good, I feel that the food needed improvement.

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  25. HeidyM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    All food was cold to barely warm with a very limited and disappointing choice of entree selections.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easter brunch was amazing. We loved the selection.

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  27. HBGal

    Orange County

    150 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    150 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food and service. My halibut was delicious, and my husband’s pork chop was well prepared. Our meals came with bread, soup or salad, potatoes or rice and vegetables. The beer and wine charges were not extravagant. We were celebrating my birthday and the waiter presented us with a huge slice of pink champagne cake. It was delicious! We definitely enjoyed our meal.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Sharon! And Ethan. And Micah. Everyone is always amazing!

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  29. Kirker96

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of a kind experience!!! By far the service, food, and atmosphere is one that will be of great memories. The steaks are exceptional and it was fun being in such an eclectic setting.

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  30. JessicaA

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thomas was our server for the evening. He was friendly and provided excellent service. Our drinks and food arrived quickly and exactly to our liking. Can’t wait to return.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived 30 min early for our reservation knowing we wanted to see more of the property, and we were seated 15 minutes early. Service was excellent. The atmosphere was unique- nothing else like it! We enjoyed the big band and lively dance floor. Food was very good, and while yes, it was a splurge meal, the meal included antipasto, soup or salad, vegetable, potato or rice, so it felt like a good value still. We were celebrating a birthday, and were comped an amazing (large!!) piece of Pink Champagne cake. Delicious! I will say it wasn’t the best filet I’ve ever had, but it was prepared differently than I’m used to. There was a “crust” with a unique smoky flavor, but the interior of the filet was buttery and tender. I enjoyed the different barbecued preparation, but may not be for everyone looking for the typical steakhouse experience. We were visiting from Arizona… but we will be back!

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  32. Carlos

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here for our anniversary, was romantic and was able to crack a few jokes with my Lady and remind her why we continue to be a couple for 9 years , would love to come back again

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  33. SillySally

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating my husband's birthday and we enjoyed a memorable evening. Service was TOP notch and the ambience just can't be beat. The portions are HUGE but underwhelming. The quality/taste of the food just doesn't meet the price point and is disappointing. But we made a great memory and we love supporting this local icon.

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  34. WendyG

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    You cannot beat Madonna Inn for ambiance and charm. That said, please get a chef who knows about food. At those prices you’d expect something high quality to match—but you’ll be disappointed. Overly large portions (I’m not being facetious). Terrible ingredients (we were served some sort of cocktail sauce to go on our spinach salad 🤢) We ordered “portobello fries) and got eight full sized, deep fried mushrooms with ranch. We sent them back. Our turkey sliders were OK but only had a bare amount of BBQ sauce. We loved sitting in the dining room watching people waltz and listening to the bad but charming MC try to sing songs. It’s a vibe. But please do something about the food. Please. I’ve worked in restaurants in San Francisco most of my life. I know you’re still kinda a mom and pop type place, but when people are paying top dollar to stay, they need a better dining experience than this.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Place was very elegant,charming and fancy and romantic kind of vibe.. Food is good and the service is great.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was fast and great our food came out in great time drinks where delicious overall it was a beautiful place and we can’t wait to go back for our anniversary!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal for a special occasion. I love the over the top retro decor! The service was really great all around.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ashley (server) and Daniel (busser) were wonderful and attentive.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always the best. Best place in San Luis Obispo Don’t miss going here

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  40. NanettePinaStevens

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Tom (Thomas) was superb! It was my husband's birthday and we had a fabulous time!

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FAQs

Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 543-3000.

Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 4288 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn

100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Hwy 101 & Madonna Rd Exit
  • Neighborhood
    San Luis Obispo
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, American, Barbecue
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Plenty of free private parking! Easy on and off freeway access with parking adjacent to the restaurant.
  • Public transit
    Bus stop at the entrance to Madonna Inn.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Entertainment
    Voted biggest and best dance floor on the Central Coast! Nightly entertainment and dancing. The adjacent Silver Bar Cocktail Lounge serves signature cocktails, craft beer, and a select wines. Made to order appetizers also available.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (805) 543-3000
  • Catering
    Please visit https://www.madonnainn.com/weddings-events for more information about catering and events!
  • Private party facilities
    Please visit https://www.madonnainn.com/weddings-events for more information about catering and events!
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