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- 98%Luxury Travelers
- 74%Business Travelers
- 51%Local Culture
- 51%Art & Design Lovers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
Member Reviews (7)
- MaderaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Aug 03, 2013
With the fine food, high class atmosphere and top notch service, it's pretty easy to see why Madera is a recipient of the highly coveted Michelin star. On any given night, you'll find yourself amongst VCs, real housewives of SV and what I like to label myself - pumas. But seriously, you'll be surrounded by fine company here, with people unwinding with after work drinks in their popular posh bar and lounge area. There, you can order bar bites, but to truly experience the food, you'll want to dine inside the restaurant. The restaurant itself is spacious yet warm with windows offering a picturesque view of the Stanford foothills. At one point, I forgot that I was in Menlo Park - it felt more like we were in wine country.
Speaking of which, the wine selection is fantastic - I had a lovely Syrah - and if you need help with your choice, Sommelier Paul Mekis (formerly of Plumed Horse) is on site to provide direction.
We sat near the open kitchen and watched Chef Peter Rudolph and his team do their thing. While the rack of lamb caught my eye, when our server told us about the special veal chop of the night, it was clear that was what we should order. And it certainly did not disappoint. I also had the short rib ravioli, which admittedly, though beautifully put together, had one too many flavors going on. The veal chop though, was cooked to perfection. We also shared a side of their mac & cheese, which was tasty, but had I known our entrees would be such hearty portions, I would have passed on it. Of course, we did make room for dessert, and had the silky pumpkin custard and a bowl of their famous caramel popcorn.
You definitely get what you pay for, so don't be surprised by the bill. Save this spot for a special occasion or when you really want to impress. I could definitely tell there was a lot of wooing going on the night I was there.
- MaderaDec 27, 2012
Located in Rosewood Sand Hill, Madera is a beautiful restaurant with great views. I had no idea this restaurant existed, but apparently it's very popular with the locals. They have a great outdoor seating area too. The food was just average, but I would come back to give it another try.
- MaderaMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersDec 15, 2012
This is THE spot where lots of Silicon Valley wheeling and dealing goes on at lunchtime. If you know people in the tech or VC business, chances are high you'll run into at least a few of them here on any given day. The dining room is sunny and bright, lots of tables and tall windows that look out to the hills of Silicon Valley, with a bustle of activity that is added to with the din of noise from the semi-open kitchen.
The food and service here are great as well. I had the roasted rotisserie chicken, which was a tad on the salty side, but very well prepared with some delicious root vegetables also.
- MaderaMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Nov 10, 2012
Great food and above and beyond service! The views are gorgeous. Private dining rooms are available. The hotel offers meeting space, and the private rooms at Madera are a wonderful option. The rooms are warm and inviting, I know the Lemon Room has a private patio that overlooks the hills and pool.
- MaderaMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 2Jul 05, 2012
Open and airy space with outdoor seating. Simple decor, not too flashy, but elegant. Little bar on the side while you're waiting for a table -- good drinks...and depending on the bartender, strong. ;) Salumi and wine!