Celebrating the Culinary Traditions of the Bay Area
American food, contrary to popular opinion, has a history – and it’s food is a reflection of the naturally occurring flora and fauna, the long-held habits of its immigrants and the ability of the land to support transplanted produce and livestock. The Western Slope of the United States, when first encountered, presented culinary riches beyond comprehension. The vast array of wild ingredients were plenty and diverse, the soil rich and supportive to cultivate herbs, fruit and vegetables, and the land borderless - hence supportive of a multitude of immigrant influences from China to Mexico.
Madera literally means "wood" in the Spanish language – the concept of the restaurant is built around the wood-burning kitchen reminiscent of the California Ranch House and early Spanish missionary heritage. The intent of Madera is to pay homage to the abundant history of this local region - and present cohesive cuisine based on this.
Madera is the signature restaurant at Menlo Park's luxurious Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel.