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Sierra Mar

Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2800
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Ranked #6 of 20 restaurants in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: American, Californian
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a spectacular view of the California coast, the award winning Sierra Mar Restaurant serves world-class cuisine in an awe-inspiring setting. This Big Sur restaurant features an innovative, four course, prix fixe menu, which changes daily and utilizes organic, seasonal fare. Sierra Mar offers wine selections from one of the most extensive collections in North America.
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Orinda, California
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We have eaten at this restaurant at The Post Ranch Inn many times over the years, but the current renditions from the kitchen are fantastically creative. "Smoked Beet Tartare" "Harissa Brasied Lamb Leg" along with pan roasted "fish-o'-the day" stand out as really world class dishes. The Prix Fixe menue is the way to go, all is available a la... More

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Newport Beach, CA
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118 reviews 118 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We ate at Sierra Mar for dinner one night during our trip to Big Sur. The view from our table was spectacular, the food was good, and the service was average. I appreciated the fact that they had a vegetarian option in each course of the four course meal. The tables are very close together, so you can hear the... More

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Augusta, GA
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312 reviews 312 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I have stayed at Post Ranch Inn twice. Once in October, 2005, and again in April, 2014. Different chefs, different times of the year. I am a chef and love the complexity of some of these dishes, but the food is not for everyone. What entices most people is the fact that you are overlooking the Pacific, and the sunsets... More

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Dallas, Texas
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96 reviews 96 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The architecture is second only to the spectacular view--you are hanging over the ocean, watching the sun set. Outstanding service, both the waiter and the sommelier. Exceptional food, graciously served. Pricey, but eating here is a special occasion. We stayed at the Ventana, which drove us there and then picked us up.

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London
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We stopped by on our drive from Pebble Beach to Cambria. The setting is absolutely spectacular. We arrived in cloud and fog and to begin with couldn't even see out of the windows. Miraculously the weather improved and the vista opened up. I can only imagine what it looks like when the weather is good. The food was absolutely delicious... More

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San Francisco, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Worth the drive from Carmel to lunch at Sierra Mar restaurant at "Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur". It was a little walk up the hill to the elevator for a ride to the restaurant. We had stunning view of the Pacific ocean down below underneath our table. The three course lunch my husband and I shared became like a 6... More

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Atlanta
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Having cooked from the incredible Sierra Mar Cookbook a time or two, we were anxious to visit this signature restaurant on a recent trip to San Francisco. Dropped the teens/young adults in Carmel for their own (lower $$ lunch) and continued to Sierra Mar for a "date" lunch for two. What a beautiful spot, and a lovely meal. Our prix... More

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CALIFORNIA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Really- my husband arranged an early dinner so we could see the sunset, and we were seated by a window (I think every possible seat in the restaurant has a view of the ocean) and were pulled into the sunset while we sipped a keir royal. We had the 4 course tasting menu which was really delectable. I had the... More

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Arnold, MD
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Lunch at Sierra Mar was a delightful experience. We were fortunate to be able to eat on the deck at the beginning of February. What a beautiful view. The three course price fix is an absolute bargain compared to dinner. Food was fresh, visually appealing and delicious. Oysters were nicely chilled with a delicate mignonette. Perfect amount of brininess and... More

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rural Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We are guests at Big Sur's spectacular Post Ranch Inn, which really is one of the most beautiful resorts in the world. The accommodations and staff are wonderful as is their spa. So when you visit their restaurant, Sierra Mar, you expect to be blown away. Indeed, for a $120 a person prix fixe menu, you ought to be. Our... More

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