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Sierra Mar

47900 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
+1 831-667-2800
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Ranked #5 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $45 - $120
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Cuisines: American, Californian
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: High atop the cliffs, offering breathtaking views is Sierra Mar, winner of Wine Spectator's prestigious Grand Award. Offering an unconventional fine dining experience, Executive Chef John Cox presents inquisitive food creations featuring ingredients highlighted by a sense of place and culture. Selections from the award-winning wine cellar enhance the innovative, inspired cuisine.
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Barcelona, Spain
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We had lunch at Sierra Mar during our trip in California. We were staying at Treebones and decided to try Sierra Mar after a friend recommended it! And he was right - we LOVED it!! It was by far the best meal we had in California!! The staff was excellent, our waitress was extremely knowledgeable (she recommended us a really... More

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Livermore, California
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151 reviews 151 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

I had one of the very best meals of my life here back in October of 2013. We were so excited when we were back in Big Sur and could not wait to make our reservation. We should have listened to the staff at Ventana Inn. They all warned us that the place had changed, the management and chef had... More

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Colleyville, Texas
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134 reviews 134 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner at Sierra Mar. The breakfast buffet was included in our stay package, and we enjoyed the choices that they had each morning. We ate lunch once there, and although it was good, $25 for a hamburger is pretty outrageous. Dinner, although equally expensive, was very good, and nice choices and excellent preparation. Service was... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I haven't stopped thinking about my experience here since I've been home & I can't wait to go back! We sat outside overlooking what I imagine heaven to look like....you're literally above the clouds looking down on the ocean & you're up so high you can actually see the curvature of the earth in the horizon! The drinks where unique... More

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Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Stopped here for lunch after visiting Big Sur and Pfeiffer Beach. The food was exquisite. The service was great. The view is spectacular. Well worth the walk up to the restaurant.

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Neuburg, Germany
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57 reviews 57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The view is like sitting in a plane, looking down to the ocean. The service is not the same quality. We eat there for two nights, the first the service was a disaster. We waited more the 30 minutes for the wine order and bread. Food is good but not outstanding. After all try it for the view, not for... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is the best you can get. The combination of ingredients and tastes is unique, the quality is impeccable, the service is charming - the Sierra Mar is an evening out (or casual lunch) that will stay with you for a long time.

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Northern Califonia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The food is fantastic. Much of it is made with local ingredients--including from their own garden--and it is fresh, complex, and delicious. The flavors, textures, and presentation are beyond compare. The service was also great--surprisingly unpretentious, very attentive, and completely professional. The view from the restaurant cannot be overstated. It is breathtaking. A splurge, for sure, but worth it.

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Gibsons
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66 reviews 66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Incredible location perched 800ft high on cliff tops with dazzling vistas over vast Pacific. Food exquisite - professional, unfussy waiters, great presentation, impressive, extensive wine list, talented chef. Savoured every mouthful. Hated leaving.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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82 reviews 82 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We got up to the Post Ranch Inn bar by asking the lady at the gate if we could have a drink even though we were not staying there. She called up to check for room at the bar. There was! We were driven up to the restaurant in a Lexus. We were greeted at walked to the bar, not... More

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