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Sierra Mar

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American, Californian
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47900 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
+1 831-667-2800
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: High atop the cliffs, offering breathtaking views is Sierra Mar, winner of...
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 240
    Excellent
  • 81
    Very good
  • 54
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Wonderful Experience

I visited Sierra Mar in September of 2014 and found both the service and the food to be impeccable. The views from the restaurant are wonderful, if you can book for an early evening dinner to watch the sun set over the pacific then do it! (ask the staff if there is a table be a window free... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
Neil D
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I visited Sierra Mar in September of 2014 and found both the service and the food to be impeccable. The views from the restaurant are wonderful, if you can book for an early evening dinner to watch the sun set over the pacific then do it! (ask the staff if there is a table be a window free). Also, considering... More 

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Marina, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Amazing views, food and service. The price is well worth it. Make sure you make a reservation in advance.

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North hollywood
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4 reviews 4 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

amazing views, not too many options though. The menu changes often, so hopefully you go on a good night, otherwise you might overpay for a tiny portion, and not absolutely love it.

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San Francisco, CA
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We did the chef's tasting menu - the portions, timing, presentation and overall experience were 2nd to none. Coupled with a wine list that would satisfy any palate and a telescope to star watch on the outdoor area made for a perfect evening for me and my fiance

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I had lunch at Sierra Mar with my son and daughter-in-law. They live in SF, and were anxious to show me Big Sur, and to try the restaurant, as they had heard it was a great spot. My son has a culinary background, so trying new places is a focus for him. The view from our table on the terrace... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Solid food, great wines, good service. Just short of the five star rating (partially due to the $125 prix fixe, maybe a tad high for Big Sur ;-)

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Recife, PE
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Have lunch/dinner on the top of a hill, with an amazing view! The walls are glass made so you can enjoy the view while eating

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Santa Cruz, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I note that the glowing reviews from other writers usually refer to their glorious lunch. I sampled the dinner on a Monday night, perhaps the chef's night off? The food was edible, but not fantastic. Three small slabs of overdone abalone dore in butter with tomatoes, a small mixed green salad with Speck, rosemary roast chicken breast and lentils, chocolate... More 

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Maumee, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Beautiful spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean accompanied by a meal that was one of the best I've had in Northern California. The service was friendly perfect and our waiter was well versed about what was on the menu and the drinks we had were tasty and a break from your every day light beer or rum and coke. The... More 

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Toluca Lake, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Sierra Mar could easily rely just on its ambiance, as it is beautifully cantilevered over the cliffs of Big Sur with nothing but Pacific Ocean and the horizon visible for about 180 degrees. However, they have instead brought in an amazing chef who serves a four-course dinner which is outstanding. Locally-sourced and seasonally-inspired ingredients and combinations. Exceptional flavors. The 4... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 47900 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
  • Phone Number: +1 831-667-2800

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 45 - 120
  • Cuisine: American, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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