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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
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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355 reviews from our community

78% Recommend
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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110 reviews 110 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Used to be the best now- don't bother. You can get a better view in your own all along the coast and way better food at Nepenthe at less than half the cost. Terrible food and the a Recife is mediocre at best. This once gem is long gone. Save your $.

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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Can not fault service nor food. We took the wine suggestion also and was fantastic. Location is incredible with an uninterrupted outlook across the Pacific. Not easy to find but for good reason and be sure to book. I hope to be lucky enough to visit again!

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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152 reviews 152 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The Sierra Mar restaurant at Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California is pretty much the best restaurant I have eaten at in a very long time. Sierra Mar is located of the ocean side of Highway One overlooking the Pacific Ocean. You must make reservations or they won't let you have access to the Post Ranch. Forget Open Table... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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249 reviews 249 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

As the evening sky crawls over Sierra Mar, it is just magical, pinks, purples and inky blues suffuse over the glass fronted restaurant. The food is really good too, american modern cuisine with organic fresh ingredients, yummy!

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Barcelona, Spain
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
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

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
91 helpful votes 91 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
25 helpful votes 25 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
26 helpful votes 26 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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