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Sierra Mar

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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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Scenic view
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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  • 321
    Excellent
  • 105
    Very good
  • 59
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 19
    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
Amazing dinner.

We were not staying at the hotel, but were able to get a dinner reservation here. It was too bad that it was foggy, because there was no ocean view. But we saw enough of the ocean on Highway 1. The food was very tasty, and a lot of home grown items, grown right on the property! Four course... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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New York
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were not staying at the hotel, but were able to get a dinner reservation here. It was too bad that it was foggy, because there was no ocean view. But we saw enough of the ocean on Highway 1. The food was very tasty, and a lot of home grown items, grown right on the property! Four course dinner,... More 

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Thank FineTravellerNewYork
San Francisco, California, United States
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went for lunch, and it was incredible. Obviously this is a very upscale, exclusive luxury resort, and although we weren't staying there we wanted to see what all the hype was about. We wanted to go for lunch to get the view. The restaurant is beautiful, the views are stunning (not a bad seat in the whole restaurant), and... More 

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Thank Sarah S
Belmont, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Many Big Sur restaurants seem to live off their location and view, but Sierra Mar is not one of them. This was our third time at the restaurant, and it did not disappoint. I am a dedicated and adventurous amateur cook and appreciated that dishes used familiar ingredients in innovative ways, with results that were both delicious and beautiful. Although... More 

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Thank jhh60
UK
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169 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well I had to tell you, we arrived at Post Ranch inn through a massive rainstorm at 4.50pm ready for our reservation at 5.30pm as we drew up to the entrance a security man came out and told us that we should go away and come back at 5.30pm, we refused and said we would wait in reception if necessary,... More 

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Thank Mark C
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I booked Sierra Mar about six weeks before our visit. I'd deliberately chosen a 5.30pm slot having checked the time of sunset in January to make it a very special evening. We drove up in a torrential downpour shortly before 5.00pm. The guy at the gate initially told us we had to go away and come back at 5.30. Eventually... More 

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1 Thank Liam D
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301 reviews
286 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited several times over the years. Same experience each time: 1. Facility = 5-star ... very contemporary, yet still warm; 2. Views/ambiance/atmosphere = unquestionably 5-star; 3. Food = 4-star, again being generous. Some items are divine; but their periodic "not-so-good's" are unacceptable given their high cost. Example: Every very popular Big Sur restaurant has a tremendous burger (Ventana, Nepenthe, Sierra... More 

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Thank ggrodhaus
San Francisco, California
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This review is really 3 very different parts: the room and setting, which were *****, the food, which was ****, and the service and intangibles, which were *. All were for the $55 lunch on 1/10/16. The room and setting are beautiful. We chose lunch over dinner because, in addition to the price difference, we would have the opportunity to... More 

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1 Thank Peter F
Boston, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The tasting menu paired with the wine was fantastic! Complements to the chef! The view, incredible. Thank you God. A must do in Big Sur. We'll return.

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Thank foodieguy2014
Kevin_Geanides, General Manager at Sierra Mar, responded to this review

Foodieguy2014, Thank you for the gracious comments and we look forward to welcoming you back when your travels bring you back to Big Sur. More 

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277 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food was good. I liked it. Everything tastes good. It didn't make me sick. We both liked our meals. The view was pretty.

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Thank Scrappleking
Kevin_Geanides, General Manager at Sierra Mar, responded to this review

Scrappleking, Thank you for review. We are thrilled you enjoyed the view and the food. Please come see us again. More 

Rocky River, Ohio
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We would have breakfast every morning to an unbelievable view of the ocean. Food quality and service was beyond excellent.

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Thank DEBRA-RUSS
Kevin_Geanides, General Manager at Sierra Mar, responded to this review

DEBRA-RUSS, Thank you for being our guest and taking the time to write your review of Sierra Mar. Literally a breath taking view. We look forward to serving you again. 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Scenic view

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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