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Sierra Mar

47900 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
+1 831-667-2800
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Ranked #4 of 20 restaurants in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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79% Recommend
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English first
Santa Barbara, CA
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The first and second courses aren't really courses, unless you're getting a 10-course meal (but we weren't). I think in general, American restaurants serve portions that are ridiculously large, but I think this place wants to make up for them all by themselves. A great view, as it's in the Post Ranch Inn overlooking the Pacific, but that's the best... More

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Fremont, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We had a reservation to eat lunch here at 12:15, when the restaurant opens. Because we checked out of a cabin that we were staying in a few miles from the Post Ranch Inn at 11:30 am, we drove over to the Post Ranch, figuring that we could wait there until the restaurant opened. Even though we had a reservation... More

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San Diego, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I am vegetarian so I can only speak to the veggie items on the menu. We had the smoked tomato soup and the carrot risotto. Its been 3 days and I still remember the taste of fennel (the secret ingredient!) like it was an hour ago. The place is perched on a cliff looking straight down to the ocean. A... More

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Disclaimer: We may not have arrived for lunch at Post Ranch Inn during a particularly scenic day...which may have detracted from our experience. Nonetheless, it was not what I expected from such a highly rated inn and restaurant. We arrived earlier than expected for our lunch and the woman at the front gate was neither helpful, understanding, or informed about... More

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

When you arrive at Sierra Mar the view is one of the best on the planet from a restaurant, to be frank the owners could play off this and offer average food and service, thankfully this is not the case. From the moment we arrived the service was speedy, relaxed and fun but never presumptuous. The view as stated is... More

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simi valley
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We ate breakfast here and wow, what an experience! The food was great - the view was spectacular! Would have love to try dinner but was way out of our price range!

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The restaurant is in the Post Ranch Inn. My children took me here for mother's day. There is a little hike up to the restaurant. Grounds are well maintained and the views were beautiful. Once inside the restaurant, it was total windows over looking the Pacific Ocean with a spectacular view of the California coast. Every table has it's own... More

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Dallas, TX
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Simply one of the most amazing atmospheres I have ever experienced. It is not just the view. Yes, the view is gorgeous but being inside Sierra Mar feels like you are hovering in space because you feel like you are floating above the earth with the sublime ocean view. The food and service are secondary and while not that great,... More

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Danville, California
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I had very high expectations of Sierra Mar, and every one of them was missed. When considering that this restaurant serves what has been rated as one of the finest hotels in the world, it's hard not to consider this restaurant a tragedy. Sure, the views are stunning, but Sierra Mar isn't a viewpoint, it's a restaurant, and they miss... More

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San Francisco, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We arrived early for our rooms, so the staff sent us to the Sierra Mar for a drink and something to eat free of charge. When we walked it it took our breath away! All glass hanging over the cliff. We sat at the bar taking in the beauty. We ate dinner here the first and second night. We enjoyed... More

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