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“Amazing..all around!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sierra Mar

Sierra Mar
47900 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
+1 831-667-2800
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Ranked #2 of 20 restaurants in Big Sur
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.
Menlo Park, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
“Amazing..all around!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

We treated ourselves to lunch at Sierra Mar on the way back up to San Francisco after spending a weekend down at the southern end of Big Sur..what a spot!! We sat on the outside deck in brilliant sunshine soaking in the view while being spoiled with the $40 3-course set menu. The food quality and portions were fantastic and considering the location and cost of a-la-carte dining here..it was a bargain! Highly recommended.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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87 reviews 87 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Lunch with a view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We stayed at the post ranch inn so Sierra Mar was where we had breakfast daily, we also set here for lunch.
The food was fantastic - enjoyed every mouthful of 3 courses. We went for wines pairings too which made everything taste even better.
Service was attentive but not over the top.
But what made it really special was the view. You could sit there in awe go the view all day.
Expensive meal but why not splurge occasionally.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bay Area
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Dinner at Sierra Mar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Food and service are impeccable but have difficulty besting the view. 1500 feet above the surf changes your perspective. Waves look like ripples. This is all distracting from the flawless service and the craftsman like cooking.

Visited March 2013
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Livermore, California
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148 reviews 148 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 67 cities Reviews in 67 cities
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
“Second best meal of my life....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Sierra Mar is an amazing culinary experience from the minute you walk in the door. The setting is great (albeit it was dark when we went so we could not see the ocean). The restaurant is very intimate and cozy - yet has an upscale feel. The service was very attentive and excellent. But the food was something I have never experienced. The chef put so much attention to detail and presentation. The tastes were so bold and fresh. I had this abalone dish with herbs and balsamic pearls that blew me away. The pumpkin soup with poached pears was to die for. My main dish was John Dory with Jasmine infusion. My partner had the waygu beef which was also stunning. This place is one of best restaurants in the country if not the world. It is pricey but worth every penny. Don't miss your chance to dine here.....the best of the best (second only to the French Laundry)

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Northern Ireland
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55 restaurant reviews
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168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
“Underachievement.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We dined in the Sierra Mar with some expectation having had a wonderful meal there five years ago. Unfortunately the experience, this time, proved to be a big disappointment.
The service was slow and the meal was average. Certainly, no justification for the astronomical price.
Overall, a big disappointment this time around. We had planned to dine there both nights of our stay in the Post Ranch Inn but opted to go elsewhere the second night after this experience.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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