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Sierra Mar

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
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prix fixe | 55.
trio wine pairing | 29.
COURSE ONE​
big sur furikake
avocado, green apple, wasabi, spicy greens
piedmontese carpaccio
arugula, parmigiano, pine nuts, truffles
sweet onion soup
almond,​ caramelized onion biscotti, wild blossoms
pacific gold oysters
shiso, local seaweed, togarashi
BLACK RIVER CAVIAR:​
$295
"golden" oscietra 30g
supplement
$195
siberian sturgeon 30g
supplement
COURSE TWO​
albacore tuna
wild fennel pollen, heirloom squash, meyer lemon, clams
carrot risotto
carnaroli rice, carrot purée, garden herbs
hazelnut finished pork shoulder
smoked tomato sugo, ramps, carrots
wagyu burger
schoch dairy monterey jack cheese, smoked bacon, tomato jam
COURSE THREE​
avender panna cotta
olive oil cake, blueberries, cardamom milk gelato, lemon-blueberry "meringue", candied pistachio
chocolate peanut butter bar
roasted banana ice cream, chocolate crèmeux, feuilletine croquant, salted caramel sauce
raw cow's milk cheese
from schoch dairy farmstead multi-seed crackers, green almond "tapenade"
BIG SUR TASTING MENU - LUNCH​
five courses | 95
wine pairing | 49
experience big sur. our chef’s signature lunch menu features flavors and ingredients inspired by big sur.
abalone blini
garden herbs, smoked trout roe, crème fraîche
monterey bay squid
chorizo, piquillo pepper, artichoke
smoked venison
pistachio, yucca, cherry
bixby bloom goat cheese
walnut, acorn bread, drunken apricot
california bay laurel and chocolate brioche
caramelia mousse
About
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.
PRICE RANGE
$45 - $120
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
American
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I enjoyed everything about our meal except one thing: we were very rushed. A four course meal in about 1:15. We didn’t have time to enjoy the restaurant, the food or each other. I am disappointed to say I won’t go back.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Raj T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The setting is beautiful, and the meals are beautifully plated, but the taste just isn’t there. I found all my courses beautiful but bland.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Beth C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We made reservations only a week in advance for Sunday lunch and somehow found a table at 1:30pm. We headed down early hoping to go to Pfeiffer beach or hike and explore the property a little (which is not allowed, understandably it is for hotel...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank William D
Reviewed December 30, 2018

This is my girlfriend’s and my preferred spot for special occasions. We are always treated well, and have amazing lunches and wine here. Doesn’t get much better than this. The Head Chef is superb.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Bigsurkate
Sean A, Sierra Mar Director at Sierra Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hello Bigsurkate, Thanks so much for your kind words! We feel as though Executive Chef Elizabeth Murray is truly fantastic; and, we are so happy to hear you agree. Please come visit us again soon for another special occassion. All the best, Sean Appel Sierra...More

Reviewed December 22, 2018 via mobile

If you want the best view of Big Sur and great food this is the place! We came out from our wonderful lunch to be dazzled by a flock of California Condors overhead.More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ValleyFor
Sean A, Sierra Mar Director at Sierra Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hello ValleyFor, We are so lucky to have such a special corner of Big Sur at Sierra Mar. It truly is remarkable to be able to watch the California Condors fly above us. Thanks so much for coming in and we hope to see you...More

Reviewed December 17, 2018

What can I say: amazing view, amazing food, great service and great drinks...definitely not a place to be missed!

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank leejneves
Sean A, Sierra Mar Director at Sierra Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hello leejneves, Thanks for coming and visiting us at Sierra Mar. We are so thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful experience with all aspects of our restaurant and we hope to see you soon. All the best, Sean Appel Sierra Mar Director

Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

If you want a restaurant to impress or for a very special occasion then this one of a kind (maybe once in a lifetime) secluded dining experience perched high on a cliff above the ocea is worth the drive or flight. From the mysterious entrance...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Dizzytoo
Sean A, Sierra Mar Director at Sierra Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hello Dizzytoo, Thanks so much for your kind words! Please come visit us again for another special occassion. All the best, Sean Appel Sierra Mar Director

Reviewed December 10, 2018

As the restaurant at the Post Ranch Inn, you have very high expectations...and this place delivers! Great food and wine list!!! My only regret was I didn't get there in time to watch the sunset at this spectacular venue!More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Tim C
Sean A, Sierra Mar Director at Sierra Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hello Tim C, Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know about your great experience at Sierra Mar. Please make sure to make time for the sunset on your next visit alongside a cocktail! Hope to see you soon. All the best,...More

Reviewed November 18, 2018 via mobile

For the Hermès Birkin bag set, the Post Ranch Inn is the type of perfect new age motel that often charges in excess of $1000 a night for rooms hanging off a Big Sur mountaintop. If you can’t afford the hotel tab but would like...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Sean A, Sierra Mar Director at Sierra Mar, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2018

Hello Zzardvark, Wow! Thanks so much for such a great review of Sierra Mar. We certainly agree that our restaurant is a bucket list item. Please come visit us again soon! All the best, Sean Appel Sierra Mar Director

Reviewed November 8, 2018

ate every meal there when staying at the Post Ranch Inn. Views are SPECTACULAR, food was FANTASTIC. I had breakfast and dinner there...sunset was amazingMore

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank DougA373
Sean A, Sierra Mar Director at Sierra Mar, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2018

Hello Doug A, Dinner at Sierra Mar during sunset is sublime; we are so happy to hear you thought so too! The hidden gem of Sierra Mar, however, is the beautiful breakfast bar and morning coffee. Thank you so much for letting us know you...More

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Bonnie R
June 23, 2016|
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Response from activeguy88 | Reviewed this property |
This response is a little late. I've never been to Nepenthe, but did have lunch once at Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn. If you're interested in a restaurant with great views, I would consider Rocky Point Restaurant... More
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gator32016
May 15, 2016|
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Response from Mohyna | Reviewed this property |
No harm in reserving earlier. We called in March and were told it was booked till June but we were not staying there! But this was dinner. We managed to get lunch booking much more easily. Lunch prices were lower as its... More
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HSG_12
February 15, 2016|
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Response from banchewmn | Reviewed this property |
You must have a reservation. Go for lunch if you are on a budget. While expesive, the experience is well worth it. However if you want to "hang" @ a bar go to Nepenthe's for great views, food and drink. Deetjen's also... More
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