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“Lovely lunch!”
Review of Sierra Mar

Sierra Mar
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Ranked #3 of 23 Restaurants in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $45 - $120
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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.
Reviewed March 16, 2014

Having cooked from the incredible Sierra Mar Cookbook a time or two, we were anxious to visit this signature restaurant on a recent trip to San Francisco. Dropped the teens/young adults in Carmel for their own (lower $$ lunch) and continued to Sierra Mar for a "date" lunch for two. What a beautiful spot, and a lovely meal. Our prix fixe menu was full of appealing options. Both the food and the view were memorable. Taking photos of my food is not my thing, but even I succumbed to the beauty of the trout salad and snapped a picture! Will remember this experience for a long time.

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Thank ATLFAM
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Really- my husband arranged an early dinner so we could see the sunset, and we were seated by a window (I think every possible seat in the restaurant has a view of the ocean) and were pulled into the sunset while we sipped a keir royal. We had the 4 course tasting menu which was really delectable. I had the goose liver pate with saffron toast and these oysters- with pickled sea kelp. WOW. Both were so unbelievable that I can actually conjure up the memory and sensation. The main dish was a beef tenderloin with a creamy mushroom sauce and dessert was a trickster carrot cake; it was deconstructed and reconstructed with a chevre cream frosting and little dried carrot nibblets. Each bite was like a tickle because it tasted like a carrot cake and it didn't. Great wine recommendation too.
It was expensive but we were celebrating multiple milestones and it was a perfect way to do it.

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1  Thank FRANINCENSE
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Lunch at Sierra Mar was a delightful experience. We were fortunate to be able to eat on the deck at the beginning of February. What a beautiful view. The three course price fix is an absolute bargain compared to dinner. Food was fresh, visually appealing and delicious. Oysters were nicely chilled with a delicate mignonette. Perfect amount of brininess and acidity. The chefs take on bouillabaisse was unique in the fact it was basically a fish consommé with an array of perfectly cooked seafood. Dessert was a nicely selected cheese platter. I would highly recommend for a leisurely lunch with a spectacular view.

Thank Zooterp81
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

We are guests at Big Sur's spectacular Post Ranch Inn, which really is one of the most beautiful resorts in the world. The accommodations and staff are wonderful as is their spa. So when you visit their restaurant, Sierra Mar, you expect to be blown away. Indeed, for a $120 a person prix fixe menu, you ought to be. Our dinner there was really disappointing. The four course menu had really limited choices-one sea food main course item-black cod- and only two dessert choices, both chocolate (white and dark) , plus a modest four item cheese platter.

Our appetizers were innovative- sunchoke and marinated abalone, as was my asparagus soup. My abalone was a day too old, and tasted more like octopus sushi. And the puree on which the sunchoke was served was cold from the fridge, as it was for my wife's chicken main course. Both her main course and mine-a tiny rack of lamb- were overdone just enough to be dry. The server was sweet and attentive, but the kitchen basically just phoned it in.

If we'd ordered wine with our meal, the bill would have come to over $400- L'espalier or Alinea prices. There are at least four restaurants in our home town of Charlottesville that outperform Sierra Mar. Their breakfast buffets are wonderful, with caring and attentive staff. But for one of the most expensive resorts in the world, one expects at least Michelin One Star dining. Management needs to take this seriously, as it damages the resort's reputation. We're coming back to Post Ranch, but until things improve in the kitchen, we'll have dinner elsewhere.

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5  Thank tcoyote
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

This is nothing short of a taste of Heaven. Words cannot truly express the greatness of every aspect of the experience you will have at Post Ranch Inn.
Don't miss it.

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Thank ALAN D
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