Glen Ellen Star
Glen Ellen Star

Glen Ellen Star

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://glenellenstar.com/
  • Phone: 7073431384x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Su-Th 5:30pm-9:000pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 5:30pm-9:30pm
  • Payment Options: Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ari Weiswasser
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Lindsay Huntsman 7073431384x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Warm Springs Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Glen Ellen Star
About Us

Established in 2012, Glen Ellen Star is the culmination of a decade-long dream by Chef Ari Weiswasser and his wife Erinn Benziger-Weiswasser. Resembling a quaint farmhouse while invoking a rural and rustic feeling of California wine country, Glen Ellen Star is a taste of both local and international flavors. It is the Weiswassers’ mission to create an inviting, neighborhood-friendly restaurant that consistently exceeds expectations. Ari has worked at New York’s Restaurant Daniel, Picholine, and Paul Liebrandt’s Corton, where he served as Chef de Cuisine. He also had a long stint at The French Laundry in Yountville, CA.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Glen Ellen Star reviews from OpenTable diners
132 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (115)neighborhood gem (97)great for outdoor dining (53)special occasion (46)hot spot (41)notable wine list (32)romantic (30)good for groups (15)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (5)scenic view (5)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Not a dining experience to repeat
    SonomaNapaLocalVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Made reservations well in advance and when we arrived on a HOT evening, we weren't given the choice of sitting inside the air-conditioned restaurant, rather we were assigned an outdoor table on the road, which quickly was besieged by flies and wasps who joined us for dinner. So lesson learned, when reserving, specify you want to sit INSIDE the restaurant. Very limited menu options. Entrees vary in quality, steak good, fish dry. The sprouts get lots of press, but don't live up to the hype. However the grilled corn was quite good. Blueberry crisp, a new dessert item ,was simply heated up blueberries in a syrup sprinkled with a ginger snap cookie for $12.00! The management was gracious and comped us dessert, given our experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Glen Ellen's best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Love this place. Imaginative menu - attentive but casual service - quaint atmophere. The roasted veggies could make me become a vegitarian but the meats tempt too much. Ever changing wine list makes for a new adventure focused on local wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Farm to Table Fresh!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We have to visit this restaurant on every trip to Sonoma. The food preparations are unique, and consistently amazing. Great Brussels sprouts. Corn , and wood fired pizzas. Also, the best home made peanut butter ice cream you have ever tasted! Food and service never disappoint in this smalll and quaint gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food Experience
    Hoosier
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    While visiting, we enjoyed a nice meal here. Excellent vegetables from the wood oven. Pasta and chicken dishes both disappeared from our plates. Home made malted chocolate ice cream was memorable in all good ways.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This place really hit the spot. The food is unique and delicious. Service was impeccable. We loved it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An amazing find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We were told about the GE Star by a winemaker pouring some wine for us and decided to try it. It's small, so tough to get in but absolutely worth the wait. They use a wood fired oven to cook just about everything. The veggies and pizza are "don't miss" items. We also tried the brick chicken (or something like that) which was terrific. If you're anywhere in the area, don't miss this gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic!
    kulmers2dine
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary at the Glen Ellen Star and everything was perfect! The staff joined in the celebration and really made our evening very special. All of the food is fresh made and flavorful. We ate here two years ago and it was good then as well. We had delicious champagne to toast the night and finished with a late harvest Riesling that was out of this world. Hubby had Chilean Sea Bass and I ordered a handmade pasta with carrot butter and fresh English Peas. Yum! Dessert was a sumptuous berry cobbler and home made ice cream. The evening was wonderfully memorable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was amazing!
    Jill
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Had to bring my foodie friend from the Peninsula to the Star to share my enthusiasm. Of course, the dishes were as marvelous as my previous visits. The corn alone, will keep me coming back! Ahhh... and the chicken. She loved it as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant in wine country
    Out2eatVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We all had an exceptional time here. The food was wonderful! Had the calamari and vegatable dishes for the first course. The whole Dorade was exceptional! We highly recommend this restaurant in every way!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Regina
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Lovely place. Great , friendly and fun service. Thank you Justin. Great food where fresh local produce truly stands out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superstars!
    boobooVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We love GE Star - Great food, great service and fun atmosphere. The brussels sprouts and corn were exceptionally delicious this time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Judith
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The restaurant has wonderful, innovative food, particularly its emphasis on multiple and interesting vegetarian dishes. A vegetarian friend appreciates the opportunity to enjoy a dinner with more options than at most restaurants, yet options for non-vegetarians are many and also very inventive - ultra-fresh and satisfying. The staff is competent & friendly. Our only complaint when eating inside vs outside is the extremely high noise level, almost painful at times & it was impossible to converse except by shouting. If you want to be able to have a conversation or avoid hearing intimate details from the next table, ask for a table outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK but not worth the trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The owners have done a terrific job renovating what looks to be an old store in the charming hamlet of Glen Ellen. However, the dining experience didn't live up to the locale. We were expecting something terrific, given the reviews on Yelp. First up, the roasted veggies. The corn w/queso was so salty we complained. High marks that it was swept away and replacement was good but not great. The (6) brussels sprouts themselves were exemplary, first-rate, but the sweet topping of bacon, smothering. The calamari, the best dish of the evening, but again, serving too small. Then the entree, a chicken breast in sauce Veracruz, which turned out to be chopped tomatoes, etc. OVERPOWERED by an unpleasant, unidentified herb. Ice cream good. **
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Star of Glen Ellen!
    roxie8
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Great roasted vegetables...especially the brussel sprouts! Only tried the organic chicken, but noteworthy. Very attentive waitstaff...given the fact that I'm highly allergic to nuts. They took my requests very seriously. Fresh and unpretentious place. Small menu but thoughtfully chosen. Would totally recommend it to many and already have! Actually had an order to go of the brussel sprouts the next night, as I was leaving town to go home from my little getaway!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 78 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 49 reviews are from the Glen Ellen Star reviews archive.
  • Star's Wine Country Ambience
    VineyardLori
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    We are locals, enjoy Star for a special night out, fun with friends. Menu items unique, delicious bordering on decadent, beautifully presented. Two of us shared 3 items. We were stuffed and took the yummy homemade ice cream home for the next night. Save salad for elsewhere. Always interesting tourist diners to chat with from everywhere. Hostess very helpful with the reservation. Don't miss a chance to sit at the bar to dine and chat with the Chefs. Great opportunity for gourmet and useful cooking tips. Outdoor patio is great. Service excellent! You will likely never order Flat Iron Steak elsewhere after this, nor will you want brussels sprouts without Star's brown sugar and bacon! And and and...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • hoosiergal2
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Food was delicious, server friendly and knowledgeable-...the roasted veggies were out of sight!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Glen Ellen Star Glows
    twainharte1
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Pluses: Special dinner. Excellent service. Food was above average. Flatiron steak yummy. Paired wines perfect. Filtered water tasty. Minuses: Limited menu. Don't bother with salad. Might be great with a group. I would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need more of these!
    MinnesotaSlim
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Great atmosphere and service. Any Foodie will be pleased. Very personable staff which is a direct reflection of the owner, Ari.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GES
    T7848
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The menu was a bit confusing as it started with vegetables, then starters. However, the food made up for any confusion. The white pizza with guanciale and arugula was outstanding. The mozzarella was creamy and delicious. The dessert menu basically consisted of ice cream--which was fabulous--but my advice would be to split an order. For just picking a wine country restaurant at random, we were more than satisfied with our dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Food
    Hillhiker
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The main courses- fish, chicken and lamb ragu were very good, and the oven baked vegetables were excellent and unusual. We were disappointed in the rock octopus- it seemed to be overcooked (never tried it before so I'm uncertain if this was the problem) and we felt it was very expensive for what we got. Very limited dessert menu. We had homemade ice cream and were unimpressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always excellent, but....
    KhakiMan
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    What's the point of Opentable and a reservation if you have to wait 15 minutes for your table? Not a plus when you see staff give away your table to walk-ups. Food excellent as usual, but service was non-existent and slow throughout our stay. By far our worst experience since their opening... and we're locals who dine quite frequently.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delish
    FoodDrop
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The menu was unusual and really a delight. Just ordering the pizza was exquisite... and we're not even talking about the vanilla maple bourbon ice cream in pint containers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, enthusiastic service
    GordonB
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Three of us (two locals and a guest) had reservations for 7:30 PM. At first the noise level was very high but once those with earlier reservations had finished and left the noise level dropped considerably. Our waiter, Tom, was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed every dish we ordered: two simple salads and a spring pea soup; the roast Brussels sprouts with brown sugar & bacon marmalade, and the roasted sugar snap peas with feta cheese as appetizers; lamb ragu, brick chicken, and the whole roasted dourade. Dessert was shared homemade ice cream and the strawberry crumble. Even the decaf coffee was delicious. I had some concerns because earlier reviews (2012) were mixed. No more--everything was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oh my Brussels!
    Lo4bubs
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Everything we had was delicious, from rhe pizza, fish, flat iron and ice cream, but the brussel sprouts are outrageous! Yum! Great experience, we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant
    Doggiediner
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Fun, great service, good pizza and especially liked the grilled artichokes.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't bother !!
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Limited and expensive wine selections. They charged us $2.00 EXTRA for Parmesan cheese which was badly needed on a totally uninspired pasta sauce. The cherry crumble dessert consisted of cherries, SUGAR and very little crumble. We had requested a 7 pm reservation but were told that only an hour earlier table was available, then we (and others - we noticed) were clearly being rushed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful, romantic dinner
    ginafaz
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    This restaurant was recommended to me as a special place for my husband and I -- something out of the city and perfect for a grown-up, no kids dinner, and it did not disappoint. The food was perfect and service great. We'll definitely return!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A highlight of our trip to the Bay
    Jboehman
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We were lucky enough to be staying nearby at the lovely Tanglewood House and were looking for something in the area. The menu looked great. What a treat we received. Everything was absolutely fresh and seasonal and prepared simply and deliciously. We're both from NYC so we get good foo a lot, but this was the best meal we've had in months. Don't skip the wood-fired veg. Great service, memorable meal, great night.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food in Glen Ellen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We just returned from a week in Sonoma and dined at Glen Ellen Star twice. The good is locally sourced and delicious! Enjoyed eating inside over the patio, though with a group the patio may be the way to go.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday fun Dinner
    SonoranVisitor
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    I brought my friend here for her borthday dinner. We were extremely pleased. The food was wonderful. We ordered a few things and shared. The veggie dishes were served in their own little cast iron pans. YUM The service was great! The wine was delicious too. A bit pricey but worth it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW
    Tomc
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Celebrating a friends birthday! He has not stopped talking about it. A perfect night !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the local food, but too rich
    JessicaVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We were referred here when asking about a place that served locally-grown fare. They do indeed, and it's wonderful. It comes from Benzinger Winery, and is all organic. We had roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, and lamb ragout, and a piece of pizza someone shared. The cauliflower was great, but the Brussels sprouts were 1/3" deep in oil, and it was just too much. The ragout also had lots of oil, and my spouse even noticed the pizza seemed to have extra oil. We'll go back, but ask for much less oil during the prep, as that just masks the flavors anyway.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • unique dining experience in Sonoma
    TR6guy
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Really tasty food in a casual setting in the middle of Glenn Ellen. Can't get much better than that!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pizza and Ice Cream
    kdaveVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Overall the food was delicious. We had the hanger steak and lamb ragu gnocchi. But I have to say the margherita pizza and home made ice cream stole the show!! Amazing!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Simply put, this place is a gem! This was without a doubt one of the best restaurant experiences I have ever had and the great thing is that it was not stuffy or too formal. Everything we had was not just great, but very unique with one or two ingredients that stood out. The service was impeccable and the restaurant itself is charming and quaint. Do yourself a favor and give this place a try soon..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Are Locals
    MClouse
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Finally! Our first visit. We really enjoyed everything; especially the cast iron veggies and cobbler.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food rocks, noise level unbearable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Impossible to carry-on a conversation with the noise level (mainly from the music) above 100 dB. The food is creative, we'll presented and memorable. We will try the outside dining area next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Culinary Experience
    Lanctots
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We recently ate at the Glen Ellen Star. It was better that we could have imagined. Staying at our favorite spot, The Olea Hotel, we were just a brief walk to the Star. As I was able to make reservations on Open Table, we did not have to wait forever for a table (like at another local restaurant). We chose to sit at the bar so that we could watch the food being prepared. This was a very entertaining and exciting decision. We enjoyed picking the brains of the chefs and admiring the effort they put into each dish. In addition, the food tasted amazing. It was a little warm, as we were closest to the wood oven, but it was worth it for the show. We will definitely be back on our next trip to this neck of the woods.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food was awesome and Brian did a great job taking care of us.. We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    InJoy
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food was great from the start to finish. Portion size just right. Seasoning not over doing it. Everything came out at the perfect temperature. Thanks for a delightfully delicious dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.