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Sierra Mar - Post Ranch Inn
Sierra Mar - Post Ranch Inn

Sierra Mar - Post Ranch Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://postranchinn.com
  • Phone: (831) 667-2800
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Craig Von Foerster
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer Valet as well as a private lot for parking.
A word from Sierra Mar - Post Ranch Inn
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a spectacular view of the California coast, the award winning Sierra Mar Restaurant serves world-class cuisine in an awe-inspiring setting. This Big Sur restaurant features an innovative, four course, prix fixe menu, which changes daily and utilizes organic, seasonal fare. Sierra Mar offers wine selections from one of the most extensive collections in North America.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Great experience dining here, both service and food were excellent. Our only disappointment was the dress code. The web site was quite clear on dress code so we dressed appropriately but several diners showed up and were seated in athletic shorts and tennis shoes. Not what we expected at a fine dining established. Overall though highly recommend for the food and the views."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We were fortunate with the weather. The inversion layer created a low pressure system pushing the clouds just below the dining room. It was an amazing sight. The food is a prefix and exceeds expectations. Staff is very knowledgable of menu items and wines."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Post Ranch Inn is on the beautiful Big Sur Coast with the most stunning views of the Pacific! Add the Sierra Mar Restaurant into this and it's the best of everything! The service, tables with a view, wine & the food! It was our anniversary so we opted for the 9 course which actually came with a few extra surprises as well! It helps to be a gourmet foodie to truly appreciate all that is offered! And we LOVED it!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Lovely lunch. Beautiful presentation of food. Just nice to take in Sierra Mar and the natural beauty surrounding Post Ranch."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "sat lunch for wife's birthday. not crowded, great view, service was wonderful, and food is great. my wife had the lamb and i had the wagyu burger. The lamb was really good and recommended. The wagyu burger was not bad, but was not great either, it was just meh. I had $10 burgers which tasted better. appetizer and desert was also just okay. i wish they had a bigger selection of items. the pricing is really expensive for what you get so you are really paying for the view (which is free on hw1). "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I thought that food was gong to be outstanding, but was very normal "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "One of the best places I have ever been, great food and a beautiful view!!! "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Probably the nicest lunch we've had in the last decade. Food was superlative and service was excellent. Enjoyed the prix fixe menu with wine pairings. Everything about this lunch was absolutely first rate! Have been coming to Post Ranch Inn since 1992 and the Sierra Mar has always delivered the freshest food prepared with amazing attention to detail -- complex dishes with singular flavor profiles in a one-of-a-kind setting. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Great execution on the 9 course tasting menu with wine pairings. Congrats Chef! Also Matt the sommelier did a nice job finding unique wines from around the world that matched up nicely with each dish, even more remarkable knowing the modest buying budget he has for the pairing option). We ended up buying a half case of our favorite from Sierra Mar."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The three courses for lunch were absolutely delightful, but I do recommend buying a bottle of wine rather than the wine pairing, since the three pairings were less than two ounces each."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The location was spectacular and the service was excellent. The food for me was just ok compared to the price. The presentation was spectacular but the portions and tastes were small. We had a great time because of the service and the view."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The special ocean tasting menu with wine pairing was superb. The staff gave great descriptions of the wine and food. The pheasant at the end of the main courses was the best I have ever eaten. Beautiful balance of sauce and flavor. We look forward to another food adventure there."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Sierra Mar is a very special place. Sitting on the cliffs above Big Sur, the view is superb. The restaurant is beautifully designed with very nice spacing between tables allowing for quiet conversations. The service was excellent because of the well-trained staff and the more than adequate ratio compared to the number of patrons. The fixed price meal was served at a very leisurely pace with nice breaks between courses. The menu provides a lot of nice choices and when asked the restaurant was willing to accommodate some changes. The carrot soup, poached pear, black cod, wagyu burger, toffee cake, and chocolate were all delicious and plated very nicely. They could not have been better."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "For our 3 year anniversary, my boyfriend and I dined at Sierra Mar for the 3rd time. It was, as always, a magical experience. As the sun sets over the ocean you enjoy what can only be described as food art. We ordered the 9 course tasting menu and determined that between the complementary appetizers before the 9-courses, the unique breads, the 9-courses, and delicious cocktails, we each sampled nearly 30 preparations!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The food was excellent. The servers take time to bring all the three course meals. Gives you enough time to soak in the scenic view of the grand pacific ocean. You might spot a few whales if you are lucky! Overall a great experience."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I had lunch last week and it was amazing… the food is very good, they have a special lunch menu that's excellent but what makes it unique is the place and the setting."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "A great restaurant: food and service match and nearly overshadow the amazing location"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "This used to be one of my favorite restaurants in the world. It has plummeted in quality and is now wildly overpriced and serving mediocre, uninspired food."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "We have eaten here several times. It is always a wonderful meal. But we feel over-priced. In 1993 it was $50 for the dinner, now over $100. Maybe that is the way it goes."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "A very romantic spot overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Interesting Four Course Menu with a variety of unique options. For those not staying at the Post Ranch Inn, this is a must. Expensive and worth it!"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "We enjoyed a late lunch with wine pairings. We were there for over 2 hours. I really felt we'd been forgotten between courses. Location and architecture really cool."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Sierra Mar has a beautiful view. The food was very good."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "To dine at the post ranch inn and enjoy the first Class experience was indeed a special treat. The wine pairing made everything perfect."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "I spend a few days in big sur every year and on each trip I make sure to have lunch or dinner at sierra mar. The food and dining experience is always perfection - it just can't get any better than that."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "The best ocean views in the state of California! Great prix fix menu and one of the best wine list around. Come for lunch and enjoy the day!"
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "The post ranch inn lunch tasting menu (with pairing) is an absolute delight. If you're hiking in the area and need a little pampering, this is the most amazing spot with delicious ramifications."
    Dined on 9/16/2013
  • "Sierra Mar was just wonderful. We had an amazing view, in a beautiful location (even though we were shrouded in fog). The whole evening was really special."
    Dined on 9/8/2013
  • "Should you be lucky enough to be in Big Sur, you must eat a meal at Sierra Mar. Because they accommodate guests at the Post Ranch Inn with preferred dining times, dinner reservations for non-guests are limited to either 5:30 or 8:45. Not a problem at all as the 5:30 reservation actually allowed us the full sunset experience throughout our meal. Dinner is a 4 course prix fixe [currently $120 per person] with a changing menu based on seasonal availability. We each had the corn soup as our 2nd course, having started with the salad and shaved speck. I went with the scorpion while my wife had the black truffle gnochi for entrees. My dessert was a bountiful cheese course. Ask to see the larger wine list-tremendous bottles-and helpful somm."
    Dined on 9/11/2013
  • "Dinner with spectacular views, hump back whales and a beautiful sunset. Their location at Big Sur is just breathtaking. Food was great and the presentation of the dishes was first class. Our waitress took her time to explain every dish, she was nice and knowledgeable. I am planning to come back hopefully soon to enjoy this amazing Restaurant."
    Dined on 8/30/2013
  • "While the fog is unpredictable, we did have a great view from this restaurant. The fixed-price lunch menu is quite a good option - more than enough food for us. While we were not in a hurry (in fact the opposite), the timing of the courses was a bit strange - there was an initial large delay, then the courses were closely spaced in time. Perhaps the kitchen was busy when we first arrived. The waiter was knowledgeable, but did fail when asked to box our left-overs (not everything was saved, as we discovered when we got home!). Location of this restaurant is enough to warrant a visit - the grounds are worth a walk around, so even if the sea is obscured by fog, there is plenty to see (at lunch). A great place to take visitors to the area."
    Dined on 8/25/2013
  • "This is a great restaurant for a romantic meal with gorgeous views of the ocean and surrounding area, the restaurant is set in a glass box so you feel as though you are floating above the ocean. We went for lunch so we could see the views during the day especially as we were on vacation. The prix fixe lunch menu and wine pairing was good, starters and desserts were stand out however mains were not particularly outstanding. Recommended spot"
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "Recomendaria apenas pela vista excepcional. É um restaurante caro e a comida deixa muito a desejar."
    Dined on 6/20/2013
  • "Our lunch at Sierra Mar was one of the highlights of our trip. The terrace and dining room offer dramatic views over the Big Sur coast. The food was delicious and service was outstanding. They also have a great wine list."
    Dined on 7/12/2013
  • "Each time we have dined and stayed at the inn we have experienced a high level of service, creative, delicious and beautiful food in a magical continuous changing setting. It is a unique and wonderful treasure to return to whenever possible."
    Dined on 6/16/2013
  • "Modern Californian food with an Asian influence served in a room with floor-to-ceiling plate glass windows looking over the cliffs of Big Sur. I've never had a more dramatic view to accompany dinner. Food was very good, though the daily menu was a bit heavier on seafood and entrails than I would have liked. Service was subdued and competent."
    Dined on 5/26/2013
  • "$45 3 course prix fixe lunch menu. the food was delicious and well seasoned. we had no complaints about the service as well, the staff were helpful and friendly. the view was AMAZING and we could see for miles up the big sur coast on a clear day. we would definitely come back again and stay at the hotel next time."
    Dined on 5/25/2013
  • "Well worth the expense. Make sure you go for sunset. One of the most amazing views you will ever experience. Very special romantic occasion. The food was phenomenal as well."
    Dined on 4/6/2013
  • "Sierra Mar is one of the most spectacular restaurants you will find. The view at sunset is out of this world and architecturally even the walk up from the hotel is enchanting. Although the food is not cheap, the quality of ingredients and presentation is highly thought out. The service was fantastic, everyone from our main waiter to the bread waiter were extremely hospitable, friendly and helpful. The wine list is excellent particularly if opt to do the wine pairings. Words fail to capture this place and in the heart of the beautiful Big Sur this is the perfect up market choice. I just wish it was closer to my home!"
    Dined on 4/13/2013
  • "Unlike any other dining experience for me! The property and how it is designed and situated on the Coast, plus a wonderful menu, left no disappointments. Please experience this 'retreat" it is awe inspiring."
    Dined on 2/19/2013
  • "Creative and delicious prix fixe menu, perfectly executed. Appreciated the friendly hosts and servers."
    Dined on 3/31/2013