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

Sierra Mar - Post Ranch Inn

  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Sierra Mar - Post Ranch Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.9
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (42)special occasion (38)romantic (35)fit for foodies (28)great for lunch (24)notable wine list (20)great for outdoor dining (18)great for brunch (7)neighborhood gem (6)hot spot (5)good for groups (2)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • AMAZING
    ChristinaSVVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Although expensive, this restaurant is worth every penny. From the moment you arrive, throughout the dinner, it is exceptional on all levels. So beautiful, with such good food, and excellent service. Well worth a spurge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful experience
    Preston
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    the view was to die for along with the service, food and wine..its a unique wonderful expensive experience! Highly recommend it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Beautiful setting, but very mediocre food. Nothing special at all.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's ok.
    Kristin
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The view is spectacular, our waiter was just weird and not engaging at all. He was a drip. We were so turned off by him that it's affected our view of this restaurant. The food is good, was it worth 500 dollars? Not really, but your there for the unbelievable view. In my opinion it's a good place to go for sunset drinks and go somewhere else for dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lupeloo
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Unforgettable views and delicious food. Our service was excellent and our courses perfectly timed. One of the highlights of our trip.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    cafoodie
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The beautiful view was the only thing that was good about Sierra Mar (and some of the staff). The food was tiny portions and bad. Undercooked risotto, tiny salad that was tasteless, cheese plate with cardboard like cracker and two small pieces of rock hard cheese. Don't come hungry to Sierra Mar. The cocktails were pricey and bad. We tried four different cocktails, bad. I believe there needs to be a revamping of this restaurant as far as menu and cocktails. It is a shame since it is such a beautiful spot.
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  • Truly fantastic
    chef2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    One of the best meals of my life! And a lunch at that. We went to the French Laundry this year as well and were far more impressed by the creativity and execution of the dishes as Sierra Mar. And the views not too bad either...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unmatched on the California Coast
    MeddyVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    An oasis on Highway 1. Hard to believe this kind of quality exists in such a remote location. Innovative high quality food, service, and incredible view make for a lunch or dinner that'll never be forgotten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional tasting lunch
    RocklinBob
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The food at Sierra Mar was so good that it competed with the exceptional view and won hands down. A five-course tasting menu began with an amuse bouche of Quilcene oysters on the half-shell and proceeded to cold-smoked venison tartare with bold mustard on a rye crisp, a perfect pairing with the oysters. Next up was Monterey Bay farmed abalone drenched in buttermilk, miso and clarified brown butter. Course three was a perfect grass-fed tenderloin of beef with savory corn pudding and dried green and red tomato slices, followed by San Luis Obispo Schoch cheese, acorn bread, and apple butter. The desert course of caramelia mousse and chocolate brioche with bay laurel ash. Lyle, our local waiter, the chef's crew and staff made us feel special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • expensive but worth it
    MelOnWheelsVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    if you're choosing the place to go in big sur with a view, this is it. ventana inn has nothing on this place...the presentation, the quality and the choice was so much better here at the Post Ranch Inn, it's no contest
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The most amazing restaurant I have ever been to! The view is breathtaking and the food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion dining
    PatrVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We enjoyed visiting Sierra Mar once again.....the setting is breath taking and the staff are very attentive and kind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special experience
    jcsunVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Hard to get a rez but worth it. Visiting Bug Sur for the first time and on our baby moon, we're from NYC. Expensive but perfect for special occasion. The view is breathtaking. Food is impeccable. At first I thought the small portions would leave us feeling hungry but we were stuffed by the end. We both ordered the tenderloin and short rib as main course and loved it. Everything from the bread they serve to the courses are well thought out and detailed. High quality. Special place for us. Hope to be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still A Good Bet
    FormerChicagoFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I have enjoyed Sierra Mar several times and we always bring guests from out of town. The views are spectacular. The service was outstanding - all of our guests agreed. This time, the food was a little less than we have come to expect, unfortunately. While most dishes were good, we felt the first courses were really well done, but for mains, the risotto was a little one-note and my own was mostly fat (the chef did provide me with another piece of meat). All-in-all, a spectacular place to dine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best and keeps getting better
    RickzVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Absolutely love this place. The service is excellent (we always make a reservation) from the moment we walk in the door. The fixed price menu and wine pairings are great. The wines are varied depending on the appetizer, entree and dessert selections. Everything is perfect. We can't wait to go back. Not only do we recommend Sierra Mar to friends but we bring them there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Netto
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It's a wonderul place. Worth take a lunch there. I recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great time
    sleatsierra
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Sierra Mar, food and ambiance are in one of my top 5 restaurants now. The view of Pacific is spectacular the drive to the restaurant from Monterey is without question beautiful. food was excellent in all ways
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elevated dining
    LHeats
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The views (we saw whales everywhere!) is only rivaled by the careful attention to the menu. We loved every item. Great wine list too. We've eaten at some of the best restaurants in the world and would count this one among them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Adair
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My boyfriend and I spent our anniversary here and did the tasting menu! The night was special and perfect! Loved everything about it! Especially enjoying our dessert outside by the firepits with the moon reflecting on the water. A night I will never forget.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • location and no more..
    giu2dine
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Posizione fantastica.. sembra di fluttuare sul mare... per quanto riguarda la cena.. nulla che mi abbia colpito a parte il servizio carente.. molte disattenzioni da parte dei camerieri che per un ristorante che si atteggia a posto di livello, non e' accettabile!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • INCREDIBLE VIEW
    mikeVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Pricing but considering everything, money well spent View is incredible.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a little disappointing
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food didn't hit the mark as some of the ingredients weren't ripe or best quality. The service was disappointing as my husband's water glass was always empty and neighbors had to keep asking for more bread. I would have expected the food and service to be better at a restaurant that charges $50 for lunch. If you have mobility issues, I would check to see if they can drive you up to the restaurant. There is a wooden bridge and outside stairs that need to be climbed to get to the restaurant. Still is a unique spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Very expensive and worth every dollar. Food and ambiance doesn't get any better tan this
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best restaurant in the Bay area
    JeremieVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Incredible view, outstanding service, extraordinary food, outstanding wine list. I cannot recommend this place enough, the price you pay is very reasonable for the level of quality you get. It is not diner anymore, it is a high-end experience above the clouds.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nashville
    NashvilleVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Make a late lunch due to fog. Long way to go. If handicapped, you will have a hard time walking up the stairs to the restaurant. The Ranch seemed a little dated, but views were wonderful once the sun appeared.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 191 reviews are from the Sierra Mar - Post Ranch Inn reviews archive.
  • Sublime Decadence. Visual Ecstacy!
    Catreens1
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Do it once in your life, but DO IT. THE ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS OUTSTANDING. THE STAFF ARE OF THE HIGHEST CALIBRE FROM THE MINUTE YOU ENTER THE PROPERTY TILL YOU LEAVE. THE BEST EXPERIENCE WEVE EVER HAD ON A VACATION. WORTH EVERY CENT.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing view
    PranjalVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food was amazing and so was the view and the price was just right!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous as always
    PorscheTwoVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I usually come for lunch on a weekday but braved the summer Saturday traffic this time. Despite the crowd, the service was perfect. The only thing I did not like was the new Pre Fix lunch menu which was very limited. I miss their old, much larger selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible views
    TylerDurden
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food was great - it was like dinner and a show because you could see whales pop out of the water. Pretty amazing
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unforgettable evening
    Frenchie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I booked this reservation for my husband's 50th birthday dinner. We were seated right in front of the window looking over the ocean and had the most remarkable dinner. The service wasn't super speedy, but actually we enjoyed that because the experience was so great, as was the food, we really were not in any hurry to rush out. This is one place I'd put on the must do list when visiting Big Sur.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Big Sur
    JRHongKong
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Our dinner at Sierra Mar was one of the best dining experiences we have ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    Brutus
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner above the clouds
    Sierramar
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning View & Gourmet Goodness
    FoodLover
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LovetolunchVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Lovely lunch. Beautiful presentation of food. Just nice to take in Sierra Mar and the natural beauty surrounding Post Ranch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place for lunch
    iambroke
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place, normal Good
    Luigi
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I thought that food was gong to be outstanding, but was very normal
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    Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    One of the best places I have ever been, great food and a beautiful view!!!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal!
    foodforthoughtVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top-flight dining experience
    JBGWVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet