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About Glen Ellen Star
The Glen Ellen Star in Glen Ellen, California is a culinary experiment in wood fire cooking that highlights the best of California flavors. Established in 2012, Glen Ellen Star focuses all of the attention on seasonal ingredients that create unique dishes. Produce and meats are locally sourced to showcase the best farmers and gardeners of the surrounding region.
Along with traditional cooking methods, Glen Ellen Star uses a wood fired oven to create wonderful dishes. You will want to start with one of the roasted vegetable plates before the main meal. Entr�es include the rigatoni with matsutake mushrooms and pomegranate chestnuts with pumpkin butter that is melt-in-your-mouth.
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Su-Th 5:30pm-9:000pm
Dinner: F-Sa 5:30pm-9:30pm
Warm Springs Road
$31 to $50
Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Glen Ellen Star Ratings and Reviews
If you have never been here you are missing out! This is a small place that books up so make reservations. Every time I've been I've sat in the main dining room and watch them make all the food. The ingredients are as fresh and local as you get. The menu isn't huge but the taste is amazing.
We love this restaurant and share a pizza and oven roasted vegetables for starters! The whole fish is incredible and I highly recommend putting a plate in the middle to share tastes . We are foodies and love taking our friends to Glen Ellen Star! Sitting at the bar is an exiting adventure in cooking! The service is good. Pretty loud next to the kitchen.
We were four for dinner and all had different selections. The flavor and presentation were excellent. My lamb happened to be a bad cut so they replaced the dish and did not charge. The service could not have been better. Very crowded so reservations a must and parking could be a problem. Our first time there at the restaurant and we would go back if in the area.
When we asked, "What are you known for?" and the server said, "our roasted vegetables," we were intrigued, okay skeptical.... But the perfect margarita pizza was only rivaled by their carrot & chickpea dish and the broccoli. Scrumptious! If you find yourself in this beautiful little town, do check out the Star.
P.S. The make their own ice cream!
Hip cuisine has arrived in Glen Ellen. Food at GE Star was fine. Roasted veggies, their specialty, were somewhat dramatic, while not particularly food for the eyes, especially the cauliflower which looked like a scorched mop hidden under a veil of white sauce. The brussel sprouts, however, were tasty in an interesting bacon sugar marmalade sauce. The spring lamb ragu was delicious, although the portion was a tad small for the $27 a la carte price. The pizza margharita was the best item we ordered. Staff were very friendly and helpful.
The food at Glen Ellen Star is worthy of a Michelin star--so different and interesting. The wood fire is fine for pizza but the real treasures here are the vegetables. We had the brussel sprouts with bacon marmalade, the cauliflower, and the golden beets--each one was unique and outstanding--and really this could have been a meal. We did have the whole roasted fish as well and it was cooked to perfection and also wonderful.
We went for the Wednesday Night Special and it was spectacular. Absolutely delicious and a great value too. The service was perfect as well. But then that has been my experience every time that I have dined here. I think Ari and his team offer the best dining experience Sonoma.
The 'sunroom' is all hardscape and too loud to hear your tablemates. The short ribs were mushy. Our salad and wine saved the meal. Sticky toffee pudding was just a nice cake. The service was very good. Had the meal been good, the price would have been reasonable.
Husband and I went on a Wednesday Neighborhood night and the 2 course meal was wonderful. Our waitress was attentive and knowledgeable. My ONLY fault with the restaurant is the noise level. It can get a little too "lively".
I will go back though....for the great food!
While staying in Glen Ellen last year, we were introduced to this small but mighty dining spot. When we returned this year, we chose to eat here 2 out of the 3 nights in town! The food is incredible. The owner/chef is delightful and engaging, a former chef at the French Laundry who chose to bring excellent food to folks who didn't want to mortgage their house to have an incredible meal. The brussel sprouts are to die for and a must get item. This time we had the daily specials - a whole roasted Durade fish stuffed with fennel and the short ribs with cauliflower purée. Recommend sitting at the counter in front of the open kitchen as it allows you to chat with the chefs while they work their magic and they talk to you about what they are doing. Service is excellent as everyone is vested in making it an excellent dining experience. Recommended the Glen Ellen Star to fellow patrons at our B&B who all agreed it was the best dining experience!
We're San Francisco foodies, but really enjoyed this little place. Warm and friendly, caring service, and lovely food (loved the lamb sumo & the sticky toffee pudding w/bourbon ice cream: enormous and delicious!). We will definitely return when we're next up in Sonoma/already looking forward to it!
A friend recommended this place and it was totally worth the drive from Santa Rosa. We had a late reservation, but the place was still pretty busy and welcoming. The food was great--especially the veggie dishes. We were super impressed with the creativity and flavors were big but not overpowering. We were visiting from out of town and were in wine country for the WINE more than anything, so we wanted to have a few glasses to share among the table instead of ordering bottles (which were all pretty pricey). Unfortunately our waitress was less than helpful in this department, and even though there were limited wines by glass, didn't have much in the way of recommendations. We ended up picking ourselves (and they were all good choices) but we were really hoping for more of an educational experience being in Glen Ellen and all... It seemed like a pretty classy place (and is top rated in the area) so maybe ask if there is a somm you can chat with if you're in it for the wine.
While our server was very pleasant and polite, the host was not terribly welcoming when we arrived 15 minutes early. The food was quite expensive and there were almost no local wines on the menu. We were disappointed that the golden beets were burned on one side, the entres came with no vegetables, and the pizza was mediocre at best. A very loud table nearby did not add to our enjoyment.
I've been hearing about this great new restaurant, the Glen Ellen Star, for years and never stopped because it's a ways from home and I heard they didn't take reservations and there was always a line-up. Well, they DO take reservations now and it absolutely stood up to its reputation for a great dinner with friends - several small plates and then entrees each. Each plate was really outstanding. The only caveat is they could do more with sound absorption and use less salt - but I say that about every restaurant I visit...
It's been a year or so since we were last at the Star. The delay between visits was because I was not really taken with the menu or the presentation.
It was much better this time, especially the carrot appetizer and the ravioli; I would not walk far for the plain pizza. Loved the sticky toffee pudding.
All in all, we'll be back.
Worth the trek to this off this 'off the beaten track' restaurant.
Friendly - efficient service.
Every dish we had was VERY GOOD- particularly dessert (baked fuji apple with
homemade ice cream) Pizza crust wasn't up to Ciccio, Redd Wood or
Oenotri standards- but a minor issue...toppings were excellent. Very much look forward to
dining here again!
Glen Ellen Star is just great! Their unique vegetable menu is fantastic, each sauce it's own style, and even if we didn't already love veggies, we would now. The meat dishes are wonderful too. They grown their produce and meat on a biodynamic farm, (a kind of super-organice method), and you can taste the freshness and care for the food. Having eaten there many times, it is one of the special reasons that we travel to Glen Ellen.
We enjoyed an excellent dinner at the restaurant last weekend. I ordered the special of the evening - shortribs with cauliflower polenta and a cranberry raisin dressing. Wonderful combination of flavors! And the vegetable dish and dessert were equally good. We would however fault the restaurant for not having any moderately priced wines. We would probably have done better ordering by the glass. Also I do not like plates being removed from the table while someone is still eating. It seems to be a trend these days but it gives one the feeling of being rushed when dining out should be a occasion to enjoy at a leisurely pace.
I received a generous gift certificate and so invited another couple to join my husband and me for dinner. This was the first time here for all of us. The experience was outstanding down to the smallest detail.
Staff can so easily make or break a dining experience. Our server Summer was amazing, guiding us through menu questions, and providing suggestions (which were always just right) when we were undecided. She was that perfect balance of attentive and unobtrusive all evening.
The roasted veg appetizers were all phenomenal and worth a visit in their own right. Each of our entrees (lamb ragu, hanger steak, brick chicken, and short ribs) were perfectly prepared and perfectly proportioned. And the desserts were heaven.
This was easily one of the best dinners we've had in the valley.
This small family style restaurant is quite special if you are a foodie. The wood burning oven is unwavering in its ability to put out perfectly done artisan pizzas and other delightful dishes.
One of the most requested and popular dish is the Brussel Sprouts... A bit too charred and sweet for my taste. If you are a vegetarian the cauliflower is an optimal choice, comes whole head lightly browned with a cheesy topping. We ordered the whole fish (Dorad (sp) it was de-boned and butterflied, the inside was layered with sliced lemons, onions, and greens. Although tender, I found it a bit bland in comparison with the other dishes ordered. The salad was wonderful with fresh pears and candied walnuts. And the warm round of bread with herbs on top was just delicious. I'd go back just for the bread and salad. The Service was excellent. All are very friendly and attentive. Personally, I prefer a quieter scene. This is definitely a happening spot. Go ahead and give it a try for yourself.
We sat at the chef's counter, which we always do, and this time was as good as all the others. Speaking with the Chefs, seeing the food prepared, it's great for us who like to play with food at home. If you go, get the special entree - suckling pig with brie, a hen egg and duckfat reduction. My fiance had it - it's SO rich but SO delicious! This time they also had the apple cobbler for dessert and we paired that with the maple bourbon ice cream - you're in heaven!
We have visited the Glen Ellen Inn which is very close to this restaurant for several years and were finally able to get a reservation at the Glen Ellen Star. In a nutshell, the Glen Ellen Star is more "trendy" whereas the Glen Ellen is more "traditional". Having said this, we still prefer the Glen Ellen Inn partly because they have a full liquor license for those of you who want to enjoy a Cocktail before dinner. Also, the menu at the Glen Ellen Inn is more varied. Here we had the Brick Chicken which was outstanding with many flavors, the Flank steak which was prepared perfectly. Also, the appetizers and/or entree dishes are served easily as a full meal. We enjoyed our time here.
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