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.
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.
The food here was truly outstanding, and there were excellent wine selections to pair with it, all for reasonable prices for what you were getting.
The fish dishes and the desserts here are excellent. Staff is super friendly and accommodating. Please be sure to try the more unique ice cream flavors, you won't regret it!
This restaurant was by far our best dining experience in Napa and this includes all the high end Thomas Keller options. We were impressed with the inventive ingredients while at the same time having an accessible menu. The grilled vegetables are a must to begin- we opted for the cauliflower dish and it didn't disappoint. For entrees we had a pumpkin pasta dish that was excellent and the tomatoe cream pie pizza. For dessert we enjoyed the maple bourbon ice cream. Come here, you won't be disappointed!
Treated my daughter to her birthday dinner (her request). Mostly positive experience. Had Brussel sprouts (excellent), white pizza (tasty but so thin it was impossible to lift), and lamb ragu (would have been much better without the incredibly salty black olives). Service was ok. A little surprised they didn't even offer a small ice cream for birthday treat.
Great food, fun to watch the chefs. Will go back for sure.
Needs more Vegan options. Tables a bit close together. Cauliflower used to be fantastic...last time I was there it was not as good...they added some red powder.
Great food, friendly service. This is the spot to hit when you're in Sonoma.
Counter entertainment as you watch food being prepared by a well choreographed group of chefs. Amazing wood fired oven churns out perfectly caramelized dishes and crisp pizza. Dessert was devine. Servers polite and very efficient. We will be back!
We looked for recommendations and this was one of the top choices. We had the soup—very good on a chilly evening. I had the bow-tie pasta, which was expertly prepared. My wife had one of their famous vegetable dishes. These dishes are not low cal dishes; they are mixed with bacon and very inciting. Our server was right on top of things—just the right amount of attention. Prices are a bit steep—but it is in Sonoma.
Chef Ari and his very capable team consistently create remarkable and extraordinarily delicious food. Freshest ingredients and superior service in laid back dining room or enclosed patio. Sitting at the counter overlooking the compact kitchen is great entertainment too. A great place! Try the Brussel Sprouts!
We always come to Star when we're in Glen Ellen. Great food that is fresh and natural.
We ordered a pizza and made it vegetarian...asked for arugula on the pizza. The pizza came with another leafy green not arugula and the pizza did not have any flavor, very boring. The cauliflower was delicious and would probably return to try other vegetable starters. Server was attentive.
Our food would have tasted even better if served with a smile. The male waiter was at times a bit rude. We were celebrating Thanksgiving weekend with friends. The restaurant was suggested by a few of my clients, so reservations were made weeks in advance. Unfortunately, the jovial and celebratory mood was dampened by our arrogant waiter. (There was also a ceiling leak that was pretty distracting but would have been fine had the waiter been kinder.)
We may try again, however, I hope it will be his night off!
The food is outstanding, the service friendly and informative, and the comfort and satisfaction levels are tops. Glen Ellen Star is consistently great and an easy choice when we're in the Sonoma Valley.
Everything is cooked in a wood fired oven. They make oven roasted vegetable combinations that are amazing. The marghareta (sp?) pizza was outstanding. The tomato sauce was so flavorful. Don't forget the homemade ice cream for dessert and wine served by the flask (yes, just like in high school chemistry class). Delicious and fun place in the heart of Sonoma County wine country.
Ok, very noisy and very close seating, but that seems to be the trend. Maybe not the best for us. Friendly atmosphere and good wait staff. Beer is also good.
I live a nearby Sonoma and have been waiting for nearly 2 years to visit - it was so highly recommended - but sadly I'm giving it a C-. Our server was non-engaging , no eye contact, one work answers - and absolutely rushed us for our order - drinks , food , and dessert . Brussels sprouts were amazing - main dishes ragu and steak/ marrow were good. I won't go back however - too many other great places to repeat at an average spot .
The food was excellent, as was the service. The brussels sprouts with brown sugar bacon marmalade, and the chicory salad were both outstanding. The setting was quiet yet vibrant. Good music, not that awful thumpa-thumpa stuff. All around classy. We will definitely be back.
Because of the reputation of the chef/restaurant, I was expecting fabulous food. Everyone in our party was disappointed. The pizza and Brussel sprouts were definitely the best things we ordered. We did not like the fish dish and turkey pot pie (specials). The service was adequate, but definitely not friendly.
Our waitress was less than pleasant and patient
We loved everything about it except the rock hard frozen ice cream in a paper container. I would have preferred a dish or ramekin etc. NOT a paper container
Loved this restaurant. Got there early and they offered us a seat at the chef's bar instead of a table. Glad we took it. We watched one of the chefs prepare the main course meals and asked him numerous questions. Even with how busy he was he took the time to talk with us. My wife had the lamb Ragu while I opted for the Brick Oven chicken tandoori style with curried lentils. We also had an app of roasted peppers with flat iron quick bread. All the roasting was done in a wood burning over.
They also offered gourmet pizza and the special that night was a chicken pot pie as big as your head. The chef must have prepared 15 or more of those while we ate.
For dessert we enjoyed an apple crisp also cooked in the wood burning oven. Along with the apple crisp we had some of their homemade vanilla caramel bourbon ice cream. Outstanding from start to finish. Oh yeah, the wine selection was also top notch. Will go back when I return to Sonoma.
Great food in a very casual setting
Reasonably priced and excellent food -- brussels sprouts so delicious!!
Great food and service. The wine list was very expensive if you want any thing that has age on it and is ready to drink. The artwork was weak and poorly hung for being half of the venues moniker.
We looked forward to our reservation at The Star, but once there we couldn't wait to leave. After being seated in the box outside where the noise level was beyond screaming, the experience went downhill from there. We couldn't hear the specials from the waiter or hear one another at the table. We complained, but nothing was done. The vegetables dishes were great, the pizza just okay, and the dessert alright. Overall, the experience was one that will keep us away dor the future.
We enjoyed this restaurant very much. It is small, warm and inviting. The service was excellent from the moment we walked in the door. For starters they have a variety of roasted vegetable combinations that are roasted in the wood fired oven. Wow! Our server recommended the cauliflower, tahini and sumac as her favorite and it was the best thing we have ever eaten. Fantastic. For a main course I had the duck confit cassoulet. It too was an excellent preparation with crispy duck and garlic sausage. My wife had the brick chicken and was very pleased with the flavors and how moist it was. For dessert they offered their take on an apple cobbler, cooked in a cast iron pan in the wood fired oven. Again it was awesome especially when coupled with the house made peanut butter ice cream. Just an absolutely amazing dinner.
This being our second time to Glen Ellen Star, we were as impressed as the first time. There's not a bad seat in the house, but grab a spot on the glass and learn how to cook quality food. The wine list is lean, but solid with local wines. Not a bad thing on the menu. Brussel sprouts, charred nardello peppers and cauliflower are more than excellent. The pizzas could be a bit better, mainly the toppings. But the new york strip will melt in your mouth. You can't go wrong with this place!
Everything that came out of the wood burning oven was delicious!
delicious! great service and food and got us in a tad early.
Great food, great atmosphere. A gem in the little town of Glen Ellen will not disappoint.
All the ingredients are fresh and made to order on the spot for each customer.
This is a super healthy menu, light digestion with little carbohydrates. This is excellent when you dine out, a rarity these days for a good and healthy meals and foodies.
A slight disappointment was the service. The waitress seemed to be always in a rush. We had to ask several times to be patient to allow us to look at the menu.
Explanations were fast, quick and not so helpful.
We also understand that the service was speedy due to the Halloween evening.
Nevertheless, to enjoy a good meal, wine, you must also take your time to savor the moment.
We loved it so much we returned the next night
Veggies fantastic as was the white pizza.
Greg is a great waiter
Very delightful meal. We were in wine country and staying just down the road, so walked down here for dinner. My friend hates Brussels sprouts, but became a believer with roasted Brussels sprout appetizer that arrived toasty with a caramelized bacon glaze. The creamy, decadent cauliflower soup was perfectly seasoned. Splitting the bowl helped us minimize the calorie cost. My main dish of lamb ragu with pasta was perfectly acceptable, but the broiled fish special was phenomenal. ( My dining partner and I pretty much share all our dished to maximize taste experiences.) We ended with house named gelato and a short stroll.
Only downside was a nearby patron's drama, but our servers and the hostess were extremely apologetic and ameliorated the situation by providing a glass of wine on the house.
We love this restaurant - food,service and ambiance are all top notch.
I loved this place and would go back in a heartbeat (too bad I live in Philadelphia!). The vibe was lively and cool. Our waitress was helpful and friendly. The highlights were the cauliflower veggie appetizer and the tomato pie pizza. I was blown away by both, so perfectly done and unique. We went back to our hotel and told others to cancel their reservations elsewhere and dine at Glen Ellen Star the next night instead. This place is doing everything right. Thank you for an awesome meal!
Absolutely wonderful! Lovely find in the wine country. Very inventive dishes.
Over-hyped. Menu is a bit odd. Had the margharita pizza and the sauce tasted like tomato paste from a can. Wine was $12 for a glass with a very light pour. Sat outside and the patio had a strong sewage smell that everyone was complaining about. This was my third time trying Glen Ellen Star and was probably my last.