Sir and Star at The Olema

4.4
868 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Having established Manka's as one of the top 50 hotel restaurants in the country, the owners have moved down the road - to the corner of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Star Route One. They've revitalized Hotel Olema and a new restaurant within it: Sir and Star. Its tables groan with the best of West Marin. Guests are invited to enjoy a nibble and sip or a lingering meal of foods and wines from within reach. It will quickly become apparent that the stewards of this elegant old roadhouse so love where they live and live to celebrate all that grows, swims and is crushed within their midst.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 663-1034
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Margaret Grade and Daniel DeLong
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Private party facilities
While there is the occasional option of exclusive use, Sir and Star has three separate dining rooms.
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Private party contact
Margaret: (415) 663-1034
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Catering
Sir and Star is part of a small collection of historic West Marin properties including Druids Hall, The Schoolhouse and Mankas Inverness Lodge
We offer over night lodging in rooms and cabins in the woods and on the water
and several possible sites to accommodate celebrations
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Cross street
Highway 1
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Parking details
on site parking allows for 35 cars and easy off-street parking in addition
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Entertainment
Sir and Star inhabits a small space. When recorded music is not at play, it's filled with the music of a toy piano.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Sir and Star is surely serving on Christmas. The Feast is offered for $125 per person. The cancellation policy is 7 days. Please leave your e-mail with your reservation so we may contact you with a personal confirmation messge. We welcome large parties and would love to hear from you directly.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.8

Sir and Star is one of the best dining experiences in Northern California. Get your ass out to the hunting lodge in Olema.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 868 People Are Saying
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LS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding evening, creative delicious set menu and the service impeccable which made our special occasion so memorable. Atmosphere, perfect!

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DP
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We're regulars & love everything about Sir and Star, especially its quirkiness at times. Our waiter this time around, Michael, was a trip. A little discombobulated & could tone it down a bit.

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BG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Exceptional Supper Dining Experience! While we had to wait quite a while for our table the owner Margaret was gracious and fun. She kept us updated and satiated. The menu is based upon what grows in Marin county or nearby and everything we had was perfectly created. Each dish was a uniquely and carefully blend of flavors that worked beautifully. The ling cod finger on corn and nettles was divine. The pork parts with a smoked red onion was such a great flavor combo. We would come back and stay nearby again just to experience another dinner here. The waiters seem to be trying hard but were just a tad off but the food more than made up for that and it may just have been a tough night for them as they had a big party in another room.

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RM
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sir and Star was recommended by friends while we were staying in Inverness. We've eaten in some of the most highly rated restaurants in Northern California. Hands down, Sir and Star is THE best. The food is outstanding, but so is the rest of the experience. The setting is lovely. Small venue, but feels very gracious. Impeccable service. Just a first class experience.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The service was spotty. Start was fine, but after meal went on, the service became very strange. After the entire was served, the waiter never came back to see if everything was okay, which it wasn't. After waiting 10 minutes to get the waiters attention, I finally stood up and waited to get his attention. I told him the entree was not to my liking. He whisked it away, and before I ever got the opportunity to let him know what I didn't like about the dish, or what I wanted instead, he came back to tell me the chef was taking care of it. What came back was some of the vegetables that were in the first dish, and not the ones I liked. That was the strangest "make it right" I've ever had in a restaurant.
Then after long pauses between some of the courses, the bill finally arrived and it was for the wrong table. So after getting the waiters attention, he went to make the bill correct, and after 15 minutes more of waiting, we came back to say that our credit card had been 'lost' in the kitchen somewhere and that they were trying to find it. Well, they found the card, gave us the correct bill and wow we were happy to leave this restaurant. For all the waiters hype about their glorious chef, the food was fine, but certainly not great. We were celebrating my birthday, and I had certainly hoped for a better evening.
P.S. The dining room was so dark, I couldn't even see what vegetables I was eating. Yes, there was a candle, but even with that, I still couldn't make out what was on my plate. Next time, if there is a next time, I will bring flashlights.

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p
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

This food is exquisite, however, it is marred by the deplorable service. When I pay $200 for dinner (not counting wine), I want the experience to be fun! I don't just go to eat food plunked on our table in a perfunctory way. Here's what happened: We arrived for our reservation on time and were graciously met by the host/owner who gave us some sparkling water and set a wonderful tone. Once our table was ready, we waited 25 minutes for someone to take an order/speak to us (there were many empty tables by then so busyness was not an issue). Finally, we asked a server if someone was going to ever help us--it was not our waiter but another server who took our table under her wing, but without any enthusiasm, apology, kindness, or effort. She plopped each dish down and went on to the next thing. At the end of the meal, we even asked if we had been somewhat inappropriate by asking her for help. Rather than doing what most employees of fine dining restaurants would be compelled to do--that is, reassure us and maybe even give us a little treat, she responded, "no, he--nodding to the other waiter--just has a lot going on tonight." This is the third time we've had substandard service at this restaurant--is it because we're a lesbian couple? It would be really sad if implicit bias was a reason to refuse good service to people willing to plunk good money down for food, drink, and tip. I can't recommend this place to my gay friends, but would highly recommend their delicious food to anyone who asked. (Also, the place is gorgeous, but the ambience was marred by the service.)

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GL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner no acknowledgment .
The fish was extremely salty .we tried to eat it but it was not eatable.
The best part was the waiter.
Would not go back.

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D
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Absolutely HORRIBLE experience. Extremely high priced, with severely limited menu and if you decide that you dont want to finish your meal then you are charged a $50 (PER PERSON) cancellation/no show fee. There are PLENTY of other better restuants in the immediate area to pick from.

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AO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. It was a memorable evening. Food taste delicious. Fresh and local ingredients. Perfectly cook and seasoned.

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WL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Too stiff and near unfriendly service. We all felt awkward upon ordering and then the food was just so so.

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique as always.

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r
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Inventive cuisine, absolutely delicious. Pricey, with somewhat limited selections if you don't do the full on dinner, but perfectly prepared. Very limited wines by the glass. However, we loved our meal and will return.

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MN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and service is always superb, but the atmosphere and setting put this restaurant over the top. Casually elegant and a little quirky. Unless you already live in Pt. Reyes Station, it will most likely be a long drive. However, that's part of the experience because the scenic roads and often dramatic weather are great preludes to the meal itself.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed the experience and the meal. Well thought out. I live far-ish away so it's not feasible for me to make it a regular stop, but will keep it in mind. Especially for friends making the tourist rounds in Point Reyes area.

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SD
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like dining as a prince. Food worth experiencing.

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JV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely lovely restaurant and dining experience. It was my birthday, so I didn't care about expense. It's all about the food......and service was wonderful, too!! Atmosphere is very special.....don't want to spoil it for anyone else. You have to see and enjoy the inside!!

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B
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The decor suggests eating outdoors in the winter, under a canopy of dead tree limbs. The music is odd and distracting. The menu is hard to read and very limited. There was no fish choice and only one vegetarian option which is called bouillaBIASSE. Apparently a lot of people are actually surprised when they find out it is not bouillaBAISSE. the traditional fish stew, but I can’t fault them for the error. From other reviews, some vegetarians love it and some hate it. My vegetarian guest liked it a lot. The soup and salad were unremarkable. The quail was dry and very salty. The pig was ok, but one of the guests said it had an overwhelming smoke taste and the menu didn’t say it was smoked. The buffalo ice cream sundae was large and very dellicious after the so-so meal.

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MK
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

This was our anniversary dinner, so we were looking forward to an excellent dinner. We were very disappointed with the quality of the food and the plating. The service was average, and our server behaved like an avatar. She offered no suggestions, did not ask us how we liked the food, and was not friendly. Both my wife and I felt ill when we left the restaurant.

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NS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

First of all, if you are a vegetarian, avoid this restaurant. They had one vegetarian entree option and it was laughably bad...only my wife wasn't laughing. The vegetarian bouillabaisse had an assortment of whole, barely cooked potatoes, cauliflower, other unappetizing vegetables and a soggy mess of an attempt at tempura on top...over a splash of not very tasty tomato sauce. A disaster. I told the waiter as much, and he deducted the cost of the dish without argument. That was gracious, but not what one would hope for a special anniversary dinner.

I started with oysters (local) served with seaweed mignonette sauce. The seaweed taste was overwhelming and did nothing to enhance or balance the oysters (which were very good). My entree, the leg of duck, was small, over-cooked and over-sauced on a bed of mushy beans. It was what you might expect at a cheap bistro. But the price wasn't cheap.

Our impression was that the dishes we had were ill-conceived and prepared by someone without a refined palate. All in all, an underwhelming, disappointing experience.

The only positive thing I can say is that the restaurant itself is lovely. You can feast your eyes, but not your palate. Too bad.

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FS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

This second visit (anniversary dinner after a long West Marin hike) was disappointing, vs. our first (birthday dinner) a few years ago. As a vegetarian and omnivore couple, we found the menu somewhat limited, especially for sharing. Ambiance, service, and location were great. Considered the $58 tasting menu, but did not work for us. Only a la carte meat items were chicken or pig. No lamb or beef (Steak was available but only for two people). Shared an ok salad. Each of us had the $28 vegetarian bouliabase. The vegetarian liked it, while the omnivore found it uninspired. Bison ice cream was very good. Maybe menu would be better on another night. Still worth a try if you are in the area.

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A
Sacramento
23 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

We have enjoyed Daniel and Margaret's cooking for many years, but for some reason on this night some other table was garnering their attention. It took 1 1/2 hours to get the third course. There was about a 1/2 hour wait between the first and second courses. The rest of the night was fine and our waiter Mike gave us a glass of wine on the house. We have never experienced this in all the time we have been dining at Manka's and Sir and Star. Hopefully it was a one time event.

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A uniquely wonderful place with a menu to match the ambiance. The garden complemented the building
A lovely experience. Thank you.

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K
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner and a happy surprise. Have wanted to go for so long and it did not disappoint. Loved the menu creativity and wording of the plates. Our waiter, Jeannie was wonderful, helping us with suggestions and explaining the menu. Loved it. Expect to drop some coin but it’s worrh it. Portions are healthy so sharing is an option.

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LB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a prix fixe menu that included a mussel soup so delicious I wanted to tackle the server taking some to another table just to get more! Beautiful food, lovely and large space, it was a fabulous date. Everything came out in just the right amount of time, decent room between tables so it was cozy without feeling like you were listening to all the other tables' conversations. Decor was nice and the staff were kind and competent. Very fun evening out.

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j
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

margaret is an artist and a genius at that. world class.

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AH
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The ambience of the restaurant is really great, the guest room is beautifully decorated. The food was very tasty. Regarding the service you need to have some patience, but then they are very friendly.

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LS
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We love the restaurant. The atmosphere and food are amazing. Our waiter, Michael, was knowledgeable and as attentive as he could be, but we felt that more staff is needed to really bring the fine dining expected here to the seamless experience it should be. We are not in the restaurant business,so I can’t say if is more waiters that are needed or more ancillary staff, but there were definitely lulls in our service and we noticed other diners also sitting for long periods of time in need of service. Should be a simple fix for this lovely restaurant.

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AR
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Very poor service. There was only one waiter
serving at least 7 tables! Lamb was raw and
server failed to check if everything was ok.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We probably should have had the fixed menu but not everyone at the table agreed to do so. Lamb was great,
just so so pigeon. The Buffalo milk ice cream at the end was phenomenal. The fresh bread with sage butter and sea salt was amazing. Our server was wonderful. Why has no one commented on the horrendous wine glasses used here? We bought a $100+ bottle of wine to enjoy for a 50th birthday celebration and were served glasses that appeared to be an afterthought from someone's first apartment. Really disappointing. Would come here again if nothing more than to see how they fixed menu plays out and enjoy the bread and ice cream. We might, however, bring our own wine glasses.

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KL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Waiter was annoying in his discussion of his particular preferences and dining habits -- we really don't care to hear how and what he eats. His claim that he always orders the most expensive selections on the menu, apparently was meant to imply that we were cheapscates for not doing the same. He then proceeded to ignore us for the rest of the meal -- never inquired if everything was OK, never offered to refill our water glasses, and left us with dirty plates for almost a half-hour. We finally had to ask another server for the check, which our waiter then plopped on the table without a word.

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D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful spot to eat from a locally-sourced, inventive and thoughtful menu developed by a creative inventive, and highly experienced chef. Beautiful meal in a beautiful place. Wish this were nearby. Wine was delicious, too.

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S
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, fresh and innovative in a beautiful setting!!!

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CO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The homemade rolls with honey, sage, and sea salt butter were warm and delicious! We also loved the salmon with a sweet corn pancake, bacon, and coastal cucumber and savored the buffalo milk ice cream with strawberries and chocolate chunks. Beautiful rustic ambiance and friendly, helpful staff.

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F
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding supper experience every time. Intimate, with first class food on a creative menu.

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c
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Axel deer and pigeon were the choices for a meat entrée...I'm not kidding. As we were driving home, my dinner partner said that he had a nasty greasy taste in his mouth; he had the axel deer. I had the vegetarian entrée, even though I would have preferred protein; it was terrible and cheaply made with root vegetables. A person on tripadvisor said to stick to the appetizers. I wished that I would have: they were very good.

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w
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I had a delightful experience at Sir and Star. It is a beautiful venue, the food was delicious. I did feel, however, that the cost was a bit too high for the service and food. Again, it was very good and I had a very nice experience but would hesitate to come back soon due to price.

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GO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely moment, in this beautifully rustic
and casually comfortable destination at
Point Reyes with the most intriguingly delicious choices of locally sourced delicacies, is what I will come back to
on my next visit to the Point Reyes seashore.

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M
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has no equal. Regardless of the time of year, the menu reflects the bounty, and sensibility, of the surrounding area. It’s beautifully prepared and served with care. Take somebody you really like and go soon.

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F
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Weird! Really that’s all I can say. They turned a charming farmhouse Inn favorite into a pretentious odd environment lacking charm or friendly smiles. While unique and fresh ingredients were clearly prepared with pride some things just didn’t work. The chef was very accommodating to make us a fish entree but it had a limited menu with few choices of meat or vegetable stew. And whatever you do please don’t eat the eucalyptus caramel chews they give you with desert. They are so awful I could not stop cringing after a bite. this was an interesting experience and I will only go back for the oysters , the salad and their fresh rolls and glass of wine. Skip the main dish and desert.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Sunday Supper. Mind blowing! Every bite was and explosion of flavor! Still daydreaming about our feast! Thank you chef and team.

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