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About Sir and Star at The Olema
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.
Olema, CA 94950
Contemporary American, Californian
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Sir and Star inhabits a small space. When recorded music is not at play, it's filled with the music of a toy piano.
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
on site parking allows for 35 cars and easy off-street parking in addition
Margaret Grade and Daniel DeLong
Private Party Facilities:
While there is the occasional option of exclusive use, Sir and Star has three separate dining rooms.
Private Party Contact:
Margaret: (415) 663-1034
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
Sir and Star at The Olema Ratings and Reviews
This was a special occasion , well worth it. The food was wonderful, inventive, great effort put in to it. Ambience great, informally elegant but not stuffy. The following I write as feedback to the owners. Our waiter was very snotty, as if he couldn't bear to be doing what he had to do. We weren't sure if it was because we were women or his job felt beneath him. He dropped the silverware quite loudly on the table. We tried to engage him politely, said how much we liked this dish or that, then gave up and enjoyed our evening despite him. The newly wed waiter who didn't serve us was friendly, smiled as he whizzed by. The place was not full, quite empty actually - it was during the week. Later friends of the owners sat next to our table and were very sociable and chatty to us, they were regulars we assume. The two owners came past our table a few times to serve them food and chat to them. Not once did they even deign to look our way and smile or nod. Honestly, it wouldn't have taken much. The place is intimate enough that it feels quite personal, as if you are in their home. We were dropping a lot of money for us - maybe not lots for others. We didn't take it out by leaving a crappy tip - we know making and serving food takes a lot of work at that level. I would go again, but eating out in a great restaurant should always be an experience of pleasure for your paying customers, and it was diminished by this ungraciousness.
Food was amazing, but wine by the glass and beer choices were extremely limited. The only red wine by the glass was a single pinot! Also the service was inconsistent-took awhile to get a waiter over with water/drink orders and then a very long time for the 2nd course. But the food is the star, so we will be back.
Very disappointing, especially after about 20 years at the Olema Inn (Sir and Star predecessor). A few especially bothersome issues:
1. Our Open Table reservation did not mention Prix Fixe on a Saturday evening, so we started off with virtually no choices and an $85/per menu that did not include wine or anything else but water.
2. The ambiance had changed from rustic and beautiful to a gray and cold environment - a grim setting
3. The wine list was fairly long, but only 4 choices for glasses of wine, and only 3 of those even close to reasonable in quality.
4. The servers seemed to be overworked. We waited for about 30 minutes between course 2 and 3, and waited about 20 minutes before course 1.
5. The table for two was strangely designed and elongated so that I had to lean far forward to have a conversation with my wife.
6. The lamb entree was mediocre, chewy with very little actually available meat.
7. The dessert ice cream nearly saved the day - delicious.
I don't think I've ever written a bad review after a huge number of meals reserved via Open Table. I hope that the proprietors will be able to turn things around so that this is again a dinner place to look forward to.
Sir and Star at the Olema has everything you look for in a great restaurant. The inn itself is a beautiful, old structure, the interior design is stunning and original, every dish (this is not my first visit) is carefully thought out and beautifully executed, delicious and surprising. Portions are a fair and appropriate size, seasoning is subtle and refined, I've been many times over the years since it opened under new ownership and have to say that if you haven't visited it since then, and were disappointed with the restaurant in its former iteration, GO AGAIN. You will be thrilled.
Was so sorry when their prior restaurant, Manka, was destroyed, but Sir & Star is a worthy successor. First rate ingredients and preparations, hyper-local, serious food but not taken seriously (whimsical menu descriptions & all). Gorgeous floral arrangements in a cozy, serene dining room. Well done.
What a fantastic treat this was! We came for the Saturday meal and every plate was simply stunning. Great flavors, great presentation. We weren't rushed at all, and enjoy a very relaxing night enjoying each and every bite! It's a definite "special occasion" sort of place and one we do hope we get to return to at some later date.
I've been to Sir and Star three times, each was a different experience yet the food, service and ambiance are always consistently stellar. The first time, they lost power from a big winter storm and closed the dining rooms, but still accommodated us near the fire place and fully by candlelight. The second time was an impromptu stop for a drink that turned into a full blown multi-course meal. And lastly was for my anniversary where we were treated to nice touches like flowers, champagne and surprises from the kitchen.
Sir and Star easily ranks as my favorite restaurant in Marin.
I have had many good meals at Manka's, Olema Inn and Sir & Star. This meal was very disappointing. Three tiny oysters were bathed in mignonette. The oysters were so small that you couldn't taste the oysters. Keep the mignonette on the side. Soup was tasteless--a small portion but I left half. All I remember is salt and butter. The "Bouillabaisse" was a plate of vegetables bathed in a garlic sauce. Am I the only one who expected some fish with my vegetables? I needed a steak knife to cut the broccoli stalk.
Run by the legendary owners of Manka's down the street in Inverness, CA, Sir and Star takes over as West Marin's "new legend." Outstanding food, creative and thoughtful wine list, and lovely personable service. We celebrated my girlfriend's 50th birthday. It was a perfect night. Felt like we were dining in the 1920's. Enjoy!
In the last couple times I visited Sir & Star the service has been on the decline... inattentive, orders/requests forgotten, inconsistent information provided by different servers, insufficient menus provided - had to remind them we were still waiting for menus after 15 minutes, and an overall lack-luster and possibly unhappy affect from the servers. The reason I fell in love with Sir & Star when it first opened, and the reason it was my favorite restaurant within a 300 mile radius, was that you were walking into not just a great restaurant but an experience, a curated , yet wonderfully restrained experience. On my last two visits, it's been the opposite, as if no one cares about the experience the guests are having, or perhaps are even mildly antagonistic about it. I'm sad to say I'm not sure I will return.
We've eaten at Sir & Star many times and had wonderful meals, but this last visit was awkward.
The host made us and another table wait in the always striking yet sterile entry /lobby for 15-20mins (depsite the tables being ready) because they had run out of Menus...
They should have showed us to our tables and we would have been happy to order a drink, while menus were "recovered".
They had run out of Sparkling water, which is odd.
The wine by the glass was exceptionally limited, so my husband had to order an entire bottle to himself (luckily was allowed to take the left-over 1/2 bottle with him.
The staff was perfectly nice but the inconsistency with the menu stretched past the charming quirkiness we've always loved about the place.
We wouldn't come back for a dinner for 2 again... maybe with a group...
My favorite restaurant! It is always a pleasure and well worth the (2 hour) drive to enjoy the Sunday supper tasting menu. Such a treat! The leek soup was so delicious, and the gnocchi with mussels and mushroom crepe were out of this world!
Thank you Sir + Star for being our much loved destination restaurant.
We had dinner on a Saturday evening, which we found had only a fixed menu ... since we made our reservation on Open Table we were unaware of it ... so it became a very special evening & worth it! The food was delicious! If there was one downside to the evening, it was the time between courses ... at one point it was more than 40 mins. Fortunately we were with family visiting from out of the country, so we had much to talk about ... if we had been imbibing more maybe the time wouldn't have been as noticeable. We will definitely return for another meal because what we did have was superb!!
This is a unique place with great food and creative flair but want to point out that the online menu is not representative of what might be available on a specific day. While it indicates creative use of local ingredients, for people with health issues who need to review menus in advance it did not seem clear that the actual menu is created each day and may not have the items you see online.
Sir and Star is, hands down, the best restaurant in Marin County. In a county drowning in pedestrian Italian restaurants and flabby attempts at less common cuisines, no one comes close to the quality, creativity, outstanding sourcing, unique wine selections, and exemplary service of Sir and Star. Be aware: it is pricey. But the value is high, worth every dime. The ambiance is modest; the restaurant's priorities favor your eyes, nose, and taste buds, not your need to be wrapped in drekorator chic.
Tryi it. And if you like it, try Madcap (Chef Ron Siegel) in San Anselmo. These two spots stand head and shoulders above the others in Marin.
Food and ambiance is excellent but service was very uneven. Initially our server was very engaged and attentive to our table but as the night progressed (and as we waited more than 20 minutes for our main course) the server made a point to avoid our table and seemed annoyed when we waved him over - once to ask after our main course and once to order additional drinks. Unfortunately I've experienced the same trouble with service on previous trips to the restaurant. Given the cost of the food and the setting they are after the management at Sir & Stars need to figure out staffing - and its not that this review and this experience hasn't been reported many times in the past. Without an improvement in service its very hard to recommend the restaurant.
The food was pretty good, but the service was odd. It didn't match the level of the food. Our server was nice, but not at all attentive to things like water...Also, I thought I mentioned that it was my husband's bday, but maybe not...no candle or sign they knew
The food was stellar as always, but they are holding themselves back by being kind of holier than thou with their attitudes. Our wait person was a rookie and not at all in touch with how to treat customers. Later on, a veteran wait person assisted and was a real pro. However, one of the runners "dropped" our soup bowls onto the table and tersely announced what we were eating. A place with food this good can and should do better.
sir and star is everything you'd want a beautiful country inn to be - skillfully designed, but not fussy; great waitstaff; sumptuous food from local ingredients; and conveniently located if you are in north/west marin or coastal sonoma county. and, if you're not already there, take a day to explore the area and then settle in for something special at sir and star.
We sat in the small room it was very nice
waitress was very very friendly lady with a great smile Fresh tomato soup was to die for didn't taste like you've ever been cooked so fresh with the lovely crème fraîche on top butter lettuce salad was delicious and a hot fudge sundae to die for love the Decor!
But with kids running around on the lawn out and back Not good. the orange chairs are very very ugly and not with the building the decor!
I can't stand going to level the restaurant and then having kids when all over the place and ruin your beautiful meal!
The Saturday night set menu is very creative and shows off the talent in the kitchen.
Service was very good . Wine list lacks many BTG options but the bottle choices are well conceived. The wine glasses are in need of an upgrade to match the quality of wines available
Apparently the server for our section was absent therefore other servers had to cover for that person. We waited a really long time for our entrees and when they finally got there we felt maybe the kitchen had run low on food. For $28/plate the plates were small and had a skimpy amount of food on them.
So disappointed in our experience there. This was a special occasion dinner and our waiter treated us like our table was a pit stop between all the other tables. Maybe he was busy but I felt rushed, not cared for, and at one point he took off before I had finished asking my question. I have no problem paying good money for a great experience but the amount paid for the experience and the food was not worth it. Maybe this place caterers to tourists but I am a local and I certainly didn't feel any warmth or acknowledgment for coming there. It felt like the emperors new clothes - a lot of fanfare but not a lot of substance. I have never written a bad review before but I am sorry to say that this place left me feeling like I did not get what I paid for and cannot recommend this to any of my friends. I was very upset for having this "special occasion" dinner be so unpleasant for my friend that we were celebrating....
Entire meal was executed perfect everything tasted the way it should coming from cooking for nine years it was one of my best dining experiences I've ever had a very knowledgeable wait staff. The shop uses vocal ingredients and helps display were the area has to offer
Lovely ambience, excellent service. Food (soup, appetizer, main, sides, dessert) all very good with caveats on main course. Fish dish had unusual preparation, for which an alert would have been in order. Lamb chop was flavorful but minimal portion. There were 6 of us, they brought 4 dinner rolls and then charged for a second portion of 4, which felt a little stingy. Menu is somewhat limited.
The most magical meal in recent years. I felt like I was in a movie, which each staff exchange perfectly choreographed to be charming and interesting. The design is beautiful, the food inventive and impeccably prepared, a perfect ten. I can't wait to go back. If they can achieve anything approaching this experience consistently, I will surely be a regular.