Sir and Star is one of the best dining experiences in Northern California. Get your ass out to the hunting lodge in Olema.
Great food. So-so Service.
We come from South West England, and the Sir and Star is my favorite restaurant in the US. It was our third visit (preceded by a visit to Manka's) and we hope to return as often as possible
Thanks to Daniel and Margaret and their friendly, informed and charming staff.
Absolutely wonderful. Beautifully prepared food. Loved it.
From our online review of the menu to dessert, we had a wonderful experience at Sir and Star. Very creative menu, with wonderful fresh, local, seasonal ingredients, beautifully presented and served. The space is very comfortable and exotically appointed. Service was outstanding--I can't wait to return!
love love love this place.
BUT. it's too bad opentable doesn't say this upfront - fri and sat nights are a prix-fixe menu. (or maybe it does, but not upfront enough.) i read this years ago on the S&S website but forgot, so i showed up with my party of three and the menu stared back at me, with a prix-fixe menu and large number next to a dollar sign. to top it all off, the waitstaff said, oh, by the way, there's a typo in the menu, it's not $65 per person, it's $85!
there was another typo - faux gras was labeled $20 on the menu but $15 on the bill.
it was totally worth it - food was great and we all left feeling full, and plus they gave a little dessert treat since there was a birthday at the table. BUT - just be aware that fri and sat nights will be pricey and not a la carte.
A nice prix fixe menu on Friday night with local foods. Decor was interesting with crispy trees jutting everywhere and we needed to walk around them to sit at our table. Very interesting food, small plates but very delicious. A restaurant a bit full of itself but good. Service took forever. We "dined" but I think we were in the mood to get in and out in less than 3 hours for the two of us.
This was a first time experience for all 4 of us, tasting very unique things. The flavors were amazing and service was impeccable. Margaret went above and beyond and shared a few items for us to enjoy. Thank you for your kindness! We’ll be back. Fully recommend this place for a special experience!
Overall, good food in a nice setting. (Intermittently noisy child upset the ambience for about an hour, but wait staff were responsive and tried to help.) Fixed price tasting menu good but rather expensive for both quality and quantity. Appreciated the alternative selection for one of the dishes. Service overall was fine.
We spent the weekend in Pt Reyes/Inverness area, and made this our first dining choice on Friday evening. Parking lot is small, but plenty of room across the street. We were seated promptly upon arrival, and hostess showed awareness of a food allergy noted in my Open Table profile. Food highlights were the Faux Gras (comes with crostini & coarse sea salt), salmon (excellently prepared!), quail, and the beignet & icecream dessert. Given the price, a cup of coffee or tea should have been included. The pace at which meals were served could have been a little higher, as we spent a solid 2-1/2 hours at our table. Menu and wine list font could be slightly larger and thus easier to read in the dimly (yet romantically) lit room. Courteous service and knowledgeable wine recommendations.
Dark atmosphere & wait staff seemed irritated.
We’ve loved this restaurant for years but several of the prix fixe dishes disappointed this time. When you don’t have choices, that’s particularly upsetting.
Saturday night price fixe should have been easy, but, timing was off and the staff was quick to just say it was busy. Food brought out in the wrong sequence and then we realized they missed a course altogether. It was a birthday celebration that I mentioned several times yet no candle when dessert came. I’d been before and loved everything which is why I made this arrangement. For over $800 as a local I would go back to madcap. Better all around.
I had eaten here before with my husband a while ago and really liked the food so booked a reservation on OpenTable for myself and two friends while we were staying up in Point Reyes for the weekend. Unfortunately, neither the Open Table page for this restaurant, nor the Open Table confirmation is clear that Saturday nights are $85 prix fixe menu only, so I felt really bad when we showed up to find that we were all locked into a multi-course meal. When we brought up the confusion to the hostess - apparently there is an a la carte menu in the bar? - she just looked at me like I'd committed the worst faux pas ever, told me it was VERY CLEAR about the prix fixe (it wasn't - I just double checked here on Open Table), she would most definitely be charging my card should we choose to leave, etc. It was really uncomfortable all around - in the end we stayed because I didn't want to screw the waiter (who was nice) out of a Saturday night table and we were already there, but we all ended up having a much bigger meal than any of us really wanted. As for the food, several of the dishes were very good, although the main course came out absolutely cold for two of us (the other was piping hot, so it seemed like the two beef dishes had been sitting while the kitchen was waiting for the duck) and I kind of feel like they should be more on top of the timing if they are offering a high end experience. To be honest, even that wouldn't have really bothered me enough to write a review - it was the surprise about the prix fixe, and the hostess' response, that made the experience a not-so-great one.
Food was very good. I was disappointed to not have real wine glasses. They have clunky chalice type glasses for wine. I would have been very disappointed if I would have brought my own bottle of nice wine. If I come back I will bring my own stems. Wine list is very heavy marin Wines which is nice to see but also means very heavy in Pinot Noir. Loved the sunchoke soup and the focaccia was beautifully baked. We felt like service was rushing us though our courses as the next course arrived within seconds of clearing the plate for the previous course. We felt we had to slow down our eating so as not to feel rushed. Once the dessert was served we were left sitting for almost 15 minutes with no one checking on us. An then they asked. Could we help you with anything else?? Yeah- How about the check?? We may go back again and give them another shot but it was an expensive meal when you feel rushed.
Wonderful as usual. We are locals, have eaten here many times and we always love it. The food and the atmosphere is very artfully done. By far the best dining experience in West Marin.
A magical, delicious experience from start to finish. We spent our last night out in 2017 with Sir and Star, enjoying the perfectly executed atmosphere and multi-course menu. The leek soup, crab dish, and dessert were absolutely incredible, and the champagne selection was great. The light of perfectly positioned candelabras creates a very intimate, slightly theatrical environment - this felt like an extra special, romantic evening.
The place is quite strange, magical, weird even. Lots to look at all around. We were seated quickly through the jungle into the small dining room. The tasting menu was the only option and we had the wine "pairing" as well. The wine wasn't really paired with the food. It just came at random times and we weren't informed on what any of it was. At one point during the meal, it looked like we had about 34 wine glasses on the table, most empty, some not. The music was super strange. I think it was a famous choral Christmas song but sometimes you could barely hear it and at other times during the meal, it was so loud and sounded like someone was screaming in the dining room. All of the diners had to stop talking and most of us were looking up to see where the noise was coming from. You could barely hear yourself think.
My three friends finished their entrees a little before me and the waiter brought all the desserts quickly even though I was still working through my previous course. He then brought the check without asking if we wanted coffee. So, we called him back and had him clear some of the glasses so we could actually see our desserts and then asked for coffee. He brought the coffee quickly and dropped off the check again. After a few minutes, another server came over and asked us if we wouldn't mind leaving the table and reconvening in the parlor. He offered to buy us a glass of port which was nice. Unfortunately after leaving our table, we couldn't find any room in the parlor to sit. Finally, a large group was sat leaving a few seats for us to sit in. My husband was apparently in the way and he was asked to move so at that point, we just left.
Food fantastic. Fox wandering back and forth outside was cool. The wines were so so, the service was off putting and fairly dismal, ambiance was wild. For upwards of $175 per person, I expect more.
The food at Sir and Star delights and it all is locally sourced. The prix fix is wonderful but there is a fair amount of food. The service was excellent and well paced. There were lots of local wines to choose from. Because the dining space is divided into several small rooms, it's a great place for conversation even at busy times.
The pre fixe menu was the only option, no a la carte on the night we went. The food was fresh and local, but pricey at $85 plus tax and tip, not including coffee. Wine pairing was $55, and we opted out. A notable lack of gluten free and vegetarian options. Not a big selection of wine by the glass. Everything was expensive and we were disappointed.
A beautiful night.
An experience and special place.
Margaret was in the kitchen; food was awesome. The main servicer was on top of it and paced courses perfectly. The server who delivered our courses was, however, abrupt in his style and technique - almost dropping plates in front of us and just barely clearing our heads when doing so. Started with(add-ons) local liver and lingonberries - wonderful and plenty for three people. Buns and butter - divine - perfectly prepared pastries. Portions for dinner looked small initially but were ideal for the entire evening. Prix fix Menu started with sun choke soup and Brussel sprouts, roasted Smoked cod (was like butta!), Lamb course - large and in charge - again wonderful and plenty of it. Beignets topped off the night - better than any, tender, perfectly fried and served with a caramel egg nog sauce beside - better than New Orleans - really! As usual, Margaret decorated for the holidays with large displays of local cypress and pine, mistletoe, and candles. She does everything to match the season, the festivities, and the offerings by the local farmers. She and her staff really delivered. Wonderful night to celebrate the holidays with friends.
It was beautiful highly recommend
Pretentious. Poor service. At least 2 items listed on wine list not available. Lights out in in bathroom. Excessive plant decorations to the extent of interfering with seating, with washing hands in the women's bathroom, and being over-the-top overall. Prices substantially higher than quoted online. Misleading menu descriptions leading to surprises upon (eventual) food delivery. Obsequious wait staff. Minimal birthday response (one candle on one dessert).
Pretty good food. Emphasis on local (Yea!) Nice ambiance apart from plant decorations.
Overall: I will not return until I hear the problems have been corrected.
What a wonderful experience for my wife’s birthday. She was over the top.
Really delicious, innovative organic, farm-fresh dinner. The faux-gras was outstanding and we loved the buffalo gelato at the end of our meal. The décor is bit sparse and eclectic, but the service was good and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
My wife took me to Sir and Star for a belated birthday dinner. What a wonderful experience. The restaurant has such charm and this night there were large tree branches decorating most of the rooms making for a true outdoor but indoor experience. Our tasting menu was very delicious and the service was calm and attentive. We will definitely return when we are in the area. Thank you to Sir and Star for a memorable dinner!
Loved it - love the decor! Food was delicious, service was great, and generally just love being there. It’s a great place to go if you want a quick escape and a relaxing dinner.
Most magical evening ever.
Really great food that can hold its own with celebrated food in SF.
Great local eats very reasonably priced... beautiful space, great vibe and just far enough away ;)
We unequivocally recommend this restaurant as one of the best ever. This is our third visit and each meal has been spectacular.
Loved everything about this place. We miss the old Manka's and the food and ambiance are a reflection but in a new way. Don't miss the brussel sprouts, the bread and the home made buffalo ice cream!
It was my wife's birthday, and the team did a great job with attending to every need from seating next to fireplace to great bottle of wine, and thoughtful engaged never overdone service. We had a great time and will return many times
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.
Great food. I wish service were better. Was almost done with soup before he took our wine order. Almost done with desert before coffe showed up. Timing matters.
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.
AmaIng food in an inspiring location
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.