The Bear and Star

4.7
257 reviews
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The Bear and Star takes its name from the two states our founder called home, Texas and California, celebrating refined ranch cuisine paired with California’s bounty. The restaurant is intrinsically intertwined with the 714 acre Fess Parker Home Ranch seven miles away, where the Wagyu cattle herd are raised and finished with the spent grains and pomace from the family brewery and winery. Also raised on the ranch are chickens, quail, rabbits, pigs, and bees, and a number of heirloom fruits and organic vegetables for use at the restaurant.

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NH
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I had to send my burger back twice as it was uncooked.

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Responded 2 days ago

Hi Nancy, I'm sorry to hear about your recent experience with us and apologize for the kitchen error that occurred. I will share your comments with our kitchen team so that we may address this and ensure it does not happen again. We would love to have you back to the restaurant, should you find yourself willing to give us another shot. Best, Greer Shull & The Bear and Star team

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SW
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I just love coming to Bear and Star for a nice date night out we can always expect the same friendliness of the service staff and freshness of food. My last visit I brought my mum who even admitted the meatloaf was better than her own. Bear and star is one of our favorites and will continue to be a dinner tradition for when mum visits.

The Bear and Star
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Savannah, Thanks for the kind words! We appreciate your continued support of The Bear and Star and hope to see you again soon. Best, Greer Shull & The Bear and Star team

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Service was extremely slow... food was good. Ambience was fine.

The Bear and Star
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Janna, We appreciate your candid feedback, as it does help us improve. I apologize for the slow service you experienced during your recent visit. I will share your comments with our front of house team so that we may address this. We hope you'll give us another shot in the future. Best, Greer Shull & The Bear and Star team

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great plAce. Greg

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j
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place with amazing food.

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not impressed with the new general manager.....
We had some confusion with the reservations and manager just wasn't helpful or kind.

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k
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very knowledgeable and pleasant. She knew a lot about the history of the restaurant and the owners story as well.

The Bear and Star
Responded on July 11, 2019

Hi kagallo, Thanks for the kinds words! I will pass along your comments to our team. We hope to see you again soon. Best, Greer Shull & The Bear and Star team

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r
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We can’t wait to go back! The service & the food were amazing. Really Farm to Table...714 acres worth of Farm!

The Bear and Star
Responded on July 1, 2019

Hi Robert, Thanks for choosing The Bear and Star! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your meal with us and hope to see you again sometime soon. Best, Greer Shull & The Bear and Star team

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N
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Great unique food options, beautiful ambiance and a wonderful staff. Definitely recommend.

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RM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food - great vibe - great experience !!

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C
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we're in the Santa Barbara area, we love to dine at The Bear and Star! We love the ambience but we love the food even more! They go out of their way to ensure you have an excellent experience. I strongly recommend this restaurant - even if you have to drive a bit of a distance to get there.

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d
Los Angeles
131 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We ordered our entrée at 6:30. We got it at 8:15 PM. we were told that the kitchen had a problem. We were not charged for our wine since it did not appear on the check. We were not told this. The Wagyu beef was at least 25% fat, looked like pork belly. Really wanted to like this place but our experience made it difficult.

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BS
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the hamburger and farm salad, both were terrific! The wine list is extensive with both Fess Parker and many others. Service was excellent!

The Bear and Star
Responded on April 22, 2019

Hi BarbS, Thanks for choosing The Bear and Star! We're so glad you enjoyed your meal with us and hope to see you again soon. Best, Greer Shull & The Bear and Star team

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RC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Our server clearly didn’t want to help us. She approached with a scowl and never looked happy until she brought the bill. She didn’t explain the wine by the glass list or provide any recommendations.

The grilled cheese was amazing as were the pickled veg. The burger was overpriced.

The parker/bien nacido Pinot was amazing.

The Bear and Star
Responded on April 15, 2019

Hi RomanC, We are sorry to hear that you left the restaurant disappointed. We pride ourselves on our customer service and it sounds as though we may have failed to make you feel valued during your meal with us. I will pass along your comments to our restaurant manager so that we can address these issues. We'd love to have you back, should you find yourself willing to give us another shot. Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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c
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, atmosphere, and our server Carrie made this a great experience. Plus the two visits by the sous chef was a pleasant surprise. I really felt the culture of the restaurant come out with the buy in by the staff!

The Bear and Star
Responded on April 15, 2019

Hi crisb, Thanks for choosing The Bear and Star. We're very happy to hear you enjoyed both the meal and our team. We hope to see you again soon! Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great wine, amazing deviled eggs and maybe the best steak I’ve ever had!

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S
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food! Our waiter was very engaged and knowledgeable.

The Bear and Star
Responded on March 29, 2019

Hi Susan, Thanks for dining with us! We're so glad you enjoyed your meal and hope to see you again soon. Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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P
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was what you'd expect at this caliber restaurant-impeccable. My husband and I loved the red blend bottle of wine from Parker winery - rich, sophisticated but smooth. Our waitress was so patient and helpful. We were very indecisive, wanting to try everything at the top of the menu. The dinners were much more expensive, at the bottom half of the menu, and I'm sure are delicious, but my husband and I both knew we would get to taste more variety from the smaller bites. In fact he ate only 1/2 his burger because, with our teen daughter, we tried: the cheese plate (perfect portions and so yummy), the tortilla soup-savory and smoky, the deviled eggs had whipped yolks lighter and more flavorful than I've ever had, and my husband had an oyster that he said was perfect. My husband loved his burger and took half home. My daughter and I both ordered the farm salad with salmon. This was the only let down. The greens were vibrant, varied and fresh. I wanted them to be refreshing after all the rich food we had just enjoyed, but the dressing was too salty. I ate about 2/3 of my salad, each bite wishing for a little relief from the salt but the dressing covered every leaf well-normally something I'd be happy about. Our daughter didn't even eat 1/2. Lesson learned. Next time order the dressing on the side, even at the fanciest of restaurants.

The Bear and Star
Responded on March 25, 2019

Hi Pamalams, Thank you for your detailed feedback. It helps us improve. We're happy to hear that overall you enjoyed your meal with us. I will, however, be sharing your comments about the salad dressing with our kitchen team so that we can address this issue. We're sorry that was a miss. Thanks so much for choosing to dine with us. We hope to see you again very soon. Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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AP
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiance and I had a great evening! Special thanks to Chef Trent and Taylor for making our night so special.

The Bear and Star
Responded on March 25, 2019

Hi Anthony, We're happy to hear you and your fiancé enjoyed your meal with us. It was a pleasure to have you and we hope to see you again very soon. Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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AS
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. Their skillet cornbread was to die for. I thought their signature meatloaf was the least impressive although very good. Everything else was superb and fresh.

The Bear and Star
Responded on March 25, 2019

Hi Angie, Thanks for choosing us for dinner. We're so glad you enjoyed it and hope to see you again very soon. Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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JM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat out front on the porch, in the most comfortable chairs and enjoyed the wonderful weather. The food was delicious, with one of our friends saying it was the best breakfast burrito she's ever had. We also enjoyed a fresh market salad, grilled cheese and soup and pancakes. I'd definitely come back here again!

The Bear and Star
Responded on March 21, 2019

Hi JessicaM, Thanks for joining us for brunch! We're so glad you enjoyed your meal and hope to see you again very soon. Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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HW
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The menu doesn't have a lot of options and it is a bit pricey. I loved my burger but my friend wasn't thrilled with her dry meatloaf at all. I think for the caliber of restaurant; there shouldn't be a complaint about dry food. Beautiful decor and ambiance and the service was good.

The Bear and Star
Responded on March 21, 2019

Hi Heidi, Thank you for your feedback. Without it we can't improve. I will share your comments with our restaurant manager and kitchen team so that we can address these issues. We're so sorry you left disappointed and would love to have you back, should you find yourself willing to give us another shot. Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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M
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had lunch during a trip to the area for wine tasting. Lovely setting on the porch. Excellent food.

The Bear and Star
Responded on March 21, 2019

Hi Mak1, Thanks for choosing us for lunch! We're glad you enjoyed your meal and we hope to see you again very soon. Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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MG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. The best of California and Texas cuisine!!

The Bear and Star
Responded on March 18, 2019

Hi MicheleG, Thanks for the kind words! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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b
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and answered all our questions about the interesting preparation of food. We had two orders of meat loaf, one salmon and chili. Everything was outstanding.

The Bear and Star
Responded on March 18, 2019

Hi becsue, We're happy to hear you enjoyed your meal with us. Thanks for stopping in! We hope to see you again very soon. Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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PJ
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upscale sophisticated yet casual welcoming vibe....service is the best and food very on point.....the attention to detail well received....love comfort food at its finest...the local ingredients really make the dishes special......chef keeps surprising us with new dishes...thank you

The Bear and Star
Responded on March 12, 2019

Hi PegJ, Thanks for the kind words! We're glad you were able to dine with us and we hope to see you again very soon. Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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BM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding and we were made to feel comfortable and welcome. The food was delivious and the M&C was the best ever. Can't wait for a return visit when we go back to Los Olivos.

The Bear and Star
Responded on March 12, 2019

Hi Beth, Thanks for dining with us. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your meal and look forward to seeing you again next time you are in Los Olivos. Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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S
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Good food great service

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NY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome chili and amazing corn bread!

The Bear and Star
Responded on March 8, 2019

Hi NYCFoodie, Thanks for the kind words! We're glad you enjoyed the chili and cornbread and hope to see you back at the restaurant again soon. Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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P
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing place our waiter was so great so personable and accommodating the food was outstanding will definitely be back!

The Bear and Star
Responded on March 8, 2019

Hi Pauline, Thanks for the kind words! We're so glad you enjoyed your meal with us and look forward to seeing you again soon. Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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D
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Sunday breakfast, not brunch, and it was delicious and the service was timely and attentive. Suze was our waitress - lots of fun. John gave us a lovely, informative, impromptu tour and we enjoyed every minute. We also had dinner on Friday night and enjoyed the exceptional service from Carrie who had great recommendations for us and was a delightful addition to the wonderful evening! Fess Parker’s is all about warmly welcoming patrons and making them feel like valued, familiar, guests at a family table.

The Bear and Star
Responded on February 27, 2019

Hi Dixie, Thanks for taking the time to write a great review! We're so happy you enjoyed your Sunday breakfast with us. It was a pleasure to get to show you around the restaurant. We hope to see you again very soon. Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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F
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A nice alternative for the Los Olivios area. the room is fresh and modern and the menu and cocktail options are perfect for a break in the day

The Bear and Star
Responded on February 27, 2019

Hi Forint, Thanks for the kind words. We're glad you enjoyed your meal with us and hope to see you again very soon. Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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MH
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Went for a friend’s bday. Had to ask 3 times for them to bring out a dessert, which took 25 minutes, and when the server brought it she said, “I ain’t singing happy birthday” and put the plate in front of her. Not the most positive place. The food was good but service was poor.

The Bear and Star
Responded on March 1, 2019

Hi Michelle, I'm so sorry you experienced poor service when you dined with us, especially since it was a special occasion for your group. I will be sharing your comments with our restaurant manager so we can address this with our team. We would love to have you back to the restaurant, should you be willing to give us another shot. Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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PT
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

We went on a Tuesday evening. The dining room was closed for a private party. There was also a private event outside in a tent. We were seated in the bar area which was cold because of servers constantly going out side to serve the party. Wine was limited to mostly Fess Parker. It would be nice if they had a better selection. I had a blueberry martini which was excellent. There cornbread was good but hard to remove from the skillet. We ordered the hush puppies which were very dry. We each ate only one and left the others My main dish was the meatloaf with mashed potatoes and really bad wilted greens. I only had a few bites because it was too dry, from being reheated leftovers. I had this dish on another occasion and it was lovely. My husband had the stuffed quail that was very dry. The service was good and our waitress was lovely. They did remove the meatloaf from the bill because it was not eaten and I had mentioned this to the waitress.
Overall I doubt if we will be returning.

The Bear and Star
Responded on February 27, 2019

Hi Pam, Thank you for your feedback. It does help us improve. We're so sorry we missed the mark during your dinner with us last Tuesday. It sounds like you caught us on a bad night and we would love to have you back to the restaurant, should you find yourself willing to give us another shot. I will be sharing your comments with both our kitchen and front of house team so that we can address these issues. Again, we're so sorry. Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went for brunch. Food was decent and service was friendly. Coffee was very bad. Watery and bland.

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LC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner in a cozy space near the fireplace! The service was exceptional. Highlights of the meal were the brussel sprouts appetizer, the chili and the meatloaf, and the local pinot!

The Bear and Star
Responded on February 19, 2019

Hi LisaC, Thanks for taking the time to write a great review. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your meal with us and we hope to see you again soon! Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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LA
Los Angeles
79 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful alternative to other much busier venues on the main street of Los Olivos. Great food and service. Lunch menu during the week, brunch menu offered during lunchtime on weekends. Friendly staff and cosy atmosphere.

The Bear and Star
Responded on February 19, 2019

Hi LACA4ME, Thanks for taking the time to write a great review. We appreciate your patronage and hope to see you again very soon! Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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SY
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe dinner with wine pairings. Wish I could eat this every night! I chose the Lompoc white beans for the appetizer, husband had the shrimp and grits, both were wonderful. We both chose the quail for the main, something new for us, loved it. Starter and dessert were imaginative and delicious. Excellent and friendly service.

The Bear and Star
Responded on February 25, 2019

Hi SYVLocal, Thanks for choosing to spend your Valentine's Day with us. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your meal and hope to see you back at the restaurant sometime soon! Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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CB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We almost never go out for Valentine’s Day because in our experience most restaurants simply miss the mark. Not the case here. This was a wonderful experience from A-Z. Elavated food, service and drinks. A wonderful evening. Thank you!

The Bear and Star
Responded on February 19, 2019

Hi ChristopherB, Thanks for choosing to spend your Valentine's Day with us. We're so glad you enjoyed your meal. We hope to see you again very soon! Best, Greer Shull & the team at The Bear and Star

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