The Bear and Star

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$30 and under
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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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San Diego
93 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The salmon smelled bad and tasted equally bad. The corn bread was basked in bacon grease, something not listed on the menu. Overall the meal was really disappointing for a place attached to a hotel that charges $500 a night. Don’t recommend to anyone unless they’re going to be seen

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely brunch with really nice staff. It took a bit of time to place our order with the lovely gentlemen waiter and there was a bit of a snafu with an order but it was remedied fairly quickly and we all enjoyed the delicious breakfast. Thank you! We will be back soon!

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Private lodge
Fresh product
Perfect mix food and wine

CJ
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was friendly and very informative on both the restaurant and our food selections. The outdoor terrace was lovely and everything we ordered was excellent, but that cornbread was a show stopper!!!

LW
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious restaurant worth traveling to! Los Olivos is an adorable town with excellent wine tasting near Santa Barbara. This is a gem and we have now stopped here for lunch twice, both times receiving excellent food and service. We haven't stayed in the inn yet, but would like to just to be able to explore the town even more. Food is delicious and interesting, ambiance is great, servers are friendly and welcoming.

Z
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, beautiful decor, wide variety of interesting menu options. The food and service were excellent !

The Bear and Star
Responded on September 18, 2019

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

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PV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bear and Star is incredible. The cornbread is delivered to your table sizzling. The oysters arrive with delicious icy topping. The deviled eggs are a must have. And the entrees are enjoyable to the last bite! We drive up from LA for the latest dishes from the chef and I will visit again soon!

The Bear and Star
Responded on September 18, 2019

Hi Pamela, Thanks for the kind words! We appreciate your continued patronage and look forward to seeing you again soon. Best, Greer Shull & The Bear and Star team

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CB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience. Drinks were perfect and the food is always elevated. Thank you so much!

The Bear and Star
Responded on September 18, 2019

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

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PF
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a delicious breakfast on the patio. The restaurant is casual and comfortable. The food and service are top notch. I had the brisket hash Benedict which was fabulous. Can't wait to try other items on the menu. The location is perfect for the start, or finish, to a day of wine tasting in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. See for yourself, it's worth the trip!

The Bear and Star
Responded on September 3, 2019

Hi Patty, Thanks for joining us for breakfast! We're very happy to hear you enjoyed it and hope to see you again sometime soon. Best, Greer Shull & The Bear and Star team

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G
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our two waiters, Hector and Jacob were delightful! Very personal and attentive. Lovely way to celebrate our 48th anniversary!! Thanks again

The Bear and Star
Responded on September 3, 2019

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

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great if you are a meat lover. I wish they world offer a wider variety of food for people who don’t or are not in the mood for beef.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always!! Super friendly service too!

OT
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best lunch I've had in years. Food was excellent and service was too notch.

The Bear and Star
Responded on August 19, 2019

Thanks for choosing to dine with us at The Bear and Star! We appreciate your kind words and hope to see you again sometime soon. Best, Greer Shull & The Bear and Star team

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FH
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was great. We had two appetizers, 4 drinks, 4 dinners and 4 desserts. The food was just ok. Wasn’t bad, but wasn’t excellent either. The prices however are very high and the food doesn’t live up to the cost. For our party of four it avg about $90/person. The food was not nearly good enough to justify that price point.

The Bear and Star
Responded on August 19, 2019

Hi Fred, I'm sorry to hear about your recent experience with us. We take this kind of feedback very seriously. I will be sure to pass along your comments to our kitchen and management team. We would love to have you back in the future, should you be willing to give us another shot. Best, Greer Shull & The Bear and Star team

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DD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn to celebrate our anniversary, we were married here 12 years ago! We were very happy with the food, the ambience, and all the service staff. The Inn has come
back to it's roots, our experience confirmed why we choose this venue for our destination wedding.

The Bear and Star
Responded on August 19, 2019

Hi DesertDreamer, Thanks for the kind words! It was a pleasure to have you back to the Inn. Thanks for choosing to celebrate such a special day with us once again. I will pass along your comments to our management team. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best, Greer Shull & The Bear and Star team

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S
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazingly delicious.

EI
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Broke my heart to experience what I did. Being a Texan who grew up in a California, I thought I knew what to expect & boy was I wrong.
Texan restaurants are very generous with their portions & this restaurant is far from that.
I ordered a 7oz Wagyu steak for $55 and the steak was no bigger than 4.5 oz.
I thought about speaking out but they took so long I didn’t complain or ask to send it back.
Nothing else came with my tiny steak. No sides or bread.
I ordered a side of mash, which was delicious, but priced at $8.
And a glass of wine, for $16 that wasn’t even a full pour.
My total was $96 with tax & a tip.
Although the tiny wagyu had outstanding flavor, I will never eat here again.
The value isn’t worth the buck. There are numerous places nearby with great steak & better value.
This place is far from being Texan.
Disappointed.

NH
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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

The Bear and Star
Responded on July 21, 2019

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 on July 21, 2019

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 on July 21, 2019

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

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

Beautiful place with amazing food.

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.

k
Los Angeles
6 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
25 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.

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

Great food - great vibe - great experience !!

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.

d
Los Angeles
132 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.

BS
Washington DC
22 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!

S
Los Angeles
37 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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