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Sierra Mar - Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA

Sierra Mar - Post Ranch Inn

4.7
4.7
602 Reviews
$50 and over
Organic
Offering spectacular picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean, Sierra Mar restaurant at Post Ranch Inn is a farm-driven restaurant that celebrates the coastal bounty of Big Sur and our neighboring communities. Our dishes are centered around the dialogue of balance: on the plate, between sea and land, with sustainability always in mind. Selections from our Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine list enhance the inspired cuisine.

We offer a family-style lunch experience for $75 per person along with a daily, four-course prix fixe dinner menu priced at $145 per person. Both lunch and dinner service is available to hotel guests and the general public on a limited basis. The minimum age for guests is 18 years old and pets are not allowed.


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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 28 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Organic, Californian, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–1:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 667-2200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Hoon Kang

  • Neighborhood

    Big Sur

  • Cross street

    Highway 1

  • Parking details

    We offer Valet as well as a private lot for parking.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 602 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • California Central Coast

    Best Service

  • California Central Coast

    Best Ambiance

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  1. MO

    MichaelO

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal coupled with an amazing location. Service was exceptional everything else
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Food itself was mediocre and did not really worth the price, so the value was on the view and ambience. The wine by the glass selections were very good and a couple of my selection were great. Service was good, no complaint. It was a good one time experience kind of lunch. Will I go back for a second time? If no change to the menu and food quality - no. Alila across the street has a much better lunch offering (quality, choice, and value) with a very competitive view and ambiance.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jill was amazing! She made our experience so special
  4. GD

    GaryD

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We make it a necessity to go every year to enjoy the magnificent atmosphere and food.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had wanted to pop in several times, but reservations needed. So happy it worked out this time! Absolutely fabulous 💕
  6. LE

    Love2Eat

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    You cannot beat the ambience and views from Sierra Mar. While the food was good (lunch prix fixe) the highlight was the shared small bites with the dipping sauces (which were excellent - harissa, eggplant, yogurt, cashew - all blended with different spices/herbs. Main dishes - gourmet hamburger, chimichurri steak and roasted chicken were all good but overpriced, but again, you cannot beat the ambience and views. Wonderful way to spend a leisurely afternoon lunch.
  7. d

    donaldo

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have enjoyed dinner at Sierra Mar on a number of occasions over many years. This was our first lunch and it was superb. The ambiance is very different at lunch, certainly more casual but still wonderfully refined. A pleasure!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For our 59th wedding anniversary, we had lunch at Sierra Mar. it was fabulous!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with the family. Had an amazing time. Some of the best views in all of Big Sur. Food portions are small but everything tasted amazing! Specialty drinks were great and the bartender took extra care in making the espresso martinis and virgin margaritas! Wouldn’t change a thing. First class experience.
  10. M

    Michael

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing lunch! After 4 years of traveling to Big Sur, we finally made it. Did not disappoint. 5 🌟 rating.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service and view are fantastic. The food is often a hit or miss for me. About 5 years ago it was always amazing. These days it can be a 50/50 split. Still innovative with ingredients but the balance seems more towards bitter/salt than umami/fat. I miss the umami richness. Also miss the individual bread they use to make. I don’t enjoy the bread slices. I may if I didn’t know what it use to be. Food is always beautifully plated. Staff is always amazing.
  12. F

    Foody

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was Exquisite!!!!! Maria is the BESTTTTTT server, she saw to every detail We will be back
  13. R

    Reiff

    Los Angeles

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect food, service and atmosphere—Hope to come back often
  14. AG

    AdrianaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and the place is great. The service was beyond expected.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A trip to the Big Sur - we went to Sierra Mar to treat ourselves to a wonderful meal and view….. and was not disappointed.
  16. r

    robe

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very much enjoyed my lunch with exception of fish. While there was nothing wrong with the fish itself it seemed too close to a "very good" fish & chips for me and not what I was expecting...
  17. EC

    EmilyC

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service was excellent. Great ambience. Food is pricey but worth it for a special occasion.
  18. h

    hotdoglover

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Dining in the heavens is a unique experience that gives Sierra Mar its edge. The food was nothing to rave about and I found some of my plates to be "trying too hard". With a view like that though, how can you not come back?
  19. AG

    AdamG

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    Supremely underwhelming. Stated more than once that we had just gotten engaged and received nothing more than an impersonal congratulations. Food was just OK. For a $400 meal we expected much more. Will not be back.
  20. SC

    StanC

    Kansas City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect. Everyone was great...from hostess to every service person on the floor. Will be back if anywhere near.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful view. Great food great service.
  22. f

    food4thought

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the surroundings, service was great and food was excellent. While it was a set menu with of us were ale to find choices that met our dietary restrictions.
  23. f

    foodandwinegal

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another wonderful meal and experience at this special place. Love coming here. Service is impeccable.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service, and view unparalleled
  25. N

    Nick

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impressive experience! Impecable food and a breathtaking ocean view! Service was outstanding, if anything a bit excessive checking on how our dining experience was going. Highly recommend it.
  26. BH

    BarbaraH

    Tahoe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The first coarse was amazing…delicious salad, amazing naan served with homemade hummus, red sweet pepper sauce, cashew butter, eggplant baba Ganoosh, and a wonderful yogurt dill cucumber dipping sauce, served with all these fresh raw veggies to dip in. For main coarse, my friend had the skirt steak with chimichurri sauce and that was good. I ordered petrale sole with nutritional yeast crust, which I was so excited about. It was the worst fish…not fresh, dry, over cooked. The crust was not right. It was like frozen breaded fish sticks. It was the worst main coarse I think I’ve had, and very surprising fora $70 fixe price lunch menu. The deserts were 3 bites of 3 different things, 2 were so so, 1 was delicious
  27. NH

    NoelleH

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant had the best view I’ve ever seen while dining inside. WOW! We arrived at 8p just in time for sunset at 8:30. The setting was extraordinary, and the food was delicious. They even made adjustments to their set menu for us since I have a gluten, dairy and tomato allergy. You must make a reservation and plan ahead, but it is well worth it. This restaurant really made our trip so special.
  28. PU

    PaulU

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Probably just a once in a lifetime experience, but wow! What an experience. It's as close to food as art as I've ever been witness to and that is saying something! I thank my 23-year old son for finding and suggesting it. It was a great bonding moment between father and son that will likely be remembered for a very long time to come. He has earned this special treat as I wanted to show my pride and appreciation of/for him serving in the US Air Force for the past 2+ years! Great job to all the staff for making this experience extremely delightful!
  29. TS

    ThomasS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lunch last time at Post Ranch Inn in around 2008 or 9, and we always had fond memories of our splurge at the fancy restaurant where the amazing views. So we recreated this last weekend, and it was great again, we sat outside, enjoyed the Prix fixed 3 course lunch - whatever possible came from their chefs garden, which we happen to see from outside, while walking around the property, where it was not explicitly walled off for their guests. The people are fantastic, it started with the phone reservation confirmation and ended with the lady who served came by to refill our water, we saw her again just before we left, driving a golf cart and waving and smiling at us. Yes, we will be back . Suggestion, is there anyway like a chef garden tour? The fern in the appetizer was just too unique and delicious
  30. F

    Foody

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were warmly greeted by Justin Our Service was impeccable by Maria who was such a delight and so proficient. She made our experience perfection. What an amazing hospitality queen she is. It was a delight to speak to the manager and everybody else was fantastic. The food was incredible!!!!! Loved it with our hearts! Maria reigns supreme
  31. F

    Freshfoodie

    Phoenix

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for an anniversary lunch. Fabulous view, food and service. The price for the prix-fixe is $75.00, for lunch, but for a special treat or celebration, worth it!
  32. S

    Sylvia

    San Francisco

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Of course the view and atmosphere is fabulous. However, for the price point the food was not worth it. The only option is a prix fix at 145 a person. We each had the appetizer of two oysters, followed by focaccia, then a tiny portion of abalone (one tablespoon with two lettuce leaves) and the sole. I don't mind miniscule portions however the sole was so salty that I could not eat it. I gave it to my husband. Dessert was good and we lingered at sunset with a dessert wine to savor the gorgeous Big Sur coast. We have dined here before I felt it was superlative and this time not so much. I will recommend but more on the overall place and experience than for the food.
  33. VM

    VictoriaM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    This restaurant was not what we expected. The view is great and the food is ok but not worth the price. The setting is casual and reasonably daggy compared to what we thought it would be. If it were a better price (more like $45 per head for the set menu) and marked as a casual restaurant it would be ok. The heavily fried fish was shocking. The chicken was good.
  34. L

    Lager

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Could not be better….incredible view, great service and spectacular food
  35. HE

    HillE

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Come for the views and enjoy the delicious food as a bonus.
  36. j

    jimj

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The drive in to the facility and the climb up the stairs while challenging are forgotten once you are greeted taken to your table. The view is out of this world. 4 course meals don't allow for gobbling down your meal, and the food is so extraordinarily delicious that you wouldn't want to. I hope my travels bring me back to this magnificent spot.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sierra Mar exceeded our expectations, from the ambiance, service, and food. Everything was exquisite, and Roman our server/waiter was very knowledgeable, kind, essentially excellent. Highly recommend if you’re in Big Sur.
  38. CJ

    CalJ

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great view, great food, and our server Trevor was exceptional. The only complaint we had was that the hostess was a bit rude and somewhat condescending to us. Not a great start to an otherwise fantastic evening. She also sat us at a bit of an odd table since the place was empty (and would mostly stay that way). Hostess aside, wonderful experience.
  39. MS

    MitchS

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food fabulous service (The server even bought a drink for me for Father’s Day). This place is not cheap, but well worth it!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great the view was great. Would recommend for a special occasion

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

Sierra Mar - Post Ranch Inn is rated 4.7 stars by 602 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 28 times today
Google Map for Sierra Mar - Post Ranch Inn

47900 State Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Highway 1

  • Neighborhood

    Big Sur

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–1:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Organic, Californian, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We offer Valet as well as a private lot for parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Hoon Kang

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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