Sierra Mar - Post Ranch Inn

4.8
522 reviews
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$50 and over
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Organic
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Overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a spectacular view of the California coast, the award winning Sierra Mar Restaurant serves world-class cuisine in an awe-inspiring setting. This Big Sur restaurant features an innovative, four course, prix fixe menu, which changes daily and utilizes organic, seasonal fare. Sierra Mar offers wine selections from one of the most extensive collections in North America.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Organic, Californian, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Lunch: 12:00pm - 2:00pm;
Dinner: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(831) 667-2200
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Elizabeth Murray
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Cross street
P.O. Box 219
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Parking details
We offer Valet as well as a private lot for parking.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 522 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked the Sierra Mar Lunch Menu while on a roadtrip in California. The food was great, the views (Big Sur) amazing and the staff very attentive. Absolute 5 Stars!

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e
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal in the most incredible setting! Watching the sunset over the Pacific as you dine on the most creative and nourishing food - well there’s nothing quite like that experience. Service was phenomenal, food was out of this world, wine and cocktails divine - we would highly recommend this experience to anyone who can indulge.

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Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Snobby hostess. Did not say bye and thank us and treated us like second class when she found out we were not staying at the glitzy resort. The wait staff also had to be prompted many times to refill our water and we waited very long for our dessert. Did not serve the soup with a spoon. Many mistakes made for the high price we paid for the food.

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PR
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Expensive and food only ok. Had to send the fettuccini back as it was stuck together. No gluten free options, no vegan or vegetarian options on them menu and little flexibility from the waiting staff

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place and food!

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c
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The magic of Big Sur is perfectly punctuated when you enter the world of Sierra Mar. The architecture, the views and the warm greeting by the staff set the stage for a most extraordinary dining experience!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The price fix lunch here is good value and the location, ambiance, and views are stunning. Easily your nicest meal of the year. Great for special occasions or if you truly want to impress our date :)

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Houston
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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AG
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience overall. Can't say enough about the food, the staff, the view, the atmosphere.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place to enjoy a birthday - love the ranch with amazing staff and a very friendly gate person. thanks

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W
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Post Ranch Inn has been a favorite, tho' pricey, favorite since it opened...We now live on the east coast so haven't been back recently --traveling with my daughter this time, wanted a special place for Saturday lunch for her birthday! Siera Mar did not disappoint! Everything is perfect! Loved the prix fixe menu, the staff are excellent, attentive friendly and professional --and the VIEW...amazing! We will return again and again, whenever we're in the area!

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1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Really disappointing. Reataurant is in an exceptional location with an amazing view. However the food is just average. We had beet soup which was the best course, but the rest was certainly not in the ranks of fine dining. Without the view, the reataurant would not last very long.
The worst part was the service. The waitress was run off her feet and we waited a long time for service. Our wine glasses weren’t filled once and they ended up comping the last drink, not becuase we asked but they finally realised they got the order wrong and we had to wait over 20 mins. We definitely won’t rush back.

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1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve lived in Tahoe a few years ago and I was taking my wife to know Lake Tahoe region and show her places I’ve been and I decided do go to West Shore Café because it is right in front of Homewood where I’ve worked during winter vacation. We really loved the place and the attention that we had by Savannah who was serving our table. Great experience, great food and great environment. Strongly recommend.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

Been to Sierra Mar 3 times before, between 2008-2012. The experience from the staff, the setting and the food was simply magical. I even have clients that have stayed and dined there and they said the same.

This recent dining was so poor it was insulting. It reminded me of two certainties- it's rare for service providers to be consistent and that I have to stick to my standards of what I'm willing to accept and not accept.

The biggest shock was the food to value. I wanted to leave after the first course. Almost did, but stayed the course because it was a special occasion. My spouse later said she would have been fine leaving earlier because she too was shocked at how bad this was.

I understand that Big Sur was hit hard by the road closure, but this corner cutting isn't the right way to recoup.

Never plan to return.

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K
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a special place, otherworldly! I bring friends who visit and they are blown away each time.

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JE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is smashing, outstanding, incredible. I have already recommended it to several people.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular views, food and service. A memorable experience.

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KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unforgettable dinner, food and view were excellent

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary here and everything was spectacular! The food was first class, the view was breathtaking and the staff was very attentive. It’s pricey, but worth it!

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RL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

this is THE special occasion hot spot along the pacific coast highway south of San Fran.

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J
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Some of the dishes were amazing. Some just good.

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RC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here on our honeymoon and the service and cuisine were fantastic. We requested a window view table and they gladly moved us to a table with a killer view! They also gave us each a complimentary glass of champagne for dining with them on our honeymoon! I would absolutely go back there again and I highly recommend the wagyu beef ribeye. It melts in your mouth. Yummm

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JC
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

View is of course, great.
However, this is a restaurant so based on that it’s a no go.
I would give the chef high marks for presentation- the food is pretty on the plate. I had the Sole filet and my wife ordered a quinoa dish. Neither of these I would serve to friends at home because of food quality.
Portions are very small as well. Service is average. Prices are very high and that’s the bar they set but don’t meet at all...

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d
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great lunch with an amazing view! The set menu was very interesting and the staff was very nice.
I was not thrilled to find out that there was a $75/person fixed menu for not-hotel guests, whereas the guests had the option of an a la carte menu.

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N
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic

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Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best experience ever. The view is amazing!

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PV
Seattle
46 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a must-go destination spot in Big Sur. The view is impossible to replicate - breathtaking. The chef does not rely on the view for business. The prix fix was exceptional. Our salad and soup were perfectly balanced. My entree may have been the best burger I’ve ever eaten, and Anna’s sole was beautifully presented and even more beautifully seared and balanced. Dessert was gorgeous - too gorgeous to eat - but that didn’t stop us and we were not disappointed. My 5-star reviews - especially across all categories - are reserved and rare, but Sierra Mar deserves everything we’ve come to expect from the best of Seattle (Tilth, Altura, Poppy, the sadly-defunct Rovers). Very well done!

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LC
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We treated our adult children to an evening at Sierra Mar! They said everything from the food, the view and the service was above and beyond! They absolutely loved it! We can’t wait to try it ourselves!

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FR
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great view. A rare and unique combination.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We make an annual trip to Sierra Mar for a birthday luncheon. Having read of the menu changes under the new chef we were apprehensive about what our experience might be like. There was no need for concern as our experience was as it has been previously, excellent.

We arrived at the 12:15 seating time, and entered a nearly empty restaurant. Thoughfully being seated at a corner window table secluded from other diners, we enjoyed beautiful ocean vistas during our meal.

The food is fresh, much grown on site at their gardens, with unusual and very complimentary flavors imparted by the use of micro greens and flowers. I especially enjoyed the infused oil in my lobster bisque. I was unfamiliar with the flavors in the oil which complimented the lobster, adding a deeper layer of flavor that teased my palate. In addition, the nasturtiums and seared baby onion or leek rings on the soup added contrasting colors as well as surprisingly complimentary flavors and textures.

I had the duck, which was tender with a crisp skin. Delicious.

My companion enjoyed the mixed green salad, with a variety of lettuce greens and baby chard and leek, complimented by slivers of apple and Marcon almonds in a light lemon vinegaret. His pasta dish was simple and fresh.

Dessert was intense in flavor, and portion size was perfect. We were pleasantly filled at the end of the meal, not going away hungry as other reviewers have stated.

We look forward to returning for another great dining experience.

If you have time take a tour of the vegetable and flower garden where fresh produce is grown for the kitchen. We had a lovely tour, and enjoyed the opportunity to discuss gardening with the gardener, and see his micro green and mushroom growing operation. Many thanks to him for his interest in showing visitors what he is doing to support the kitchen.

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JR
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

spectacular views, great food (though my sauce was split so not the best) and fantastic service. worth asking for a seat outside.

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MK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible views and impeccable service. Hanna was the best!

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JL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The view can be spectacular when weather is nice. It was foggy when we were there. The food was so so. The salad and dessert are average. My burger, the meat was cook nicely medium rare but the buns were over toasted and the fries over fried and dry. If you want a nice view, find a good hike. If you want a good meal try the Sur House.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

I had lunch. Salad was good, main course good(fish) dessert terrible. Dessert was a teenie thin slice of lemon poppyseed cake (so easy to make) with some dots of fruit purée I think they microwaved it to get it warm because it was soooo hard and rubbery -just yucky -could not even cut it. Also I went away still very hungry. I also could not understand a couple of the waiters when they were trying to explain the dish-they spoke so fast and with a mumbled accent. They can do so much better-needs more management for that price point.

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AG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great restaurant for celebrating something really special. The service and the food were superb. The location and design of the restaurant were amazing. Highly recommended.

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CC
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with fabulous food! The views are incredible - nothing like a window seat overlooking the Pacific 750 feet below! The staff are very accommodating from providing a ride up to the restaurant on the hill, to turning up the heat and providing a shawl to ward off a chill. The food was delicious and there is an extensive wine list to find just the right pairing. All in all a terrific experience!

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H
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

At these prices, service should not be rushed. It was if she expected us to order drinks and meal at same time. We were paying top dollar for this lunch, and being rushed soured it a bit. At the same time, valet service and ride to the dining room was top notch, professional, and so pleasant. One of our party forgot her jacket, and he was so kind to immediately drive us back up to get it.

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GZ
Portland
68 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, magical location to dine in quiet, up-scale yet casual style. Our 3-course lunch was delectable, our waiter was an obvious pro who made us welcome, and the ocean views will be a memory will always treasure. It was a warm afternoon in a picture-book setting. Awesome in every way!

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L
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very disappointing...I was super excited to eat lunch at Sierra Mar and was planning on going back for dinner. Chef tasting three course menu ...just ok. My husband had a burger and a boring arugula salad. I had spinach leek soup which was actually delicious until the giant hair appeared 😖 and butternut squash risotto. Anyway, the experience would have been better with better service. I think the servers may need better training. . Worst meal of our trip so far basically because of less than adequate server, Katie. Beautiful view though.

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