We visit Big Sur at least once a year. We always make it a special treat by reserving a window seat (well in advance) to have lunch at this amazing location. Sierra Mar is a restaurant that must be experienced. The ambiance and views are unique. We are hooked and look forward to each visit!
When driving on Highway 1, it can be easily missed as the entrance and sign for the Inn are small. Look for the Ventana Inn entrance on the east side. It is on the opposite side of the highway. The restaurant is located on the top of the hill above the Post Ranch Inn Resort. You will park your car at the check in desk with the valet. You enter the lobby area and there is a wooden outdoor path and stairs that you will climb to get to the restaurant. If you have difficulty with the climb, they have golf carts that can drive you up the hill to the restaurant entrance.
The décor is done brilliantly to emphasize the views. The sleek woods and interior design are meant to be the backdrop to the floor to ceiling windows that frame the Big Sur Coastline. All booths and tables are situated to maximize the benefit of the scenery.
The menu was well designed and there were a number of interesting selections. We ordered from the pre-fixed lunch menu. It changes frequently. We have always enjoyed our selections when we have dined here. There is a very good selection of wines.
The service was very good. We felt that all were very attentive. We had a wonderful table and wanted to relax and enjoy our meal. Our waiter never rushed any our four courses and was observant of our needs. Excellent!
The atmosphere is casual and relaxed. The patrons were dressed from business to casual.
The restrooms were clean and well maintained.
The overall experience was a five-star experience! I would suggest coming during lunch or at sunset to maximize the views. Definitely make a reservation ahead of time as the restaurant is quite busy, especially on weekends. The best tables are right up against the glass windows. These prime tables are usually saved for the patrons of the hotel. However, if you time it right, there is availability during the early lunch or late lunch times.
5StarTip🌟: For the best experience, I would recommend getting a reservation ahead of time with a table right up against the glass windows. Amazing food and amazing views, you can’t go wrong!
Sierra Mar rates an Always5Star: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Cheers!
**I was not compensated in any way for this post. My opinions are completely my own based on my experiences which I paid entirely for myself.