If you’re spending a getaway on the cliffs of Big Sur, watching the sunset as you enjoy the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, chances are you’re probably thinking you’ve done pretty well for yourself. And if, in the back of your mind, you’re thinking that nothing could be better than this, we’d have to tell you—you’re wrong.
High atop the cliffs of Big Sur, right off route 1 (a.k.a. California Coast Highway), with majestic views of the Pacific Ocean lies The Post Ranch Inn and its culinary offspring, Sierra Mar—a restaurant equally revered for its scenery as it is its food.
While many restaurants with views this magnificent might offer food as an ancillary afterthought, Sierra Mar clearly does not. Enjoy an array of dishes and flavors artfully prepared using locally foraged ingredients, often discovered along the lush coastline and the nearby mountains—along with those grown right at the Post Ranch Inn’s own “Chef’s Garden.”
Local delicacies such as “Dry Aged Rib Eye” and “California Halbut with Cauliflower” as well as locally foraged foods like oysters right out of lcoal waters and wild mushrooms sourced from the surrounding forest floors is the name of the game at Sierra Mar. Dinner offers a seasonal, four-course prix-fixe menu that changes daily and is inspired by ingredients from the onsite Chef’s Garden.
“Director of Culinary” for Post Ranch Inn and Sierra Mar is Reylon Agustin. A California native, Reylons recently headed the culinary program at Michelin-starred Madera in Menlo Park, CA and has spent time in San Francisco studying under Chef and Restauranteur Traci Des Jardins and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London.
Sierra Mar takes full advantage of its gorgeous locale, designed with floor-to-ceiling windows which render al fresco dining unnecessary. Accents of wood and slate effortlessly mesh the earthy with a fitting modernity, reflecting the progressive yet laid back and naturally chic vibe of the West Coast.
Externally stunning with an inside that rivals its outward beauty?
Photography by Kodiak Greenwood