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Sierra Mar

High atop the cliffs, offering breathtaking views is Sierra Mar, winner of Wine Spectator’s prestigious Grand Award. Offering an unconventional fine dining experience, Executive Chef John Cox presents inquisitive food creations featuring ingredients highlighted by a sense of place and culture. Selections from the award-winning wine cellar enhance the innovative, inspired cuisine.

Dining Information:


8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Complimentary gourmet buffet breakfast is available each morning for guests of Post Ranch.

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12:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lunch offers a choice of a three-course prix-fixe menu or a five-course tasting menu, with or without a wine pairing, designed to provide diners with a sense of place. Both options are available everyday for guests and the general public. Reservations are recommended.

Sample Lunch Menu [pdf]


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5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sierra Mar offers two options for dinner. The traditional four-course, prix fixe dinner menu changes daily (An à la carte option is also available). Or try the nine-course Taste of Big Sur tasting menu, interpreting the Big Sur experience through food, along with an optional wine pairing. Dinner is available for guests and the general public. Reservations are recommended.

Our dress code is casual elegant. Please wear something that you would feel most comfortable in for a nice dinner out, however shorts, t-shirts, sandals or athletic gear are not permitted. Jacket and tie are not required for men.

Sample Dinner Menus [pdf]


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About the Chef

Chef John Cox is the Executive Chef at Sierra Mar. Chef Cox’s start in July 2012 marked a return to Sierra Mar, where he began his professional career in 2001. He joined us from his position as executive chef at La Bicyclette and Casanova restaurants in nearby Carmel, where he initiated dynamic, daily changing menus focused around locally sourced ingredients. The successful concepts and menus soon earned recognition as some of the finest in Carmel by publications ranging from the San Francisco Chronicle to Food & Wine magazine.

Prior to his time in Carmel, Chef Cox spent time immersing himself in Hawaii’s island cuisine and the bold, spicy flavors of the southwest in New Mexico. He trained at the New England Culinary Institute, where he is still a board member.

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Inside the Post Ranch Kitchen

Follow what’s happening in the kitchen at Sierra Mar with Chef Cox’s Post Ranch Kitchen Blog by clicking here.

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Wine Cellar

Wine enthusiasts can spend hours reading the acclaimed wine list from our vast Grand Award-winning wine cellar, with over 14,000 bottles and 2,600 selections, selected personally by Wine Director Dominique DaCruz.

Sample Wine List

For those who share a passion for wine, we offer VIÑA. This special wine retail program enables guests to recreate at home the memorable wine experiences they’ve enjoyed at Sierra Mar. To inquire about VIÑA, please email

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