Sir and Star at The Olema

4.4
918 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Having established Manka's as one of the top 50 hotel restaurants in the country, the owners have moved down the road - to the corner of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Star Route One. They've revitalized Hotel Olema and a new restaurant within it: Sir and Star. Its tables groan with the best of West Marin. Guests are invited to enjoy a nibble and sip or a lingering meal of foods and wines from within reach. It will quickly become apparent that the stewards of this elegant old roadhouse so love where they live and live to celebrate all that grows, swims and is crushed within their midst.

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The Infatuation
8.8

Sir and Star is one of the best dining experiences in Northern California. Get your ass out to the hunting lodge in Olema.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
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BK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This may be the only Goth fine dining experience in the Bay Area. The decor and ambiance may not be for everyone, but the food is terrific--locally sourced and very creative. The dining room is both intimate and really quiet--you don't have to strain to talk or be heard. The printed menu is meat-and-fish-heavy, but the chef prepared some really outstanding off-menu vegetarian options for the non-carnivore in our party (we called ahead to let the restaurant know we had a vegetarian in the group). We didn't order vegan, but our charming server said the chef gets really excited when asked to prepare vegan entrees. Overall, I'd recommend it highly. And if you have some old Bauhaus or Sisters of Mercy you can listen to on the way to Olema, so much the better.

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San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A delightful surprise. We dined very well from a creative and exceptionally well-prepared prix fixe menu for Father's Day. The ambience was pleasant and inviting, the service very professional and attentive. Every course was a hit, no misses. This was our first visit but it won't be our last.

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JN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food is outstanding and the space is stunning, but the horrendous service makes this a very ambivalent review. Food arrived before wine. Wine ordered was suddenly not available. The service was never there when we needed help and present when we did not want/need the intrusion into a family conversation. The restaurant tried to make good by comping a good bottle, but it was such a discordant experience the result is this review.

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B
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

My daughter and I were recently dined at Sir and Star. The best was the atmosphere and ambience, but that is where it ended. We were so disappointed.
We arrived and had to wait 20 minutes before being seated. We then were seated and had to wait a further 30 minutes before we were asked if we would like water let alone a glass of wine!
We had to get the attention of the waiter to place our order. Finally our soup arrived without the bread and then the oysters came when they should have been before the soup. A senior wait staff apologised for this and we hoped that the evening would improve.
But alas no. Our young waiter was inexperienced and just dumped the food in front of us. There was no finesse. The food was underwhelming with the exception of the eye fillet which was good but so it should be, and the soup also although it was tepid!!!
At the end of the evening I had to wave my napkin in the air to get anyone's attention for the bill. Our guests beside us just started to laugh as it was almost comical if it did not cost so much.
That night I really had a hard time to tip. I did but begrudgingly!!! Definitely would not dine again.
I have never given a negative review for a restaurant before but clearly we were very dissatisfied.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was phenomenal, however the service was so terrible it ruined the dinner.

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F
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

All good except for one very intrusive, possibly high, server.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A hidden gem in West Marin. Always very enjoyable. The chef seems to welcome and enjoy the challenge of the different diet restrictions thrown at them.

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BL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Exceptional food in a beautiful setting. Very memorable

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MG
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Service staff has to get some training.
When we entered the Maitre d' turned her back on us without a greeting and went into the dining room for some reason. After waiting several minutes she came back and then seated us.
Dinner was advertised as a lingering prix fixe meal. We were given a printed menu which our waiter didn'talk about at all. It described the meal and also oysters and faux gras we could begin with additionally. We ordered a split of champagne and we had just gotten that when the waiter appeared with our first course. We said we wanted oysters to begin and he was perplexed about what to do. We got a plate of 5 oysters and there was 2 of us. Thoughtless. How are we to share? We inquired if there was a wine paring. The waiter looked like a deer in the headlights. The courses were served rapidly. My duck was whisked away before I had finished. No lingering dinner here. It was excellent food but the experience wasn't. It's a shame. This was a $400 meal.

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RD
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Innovative use of ingredients and flavors. Excellent relaxed service. We greatly enjoyed time between courses.

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San Francisco
113 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and attentive service. The only miss on the menu was the fois gras which turned to be just a pate and not seared. The courses were delicious and well plated

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S
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our anniversary dinner at the Sir and Star. We had the Friday night supper menu - a delicious asparagus soup with a mushroom drizzle, a small fried king cod filet with asparagus, and date cake with buffalo mile ice cream for dessert. My husband had the duck with polenta which was delicious and piping hot. All of the food was locally sourced. I had a skirt steak which was good, but not as exciting (I asked them to tone down the heat in the accompanying sauce, which was probably a factor). Our server was friendly and very knowledgeable about both the food and their wine, much of which is from Marin County. We will definitely return and also recommend it to our friends.

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B
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Local sourced produce and meats, super fresh ingredients. Everything was delicious but a tad too salty for both of us, it is just too bad because it detracted from the quality of the ingredients.

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MR
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gracious service and fantastic food in a lovely setting. We appreciated the owner coming by the table to chat.

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I
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I seldom give max stars for a rating, but S as evening closes in, the light in the room softens as striking candelabras and a few incandescents take over; tables are spaced graciously; little in the way of "decor" distracts from the modest, informal feeling. I rattle on about all of this because an important part of any remarkable dining experience is, in fact, the whole experience, not just the meal. So allow yourself to submit to the romantic simplicity of this place and be transported to France or Italy or Sweden ... the choice is yours.

The menu is small and changes frequently. Innovation is the hallmark of the kitchen. There is much creativity with vegetable and protein products of local West Marin purveyors, from land and sea. There are choices among seafood, fowl, and some variety of red meat. Or interesting vegetarian. A few menu items have achieved icon status and are permanent offerings, like a superb appetizer of duck liver pate ("Faux Gras") and beignets for a sweet-ish finish. Preparation and presentation are meticulous. The wine list offers a number of very good Marin County reds or whites that don't often appear on wine lists in other Marin County restaurants.

Service can sometimes be spotty, but servers are knowledgeable, personable, and helpful. The room is typically on the quiet side, which is a blessing in the SF Bay Area where so many restaurants offer you a table on what amounts to SFO's Runway 1A. A pox on them.

Bonus: the late afternoon or early evening (daylight) drive to Olema is a beautiful segue from hectic life.

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T
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our entire experience was wonderful! This was our second time here. We couldn’t wait to return. The food pairings were spot on, yet always with a unique unexpected touch to the dish. We love the atmosphere and ambience, it’s kind of indescribable in a way, you just have to come and see for yourself. I think what tops off Sir and Star is the historical beauty of the old mansion. It puts you in another world. We have very fond memories here and whomever the chef is at Sir and Star she/he ought to be applauded for their talent.
Looking forward to many more visits!!

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S
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was less than what we were expecting. We were not asked if we wanted to order wine or other beverage and ended up asking our server. Never asked if we wanted a second glass. Seems unusual for this caliber of restaurant.ay have been an off night for our server.
Food choices were good and we had quail and hanger steak from supper menu. Price was very reasonable for four course meal. Plus dessert.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food primarily sourced locally. The faux gras is a beautiful duck mousse paired with the best buttery homemade toast around.

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CG
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Beyond delicious. Inventive, unexpected, worth it in all ways, even with slow and weird service. This is a VERY unusual restaurant, in a good way.

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CP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Wonderful meal and service! Beautiful food. Very fresh and local. Each dish was truly an experience. Would highly recommend!

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JF
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious; service was somewhat lackluster and fragmented.

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WH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden treasure with an exceptionally creative menu. Like eating in someone's living room, except that the someone is creating innovative items using locally sourced ingredients. Will definitely be returning.

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SM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were asked if there was a special occasion upon making the reservation, and we responded it was our 41st wedding anniversary. It was acknowledged when we arrived at the restaurant, and that was it, so why bother ask? The waiter was able to substitute the fish entre from the a la carte menu to the prix fixe menu which was delicious and he really appreciated it.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in the world. Inventive, locally-sourced yet approachable cuisine.

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SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A wonderful west Marin destination, Sir and Star is worth the trip! The Saturday prix fix menu was very good, (highlights included the Faux Gras, Asparagus course, Smoked Sablefish, Duck and Buffalo Ice Cream) but I personally prefer the regular a la carte menu. No matter which day you go you will not be disappointed!

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DO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful surroundings in a lovely appointed historic building. Food was delicious and chef accommodated a food allergy with no issue. Nice wine list.

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JD
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting, delicious chef's tasting menu (and they were willing to substitute for me when I told them I didn't eat beef), very friendly and attentive service. We had a terrific meal overall.

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BS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place to warm up and wind down after a long Pt Reyes hike. Make time for a glass of local wine by the fire. My favorite restaurant in the Bay Area.

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V
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

My friend and I went on a weekend evening when they only had a fixed price tasting menu. All of the staff were friendly, helpful, and available. Although the menu was fixed the waiter assured us we could change things if we had a dietary preference. The wine list by the glass was very limited - only two reds.

The portions were modest - not a complaint since it is a tasting menu - and there were a lot of courses so there was plenty to eat. They make an attempt to have locally sourced quality ingredients; vegetables, fish food was well prepared but nothing was a real stand out. It was an enjoyable meal but somehow it seemed too pricey for the quality of the cooking. It is in a tourist area so maybe my perception of price vs quality is off.

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TG
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely a wonderful experience! Fabulous, fresh food and beautiful atmosphere inside and out. The staff was kind and fun and we lingered longer than we needed, just not wanting it to end.

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T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best and favorite restaurant in the bay. Full Stop.

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KV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal!

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AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We had a 6:30 reservation and didn't see wait staff until 6:50. Drinks didn't come until 7:00. Food service didn't happen until 7:15. We ended up paying the check at 9:30. Wait service was sloooooooow. Food was underwhelming. Maybe they had a really off night.

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TS
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

cool Restaurant with delicious food, friendly staff, and funky decor. We will definitely go back!

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W
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

For its notoriety I was disappointed. I would expect more taste exploration. There was a similarity among all plates, very little variation in texture, sweet, sour, color, hot, cold. I want more excitement for my taste buds. The best dish was the spinach and aspargus with crab sauce. The house desert although good and was the only plate with sweet, sour and warm and was still just beignets.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing!!! We don’t want to tell anyone so we can keep this exquisite gem to ourselves!

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SK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Valentines

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CE
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food served in a beautiful room. The candles, branches, and space are artfully arranged to create an incredibly romantic setting. The services was a complete delight.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! Great ambiance! Great personal service!

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T
San Francisco
94 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Sir and Star really hit all the notes the other night. The roasted crab is the best Dungeness I've ever had and their old standard "faux gras" appetizer was yummy as always. The server was authentic and attentive, albeit a little clueless about the wines. Overall a very romantic, special evening.

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