Sir and Star at The Olema
What Insiders Are Saying
Sir and Star is one of the best dining experiences in Northern California. Get your ass out to the hunting lodge in Olema.
Fabulous food and service especially the drink flatware servers.
Amazing venue and food! Helpful team of staff although our server was a bit out of it and distracted (brought wrong dish, left wine for us to pour ourselves, generally not too helpful).
Rest of staff was amazing though so perhaps she had an off day.
Food was tasty and inventive and love the space!
Ok, Don't waste your time unless you enjoy Bad service and chef tantrums... seriously this chef is a joke, threatening my wife, fists closed, after she sent a dish back because she did not like it (the spices, not listed on the more than evasive menu, triggered a severe migraine). I have never seen that in more than 20 years of restaurant dining worldwide.. 5 years ago we had a wonderful meal there but the place sadly changed ...for the worse.
Everyone who is interested in food and wants to dine in an environment of real character has to eat here. Let’s get this out of the way: The service is warm, friendly and professional; the food is interesting, very well prepared and with minimal and generally appropriate delays between courses; the environment is wonderful - unique without being over the top. I would come back for sure and encourage others to do the same. Margaret Grade, the doyenne of Sir and Star, The Olema, Manka’s, Druid Hall and a central figure in anything relevant to interesting dining and lodging in this beautiful section of Marin, is what makes it all very special. My family and I have been guests in her various establishments for years and fondly remember each stay and each meal. I look forward to our next visit!
Everything was perfect- the food, the service, and the lovely atmosphere. What a special evening we had at Sir and Star!
A bit pricey
A bit more choice would hel
An elegant special-occasion kind of place with attentive service and excellent food.
Can’t imagine why we would ever go back. The menu was the nicest thing. The food wasn’t that good. We were never asked how our meal was. The wall looked smoke damaged . Silverware needed cleaning.
Food was amazing and perfectly cooked. Server was polite and knew his wines. The only imperfection is the glassware. Need better wine glasses!!!
This is one of my favorite ‘destination’ restaurants and I always include it in my annual overnight to Olema. It has always been outstanding on levels. This time however, was a bit disappointing. The first course was a spinach dish which struck out on all levels. The main were much better...in fact my fish was cooked to perfection, but ling cod doesn’t have much flavor and the dish was begging for some type of marinade/sauce. Service was slow, and server messed up the wine order so it didn’t arrive till after our food was served. But the most annoying part were the wine glasses....thick glass like a Mexican made water tumbler! Good wines deserve proper stemware ....end of story. I’ll likely go back as I do love so much about this place and will hope for a better experience.
Everything so lovely staff was wonderful food was excellent
Really good but incredibly small portions. The from two sixty-somethings who don’t eat that much. We had lamb chops which were delicious, but we literally got two large bites and it was gone. It’s too expensive for that!
We ordered the tasting menu which was delicious except for the sturgeon. The peach salad and the lamb chops were succulent.
I was disappointed by the wine list which doesn't offer a great selection for wine by the glass. I ordered the "Sir and Star" Pinot which was very weak...
The waiter was not very present during the whole meal, we felt he had forgot bout us.
However, I would come back for the food!
Most delicious dinner I have had for a long time. Thanks to all who prepared the food, washed the dishes and assisted the chefs.
Strictly prix fixe, but excellent food. The kitchen got horribly backed up and our meal suffered an hour's hiatus before the main was served. We were falling asleep. We loved everything on the menu and the kitchen served up a special dessert without egg to accommodate a casein allergy. The broccoli appetizer was our favorite, but the rest of the meal, which included the following dishes: an exquisite piece of beef with potato, some raw fish, mozzarello and beans and the most delicious tomato soup I have ever had (which made me say, "it smells like the fields" because it did) among others was outstanding. Not our first time there and won't be our last. They need more help in the kitchen, however. Also, it was very annoying to have a couple at a table next to us who needed to get a room for all the amorous pawing they did. Now I've seen it all! Although maybe that was a function of the delay in getting our entrees....diners getting creative?
As always, amazing. This menu: fantastic from starters (seared spinach, faux gras, perfect dinner rolls) to biegnets.
Delightful, Daniel and Margaret bring to the visitor an elegant, crafted dining adventure full of surprises. One of the most memorable meals, it reminds one of how true restaurants should be in this land of...
Extraordinary food and a casual yet sophisticated setting. Perfect for our anniversary dinner.
We were looking for a special dinner experience and the Saturday night set-menu was wonderful. The food was outstanding and the service was attentive and we left feeling pampered. We plan on returning.
Awesome place!great food and nice ambiencei would highly recommend this restaurant
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.
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.
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.
Wonderful food, way too expensive!
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.
The food was phenomenal, however the service was so terrible it ruined the dinner.
All good except for one very intrusive, possibly high, server.
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.
Exceptional food in a beautiful setting. Very memorable
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.
Great food. Innovative use of ingredients and flavors. Excellent relaxed service. We greatly enjoyed time between courses.
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
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.
Gracious service and fantastic food in a lovely setting. We appreciated the owner coming by the table to chat.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
Beautiful food primarily sourced locally. The faux gras is a beautiful duck mousse paired with the best buttery homemade toast around.
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.