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.
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.
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.
Amazing! Wonderful meal and service! Beautiful food. Very fresh and local. Each dish was truly an experience. Would highly recommend!
Food was delicious; service was somewhat lackluster and fragmented.
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.
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.
One of my favorite restaurants in the world. Inventive, locally-sourced yet approachable cuisine.
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!
Beautiful surroundings in a lovely appointed historic building. Food was delicious and chef accommodated a food allergy with no issue. Nice wine list.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best and favorite restaurant in the bay. Full Stop.
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.
cool Restaurant with delicious food, friendly staff, and funky decor. We will definitely go back!
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.
Amazing!!! We don’t want to tell anyone so we can keep this exquisite gem to ourselves!
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.
Fantastic food! Great ambiance! Great personal service!
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.