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Post Ranch restaurant?

michael Sep 12, 2000 06:36 PM

Any reports on the Post Ranch restaurant in Big Sur?

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    Joan Winston RE: michael Sep 12, 2000 06:58 PM

    We ate at the Post Ranch when it first opened. I remember that the food was good but what really stands out in my mind is the dining room itself. It sort of hangs over the ocean, has floor to ceiling windows and is just gorgeous, as is the view. The rooms in the hotel were pretty spectacular also.

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      Tom Armitage RE: Joan Winston Sep 12, 2000 08:21 PM

      My experience at Post Ranch was several years ago, but I wasn't all that impressed with the food, though the view is terrific. By contrast, I had an absolutely fabulous meal at Pacific's Edge Restaurant at the Highlands Inn near Carmel, also with a stunning view overlooking the ocean and the Point Lobos State Reserve. However, the then-chef at Pacific's Edge, Cal Stamenov, has moved over to Marinus, the dining room at the Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley. I don't know much about the new chef at Pacific's Edge, Philip Baker. Perhaps one of my fellow Chowhounds can help out on this score.

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        jim benzian RE: Tom Armitage Sep 12, 2000 09:57 PM

        My wife and I spent three nights at the Post Ranch in June. We were stuck eating at the restaurant there every night because the U.S. Open was going on and everything else was booked. They did do a good job with creating a new menu every night, but overall the food was not inspiring. I think it's best to enjoy a bottle of wine outside on the deck hanging a few hundred feet above the Pacific.

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          Heidi RE: jim benzian Sep 13, 2000 08:49 AM

          What else that might have been better in the Big Sur area was booked? How about the food at Ventana Inn?

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      Trane RE: michael Feb 20, 2001 03:59 PM

      I've eaten at Post Ranch Inn twice and the food is very good but not as good as the Ventanna Inn's restaurant, in my opinion. However the location and views are amazing. Getting there is fun, going walking up those steps to an intimate glass box perched on a cliff!

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      1. re: Trane
        Heidi RE: Trane Feb 20, 2001 05:05 PM

        A nice compromise would be to do as we did: have an aperitif and watch the drop-dead spectacular sunset at Post Ranch, then travel across the street to Ventana for dinner.

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