Ocean-view dining doesn't get much better than this. At cliff's edge 1,200 feet above the Pacific at the ultra-chic Post Ranch Inn, Sierra Mar serves cutting-edge American cuisine made from mostly organic, seasonal ingredients, some from the on-site chef's garden. The four-course prix-fixe option always shines. The nine-course Taste of Big Sur menu centers on ingredients grown or foraged on the property or sourced locally. The restaurant's wine list is among the nation's most extensive. If you're unable to reserve a table for dinner, you can sit at the bar, which opens at 5:30 (first-come, first-served), or opt for the abbreviated prix-fixe ($55 and $95) lunch.