Ari Weiswasser

Ari Weiswasser


About Ari Weiswasser

Weiswasser, a Food & Wine People’s Best New Chef 2015, spent his formidable culinary years in numerous fine-dining establishments in New York City and Philadelphia, mastering the fundamentals of elevated cuisine and service before moving to California and deciding to do things differently at Glen Ellen Star. He then spent two years at Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry in Yountville before opening Glen Ellen Star across the street from his wife’s family’s Benziger Family Winery, planting gardens in the vineyard to provide much of the kitchen’s produce. Weiswasser also works on expanding the restaurant’s private party operations, under the name Stellar Catering.


  • Nominee for Best New Chef
    Food & Wine
  • People's Best New Chef, California
    Food & Wine
  • Bib Gourmand
    Michelin Guide
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in Napa/Sonoma

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

Roasted corn "elote"
$$, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Modern, American,
"If there's a perfect dish, this is it. GES's take on elote, perfectly roasted creamy corn, a cloud of cotija, a dash of chili and a squeeze of lime. Flavor bomb like no other. I don't even order and entree - just two of these."
Wood oven roasted vegetables
$$, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Modern, American,
"The Heirloom baby carrots with oaxacan mole and sesame brittle is just one of the many awesome vegetables they do out of their wood oven. The combination of roasted carrots with mole is one I never would have thought of but works really, really well."
Stuffed Squid
$$, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Modern, American,
"Ari is a very talented chef who creates deceptively simple food in Glen Ellen Star's postage stamp-sized kitchen. If the stuffed squid is on the menu, order it! Extra points for PBR."