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Big Sur River Inn Restaurant

46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
+1 831-667-2700
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good44%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“potato skins” (6 reviews)
“apple pie” (10 reviews)
“blt” (12 reviews)
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8:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
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Reviewed yesterday

Popped in for lunch whilst driving down Highway 1. Nice spot, friendly welcome. Burgers and lemonade in the sun in December - nice.

Thank nick_the_traveller
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We stopped there for a late lunch. The service was good, fast and friendly and the food good too. We all had the pulled pork sandwich. Best thing was the location by the river with a nice terrace. Inside it was quite comfortable we got...More

Thank Julio075
Reviewed 4 days ago

We spent Christmas Day exploring the Big Sur, and had stopped here on our way to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and made a reservation for dinner. We came in around 6, and asked for a table near the fireplace, but unfortunately they were all...More

Thank Travel_Addict_Cyprus
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place! Whether I visit on a musical Sunday in the summer, sitting on the outside deck or in the river, or in the quieter times during the winter, the food and service are always good.

Thank Gail M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a gorgeous little place on the side of the road. We stopped for lunch and the food was fantastic. The ribs were sooo good! Unexpectedly great for such a little out of the way place. The setting by the river was idyllic, we...More

Thank Encounterbay122
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So many people visit Big Sur in the summertime that it can ruin the whole experience. This year I decided to have my birthday lunch mid week in December. Great weather, no selfie stick gawking, no trash.... you get the picture. Sat on the deck...More

Thank BicycleTripforTwo
Reviewed 9 December 2017

This spot is a winner. A perfect breakfast and the quaint patio overlooking the river is ideal. Get there early for total solace and great food

Thank Joy B
Reviewed 13 November 2017

On our way to a wedding, we stopped for dinner and I ordered lamb and a double order of well-cooked veggies, and the chef prepared the green beans the best I have ever had in a restaurant. And Tanya, our server was great. My husband...More

Thank GoodKarmaTraveler
Reviewed 13 November 2017

Wow! They have really cleaned this place up since road closures! Had a great lunch and good service!

Thank bennettg988
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

We stayed overnight & had dinner. The food was delicious & the service was better than Sierra Mar!!! Loved the beet salad, moth-watering char grilled Portabello with Quinoa, roasted veggies & pesto was bursting with flavor!Grilled chicken was juicy & tasty. We enjoyed all of...More

Thank Lauren H
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Response from Chip144 | Reviewed this property |
I was there Saturday. Call the restaurant.
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9 May 2017|
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Response from Chip144 | Reviewed this property |
I did not know they had that sorry. Try calling restaurant.
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Response from 607happytraveler | Reviewed this property |
We are usually a small party and have not encounter this situation. Best to call and ask.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 40
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
  • Public Transportation: During the summer months, MST Transit offers bus service to Big Sur. The bus stops right at the Big Sur River Inn! For schedules and more information, visit www.mst.org
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
  • Phone Number: +1 831-667-2700
  • E-mail
Renew your spirit at the full service restaurant and bar at Big Sur River Inn. Enjoy a fabulous breakfast, lunch or dinner in the historic dining room or outside on the deck, the lawn or along the bank of the Big Sur River. Have a seat on one of the bent willow chairs in the river and let the smooth current cool your feet as you enjoy the best Big Sur lunch around. What sets us apart from other Big Sur restaurants is our 100-year-old tradition of locally grown fine food, friendly, efficient service and warm hospitality. And yes, we still serve the original homesteader’s version of "Hot Apple Pie!"
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