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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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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good44%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“potato skins” (6 reviews)
“apple pie” (11 reviews)
“calamari” (13 reviews)
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8:00 AM - 9:00 PM 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 4 weeks ago

We had breakfast during our stay and the food was great. Very nice atmosphere and is a great place to have a wedding!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Earl C
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Good food, large portions, reasonable prices. Several Veggie and Vegan options and delicious homemade hot apple pie. Serves locals in a big roadhouse style restaurant. Large Patio deck is great for breakfast and lunch.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank John B
Reviewed 26 October 2018

We stopped in for lunch as we were heading south. We were seated in a perfect spot, overlooking the river, and the food was very good. We both had a cheddar cheese-broccoli soup and their version of a caprese salad (tomatoes, mozzarella and pesto). Both...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank RAKlein
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

Stopped at the inn for a break from driving & just to get a drink. The young lady serving at the bar was very pleasant & chatted with us, we only ordered teas & coffees & went out the back on the decking with them....More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Sandie-mitch
Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

During our trip, we stayed at the Big Sur River Inn and went over to the restaurant for breakfast. It was so delicious and you just can’t beat the view! You sit creekside (if you choose to sit outdoors, there is inside seating too). Definitely...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank samanthaa984
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

We dropped by this restaurant to eat a late lunch. It was already around 2:30 so there was no crowd. When we got there, the place was practically empty. The lady at the front was really, really rude!!!! She took one look at us and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank ElleCee52
Reviewed 7 October 2018

What a wonderful place to stop for an afternoon lunch. There is a creek running behind the resturant and great chairs to sit in the creek and enjoy . The lunch menu was delicious. We had a great tiime.

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank Cindi K
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Simple, american fare, well prepared and fairly priced. The seafood "chowder" is delicious, even if it is not a chowder. The chicken salad was excellent and overall this was a good experience. The prices are fair and service not bad. I would recommend.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank jimworcs
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

Our server, Jessi, had her nose buried in her tablet the entire time and didn't once make eye contact while taking our order. We had to wave her down for her to stop at the table for drink refills. After dropping the food off, she...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Baleigh M
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

This is a great find. Does it have some issues, you bet. But overall, good. We pulled over to get a soft drink and then saw there was a restaurant and decided to have breakfast. The negatives- hard to locate an entry to the restaurant...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Funtraveler2014
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Response from Chip144 | Reviewed this property |
I was there Saturday. Call the restaurant.
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, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
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
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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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