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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 good45%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“potato skins” (6 reviews)
“apple pie” (11 reviews)
“calamari” (13 reviews)
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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 1 week ago 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

Thank Funtraveler2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Found this place by chance whilst driving down CA1 at Big Sur. the weather was great and it was busy. Stopped for a drink and sat by the river where chairs have been placed so you can cool off your feet which was a nice...More

1  Thank davidjackie1957
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Given how few stopping places there are on Hwy around Big Sur, we actually looped back here after driving a ways past. Arriving just before 1 p.m., we were immediately escorted to the back, outdoor deck area, and were given the last canopied table open...More

Thank Mink52
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While I can in no way say that we weren't accommodated too it doesn't seem like they really cared about our experience much either. It wasn't very busy, they have everyone seated all together when there are seats available everywhere. When I asked to sit...More

Thank MsSAndTorres
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped for breakfast on a weekday, not crowded so no excuse for slow service. The large portions of food did not make up for the mediocre quality. Very nice setting though.

Thank Aplesq
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband & I have been going to the Big Sur River Inn Restaurant for over 30 years. Last Sunday, we arrived around 2 pm to hear the music, have some drinks and a meal. We requested to sit on the side upper deck which...More

Thank Janet G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good; No waiting required, the service was prompt, the staff was efficient, dining options included inside or creekside seating. Not so good; We had their house salad which was non-eventful and the baby-ribs that came with some sort of cabbage slaw covered with a strange...More

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had an early breakfast here on a Saturday morning while sitting outside by the river. The covered deck is heated, which made the cool morning that much more enjoyable. Breakfast was delivered quickly and I had the Little Sur omlette - filling and very...More

Thank Scuba-Duner
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Lots of options for a delicious lunch, friendly staff and a lovely terrace overlooking the river. Not cheap but in line with Big Sur prices in general, and the quality of the food justifies the price.

Thank Katie H
Reviewed 29 July 2018

Lovely place to take a break, there is plenty of seating inside and outside. They even have seating in the river! The inside area has a roaring open fire and the walls are filled with old photographs of the restaurant and surrounding area, it was...More

Thank shazzzalongley
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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
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
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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