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Big Sur River Inn Restaurant

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46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
+1 831-667-2700
08:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
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Istanbul, Turkey
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As I was sitting by myself in the morning having my breakfast, an individual who seems to work for the restaurant (not a waiter) came to the next table that consisted a German family travelling with a toddler and a baby. He said, in a very rude way, to be quiet. The customers were pretty shocked but they kept calm... More 

Thank Can P
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a beautiful view and a very tasty lunch here. Service was excellent. The biggest surprise of our meal was the fabulous key lime pie we chose for dessert. We preferred it to all the ones we had had recently in Key West - and we enjoyed a lot of pie slices there!

Thank srog
West Palm Beach, Florida
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying at the Inn across the highway, so we didn't have a choice. I got the special, Shepherds Pie. It was little more than fried hamburger with a few diced potatoes thrown in, for 12.00. Really? They got me by the short hairs, I was hungry. The Server seemed temperamental, so I didn't say anything, but suffice it... More 

Thank He1ena
Parry Sound, Canada
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312 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are not many choices and i was riding my bike so had even less choices unless i wanted to ride more hills after a long day. The food was alright but very overpriced for what you got and the portions. If i had a car, i would have definitely gone elsewhere. There is a little grocery store beside it... More 

Thank klein3
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Haven't been to this establishment in a few years. Last time we stayed a few days and enjoyed the service and the restaurant meals. Today on a coast trip up hwy one, we stopped for lunch. Wife had Mahi salad while I ordered what was described as a tri tip sandwich served on French bread with au jus. Changed side... More 

Thank CalaverasHabitat
Duluth, Minnesota
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101 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pleasant surroundings and a spacious feel to the main dining room. Service was friendly and efficient. I had a Ham and Cheese Omelette with potatoes and toast. Portions good sized and the food was tasty. Prices in Big Sur are a bit on the high side compared to where I usually travel, and this was no exception -- I think... More 

Thank Aaron B
Centereach, New York
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

The Big Sur River Inn Restaurant was clean, charming and rustic with good food and a pleasant wait staff.

Thank jsarakos
Worcester, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is one of the best along route one in Big Sur. We enjoyed a cocktail while sitting in wooden chairs in the river that runs behind the restaurant really cool then we sat at the lounge and had a fabulous lunch chatted with the waiter and locals really had an enjoyable experience. The food was fabulous and the... More 

Thank kendog75
Sacramento, California, United States
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Nice variety on menu, but nothing spectacular. Decent bar, but pricey and bartenders somewhat inattentive.

Thank Ruben R
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped here for dinner as we were camping close by. The burgers were a bit bland. I wouldn't say the food was amazing. You might be better off trying somewhere else.

Thank Mundayfun

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 40
American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?