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Box 1811 HC 67, Big Sur, CA 93920-9657
+1 805-927-1590
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07:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 21:00
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The Colony, Texas
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65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There aren't many options cruising down the PCH around the Big Sur area. That being said, there are options about 30 minutes North or South of "Gorda Springs" that are more reasonable on pricing. The cafe is situated on a beautiful cove that is well known for whale watching (hence the name). We saw a few in the late afternoon... More 

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Thank Aaron_Trentacosta
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Stopped on my way up the coast. Paid $4.00 for a cup of undrinkable coffee. And they don't have cream. (No, Nestle edible oil products are not cream) The place is well-outfitted: maybe they spent all their management $$ on fountain plants and patio tiles.

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Thank Pilgrimsbridge
stratford upon avon
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

This was by far the most expensive breakfast we have ever had and trust me it was nothing special at all, an amazing setting but that's it, make sure you take a picnic and spend your dollars elsewhere 🐳

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Thank doll729
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

We stopped at this cafe for lunch during the day trip to Big Sur. Have to say the service was poor - we waited 15 minutes before we were asked to order. The food is only ok and slightly overpriced. Not recommended unless you have no other options and are desperate for some food in that area.

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Thank Wei C
Texas
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111 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

We were very hungry when we found this place and found the food tasty. Our server was very friendly and helpful, also. The toilets are outside and are used by everyone who stops there - not just the restaurant patrons - and they were pretty bad. Would be better if they had their own toilet and kept it clean.

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Thank MLTtraveler
Stratford on Avon
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63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

This place is an OK tourist stop on PCH if you don't mind being ripped off. The breakfast was just fine, there is not much you can get wrong with a standard American Breakfast - it was Denny's standard. But wow, $120 for 4 people. We all had; 2 eggs, home fries, bacon, sausage and toast, with coffee and OJ.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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93 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

There's not much else around so these guys can afford to hike the price up a bit. Good food but expensive...and we waited a long time even though it wasn't that busy.

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Thank David J
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We had the vegetarian burger and a cheeseburger. Both were not good at all and very expensive. We sat inside. There were quite some flies. Toilets are not clean. Would never recommend going here.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

It's ok. There's not much choice on the drive down highway 1 which is a fantastic drive. We stopped here as we wanted a snack and use the restroom and it was the only thing about.

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Thank welshbloke2015
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This place has a fantastic view and, as it normal, prices are hiked. I am quite accustomed to paying more for views and getting very average food - it's the price you pay and for a good view like this you are going to pay for it. However in this case the food was below average and the prices extraordinary.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
07:30 - 21:00
Monday
07:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
07:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
07:30 - 21:00
Thursday
07:30 - 21:00
Friday
07:30 - 21:00
Saturday
07:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Box 1811 HC 67, Big Sur, CA 93920-9657
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
  • Phone Number: +1 805-927-1590

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?