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Whale Watchers Cafe

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American
CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, Big Sur, CA 93920-9801
+1 805-927-1590
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  • Excellent6%
  • Very good13%
  • Average22%
  • Poor18%
  • Terrible41%
2 weeks ago
“Great location spoilt by offerings at the cafe!”
3 Oct 2018
“Refreshment Stop”
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7:30 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, Big Sur, CA 93920-9801
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Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Good view of the coast. Fast service, food was good. Prices are a little high, patio with a fire pit. Little market on site for snake.

Thank Kim M
Reviewed 21 August 2016

Whale Watcher Cafe must be in the perfect spot in Big Sur. We were so ready for lunch. So was everyone else. It was busy and there were no seats outside. That was fine, as the inside has it's own charm as well. Hector did...More

Thank myshorepath
Reviewed 17 August 2016

Do yourself a favor and drive past this place. It's a dump in every sense, from the filthy bathroom, to the flies hovering over the food and the greasy-looking waiter sticking his disgusting finger in the small bowl of salad dressing. Ugh. I'm surprised we...More

1  Thank MPSCalifornia
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

We came from Hearst Castle, and stopped there as there was no other option. Service is not really friendly, place is dirty (flies, dirty tables and restrooms), food is below average and clearly overpriced (16$ for a cheeseburger with deep frozen meat). Try to have...More

1  Thank Barbeuz
Reviewed 10 August 2016

I really loved this place as a nice stop on our trip up the Pacific Coast Highway. The food was great and had a great atmosphere-- right on the edge of the sea-- fantastic views. It was a little pricey, but it's the only place...More

Thank JennyH83
Reviewed 6 August 2016

Stopped for lunch... Place was full except for one table. Waiter motioned us to the empty spot and tossed a couple of menus on the table. Same guy did this with everyone else who came in after us. Our particular waiter seemed to have too...More

Thank Beachdeac
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

There are very few restaurants to stop at on route 1 in The Big Sur and this looked so cute. I don't know if our server was really new but it took forever to just get non alcoholic drinks. It was very expensive. $11.50 for...More

Thank Melynda S
Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

This is a fun place to eat! Great views! Unique stop! Food was average but expensive!!! There is a small grocery store right next door that you can get sandwiches and stuff. We didn't know that til after we ate or we would have done...More

Thank GreatFamilyTime5
Reviewed 23 July 2016

First it is expensive and secondly the quality of the food is bad. It does not feel genuinely prepared. Also there is a long toilet line for the restaurant guest. And when you finally get there you realize the restrooms are not been taken care...More

Thank AdamWa
Reviewed 22 July 2016

We stopped here on a road trip on the off chance before the sea mist fell over the Pacific Coast Highway. We had a little two bed lodge behind their bar and stores on the hill with an ocean view. The beds were comfortable and...More

Thank KentMadmum
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, Big Sur, CA 93920-9801
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
  • Phone Number: +1 805-927-1590
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