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48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
+1 831-667-2345
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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11:30 AM - 4:30 PM Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
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Reviewed yesterday

Success has spoiled Nepenthe. We've been going to this beautiful spot in Big Sur for 30 years and drove down last Saturday for lunch. Parking near the restaurant has become a life-threatening experience. The lot is usually full, so you must find an opening on...More

Thank Gary C
Reviewed 4 days ago

The view is spectacular, and the restaurant itself is lovely. The food is fine. The service is fine. A few of us had the Ambrosia Burger--it was fine. The food got to our table in a timely fashion, kind of. My husband's soup arrived after...More

Thank kimhawley1
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We stayed in Big Sur and, upon recommendation from hotel staff, made sure we had dinner here. For a table outside, we waited only a little while (prob’ly longer wait later in the evening but we were there for an early-ish dinner). Spectacular cliffside view,...More

Thank dahnit
Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I stopped at Nepenthe today for lunch. We had been at Nepenthe over 20 years ago, but did not have the opportunity to dine last visit. This was definitely top of the bucket list for us on our coastal drive to San...More

Thank LaurieCurran
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The view from this restaurant is spectacular and breathtaking! Worth the trip! Warning- menu is very limited to sandwiches and salad. Food was okay. Pulled pork sandwich was very salty. Server was very friendly.

Thank ElleCee52
Reviewed 1 week ago

Dining options are limited along Highway 1. This is a perfect place to get out of your car and relax. The view of the coastline is mesmerizing. We were pleased with the quantity and quality of our food. They're always busy but the service is...More

Thank bethanynd
Reviewed 1 week ago

Staff was exceptional, food was delicious, views are amazing. We happened to stumble on the place but its very popular and should be included on your list of places to eat. We happily sat out the hour wait on their patio and played ping pong...More

Thank SoCalExplorers
Reviewed 1 week ago

The hilltop location overlooking the coast is the main reason to stop here. Gorgeous. I had low expectations for the food, but I was very pleasantly surprised. My Shrimp BLT was wonderful - nice meaty shrimp, great sauce, good bun. So order a bottle of...More

Thank GoingPlacesWithJohn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The views are astounding. The gift shop is great. The food was pretty good. I would happily stop again.

Thank hausman1982
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were seated quickly at a table with a great view. Our server was prompt and attentive. Ordered pasta and a burger. The food was just ok but the ambience and view were great!

Thank Carl3051
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Questions & Answers
4 July 2018|
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Response from ppettyHtown | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is open coming from both directions.
4 April 2018|
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Response from BillyTeddy | Reviewed this property |
Car or Car or Car. Renta auto as suggested. Middle of Heaven and worth the rental $....DOUBLE check HWY 1 road closures. Spring rain can bring challenges to that HWY.
22 February 2018|
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Response from forevergypsy60 | Reviewed this property |
Yes as stated by previous reply party's of five or more. Request seating out door if possible on either the large front patio or the back patio. Bon Appetit! I don't give the food high ratings but you cannot beat the view... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
  • Phone Number: +1 831-667-2345
  • E-mail
Highway 1 is now open both north and south to our location in Big Sur. There are no closures of Highway 1 between Carmel By-the-Sea and San Luis Obispo.
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