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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View, Groups, Bar Scene

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Served w/ your choice of garbanzo-kidney bean salad, crunchy coleslaw or tossed green salad
Swiss $+1.50
Cheddar $+1.50
Garbanzo-kidney bean salad
Crunchy coleslaw
Tossed green salad
The Famous Ambrosiaburger
our version of a ground steak sandwich, served on a French roll w/ our famous ambrosia sauce.
Garbanzo-kidney bean salad
Crunchy coleslaw
Tossed green salad
Turkey Sandwich
Diestel farms roasted turkey breast w/ havarti cheese, house-made cranberry sauce & alfalfa sprouts on a nine-grain wheat roll
Served w/ your choice of garbanzo-kidney bean salad, crunchy coleslaw or tossed green salad
Garbanzo-kidney bean salad
Crunchy coleslaw
Tossed green salad
Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich
grilled marinated chicken breast, smoked vermont cheddar, lettuce, & tomato, served w/ chipotle mayonnaise on a French roll
Garbanzo-kidney bean salad
Crunchy coleslaw
Tossed green salad
French Dip
hot roast beef au jus on a toasted French roll
Garbanzo-kidney bean salad
Crunchy coleslaw
Tossed green salad
Tuna Salad
Line caught albacore w/ celery, red onions & sweet pickle relish served w/ lettuce on a nine-grain wheat roll
Garbanzo-kidney bean salad
Crunchy coleslaw
Tossed green salad
Vegetarian Burger
grilled tofu-vegetable patty served on a French roll w/ lettuce, tomatoes & our famous ambrosia sauce
Roasted Beets Salad
With point reyes blue cheese, oranges, granny smith apples & pea shoots on a bed of field greens dressed w/ a citrus vinaigrette
Dungeness Crab Louie
Pacific crab atop chopped lettuce w/ hard-boiled egg, sliced cucumber, & cherry tomatoes
Soup & Salad
Homemade soup of the day, served w/ your choice of garbanzo-kidney bean salad, crunchy coleslaw or tossed green salad
Highway 1 is now open both north and south to our location in Big Sur. There are no closures of Highway 1 between Carmel By-the-Sea and San Luis Obispo.
US$ 7 - US$ 30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I love outdoor dining, especially along the beautiful Pacific Ocean with fresh breeze whispering alongside. The staff was very friendly and informative. I learned that the (great) grandmother insisted that the site didn't belong to the family alone, but to all people. And, thus, Nepenthe....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Lisa O
Reviewed 5 days ago

The menu is very good but expensive. Staff are very friendly, but other than the view and the gift shop it is pretty ordinary

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank JAW0824
Reviewed 1 week ago

With stunning views of the Big Sur coast, and colorful patio decor, Nepenthe is a picturesque spot for a delicious meal. My friend and I had finished hiking and were ready for a bite to eat. We stopped at Nepenthe to check out if we'd...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank CassidyD199
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family, three generations of us, have gone to Nepenthe for years - every time we’re in Big Sur. The place is consistent. Even in bad weather the view is spectacular, and you will want to try for a seat at the bar facing the...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank PVTraveler38
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was fascinating to watch the team of lumberjacks cut up the huge Monterey Pine that came down in the storm last week! The food was nice. Good range of alcoholic drinks. But I was designated driver and the choice of soda etc was very...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank hannoodle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed our experience at Nepenthe very much! The shrimp BLT was incredible, and the basket of fries...perfect! Nothing can beat the views!!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Jennifer V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place. The views are simply amazing. Gorgeous day when we were there, could see for miles. Food is very good. Start with cheese platter, won’t disappoint! Staff extremely friendly and accommodating! Must check this out if in area

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank jtb1956
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Crystal clear day afforded exceptional, unobstructed views from the outdoor seating looking south. Portion size was perfect, high quality food, homemade. Soup and salad perfect. Also enjoyed French dip and fries. We arrived at 11:30 and were seated immediately thanks to it being off season....More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank pamfC154LA
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Can't miss for sunset. Come early to arrive in time to snag a good spot. However, if you have no interest in dining here tons of people come for sunset and leave. The food however is tasty and worth a visit. Wine list was great...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank knsking
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The view is awesome. The food is decent but very expensive. Burger and sandwiches are around $20. Dinners is about $30. Service is very good. The wait for the high times can be very long. We heard of 3 hour waits.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank wmn9
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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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