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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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48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
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Reviewed 1 week ago

While travelling and staying at Big Sur I ate here twice, both times at the cafe , once for lunch and then for breakfast. I loved everything about Nepenthe, the views, the food, the vibe, the Phoenix shop. I sat there looking at the amazing...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Rebecca G
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm lucky enough to live within driving distance to Big Sur, so I've been going to Nepenthe since I was a child. It's always consistent and lovely. Be aware that it's pretty much always busy and parking is quite limited- if you have a big...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank MissPea1978
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is not often one can look at the Pacific coast line with breath taking panoramic views and enjoy lunch. There is the option of eating indoors at tables or out doors at a bar over a shear drop. Being December the weather and view...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank catherinemL8442JB
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is an amazing spot in Big Sur! Must stop place for a quick appetizer or meal! We enjoyed breathtaking views and a quick appetizer and hot soup! We had the salmon appetizer and mushroom soup and it was delicious! You won’t regret stopping...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank christy-cotto
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great spot for a bite and gather around the fire pit. The views are beautiful and the staff was lovely.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Jen D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good food, great wine list- very pricey although I’m sure that has more to do with the location perhaps? There aren’t many choices in the area so this was decent

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Previewer1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nepenthe was recommended to us by a shopkeeper in Cambria as we discussed our Pacific Coast Highway road trip and we're so glad we took his advise and stopped. Our GPS (rental car) did not have the correct location (said we should have been there...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank brlittle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This quintessential Big Sur Restaurant is an essential stop on your Big Sur trip. Decent food (not the very best, but a good solid effort), good wine and spirits, but just spectacular views and atmosphere!! Sunset and into the evening (great firepit), is my favorite...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Jeana S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I recently visited Nepenthe with a couple of friends while traveling through Big Sur. It came highly recommended by a local, and did not disappoint! The food was delicious, the views spectacular, the ambiance charming, and the service impeccable. The manager, Angus, came by several...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Mary L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been to Nepenthe many times for lunch. It is always crazy busy and we often need to wait. We come here for the view and the experience more than for the food, though there are some favorites that we always like. This time,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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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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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
Romantic, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, 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
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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
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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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