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Nepenthe

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
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HOUSE FAVORITES‏
Served w/ your choice of garbanzo-kidney bean salad, crunchy coleslaw or tossed green salad
$14.50
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.
$16.50
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
SANDWICHES
Served w/ your choice of garbanzo-kidney bean salad, crunchy coleslaw or tossed green salad
$17.25
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
$15.50
Garbanzo-kidney bean salad
Crunchy coleslaw
Tossed green salad
French Dip
hot roast beef au jus on a toasted French roll
$15.00
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
$14.50
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
SALADS‏
$14.50
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
$23.50
Dungeness Crab Louie
Pacific crab atop chopped lettuce w/ hard-boiled egg, sliced cucumber, & cherry tomatoes
$13.00
Soup & Salad
Homemade soup of the day, served w/ your choice of garbanzo-kidney bean salad, crunchy coleslaw or tossed green salad
About
Highway 1 is now open both north and south to our location in Big Sur. There are no closures of Highway 1 between Carmel By-the-Sea and San Luis Obispo.
PRICE RANGE
US$ 7 - US$ 30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
American
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed 2 days 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
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Tremendous endless wine menu. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive but not intrusive. Angus helped us pick a wine. The ambiance was classic and boasts a huge fireplace in the middle of the main room. An additional fireplace is on the deck with plenty of...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank BKennedy314
Reviewed 5 days ago

We've always driven by this stop, but not this time. Curiosity finally got up. You must drive up the hill for parking and then walk up steps to the establishment. We just sat outside and had a drink and enjoyed the view. Prices for food...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 607happytraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

The fog outside temporarily blocked our view of the ocean and the sea shore below. But inside, this only made the round, open sided fireplace crackle just that much more creating a very warm cozy setting. We were looking for a light snack to hold...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank nascarbilly
Reviewed 1 week ago

Legendary magical spot with great food. The restaurant used to be the home of some famous celebrities who used it briefly. Its now a cool hangout looking like a hippie hangout from the 60s with post and beam and open ceiling. The view is great...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank NorbertYoung
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We dined here and and the food was good. Honestly though, we came for the views and the weather did not cooperate. When it does, you will not be disappointed! The views are just spectacular!!! It’s always worth the drive!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank jpctiger
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found a review of this restaurant online, claiming it to be the iconic place to stop for lunch in Big Sur and decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed. It opens for lunch at 11:30am, and we arrived a bit earlier...More

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

We enjoyed our time here. Yes, it is expensive and busy, but it is also Big Sur and to be expected. We arrived around 2:45pm on a holiday weekend and waited about an hour to be seated. To kill some time we checked out the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 957carleec
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning architecture blends organically into the surroundings. So glad we stopped. Arrive before or at opening-11:30am for lunch to miss the complete chaos. Fabulous service led by Linda, with a hostess who had table seating timing down to an art...he had the burger, (frankly, it...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank traveltarot
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to give this place a try considering the reviews and photos posted on TripAdvisor. Its located together with Cafe Kevah and The Phoenix Shop. You would have to climb up a series of stairs to reach the restaurant or you can choose to...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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MBRetired
4 July 2018|
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Response from ppettyHtown | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is open coming from both directions.
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SUSANNE M
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.
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Rock572
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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