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48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
+1 831-667-2345
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The views here are amazing. Great story behind the facility and very friendly staff. A little pricey, but what a view and location for some drinks and good food. Would definitely recommend a stop here if traveling the Pacific Coast.

Thank Rhrose0
Reviewed 5 days ago

I loved my 3-hour visit to Nepenthe. I lingered for a long time. Didn't want to leave a place with these awesome views of the Pacific coastline. I ordered a dinner platter of steak and frites, which was good but not special, and I had...More

Thank AlanG1211
Reviewed 6 days ago

Beautiful view and decent food. Getting a parking place is the biggest challenge. Also, service can be slow because this place is often packed. But well worth a visit.

Thank sonnecj
Reviewed 1 week ago

Service was good, food was good, the view was fantastic. This was a recommended stop for lunch and to be perfectly honest, I don't remember the food much other than it was good. However, looking over the Pacific from an elevation of 800 feet will...More

Thank Mainsailhr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Two stars because at least it has a good view. Very over priced, but we expected that. But I didn't expect the $20 chicken sandwich to be almost jerky and my 'medium' hamburger to be dry. The menu was so small I thought it would...More

Thank Ben C
Reviewed 1 week ago

No where better to sip a cocktail and look out at the Big Sur coastline and endless ocean. So peaceful and beautiful. The restaurant has lots of personality, good food, lovely staff and a great shop downstairs perfect for picking up that souvenir you wanted...More

Thank Kate A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A truly amazing dining experience is, I think, more than just the food. Such was lunch at Nepenthe this week. With sun-drenched decks overlooking the rugged Big Sur coast where it meets the Pacific Ocean, the day could not have been more pleasant. We were...More

Thank LBlank-SalinasCA
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I did not look the Nepenthe up on trip advisor we were just spending a day travelling down the Big Sur needed a stop and suddenly saw a load of cars parked by a restaurant. We were travelling on a very quiet day mid week...More

Thank David R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The location, ambiance and sunset are sellers and the food was amazing too! It was cold night and after watching the sunset we tucked in a nice table beside a handmade fire in a busy but relaxing place. Perfect end to our first day in...More

Thank TravelFoodWine101
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am sure that there are some travelers who will visit Nepenthe just for the great view of the California coast that is available from nearly every seat in the house. In that case they will discover that the great food is a bonus. My...More

Thank 77Zeke
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17 February 2018|
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Response from 77Zeke | Reviewed this property |
The menu online is accurate with only a few daily specials. I think that I recall salads topped with a protein. It's a wonderful place. I hope that you enjoy.
17 September 2017|
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Response from sjskns | Reviewed this property |
We did not rent a bike. All we did was walk Highway 1 to lunch and back. We did not shuttle. We parked at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park around 9:30am, hiked over the Pfeiffer Canyon trail, walked down to Nepenthe and went to... More
17 September 2017|
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Response from Sherry S | Reviewed this property |
Nope, we didn't do any of that. We walked from Post Ranch to Nepenthe along HWY 1. Post Ranch Inn has bikes to borrow if you choose to do that & are staying there. No need to rent. They also have a fleet of Lexus which you... 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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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 open both north and south to our location in Big Sur. Northbound travelers will need to use Nacimiento-Ferguson Road through Ft. Hunter Liggett Military Reservation to access Highway 1. Southbound travelers can proceed south of the Monterey Peninsula directly to our location.
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