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48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
+1 831-667-2345
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“burger” (307 reviews)
“fries” (189 reviews)
“beet salad” (36 reviews)
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48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious Lunch with Spectacular Views at Nepenthe in Big Sur. Also important to note that this community was literally washed out in February when mudslides closed a strategic bridge on Highway 1 that will not re-open at least for several more months. Had to park...More

Thank kbaerliny
Reviewed 1 week ago

Camping every year in Big Sur since the late 1960's, we were not going to let the downed bridge over Pfeiffer Canyon deter us from our annual trip to Nepenthe. Usually we go for dinner on our last night, but we did not want to...More

2  Thank sjskns
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Nepenthe because we heard that the view was beautiful and it was. However the menu is very limited and extremely expensive. My wife and I split the hamburger because it was recommended by a couple of people. It was good but not...More

1  Thank Robert G
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was cloudy and foggy when we visited for lunch but we could still feel the grandeur of nature. We had the ambrosia burger & shrimp BLT. Both were excellent!

1  Thank Karen11L
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is more of a challenge to visit at this time, as this area is cut off from vehicular traffic, but the hike is worth it for the marvelous views and well constructed plates that they offer. My Beet salad was a piece of art...More

1  Thank Edward W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is worth stopping at even for just a break from driving. We stopped for a drink after driving from LA on our way to Monterey Bay just before sunset and it is beautiful. The view is incredible, your surrounded by nature and it's...More

Thank Courtney J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yea, I made a mistake and walked to Nepenthe ... but luckily the shuttle runs every 10-15 minutes so we just took that back. I did not know it was $5 round trip, I thought it $5 each way. It felt like a waste, but...More

1  Thank blfranks
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm so grateful to Sur Transportation and all the community members who made it possible for us non-locals to use the Community Bypass Trail and visit Nepenthe. I was there on July 2nd- the day after the shuttle began. Nepenthe had a small staff working,...More

1  Thank LosAngelesTravelBug
Reviewed 25 May 2017

This restaurant gives you a combination of the stunning coastal view of the cliffs of the Big Sur, great food and ambience and a great bar. You can sit inside or outside but we preferred to sit outside and soak in the ocean as well...More

4  Thank 443bhaskarm
Reviewed 22 May 2017

With few places to choose from, Nepenthe is a frequent respite when traveling California's Pacific Coast Highway (PHC). In my experience, it has always taken 20 to 50 percent longer to actually get seated than what was advised by the hostess. Although the selection is...More

Thank traveladdict2015
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15 May 2017|
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Response from sjskns | Reviewed this property |
As of July 1st, you can. Shuttle from Andrew Molera State Park to the Community bypass trail. The trail beings after a ten minute walk through the campground Dogs are not allowed on the Community Bypass Trail. The trail... More
Robert G
23 April 2017|
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Response from Erinrafa2014 | Reviewed this property |
Nepenthe is open to locals and Post Ranch guests... the Big Sur area south of the bridge is not open to tourists with the exception of Post Ranch.
Robert G
23 April 2017|
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Response from kgafill | Property representative |
Nepenthe is open, but access via Highway 1 is not available at this time. Highway 1 is expected to open to the south by end of May and to the north by mid to end of September. Currently, only public access to our area is... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 30
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 16:30
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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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TEMPORARILY CLOSED - Nepenthe is closed until Mid-may due to road closures north and south. But we have a skeleton crew here for the duration cleaning, repainting, repairing, and preparing for the day we are back in business again
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