We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Big Sur River Inn Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
+1 831-667-2700
08:00 - 21:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

469 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 417: English reviews
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had made reservations elsewhere for dinner but there was a road closure so we ended up turning around and looking for a dinner spot last minute. We found this place as we drove down the hwy 1. We did not expect much and just ordered whatever suited us. Place was decent looking. They had a bar and there were... More 

Thank kcamd2001
Mississauga, Canada
Level Contributor
396 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were getting hungry and the choices along this route are minimal. It took at least 15 minutes before someone acknowledged us and then we were seated 5 minutes later. Our waiter was okay and the food was also just okay. But food does taste better when you are hungry.

Thank BelaN74
Level Contributor
54 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped on our way up to Monterey. It was a nice sunny day, and we chose to eat outside. The food was pretty good, but the bigger hit with us was watching the birds and other wildlife. Especially the Steller's Jays trying to swoop in and get food from the plates that had not been removed, and from the... More 

Thank tangokilo12
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Its a really nice little restaurant. They have a creek in the back thats nice to just sit by. Food is really good. The burgers here are GREAT! Even the veggie burger (and I eat meat) is really good. Definitely recommend this place.

Thank Matt A
Sacramento, California
Level Contributor
152 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

We had dinner here while staying at the River Inn. We found the food good and service very friendly and polite. We ordered Calamari for appetizer and for dinner had lamb and salmon.

Thank Tulika_sac
Level Contributor
24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

It has a beautiful little creek and soo green. Service was quick and they have high chairs for babies and a cute little ice cream truck next to the restaurant. We had tri tip sandwich and mushroom burger, which was both a little dry as it didnt have much sauce or flavor. However, the sweet potato fries were amazing. Definitely... More 

Thank Cherise B
Istanbul, Turkey
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

As I was sitting by myself in the morning having my breakfast, an individual who seems to work for the restaurant (not a waiter) came to the next table that consisted a German family travelling with a toddler and a baby. He said, in a very rude way, to be quiet. The customers were pretty shocked but they kept calm... More 

1 Thank Can P
Level Contributor
21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

We had a beautiful view and a very tasty lunch here. Service was excellent. The biggest surprise of our meal was the fabulous key lime pie we chose for dessert. We preferred it to all the ones we had had recently in Key West - and we enjoyed a lot of pie slices there!

Thank srog
West Palm Beach, Florida
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

We were staying at the Inn across the highway, so we didn't have a choice. I got the special, Shepherds Pie. It was little more than fried hamburger with a few diced potatoes thrown in, for 12.00. Really? They got me by the short hairs, I was hungry. The Server seemed temperamental, so I didn't say anything, but suffice it... More 

Thank He1ena
Parry Sound, Canada
Level Contributor
312 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

There are not many choices and i was riding my bike so had even less choices unless i wanted to ride more hills after a long day. The food was alright but very overpriced for what you got and the portions. If i had a car, i would have definitely gone elsewhere. There is a little grocery store beside it... More 

Thank klein3

Travellers who viewed Big Sur River Inn Restaurant also viewed


Been to Big Sur River Inn Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$40
American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
  • Public Transportation: During the summer months, MST Transit offers bus service to Big Sur. The bus stops right at the Big Sur River Inn! For schedules and more information, visit www.mst.org
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
  • Phone Number: +1 831-667-2700
Renew your spirit at the full service restaurant and bar at Big Sur River Inn. Enjoy a fabulous breakfast, lunch or dinner in the historic dining room or outside on the deck, the lawn or along the bank of the Big Sur River. Have a seat on one of the bent willow chairs in the river and let the smooth current cool your feet as you enjoy the best Big Sur lunch around. What sets us apart from other Big Sur restaurants is our 100-year-old tradition of locally grown fine food, friendly, efficient service and warm hospitality. And yes, we still serve the original homesteader’s version of "Hot Apple Pie!"

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Big Sur River Inn Restaurant and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Big Sur River Inn Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?