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Big Sur River Inn Restaurant

46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
+1 831-667-2700
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good43%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“potato skins” (6 reviews)
“apple pie” (10 reviews)
“blt” (12 reviews)
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Pancakes were enormous and delicious, but eggs were cold. They wouldn't do separate checks, but would split the amount across credit cards. Beautiful location

Thank smbls
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our family enjoyed evening snacks and wine by the fireplace. The service was good and the food reasonably priced.

Thank Laura49
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

During our time in big sur we had dinner here twice. Menu somewhat basic but done well. Meat cooked to requested temp tasty salads and good wines by the glass. Indoor and outdoor seating friendly staff.

Thank Marco I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pulled in here for lunch, the restaurant has been here since the '40's or 50's. Nice outdoor seating, I sat next to a big redwood tree. Quick service; I had the pulled pork, upgraded to onion rings. All very good. My husband ahi tuna salad;...More

Thank alice w
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant was convenient to where we stayed at Ripplewood. The food was OK in pleasant surroundings. It isn't fine dining and we could nit pick at the blandness and almost raw veggies of some of the dishes, but it was generally a good choice...More

Thank MVM_12
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went for lunch and had a burger and salad. Prices were crazy high (like $4 for a soda with no free refills.) The dining area was full of flies and the service was bad. They never even came back once to refill our water...More

Thank Mikenly H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came across this place after visiting the part of the Big Sur that was not affected by the land fall and decided to eat here. The staff was very fast and efficient and took us straight away to our table and then the drink...More

Thank TERRAvelista
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After our terrible experience down the road at Big Sur lodge at the state park, this restaurant was refreshing. Quick service, friendly staff, and great food. Very accommodating for my food allergies. The burger and sweet potato fries were excellent. Why go anywhere else? I...More

Thank Charity H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

surprisingly this was one of the few places we passed stopped here by chance. Pleasantly surprised to find that the back terrace offered relaxing views of nature and a river, with chairs available to sit in the river after the meal. Food was good. Decent...More

Thank Andrey V
Reviewed 12 September 2017

The place is great! We ate outside on the porch by the river and we enjoy the view the service and the food. The salads are huge and very tasty and the kids loved the hamburgers and ribs. With the road closed ahead this is...More

1  Thank Ignacio M
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24 July 2017|
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Response from Chip144 | Reviewed this property |
I was there Saturday. Call the restaurant.
Robin B
9 May 2017|
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Response from Chip144 | Reviewed this property |
I did not know they had that sorry. Try calling restaurant.
Dori Z
4 October 2015|
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Response from 607happytraveler | Reviewed this property |
We are usually a small party and have not encounter this situation. Best to call and ask.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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
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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!"
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