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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%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (233 reviews)
“fries” (187 reviews)
“beet salad” (61 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 PM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Nepenthe is a wonderful spot - with great food and atmosphere as a bonus! Gotts try their Ambrosiaburger, with salad and blue cheese dressing, accompanied by a glass of Pinot Noir... surronded by artwork and locals doing crafts...delicious and relaxing!

Thank Tom D
Reviewed 3 days ago

Love the fantastic location, beautiful patio! Perfect for outdoor dining! ! Beautiful ocean views! Great experience, good food!

Thank nbhartist
Reviewed 4 days ago

Dont miss this place on your Big Sur tour. Unbelieveable view and the food is superb! Very cool place and across the street is the best art gallery in the area.

Thank Joy B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tasty lunch and a cold brew with the best view of the Big Sur Coast. Relax and don't be in a hurry. Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. Across the street is very cool art gallery with THE most unique art you will ever see.

Thank Bowles J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Been before, kind of a must see for anyone traveling the Coast Highway. As one would expect from any venue in such an unparalleled location, bad and expensive food and a funky, litchi gift shop loaded with stuff I cant imagine anyone actually buying.

Thank budfood
Reviewed 1 week ago

Breathtaking views and the food was great . I have been several times and always blown away by the beauty!

Thank Pierre D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped while driving PCH because it was highly recommended for view and food. The view is great as you perched high above the ocean. Unfortunately, it is the most popular spot for lunch on this drive so everyone else stops here also. Be prepared for...More

Thank Crosby66
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a local this is one of my favorite places in Big Sur, either by myself, with family, or to take out my visitors. Their food is always amazing, the staff super friendly, and the view is stunning. You can't go wrong for lunch here...More

1  Thank dianea97
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here, it wasn’t overly busy (Tuesday) but it took awhile to get service from the waiter but the staff were polite and friendly. The meals were a bit over rated, we had a starter “salad”, which consisted of lettuce, one cherry tomato...More

Thank Holly J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great views, great drinks and surprisingly great food...Burger and beet salad were yum...waited awhile however they had games and nice places to visit like the gift shops...Again the views were great

Thank travelshooter71
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18 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
18 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
23 August 2017|
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Response from sjskns | Reviewed this property |
My husband is 67 and I am almost 62. We hiked the bypass trail. If you take your time, it will be less than an hour. Up hill over to Nepenthe, downhill on the way back. There is a shuttle at the Deli that will take 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, Romantic, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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