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48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
+1 831-667-2345
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“burger” (307 reviews)
“fries” (189 reviews)
“beet salad” (36 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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

Thank 443bhaskarm
Reviewed 6 days ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was good, not great but you are going for the view which is great not good. Definitely a cool spot in Big Sur!

Thank Eric Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nepethe, the seafood is always good no matter what time of the year, as fresh fish is available all year round. Since Dec/Jan?Feb is artichoke season, you can have your pick as to how you would like them done, fried, seasoned, steamed. The restaurant at...More

Thank Sizzily
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nepenthe is one of the most mesmerizing places to visit along the Big Sur coast. It has been almost the same in tbe 50 years i have been coming here, eccept that thete are more people, and unfortunately for me, tour buses and tourists... I...More

1  Thank Karene J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are driving Big Sur, don't "forget" to drop by this beautiful eatery by the sea. The golden beets with goat cheese is THE dish!

1  Thank SuperACamille
Reviewed 22 April 2017

a really nice dining experience. however, a bit pricey for decent food. easy access just off the highway.

Thank Meagan L
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

Whether it's a sunny afternoon or an evening under the stars you won't regret waiting for a parking place at this popular spot.

Thank snappycurtis
Reviewed 4 April 2017

For better or worse we somehow ended up here every day. It's the easiest place in Big Sur to grab a drink or quick snack with such an unbeliveable view!

Thank nicole h
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

I am a local, and this is my favorite spot in the entire Monterey area. You walk uo a lovely winding concrete stairway past a cute shop called "The Phoenix" (great items but beware the prices!) where you can grab a quick sandwich or soup...More

2  Thank lizclark100
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Can we get to Nepenthe from Carmel CA?
15 May 2017|
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Response from lizclark100 | Reviewed this property |
Not this summer due to the failure of Peiffer Canyon Bridge. Hwy 1 is closed at that point so you cannot access either Nepenthe or points south from Carmel bia Hwy 1. Nepenthe IS open, and accessible from the south, but that... More
Robert G
Is Nepenthe closed due to damage to hiway one?
24 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
Is access to Nepenthe closed because of hiway one closure.???? RJG
24 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
  • Food
  • 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic
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
  • E-mail
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