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48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
+1 831-667-2345
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“burger” (237 reviews)
“fries” (190 reviews)
“salad” (151 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM 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

There are not many places to stop and eat along this road. Nepenthe sits on the cliff overlooking the ocean and the views are outstanding. We could have waited for a table on the window but there was a table in the middle that permitted...More

Thank dwoc9
Reviewed 5 days ago

You can eat inside or outside with beautiful ocean view. You are welcome to relax with games while you wait or while you eat. We had a wonderful lunch and our waiter was so friendly. We really didn't want to leave!

Thank risemans
Reviewed 6 days ago

When visiting Big Sur, CA you want to be sure to visit Nepenthe. If you have good weather, then sit outside on the deck, enjoy a bottle of wine (or other favorite drink of you choice) and take in the view of the Pacific Coast....More

Thank gfund
Reviewed 1 week ago

A bit south of the community of Big Sur on the Pacific Side of Route 1 is the beautiful Nepenthe Restaurant, which also includes the Kevah Cafe and Phoenix gift shop. Nepenthe was designed in the Frank Lloyd Wright Wright style and is high above...More

Thank Bev6161
Reviewed 1 week ago

You gotta drop in and check this place out, even if it's just for the views. It has a great history. We had a couple drinks and their cheese platter.

Thank Cosmano
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A bit spendy and worth every penny. Sat outside facing the ocean watching whale spouts and crazy birds. The food was great as was the banana cream pie! We were there when they opened at 11:30 on a Monday. It was packed by the time...More

Thank easyeats57
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited in Oct 17 and decided we had to go back on our last visit to Monterrey 2 weeks ago. This is a nice destination to stop and break up your drive, or stay for lunch or dinner. I highly recommend visiting here. BTW...More

Thank mtodd54
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When you’ve spent your day driving around the coast soaking up the views, stop here for lunch with a breathtaking view! We stopped by around 11:30am on a Tuesday and were able to snag 2 spots along the rail on the patio. It was already...More

Thank Nicki W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Second time visit to Nepenthe. Although it was cold we sat out overlooking the view of the mountains and sea - we couldn’t have missed eating our lunch with eagles overhead, clouds covering mountain tops, woodpeckers tapping and the sun on our backs. We both...More

Thank Braytraveller
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was able to bring a friend with me and she was wowed by the view. Love this unique restaurant with the spectacular view. The food was excellent as well.

Thank ph0t0g
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Questions & Answers
23 February 2018|
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Response from forevergypsy60 | Reviewed this property |
Yes as stated by previous reply party's of five or more. Request seating out door if possible on either the large front patio or the back patio. Bon Appetit! I don't give the food high ratings but you cannot beat the view... More
17 February 2018|
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Response from 77Zeke | Reviewed this property |
The menu online is accurate with only a few daily specials. I think that I recall salads topped with a protein. It's a wonderful place. I hope that you enjoy.
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
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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
Romantic, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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
  • E-mail
Highway 1 is open both north and south to our location in Big Sur. Northbound travelers will need to use Nacimiento-Ferguson Road through Ft. Hunter Liggett Military Reservation to access Highway 1. Southbound travelers can proceed south of the Monterey Peninsula directly to our location.
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