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48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
+1 831-667-2345
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
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New York City, New York
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239 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My daughter and I hiked Big Sur the morning of Thanksgiving, and then had a wonderful late lunch here. It was warm enough to sit outside at one of the long tables overlooking the spectacular vista out to sea. We shared the herb-encrusted goat cheese with roasted Gilroy garlic and crostini appetizer, and it was terrific. Then we both had... More 

Thank NYCJulieB
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73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My daughter and I were on a road trip, driving up the coast of California. A co-worker told her about this restaurant that we just couldn't miss. And he was right! It was only about 4:30 or so, but I was getting a bit nervous about finding the place. It had been a long day of driving, it was getting... More 

Thank xxoox
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good food, amazing setting, wonderful service! We have dined here several times (lunch & dinner) and it's always a special treat. A must stop on Hwy 1. Ask to sit at one of the outdoor counters - like sitting on top of the trees looking at the ocean.

Johns Creek, Georgia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

great place to watch sunset. good places to hang out before your table is ready, as well. beautiful grounds. sit outside on deck, facing water. extraordinary views. food was actually very very good.

Thank deniece t
Kansas City
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pricy but a killer view and good food! Worth the stop! Tofu burger was really good as was shrimp but!

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Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very disappointed with our experience at Nepenthe. Whilst the views are incredible, the food is very ordinary and over priced.The day we were there it was very busy admittedly, however the worst service I have experienced in the whole of the United States. Very underwhelmed by the whole experience.

Thank Madeline G
Yachats, Oregon
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45 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Whenever we drive through Big Sur, we make a point to stop at Nepenthe... both for the fantastic setting, and for the fresh and tastey food. This time, my wife ordered the special, a turkey club sandwich with avacado. I had the ambroisia burger. She had the bean salad side, and I the green salad. We also ordered a half... More 

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New York City, New York
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64 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nepenthe was the restaurant, my wife marked down to eat at during this stretch of our road trip. When we got there, the employee asked if we wanted to sit outside or inside... if you're coming to Nepenthe, you're not sitting inside. I told him for the best view available. Ask and we received. The food was great and the... More 

Thank Wayne C
Ruston, Wa
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Remembering our first visit to Nepenthe almost 20 years ago, anxiety hung in the air that the sights, sounds, smells and food would, or could, be the same when we visited again a few weeks ago. My fears were dashed when we arrived. It was the same charming place on the Pacific Coast! The ambience of sitting outdoors with the... More 

Thank WithaVue
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59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the second time I have been to Nepenthe while traveling through Big Sur driving Hwy 1. This is a great place for a casual lunch with stunning views. Try and get a seat on the backside, so that you are facing directly into the Pacific Ocean. This go around I wasn't starving, so I ordered on the lighter... More 

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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$7 - US$30
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, View, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?