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Big Sur River Inn Restaurant

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46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
+1 831-667-2700
08:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
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Liberty, Missouri
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226 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our whole family enjoyed eating here. Although we were inside, it felt outside. The choices of food were many and our decisions on dishes perfect.

Thank GGMaSue19
Palo Alto, California
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423 reviews
301 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The wedding that we attended basically took over the restaurant and lodge. The wedding lunch was served on the deck in the wonderful sunlight. The choice was steak with salad, farro, grilled veggies or butternut ravioli. I can't tell you how delicious the meal was! The night before, 25 of us ate in the same restaurant and the food was... More 

Thank Marcia K
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84 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a shame that a wonderful location with great views and such peacefulness serves such poor quality food. The ribs had clearly been cooked previously and warmed up as was the mash potato which was served cold. The burger wasn't much better either and was pink inside. Both my son and wife were sick afterwards - my son as soon... More 

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Monterey, California
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great space out on the deck, and that's what you really come here for. The service was great but the food was average. We stopped for a late lunch, and it wasn't busy so we quickly got a parking space. I had the tri-tip sandwich, and it was great. My companions both had the burger, and were disappointed. They both... More 

Thank Michael K
Lees Summit, Mo
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767 reviews
386 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,291 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to drive to from Carmel for a drink and a view of Big Sur Area. About 30 to 45 minutes south of Carmel but the drive is well worth it.

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Palm Springs, California
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89 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I were on our way to Cambria and wanted to experience the Big Sur. Well, we sure did as it was breathtakingly beautiful. We were in awe and almost in tears at the sheer beauty. Well, this lasted about 30 miles until we got to this beautiful restaurant. It was rustic, great service, and the food was... More 

Thank Yolande B
Atlanta, GA
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459 reviews
289 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

We ate lunch at the Big Sur River Inn restaurant and it's not cheap (as nothing is in Big Sur), but at least it was a step up in quality, ambiance and service. I had the lunch special grilled cheese and soup and I was surprised how good it turned out. The Bartender didn't normally tend bar, but she was... More 

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San Jose, California
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

We had made reservations elsewhere for dinner but there was a road closure so we ended up turning around and looking for a dinner spot last minute. We found this place as we drove down the hwy 1. We did not expect much and just ordered whatever suited us. Place was decent looking. They had a bar and there were... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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403 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

We were getting hungry and the choices along this route are minimal. It took at least 15 minutes before someone acknowledged us and then we were seated 5 minutes later. Our waiter was okay and the food was also just okay. But food does taste better when you are hungry.

Thank BelaN74
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64 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

We stopped on our way up to Monterey. It was a nice sunny day, and we chose to eat outside. The food was pretty good, but the bigger hit with us was watching the birds and other wildlife. Especially the Steller's Jays trying to swoop in and get food from the plates that had not been removed, and from the... 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$10 - US$40
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
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
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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