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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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17:00 - 22:00
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San Francisco, California
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84 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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

Thank Meagan L
San Antonio
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
New York City, New York
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91 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Monterey, California
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32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 in the sunshine on the back deck. Or you can trellis all the way you... More 

2 Thank lizclark100
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53 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really nice place to stop and visit during the coastal drive, just make sure there is parking, it can be really tight. The view from the balcony is amazing. Its disappointing how expensive it is, but you can get smaller bites for a reasonable price. Overall solid place, just don't forget your wallet.

Thank oldriverrower
Gilroy, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Nepenthe is perched in the rolling hills of Big Sur...Nepenthe has a restaurant and an outdoor cafe that has stunning views of the exquisite Big Sur coast. It is an eclectic oasis and an integral part of Big Sur and its history. I cannot visit Nepenthe enough. The food is amazing...simple, but oh so amazing. My favorite thing is to... More 

Thank kjhatmaker
Adelaide, Australia
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1,329 reviews
751 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,043 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Nepenthe is a local icon- a longstanding establishment which is a "must" when you're in the area. The view is superb- overlooking the Pacific Ocean. On a nice day, you can sit outside and just enjoy the view and the peaceful ambience. The food is well prepared, straightforward and good value. The staff are friendly and hospitable. If you're in... More 

1 Thank adelaidiantraveller
Sofia, Bulgaria
1 review
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

This is one of my favorite restaurants I've ever been to! The food is tasty and fresh with vegan options, the portions are big and the thing that stole my heart was the location and of course the view - I've never seen anything like it. Amazing atmosphere with an adventurous touch!

Thank alexxraven
Ensenada, Mexico
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270 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

We visited the shop, nice friendly staff! Nice quality merchandise! Definitely worthwhile to stop and have a look!

Thank anlof9
Ashford, United Kingdom
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233 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Pulled off Pacific Coast Highway in to Nepenthe Restaurant for a quick drink on our way up to Carmel. There is a great restaurant, but as we were eating out later that evening we just had a glass of Pinot Noir ($15) and a draught beer ($9) whilst we soaked in the fantastic views of the Pacific from on high.

Thank Kevan W

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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
American, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, 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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?