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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 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Nepenthe was all we had read about and more. AMAZING views, interesting grounds, wonderful service, stellar food. Go before sunset and enjoy the view! Expensive, but well worth the cost. Highly recommend!

Thank wordsrme
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We stopped here for dinner on our way back from the water fall at the beach about 8 miles south. We had about a 15 minute wait but it was totally worth it. The view from all tables is magnificent! We ordered the sautéed Brussel...More

Thank Belinda M
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Food, The Service, The Location...all FANTASTIC! Its such a brilliant restaurant in such a beautiful part of the world, you will have to check this place out for yourself.

Thank VoyageReport
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What more beautiful place to have lunch on a patio overlooking the Pacific. This is a family run restaurant which has been in the same family for years. Simply walking through the garden and taking in the view of the meadow below has a sense...More

Thank K5926QWcarolm
Reviewed 4 days ago

We got there on a chilly eve, and it wasn't so busy, yet we were given an electronic notifier (what are those called?) and offered a chance to sit at the bar and order a drink. Perhaps they use this sop just incase a flood...More

Thank Babzkk
Reviewed 1 week 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

1  Thank dwoc9
Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 weeks 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
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22 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
16 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.
17 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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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