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Big Sur River Inn Restaurant

46840 Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
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Ranked #16 of 20 restaurants in Big Sur
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: 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
Description: 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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69% Recommend
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Wellington, New Zealand
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We pulled in for a break on our drive down Big Sur Coast. The river Inn is in a lovely setting and has good inside and outside seating. I noted also it had a wonderful looking Brazier that would be really good stoked up on a cool evening!. While we just had a coffee each, the service was good, the... More

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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

And I'm not even an apple pie fan. Everytime I drag someone to SanFran and head down to Carmel, this is a MUST. I would love to spend more time in the area so I can eat more than apple pie here. It is a beautiful restaurant, has a beautiful deck and has one of the most scenic settings.

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My wife and I visited this beautiful place on a recent trip to California - big mistake! The surroundings are beautiful but the service and food are the worst we have encountered almost anywhere. We placed our order with a young man who clearly did not know what he was doing in terms of operating the computerized till; eventually he... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We stopped here for lunch on the way from Monterey to Hearst Castle. There are not too many places around to stop and we were worried it might not have quality food. But we were starving and so decided to take a chance. So glad we did. They are running an anniversary special all year offering appetizers at there 1970s... More

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Fresno, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I have visited both in June and December. Great food and the staff is always friendly. In nice weather you can sit out on the large deck and watch the small river. There are Adirondack chairs in the river where you can go and sit and relax.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We were in Big Sur state park for a hike to Pfeiffer falls, which was absolutely beautiful! We were starving and stopped at the nearest stop. We were seated outside on the patio which faced a gorgeous view of the surrounding woods. We were greeted and sat immediately. We ordered the avocado crab appetizer with a crostini that was to... More

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santa rosa
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54 reviews 54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Nice outdoor seating, pleasant waiter, appetizers of sweet potato fries and calamari were decent but not great. I had hamburger for dinner..asked for medium, too well done. My sister was very pleased with the ahi tuna salad and my brother liked the scampi pasta. It was as expensive as Nepenthe and the food was better in the latter.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Best place to eat or to stay. They have it all - the river, many food options - take out or eat in, a pool, a sports bar. Stay here, eat here.

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Stockton, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The food was okay. Rooms appeared to be fairly cheap but they gouge you at the restaurant. $50 for a cheeseburger, cup of soups, and brisket sandwich. You had to pay extra for the cheese. They had chairs in the small stream for guests which was interesting. There is also a grocery store and gift shop.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The ribs, brisket and artichoke pasta were great, though we found the portions far too large. Nice atmosphere, friendly staff.

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