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Big Sur River Inn Restaurant

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46840 Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
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
831.667.2700
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Renew your spirit at the full service restaurant and bar at Big Sur River...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Beautiful riverside dining experience

We had a delicious lunch on the deck overlooking the river. Afterwards we were able to go lounge in chairs in the river with our toes in the water. A beautiful historic Big Sur spot.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
Yularue
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San Jose, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Back deck very, very pleasant on a nice afternoon, but food not cheap ($15 hamburgers but includes fries)) - but take your wine to the creek and sit in the big redwood chairs in the creel and experience something not soon forgotten. Kids love to work on building a dam like little beavers!

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San Jose, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We had a delicious lunch on the deck overlooking the river. Afterwards we were able to go lounge in chairs in the river with our toes in the water. A beautiful historic Big Sur spot.

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Salinas, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The service was great. We sat on the grass while the kids played in the river...We had some snacks and some nice wine while they played... Everyone is so nice and friendly and always ready to visit...

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We had been driving for a few hours and it was well past lunch time... everyone was hungry so we didn´t pay much attention to the actual restaurant when we stopped, we just wanted to eat and continue driving... BUT, we found a gem. This restaurant is lovely. It has indoor and terrace eating, lots of space, great menu choices... More 

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Berchem-Antwerp
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We had to stop for lunch on our trip on the scenic route of highway 1 and stopped here by chance (there were a lot of cars and as usual: a full restaurant looks more inviting than an empty one). Three of us had the BLT which was one of the better once I ever had and one had a... More 

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Monterey, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Had lunch with 8 members of family and shop, spent almost $600.00 and went to the river with family ..... Manager saw a cooler and right away kicked us out of the property and said no food or drinks allowed except if bought in their restaurant or store, will not recommend or come back here anymore as a local resident... More 

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la
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

On the way from Carmel south on the 1, you will pass this hotel. There is a small gas station attached and you will see many cars parked next to it. You must go there, order a meal or just drinks. You then can sit on the lawn grass behind the restaurant/bar ( have seats or blanket) or on their... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This place is great for the river atmosphere and allowing you to have a drink sitting in wooden chairs in the shallow parts of the river. Spectacular. The food, however, is not great and is overpriced for the quality.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I drove the PCH back home from SF and happened to stop here. I was so happy I did. they were having a "bbq" out back in the grassy lawn beside the pool and creek...beautiful scenery. I ordered a sangria and a veggie burger and sat next to families and couples enjoying the band :)

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We went to the River Inn last night looking for s decent meal and wifi while roughing it in the campground. My entire family was very happy with the meal. Extremely happy! It was delicious all the way from the calamari appetizer to our entrees. The prices were very fair considering everything in Big Sur is imported twenty miles and... More 

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Additional Information about Big Sur River Inn Restaurant

Address: 46840 Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone Number: 831.667.2700
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 40
Cuisine: American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 46840 Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
  • 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: 831.667.2700

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 40
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children

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!"
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

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