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Big Sur River Inn Restaurant

46840 Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
831.667.2700
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Ranked #18 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Price range: $10 - $40
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

If you stay at the River Inn this is where you have breakfast which is absolutely fine. Service is friendly and there's a good choice of breakfast things. We also ate there one evening. Again service was fast and friendly.

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Livermore, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I was staying at the hotel and we decided to have breakfast on a Sunday morning. We arrived at 8:30 to a nice calm dining room. October is wonderful in Big Sur. Warm and no fog. The breakfast was great. I had a breakfast sandwich and my wife had the Eggs Benedict. Each around $12.00 each. The view and the... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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85 reviews 85 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This is always a fun place to visit when driving the coast of Big Sur. There is indoor and outdoor seating overlooking Big Sur River. (that really is a stream in this area) The meal is excellent as well as the service. Concluding the meal you can wander into the stream where chairs and benches are provided to sit and... More

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San Jose
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The wife and I were on a road trip up Hwy 1 from Santa Monica and decided to stop for lunch at this Big Sur River Inn Rest. on a Saturday afternoon. I ordered the angus burger with fries and a root beer. My wife ordered the same with an ice tea. The bill with a 20% tip came out... More

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Memphis
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93 reviews 93 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We were taking a day trip. I needed to call into a conference, so we stopped here for a glass of wine and a snack, ended up being the potato skins. Staff were very accommodating, sat us in a corner where I could charge my phone. Cell service however was sketchy. Lovely surrounding area to sit and enjoy your wine... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We were staying at the Fernwood Resort a couple of minutes down the road, and after finding their own restaurant somewhat lacking decided to try the River Inn for a meal. What a treat. We arrived just before 5pm as dinner service was starting, and got an excellent seat on the restaurant's rear patio, which has a giant Redwood growing... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Always a challenge when you're traveling with a dog, but they were happy to accommodate us with a take out order on the patio. Very friendly staff and excellent calamari steak sandwich.

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California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Break up your big sur drive and stop by the River Inn for a drink. They pour a strong one, so make sure you take some time before getting back in the car! We sat on the River with a few friends from out of town on a Sunday afternoon. Bloody Mary's could use some garnish, but the spice was... More

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Big Sur, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The place is beautiful. It's right on the river. On the other hand the food was over priced for lack of quality.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The food was really nice and the staff equally. The service was fast and the menu was ample. The only down side is the fact they bring your mains when you're still eating your starters. This really did spoil the meal for us which is a shame because apart from that it was good, but our mains going cold while... 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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