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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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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Late Night, 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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    Excellent
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    Very good
  • 48
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 14
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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
Breakfast

Stopped here for breakfast before I started my trip down hwy 1. The food was very good and you get plenty of it. I'll definitely revisit this restaurant when I'm in big sur again. It's worth a visit if your in the area.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Tim P
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  • Families with children
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Stopped here for breakfast before I started my trip down hwy 1. The food was very good and you get plenty of it. I'll definitely revisit this restaurant when I'm in big sur again. It's worth a visit if your in the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This place has indoor/outdoor dining as well as covered patio and river access. A full bar and a friendly staff are very accomodating even for large groups. They have a big meadow within view of the deck so that young ones can run around or you can relax on the grass with a cocktail. There are chairs and benches in... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Food is awful. Staff is nice and friendly and the patio is very pleasant. Husband had a calamari sandwich which was rubbery and not edible. Had to be sent back. I had a thoroughly mediocre club sandwich. River area is restricted to hotel guests, though that is not mentioned. We did not stay there so cannot comment on the accomodations.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We had breakfast here three times and dinner twice. It was a good experience every time. Breakfast menu is large. The dinners are the usual American meals with some Mexican dishes as well. Staff was always anxious to please and the price were reasonable. We stayed at an inn down the road so can't comment on their accommodations.

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Santa Cruz, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The pancakes were delicous but the maple syrup was fake. The coffee was barely warm and it is pricey.

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114 reviews 114 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Great location has its own restaurant with above par food. Dinner was fantastic. Breakfast not so much. It's amazing how two meals could be so different great views big sur is beautiful

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Corona del Mar, California
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15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We ate here our first night after driving all day, and it was perfect. Great kids' menu, delicious wine. I had the prime rib special, and it was fantastic. We were seated right away, the server was very nice, and it wasn't too expensive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The staff was extremely nice and did an excellent job! The food tasted amazing as well! I had the portobello mushroom sandwich and can highly recommend that as a yummy vegetarian lunch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

When you decide to drive the pacific coast highway, plan on lunch at the River inn, perfect place, good food, nice stop

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Passed through Big Sur and stopped here one afternoon. Cant even remember what the food and drink were like or what they cost, but there are some old wooden chairs actually in the (ankle deep) river and I just sat in them and thought this is one of the most idyllic places in the world. I made a dam out... More 

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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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