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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: Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nothing beats a river view except dining IN the river!

OK; so I have to admit, any time you start with the fact that you can have a beer in your hand, and a big juicy burger on the plate WHILE you are sitting IN THE RIVER in an Adirondack chair, it is tough to go wrong...

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Los Gatos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

OK; so I have to admit, any time you start with the fact that you can have a beer in your hand, and a big juicy burger on the plate WHILE you are sitting IN THE RIVER in an Adirondack chair, it is tough to go wrong...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Such a great stop during our day exploring Big Sur. The food was awesome and it was so relaxing sitting out on the porch. We got our drinks to go and sat on adirondack chairs on the river for an hour with our feet in the refreshing water. There were a quite a few people around but it didn't feel... More 

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Meadow Vista, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Outdoor patio on the river, summer day, competent hamburger, what else can you ask for. How about a piece of apple pie from a legacy recipe that was central to the founding of the resort in the 30's It was renowned, the ridge behind the first buildings was named Apple Pie Ridge in honor of the offering. A nice break... More 

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s.forida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

We were just passing by and were pleasantly surprised but he River Inn. It is a beautiful place located on a river . they have chairs that you can bring your drinks down to enjoy as you sit in the river . Not sure how the food was but it was a very nice place. I agree with the previous... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Food was way overpriced and our server was horrible! The only reason we gave this 2 stars is because another server came to the rescue and apologized and discounted our check. We tried to tip him but he wouldn't take it even though we asked him a few times. He said he just wanted to make it right. Those are... More 

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connecticut
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27 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Love the River inn. I think I come back here just for the biscuits and gravy which are huge, flaky and delicious, served with a creamy sausage gravy. Better than any I've had in the south east even. A half order will fill ya right up and runs around 8 bucks. I always get the full order though. Dinner is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We were looked after remarkably well by the Big Sur River in Restaurant. We were dealt with by Kara who couldn't have been more accommodating to our large group. The food was delicious and the portion sizes were amazing! Our Cyclists raved about their dinners for days after.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile

Staff is little stiff and haughty, food is good but overpriced. You are better off checking some more options.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

My boyfriend and I were staying the Big Sur River Inn so as a guest you get 10% off for breakfast. We actually ended up dining here for both dinner and breakfast and each time the food was ok, nothing to write home about. For dinner my boyfriend and I shared the braised lamb shank which was HUGE! I would... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Big Sur River Inn is quite a large restaurant with ample parking. It is in the heart of Big Sur. The food was excellent and the menu had a large variety of items. You can sit inside the restaurant or on the patio in front or the back. Service was fantastic and bathrooms very clean. There is also a shop... 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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