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Big Sur River Inn Restaurant

46840 Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
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Ranked #17 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
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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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Greenville, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

It was a bit ago when I traveled thru but the food was good and the setting excellent . Be sure and relax by the river after eating and just take it all in. Very relaxing. Food took a while to come out but I didn't mind the wait as I had time to just chill. A great place out... More

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San Jose, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Worlds best onion rings! Had the pulled pork sandwich & it is one of the best I've ever had! Service was incredibly friendly. Love Love Love the River Inn!

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

After driving south past Big Sur we spotted this lone restaurant so we stopped to eat not knowing if anything else was available. The food was good and service was great. A bit overpriced. A side salad literally in a small tea cup costs $6.00. Actually we have laughed about that now for days. I would guess not many locals... More

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Carmel Valley, California
Top Contributor
156 reviews 156 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

We were a party of three, asked for a nice table outside. We pointed out a table we liked, but the waitress said no, it is a table for six. So we were seated at the worst table on the patio, behind a thick tree trunckblocking half the view. It was 3 pm, the place was only two thirds full,... More

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Bognor Regis, England, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Excellent food with expanded deck at the rear. Its a must to go down and sit in the wooden chairs kindly placed in the river.

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

With a small group and I requested that my check be placed on a separate check. He took some time to explain how he was way to busy to bother with that request. Normally, I could have understood but we were surrounded by empty tables! Figured he didn't have time to take my order either 😄. Left and took my... More

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Arroyo Grande, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I stayed in a hotel nearby this restaurant and went to dinner here on a Tuesday evening. We'd made a reservation for 6:00pm but there was no rush for tables so a reservation wasn't necessary. The restaurant is co-located with a hotel (more like a motel) on the west side of Route 1, and is built around... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
20 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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