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Big Sur River Inn Restaurant

46840 Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
831.667.2700
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Ranked #16 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, Late Night, 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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FORT SMITH
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We ordered and received our food in perfectly hot condition. Our waitperson was attentive and my glass never empty. We will definitely eat here again.

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San Jose, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

I had dinner at the Big Sur River Inn Restaurant on 01/17/15. They had a special on the Prime Rib. So I tried the Prime Rib with a glass of wine for $34.00. The prime rib was well prepare with a nice combo of mash potatoes and mixed veggies. The only drawback is I wish the prime rib was warmer.... More 

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Market Drayton, United Kingdom
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172 reviews 172 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This was our second journey along Highway 1 but the first time we found time to stop at the River Inn and no complaints from us. The décor had been left out following Halloween so loads of pumpkin Minions in the reception. Plenty of both indoor and outdoor seating and their was a good choice on the menu and the... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

It is just 4 miles away from Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, where you can't have food & drinks . You can halt here for tasting food of your choice and take a break from the long journey to the beach. You can also enjoy the running River water behind this restaurant , by sitting on the Cement benches provided... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a great place to stop for snacks. Get an order to go and take it out back and have a picnic. There are chairs and tables or just bring your on blanket and lay in the grass. Food is good and the entire location is relaxing.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Atmosphere was terrific and peaceful, service was very efficient, food was good. be careful if you eat outside...bees, but they are quick to clear so that its not too much of an issue. The stream and spending time there was lovely and relaxing, would stop again, the gift shop had many things to see.

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Hong Kong, China
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We stopped here for a dessert and coffee. We really enjoyed the Apple pie and Basket of fries that we ate. The staff were great, attentive and friendly. The fire place was on and the atmosphere was wonderful. The bathrooms were clean. I would definitely recommend this place and come back.

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Rio Vista, California
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225 reviews 225 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We had a $90 credit to eat dinner and breakfast in the restaurant because of a special package deal with the Inn. We started with drinks around the fireplace and moved in to the dining room. The menu was extensive and expensive but they had a $5 spaghetti and meatball special. It came with French bread. It was great for... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

My husband and I were driving from San Fransisco to Santa Monica on vacation. We had just visited the Carmel Mission and decided to drive a little before having lunch. We came across the River Inn and decided to take a chance and stop for lunch. We were very pleasantly surprised by the menu selections, quality of food, ambiance, and... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We stopped here for lunch while driving down the coast and it fit our needs well. The food was good and reasonably priced. There are a couple other choices nearby for probably exquisite food at commensurate high prices, but this was a good balance and value. I had BBQ ribs and mac & cheese that was very good. Other smoked... 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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