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Big Sur River Inn Restaurant

46840 Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
831.667.2700
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Ranked #17 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
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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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California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

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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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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68 reviews 68 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

My husband and I vacationed with two other couples in the Pebble Beach area. On our drive to Big Sur, we stopped at the Restaurant at River Inn for lunch, an inviting restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. Our group ordered a burger, a brisket sandwich, quesadillas, club sandwich, and BLT, and we all were pleased with our choices. One... More

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Los Angeles, California, USA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Shame on you Big Sur River Inn Restaurant!!! I have never been so humiliated in my whole life! How dare you tell me to leave in front of everyone else at the restaurant just because I wanted my dog to sit on the other side of the fence of the dining patio (the outside of the restaurant premises) while I... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Visited the restaurant for a wedding rehearsal. Started off with a nice view.....the end. Food was bad and the server (roman) refused to work with you. After we had our food roman disappeared because he charged us 18 in gratuity. The bar was filled with people who smelled a little worse than the food . Just don't. I normally don't... More

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Martinez, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Relaxing, great outdoor seating, great burgers!!! Will defiantly be going back. There is a river with big chairs behind it, perfect for relaxing!

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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

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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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

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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