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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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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, 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
A good restaurant in a beautiful location.

There were 10 of us in our party, and we asked for two separate checks; house policy limits the number of checks to two per table. The food was good, the server got a bit confused with our order, but we had a wonderful evening.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

There were 10 of us in our party, and we asked for two separate checks; house policy limits the number of checks to two per table. The food was good, the server got a bit confused with our order, but we had a wonderful evening.

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Palm Springs, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We were staying in one of the rooms at the Inn, so decided to try the restaurant. It was a warm and beautiful night and we were seated in the patio area which was quite nice. The food was very good, but not cheap at all. What made the meal was our waitress, Sabine Newman. She was a hoot and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The Big Sur River Inn has a new ridiculous policy implemented by an extremely rude Manager and Assistant Manager as the server looks on in utter embarrassment. Apparently, the River Inn does not want business from anyone affiliated with the band. To preface this, you should know that on the outside deck where we performed yesterday, there were 4 or... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We were travelling through along the Pacific Coast Highway and stopped here for dinner. It was lovely! We sat on the patio and really enjoyed the calm, peaceful surroundings. Our food was great and service was good as well. After dinner, we loved taking a little walk out to the river where they have seating right in the water.

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New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Stood at the unattended hostess counter by the 'wait here to be seated ' sign for so long that eventually we walked in and found a waitress. Asked about a table -were directed back to the hostess counter-explained that noone was there and were then informed that breakfast had just finished so if we wanted to eat we had to... More 

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Ojai, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

It took 10 minutes after the two of us were seated for a waiter to show up at our table with menus and take our drink and dinner orders. Thirty-five minutes after that we were served our drinks. 30 minutes after that our appetizers and dinners showed up together. "The Kitchen screwed up" we were told by our waiter who... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We were seated after one of the waiters explained to the hostess how to arrange the seating. We were seated on the outdoor deck area. We were provided with menus but no one approached us to take our drink orders. It seemed like they were having a difficult day and after listening to the couple at the next table argue... More 

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Ginsheim-Gustavsburg, Deutschland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We stopped and found out they are having Sunday Music and Backyard BBQ. Food was nice, good Quality.

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Leeds
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Found this place just at the right time touring down highway 1 from San Francisco. Petrol station, store, Hotel and restaurant. Only used the petrol and restaurant. Bit confusing at first where to stand to get service, nobody at desk, so went through and sat down then sent back to desk where there was someone and now a queue. Soon... More 

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Graz, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

... the River Inn itself is nothing exceptionell, but Big Sur is an exceptional place. We did a round trip through California and this accomodation - clean, nice and near-to-nature - was more expensive than luxurios hotels in Downtown LA, Las Vegas, SF and Denver ... but - you have to see Big Sur. I think if you go there... 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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