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Deetjen's Big Sur Inn Restaurant

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48865 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
831-667-2377
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 238
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  • 102
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Amazing breakfast

This gem is located 30 minutes south of Carmel on the scenic Hwy 1. The old redwood buildings which include The Big Sur Inn and the restaurant are well preserved to reflect the look of the 40's. We came for breakfast on a Saturday and had pleasure of sitting in the section of server Laura. She... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
scotosan
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California
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California
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This gem is located 30 minutes south of Carmel on the scenic Hwy 1. The old redwood buildings which include The Big Sur Inn and the restaurant are well preserved to reflect the look of the 40's. We came for breakfast on a Saturday and had pleasure of sitting in the section of server Laura. She was very helpful with... More 

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Thank scotosan
Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had never been there before and it was strongly recommended. Wonderful evening. Great ambiance. Service was excellent and the food matched the ambiance and service

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Thank Stephen L
Haifa, Israel
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was tasty and beautifully presented and a good price for the quality. we enjoyed all the dishes, fish and vegetarian. We highly recommend to go there

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Thank DKF4949
Berkeley, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place was very cute loved looking at all the details in the decor, food was ok great for family and dates.

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Thank Taniarene
Sausalito
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I recently enjoyed a fabulous romantic dinner at Deetjen's which is part of the Big Sur Inn. The ambience is so warm and homey with fireplaces and eclectic furnishings and art work throughout. Great personalized service and a wonderful menu with many great options to choose from. We enjoyed it so much, we went back the next... More 

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New Rochelle, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our 2 dinners were a mashup of many things on the plate that did not come together. Flavors were insipid and texture was mushy... that included a fish and a meat dish. Overall, we thought it expensive, particularly in comparison to Ventana Inn where the food was wonderful and beautifully presented.

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1 Thank sara g
Grover Beach, California
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a cold and stormy night when we walked into Deejten’s Restaurant. It was like entering an oasis. The fire was warm and burning brightly. The first thing I thought was how wonderful it smelled, a fabulous combination of a little bit wood smoke and great food. I just loved, loved, loved it - the whole place smelled wonderful.... More 

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Carmel, California
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200 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love the history of those independent souls that built Big Sur and Mr. Deetjen was certainly one of those. This historic & special spot does not just rest on its history though. We had a simply wonderful dinner of rack of lamb and duck, superbly prepared and presented. The staff is friendly and are proud of the very relaxed... More 

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1 Thank Jim W
Richmond, VA
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73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It's a cabin with view of the forests and Hwy 1. It's on a turn that's away from the cost a little, so no view of the ocean that we could see. The food was great, maybe better than Nepenthes.

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Thank bloatedpig
Los Osos, California
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126 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

The people watching, Blueberry pancakes and friendly staff are all worth the stop. Parking is an adventure but the breakfast choices are very special. The hot tea on a chilly morning is a welcome sight. My wife tried the Turkey, Avocado Dip sandwich while i dined on blueberry pancake and poached eggs.

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Thank Gene H

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 48865 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
  • Phone Number: 831-667-2377

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?