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Deetjen's Big Sur Inn Restaurant

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$$$
American, Californian
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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: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 189
    Excellent
  • 87
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 4
    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
Great Food, Unique Atmosphere and well worth the Drive

My wife and I had dinner at the Big Sur Inn Restaurant. The first thing that hits you is that this place has been here a long time - but not in a bad way. It is a low ceiling, exposed beam. cozy atmosphere that clearly reminds you of a simpler time. That is, until you taste the food. As... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
2W3
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San Diego, California
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

My wife and I had dinner at the Big Sur Inn Restaurant. The first thing that hits you is that this place has been here a long time - but not in a bad way. It is a low ceiling, exposed beam. cozy atmosphere that clearly reminds you of a simpler time. That is, until you taste the food. As... More 

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Pocono Mountains Region, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

As much as I hate the drive to get there (fearful of heights and the drive on the CA 1 is a nightmare), it was worth it. The decor, service and food were all top-notch. The dinner we had was a-mazing.The service was attentive without being overbearing, friendly and warm and inviting without being shmaltzy. If only they had a... More 

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Kenwood, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We love the funky but clean and quirky ambiance of Deetjen's dining room. We got there right at 8 am on Sunday morning for our choice of tables. The food is great, the service exteremly capable and friendly. Really an iconic Big Sur experience.

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Manhattan Beach, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Super cool and vintage place to eat. Go at night - they turn the house lights wayyyy down and you eat by candlelight only. They had super tasty food and a cool vibe.

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Pacific Grove, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We had heard about Deetjen's for years and so were delighted to go there on Mother's Day, The service and the food were great. We were seated and had good coffee right away. I had huevos rancheros and my husband had french toast. Both were delicious and reasonably priced. It's kind of an odd place as it is sandwiched into... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We recently had brunch here and it was definitely one of our meal highlights. The brunch menu had a good variety and did not disappoint when our meals arrived. The staff were warm, friendly and keen to ensure that we had a good meal. Brunch was also good value. Would definitely make sure I had a meal here next time... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This restaurant and the little fairy tale cottages for rent are squeezed into a too small hollow off the highway where it's even tight to drive to a parking spot. The restaurant is cozy and crammed with knick knacks and art on all the walls and no table has a view. The dinners we had were good and not inexpensive.... More 

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30 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

I thought it would be great based on reviews. Food was nothing special, waitress was ditzy but what really upset me what that two women came in at 9:05 after flying from far away and we're staying at the inn but because it was a few minutes too late they wouldn't serve them dinner. I mean, come on, your registered... More 

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Jersey Shore
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56 reviews 56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The resturant is charming, amazing and romantic for dinner. Great beer and wine, a perfect filet for me, fresh veggies and perfectly cooked pasta for her. No room for dessert, but the all sounded like a perfect finish to a very, very good meal. Morning was met with sunlight and a new day to conquer Big Sur, but not before... More 

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Corona del Mar, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Super-nice service, and delicious coffee and eggs! The kids loved their enormous pancakes. Feels very authentic and

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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, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
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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