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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
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 184
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  • 83
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 9
    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 Restaurant

We get here about once a year and are never disappointed. Food, service, decor are always superb. Sit by the fireplace or back in the Robinson Jeffers nook - we are never disappointed. We didn't do it this trip, but breakfast is a special treat.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Paul H
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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308 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We get here about once a year and are never disappointed. Food, service, decor are always superb. Sit by the fireplace or back in the Robinson Jeffers nook - we are never disappointed. We didn't do it this trip, but breakfast is a special treat.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

What a special little place with great food and service.. it reminded me of a Hobbit cottage down in the valley with big trees surrounding the restaurant. I have gone to Deetjen's for years and recommend it for a nice romantic dinner.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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140 reviews 140 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

My daughter had the huge Caesar salad they split the crab cakes. Very good The main courses were the filet mignon which was pronounced as excellent no fat no gristle and cook to perfection. She was a little surprised to find the bacon wrapped around the potatoes but it was excellent. I had the chicken with green beans and greens,... More 

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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Very intimate setting with mismatched tables and chairs, low ceilings and a bit claustrophobic settings, but the fabulous food was spot on.

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New York City, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Wonderfully quaint, surrounded by redwoods, fabulous food. I was told I had to there for breakfast before I started hiking, which I did. Had the best eggs Benedict ever.

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Caumont-sur-Durance
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140 reviews 140 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We have not been impressed by Deetjen’s. You enter in a suite of reasonably small rooms, which are decorated or “filled” with so many old plates, dolls or animals dressed up… Tables are small, with just enough room for your plates, glasses & cutlery. The roast lamb is laying in a too juicy mix of vegetable. The vegi risotto is... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This restaurant came recommended to us by a friend who said, "It's my favorite eatery on the planet!" Obviously, a high bar had been set for us! This long-established place has been well-preserved with great care by generations of a family that has high regard for quality. They have kept an impressive history and have every reason to be proud... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We went here for dinner one evening. The inside is very eclectic and cozy but I have a problem when you really can't see your food that you're eating! I had the salmon and it was undercooked and seemed like it was basted in butter. My husband had two appetizers (smart man). We were both underwhelmed.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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53 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Tasty enough but not great; excellent "sashimi grade" tuna possibly over presented- food that good would have been better as- well sashimi. My wife's risotto was remarkable for more chicken and shellfish than rice- but the balance was wrong.

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Scotts Valley, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

All the dishes served are good, but the paella is their signature offering. I have had it on three visits in a row. The historic and quaint atmosphere is special. The photos on the wall are a documentary of Big Sur history.

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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: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?