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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, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 206
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    Very good
  • 32
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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
Wonderful food

We found the food in the quaint restaurant to be excellent. Service was superb with an extremely competent and knowledgeable front of house. One of our party is a celiac and was assisted admirably with both understanding and flexibility. Another of our party felt their paella was the best meal... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Levin, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Levin, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We found the food in the quaint restaurant to be excellent. Service was superb with an extremely competent and knowledgeable front of house. One of our party is a celiac and was assisted admirably with both understanding and flexibility. Another of our party felt their paella was the best meal so far in the US. Lovely find.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Lovely atmosphere and delicious food as well as friendly, helpful staff. They use local ingredients. Well worth the money.

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Sand City, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Love this little "secret" spot. Well its not really a secret but I feel like its a little less known then some of the other Big Sur spots. We sat on the small patio as we had our dog with us which is nicely covered by wisteria which keeps it nicely shaded and cool as it was a hot day.... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

A wonderful, small, intimate restaurant just off US-1 (careful turning into the driveway) - friendly service, fresh, tasty menu - a perfect end to a perfect day.

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Jacksonville
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

If you stay in the cabins, make sure you read the guests books that go back to the 60's for a real slice of the history. The restaurant is amazing and the library is a special place to quietly relax. Of course, it's stunning as it is Big Sur! We stayed in the Stokes cabin and I highly recommend it.... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

If you are driving on Hwy 1 you must stop at Deetjens! The breakfasts are amazing, and the dinners are even better. The Deetjen's complex includes a funky Inn of tiny houses and a restaurant in a vintage house with multiple rooms. It is very quaint, but no indication of the meals that they serve. Truly the best meal on... More 

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Utrecht
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We loved the atmosphere at Deetjes, real authentic pioneers like. However the rooms we've seen are rather small. We had to remove a chair in order to place our suitcase. Restaurant: also very authentic and cosy. Food OK, but not great. Quite expensive. Too many flavors in one plate. Service OK, but not great. We feel they earn their money... More 

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NJ, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We love breakfast at Deetjens! The french toast with cream cheese is devine, hearty and a perfect complement for salty dish like the heuvus with chorizo. The portions are big for big time hikers. Skip lunch and just have breakfast and lunch here.

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Mountain View, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We spend a long weekend in Big Sur every year. We usually have dinner one evening at Deetjens. The atmosphere is quaint, the food is great as is the service. I have to say the most recent visit was good but not as good as previous visits, but maybe just an off night. Typically mostly a couples scene, but there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We ate here for dinner and breakfast while staying at the Inn for 1 night. Like the Inn, the restaurant is pretty rustic. I was surprised to see that they had a sous chef and the menu had lots of interesting dishes to choose from. I found the dinner to be a bit of overkill on the flavours, but my... More 

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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: Special occasions, Local cuisine, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?