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Whale Watchers Cafe

HC 67 Box 1811, Big Sur, CA 93920-9657
(805) 927-1590
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Ranked #19 of 20 restaurants in Big Sur
Dining options: Lunch
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Dining options: Lunch
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12% Recommend
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English first
Vidor, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Not a bad place to stop and grab a bite. You can sit on the patio and enjoy an ocean view across the highway while you eat. Husband had the burger and I the patty melt. Both were yummy.

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

There were two good things about this place the view and our waitress don't remember her name but she was an older lady and very friendly. Now for the food it was over priced for what you got we had the fish platter on the plate you got packet frozen chips , no way were they hand cut, two prawns... More

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Schweinfurt, Germany
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW via mobile

We stopped thru, hungry, saw this place & had no signal to check reviews. I can now see that having no cell service benefits this restaurant because no one can see the warnings before being duped into stopping here. The waitress, a brown short haired white woman was a royal wench. I imagine she was having a raging period or... More

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Putnam, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We stopped here after leaving Monterey/Carmel on our way to Santa Barbara. We stopped and had a very good meal and great, friendly service. After having read the reviews on TripAdvisor I have to ask. Did you stop at the same place we did? Had a small steak and my wife a salad. Served quickly and great food. Talked about... More

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Greenbelt, Maryland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

One of the best New England clam chowders I have had. Fine grilled snapper. Cheerful service. Good coffee. Raining when I came, with utterly impenetrable fog. This place salvaged the evening.

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Brooklyn, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The food was decent but the real reason to stop is the chance to sit in the window and watch for whales. We didn't see any but we enjoyed the view.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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64 reviews 64 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Perfect stop for lunch during your travel. You can sit overlooking the ocean. They have a ordinary menu with ok food.

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Ketchikan, Alaska
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We wish we could have planned better food wise on our drive. We stopped at the cafe, which looks cute, to have a quick lunch. If canned clam chowder for 11.95 or a mushy tuna salad sandwich with soggy, barely cooked fries, feel free to stop. The view and the nice waitresses were the only saviors. My advice, keep on... More

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Mid afternoon stop on our 2nd motorcycle tour of the coast. We ate here in July of 2011 as well and the food and outdoor service were O K. We didn't order anything fancy or complicated so at least the orders were almost correctly served. Do walk over to the gas pumps and check out the price of a gallon... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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113 reviews 113 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

We were happy with our lunches that we ate here. As a bonus, we saw 20 or more whales the one day as we sat at our table! We had sandwiches and really good potato salad one day and sandwiches and good fries the next. It is a really cute little place with good service.

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