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Big Sur Roadhouse

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Californian, Healthy
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47080 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
During the summer months, MST Transit offers bus service to Big Sur. The bus stops right at the Big Sur River Inn! For schedules and more information, visit www.mst.org
+1 831-667-2370
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7:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: The Big Sur Roadhouse features Chef Brendan Esons delicious California...
The Big Sur Roadhouse features Chef Brendan Esons delicious California cuisine with fresh, local ingredients, using a variety of house made products . In keeping with our Big Sur ethos, the seasonal menu is filled with locally sourced organic ingredients. Also, not to be missed, San Francisco designer Steve Justrich's "homegrown modernism" has transformed the Roadhouse into a truly unique and fitting environment for dining in Big Sur. We are open all day for breakfast, lunch, dinner and small bites in between. Please stop by for coffee, a glass of wine, a snack or make a reservation for a full meal.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 87
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Wow just wow!

Radom stop on the way up route 1 to San Fran. Met a couple from Spokane WA, and had a couple beers. Anyway, the layout and decor, are terrific. Food and beer great. Sat around the fire pit after a chilly mc ride, just like mana from heaven.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
Ironmon2
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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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161 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

Radom stop on the way up route 1 to San Fran. Met a couple from Spokane WA, and had a couple beers. Anyway, the layout and decor, are terrific. Food and beer great. Sat around the fire pit after a chilly mc ride, just like mana from heaven.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Had two breakfasts and dinner here. Beer selection was great, food was delicious and inventive, and the service was very attentive and warm.

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Arlington, Texas
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267 reviews 267 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Less than 10 items on the lunch menu, but we had and other diners ate, all were done well. Try the lamb sandwich, it has a middle east flare to it. My wife had the soup and salad and it was great too. One of the few times we had a soup that was not 1/2 cream.

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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Definitely not as casual as the name "roadhouse" implies, but very flavorful and unique options. Good service as well.

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Santa Monica, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

My husband and I came here after driving 3.5 hours from Napa to Big Sur. We were starving but didn't want to eat too much before our dinner reservation. The restaurant was adorable and we loved the decor. The food was great and so was the service.

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Sanford, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

After a day of hiking I was famished. Parked the car at my cabin at Ripplewood and walked across the street to the Roadhouse. There was an outdoor fire pit with couches so I had dinner outside. I had the butternut squash soup. Warmed me right up. I then had the steak. On the expensive side but it was delicious.... More 

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California
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229 reviews 229 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We came for breakfast and at first were not sure if the menu really had enough to offer. It's a simple menu, with most items being flagged for being made in house, so we thought we'd give it a try. The interior seating is comfortable and has great light coming in. It was too cold for us to sit outside... More 

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Earth
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Wow! Either something went very wrong last night compared to all these other favorable reviews or else there are very different standards of service and quality in the Big Sur area. This was quite frankly ONE OF THE WORST MEALS OUT we have ever had. We were initially impressed with the hippy ambiance of the place but after being seated... More 

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Quincy, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We ate at this restaurant four times over a two day stay in Big Sur (breakfast and dinner). Each meal was way above average. Quite a few of the pastry, dessert, and baked items were homemade. The prices were not unreasonable, given the quality of the food. The service was excellent. Next time we travel that way, we will make... More 

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ontario
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

After visiting family in California from Canada, I was making my travels up the coast when a large rain storm settled in and wouldn't let up. My daughter and I stopped in by chance and wow-were we ever surprised by the experience! The interior design is well-thought out and we wished it was sunny so we could enjoy the inviitng... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 47080 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
  • Public Transportation: During the summer months, MST Transit offers bus service to Big Sur. The bus stops right at the Big Sur River Inn! For schedules and more information, visit www.mst.org
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
  • Phone Number: +1 831-667-2370

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 32
  • Cuisine: Californian, Healthy

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

The Big Sur Roadhouse features Chef Brendan Esons delicious California cuisine with fresh, local ingredients, using a variety of house made products . In keeping with our Big Sur ethos, the seasonal menu is filled with locally sourced organic ingredients. Also, not to be missed, San Francisco designer Steve Justrich's "homegrown modernism" has transformed the Roadhouse into a truly unique and fitting environment for dining in Big Sur. We are open all day for breakfast, lunch, dinner and small bites in between. Please stop by for coffee, a glass of wine, a snack or make a reservation for a full meal.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 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?