We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Big Sur Roadhouse

Certificate of Excellence
$$
American, Healthy
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
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
Website
Improve this listing
Today
1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Wed - Mon 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 218 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 110
    Excellent
  • 66
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Yummy for breakfast!

We stayed at Glen Oaks, so walked over to BSR for breakfast through the beautiful redwood forest. When we walked in, we were greeted with hipster décor and lovely jazz, but no host at the stand. Seeing people outside and wanting to take advantage of the nice weather, we sat in the back, where we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
valerie210
,
Atlanta, Georgia
Add Photo Write a Review

218 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Cameron Park, California
Level Contributor
62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Do not be put off by "Average" rating...this restaurant is good but is competing with Nepenthe and Ventana (both more expensive). We enjoyed small plates and libations with Alfa Romeo Owners' Club group of friends in the afternoon and enjoyed a very nice dinner for two later in the evening..

Was this review helpful? Yes
Atlanta, Georgia
Level Contributor
94 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We stayed at Glen Oaks, so walked over to BSR for breakfast through the beautiful redwood forest. When we walked in, we were greeted with hipster décor and lovely jazz, but no host at the stand. Seeing people outside and wanting to take advantage of the nice weather, we sat in the back, where we could hear the nice music.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Clemente, California
Level Contributor
102 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

great food and atmosphere here. have stopped in several times and always seem to miss lunch but have enjoyed the finger foods they offer and getting a cold beer on tap. will need to stop by here and time it right to enjoy their amazing lunch entrees

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los angeles, california
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Loved this restaurant! Delicious high quality food and very reasonable prices. Healthy menu- not just burgers and fries, plenty on other options.

Was this review helpful? Yes
High Point, North Carolina
Level Contributor
81 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We noticed the restaurant didn't start lunch service until 1 pm so we did a hike first and came back! Watched several groups come and go before restaurant opened... But once open we were seated on back patio at shaded table. Don't sit too close to grill but it smells wonderful! Nice waitstaff and great menu. My husband got lamb... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

So yeah, what a surprise. I never would have thought this place would have such amazing food. Great use of ingredients! Amazing flavors. Service and atmosphere were spot on! I'll definitely return!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Leeds
Level Contributor
144 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We were wary about eating here after seeing some of the TripAdvisor reviews. But so glad we did – it was one of the best meals of our 4 week road trip. The servers were attentive and friendly and they certainly knew their food and drinks. The wine we selected was not as described on the wine list, so our... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
austin
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Great place for a roadside sandwich and the curried chicken wrap was really perfect. Easy to access, very friendly. Not in a great hurry, but neither was I.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Denver
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Dinner at the Roadhouse was a truly exceptional culinary experience! Our party tried almost everything on the menu and were impressed by Chef Brendan Esons delicious preparation of local ingredients. My mouth still waters thinking of the freshness of the mache and watercress salad. Our server was the most delightful and informative food and wine expert I have ever met.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
141 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

It is a nice place, great front and back patio, relaxed feel with a stuffy dinner menu .. I searched online for the menu before heading over, I found a sample menu online - it turned out to be the full dinner menu but for 1 item. Service was attentive and quick. I just didn't feel the experience matched the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Big Sur Roadhouse also viewed

 

Been to Big Sur Roadhouse? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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: American, 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
1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Big Sur Roadhouse and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Los Angeles, California
1 month ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Big Sur Roadhouse staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?