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Big Sur Roadhouse

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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 - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wed - Mon 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, 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.
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  • 20
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  • 12
    Poor
  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Dinner

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!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

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!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

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 

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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.

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Denver
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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 

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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 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Very nice decor - loved the secluded back patio :) We ordered the hot-off-the-bbq tri tip sandwich and roast beef sandwich. Fresh, tasty, simple beautiful food in a beautiful setting. The staff are exceptional and generous, making you feel welcome and looked after. Well done!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We have been visiting Big Sur for many years, but hadn't been in the area since this restaurant opened in 2013. We enjoyed it so much that we went twice during our 4-night stay. Food is top quality in a laid back setting. We had great service both evenings. Some of our favorite dishes were the shrimp appetizer with the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We only ate dessert here because you heard the food wasn't great. Well, the dessert surely wasn't. It sounds good on the menu, but is not worth a try. Go to the Big Sur Bakery instead. They have memorable food there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Had a delicious, beautifully presented meal here and, a tasty craft beer. Would highly recommend. Very welcoming ambience, open fires and outdoor seating.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Stopped here for breakfast on our way down to LA. Menu choice was not extensive but ok. Once our order was taken the wait began. We saw others give up and leave but we thought it couldn't take much longer for our food to arrive but it did! Over an hour later our simple breakfast arrived which did taste ok... More 

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Additional Information about Big Sur Roadhouse

Address: 47080 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone Number: +1 831-667-2370
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 7:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 7:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 9 - 32
Cuisine: American, Healthy

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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: 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
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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