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Nepenthe

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48510 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
831 667-2345
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11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations

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  • 251
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  • 62
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  • 44
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lovely Gift Shop and Great Views

I stopped at Nepenthe on my way back to LA from Carmel. My friend, who is local, mentioned that their gift shop has amazing picks. She was spot on! I found some great incense and soap. The view from the deck was spectacular!

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Christine K
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Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I stopped at Nepenthe on my way back to LA from Carmel. My friend, who is local, mentioned that their gift shop has amazing picks. She was spot on! I found some great incense and soap. The view from the deck was spectacular!

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Santa Clara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Love the Ambrosia Burger and the chocolate cake. They also have a nice selection of beers. Make sure you sit outside if the weather is nice! Pretend you are a boho artist hanging out in the '60s.

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Atascadero, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Nepenthe is located on Route 1 in the Big Sur. it is situated about 800-1000 feet above the Pacific. Built originally as a gift to Rita Hayworth by Agha Khan, it is now a tourist attraction with a great restaurant, serving great foods high above the Pacific. Views are spectacular and grounds are as well. Burgers and fries will astound... More 

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Trabuco Canyon, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The food here is average and overpriced. Save your money and just stop by to look around. Service was OK but not real friendly and just tries to upsell you.

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Wadsworth, Ohio
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

On vacation and went to Nepenthe because of great reviews. After a very long wait, at least 90 minutes, we were seated and I ordered the Seared Tuna. When it arrived it was not seared but well done being white with only a little pink in the middle. When I indicated to the server that it was not seared but... More 

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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This was recommended to us and we made a point of visiting on our trip. So glad we did... amazing views... great lunch of ambrosia burgers our waitress was really friendly and it was a highlight of our trip. Pricey for a burger but wouldn't have missed it

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

You pay for the views here, the food and drink is great too. We had apps and drinks while we waited for our table. Service at the bar was super fast even though they were slammed. Waitress had and interesting vibe, but none the less was a good server. Meals were really great. Again though you go here to enjoy... More 

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Redlands, Ca
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

5 star view with 3 star food. Interesting shop on the property raises the whole experience to four stars.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The restaurant is a bit overpriced, but totally worth it for the overall scenery. We had a bottle of wine, the cheese plate, and the duck. The food was delicious, the service was excellent, and the VIEW was worth the whole drive down the coast!

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I have always had a soft spot for Nepenthe, but would not visit again in August. The rustic charm is slightly undermined by coach loads of people, no parking and a 90 minute wait for table. The views remain unbeatable and if you have time to spare, best to go for dinner where you do not have to drive at... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 48510 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
  • Phone Number: 831 667-2345

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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