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Nepenthe

48510 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
831 667-2345
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Ranked #6 of 20 restaurants in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $30
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We got there and it was foggy. But we waited for a table and as we ate the fog went away. The view was good, but the food was wonderful! Everything was fresh and the restaurant has been owned by the same family. This is a must stop as you are driving highway 1.

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Sacramento, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We've been here before and knew what to expect but I haven't written about it. Anyone who hasn't stopped here is missing a vital site integral to this beautiful region. If you don't like Bohemian this place isn't for you. If you're indifferent or unfamiliar with that philosophy/movement, you'll still thoroughly enjoy walking the grounds and viewing some of the... More

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Cambridge UK
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

After a loooooong drive up highway 1 en route to Frisco we fell for the charm of Nepenthe's setting which is pretty spectacular. You arrive to be greeted by glam people relaxing by open fires and watching the sunset. We were told it would be a 20 minute wait to eat. An hour later still no table so when I... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The food was good. The views are spectacular. We visited first for dinner and then for lunch. You will need to be patient as service can be slow. We used the time to relax and admire the view. They provide you with a great waiting area to pass the time.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

After cruising down Route 1 on a Saturday afternoon our six stomaches started rumbling! Using our trusty trip advisor app we called ahead and magically they were able to hold us a table! Great wine, beautiful day sitting outside with my four grown children made it an exquisite experience! The food was secondary and the moment stellar! We had pulled... More

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Rutherford, New Jersey
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49 reviews 49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

There was a wait to eat but if you have the time do lunch at Nepenthe. The views are one of the best in Big Sur and the food is very good and not overly expensive. The food was fresh and tasty. While you wait, you can go in their shop or just take in the breathtaking views.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We waited a really long time for a table! To the staff's credit, they turned tables over pretty quickly and offered to serve drinks while we waited. We were underwhelmed by the food but the view is spectacular!

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Good food and we found it good value. Much better than a packed lunch-we had one and bought it home when we found the cafe! Amazing views and we were lucky enough to see passing whales! Lovely gift shop. Easy to park, would recommend.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

On our journey up the coast, we stopped at Nepenthe for lunch. What a wonderful and beautiful spot. The food was great (try the cheese plate) and they have wonderful wine list. The coast was foggy, so we could see the ocean, but everything else was just wonderful. Do not miss it if your driving by. There is also a... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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71 reviews 71 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

A friend had recommended this restaurant - mainly because of the view. So after driving from SF we stopped by for lunch. First of all we could not find a parking lot so we drove around for quite sometime and we ended up parking down the highway. After finally getting up to the restaurant there was so crowded and we... More

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