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

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  • 53
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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
late lunch no wait

Drove down on a tuesday around 2pm after memorial day weekend and got a window seat inside with great view. Food came out promptly with attentive service. Grilled brussel sprouts were nice, but not really hot off grill. Burger was perfect, not large. Tuna salad sandwich was hearty with prices as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Suzanne M
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Following Highway 1 south from Carmel the drive and views are spectacular. You come upon Nepenthe quite unexpectedly. When you first arrive the setting is interesting but not quite what you would expect. Lots of outdoor seating and a rustic dining room. Having arrived late on a sunny afternoon the restaurant was full. We were hoping for seating with a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Drove down on a tuesday around 2pm after memorial day weekend and got a window seat inside with great view. Food came out promptly with attentive service. Grilled brussel sprouts were nice, but not really hot off grill. Burger was perfect, not large. Tuna salad sandwich was hearty with prices as expected. Less than Post Ranch/Ventana, but not a super... More 

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San Jose
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24 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Whether you eat here or not, it's worth a stop to take some pictures. It's an ideal setting for lunch and they also have a full bar and coffee shop if you just want to get a drink and enjoy the view. Avoid the area on a holiday weekend though, dinner on our last visit would've been a 2 hour... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

On recommendation from a California native, we had dinner at Nepenthe. The good part, the view is spectacular!!! The bad parts. The hostess we interacted with could quite frankly, not be bothered and she had no difficulty in projecting that image. The menu is limited ( I can understand due to the location) and the prices are high for what... More 

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Lees Summit, Missouri, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We stopped for a quick lunch on a rainy day. Had to wait for a table, rain cuts down their seating considerably. My husband had their famous burger and I had the french dip. Great hardy, fresh food without the super-high price tag often found in this area

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Gilbert, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This is worth the drive for the amazing views. The wait for dinner was 1 1/2 hours. There is an area where we were able to order appetizers and drinks so I can't speak to the full menu and the quality. We had the cheese plate, brussel sprouts, artichoke and wine. The food was delicious and our waiter was great... More 

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Aptos, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I have been going to Nepenthe for 30 years. Most of the time I order an Ambrosia Burger medium rare and sit out on the rails casually. Sometimes with a friend and sometimes alone. However, I was there on Thursday and today. Each time, the food was lack luster. The burger on Thursday was over cooked, not juicy - no... More 

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Lafayette, California
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Nepenthe never disappoints. The views are spectacular, the service very good and then there's the Ambrosia Burger. Also great tuna sandwich, crab salad, and other stuff. Full bar and outside seating all over the place.

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Maine
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We stopped on our way back to Monterey for a drink and some appetizers. The view from the deck is amazing. The service is a little slow but who's in a hurry when you are outside enjoying a beautiful view. We shared a few appetizers: the smoked salmon, the brussel sprouts, and the artichokes. The salmon and brussel sprouts were... More 

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Palos Verdes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Splendid vistas, good but overpriced food, make for a wonderful day in Big Sur. The ambrosia burger is awesome, but on the expensive side. Home made soups delicious and excellent for those cold winter days. And the homemade pies some of the best I've had. All in all a great place to watch the whales, blue jays and odd assortment... 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: Romantic, Special occasions
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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