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Nepenthe

48510 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
831 667-2345
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Ranked #4 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $30
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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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london
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Liked the sunset - took great photos, the friendly hosts, the cocktails and steaks and the ambience.

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Tel Aviv
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

A friend recommended the place and we are very happy we followed his advice. The shrimp blt was great, wine too. The service was kind and very helpful and to top it all was the amazing view. We were so happy eating and looking at the forest, sea and birds all over. Highly recommended.

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Richmond Hill, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We have just had lunch at Nepenthe. It was recommended by someone we met at a scenic stop on the way to Big Sur. There were a lot of people waiting for tables when we arrived. We were told the wait would be 20+ minutes for a table - it was closer to 50 minutes. Had they advised a more... More

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Lake Mary, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

This was our 2nd time to Nepenthe. Just like the first time, the place was busy. The wait can appear to be long, but they do a good job getting people seated. While waiting, be sure to stroll around the deck and take in their amazing views of the ocean. The food is very good and and presented with care.

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Sacramento
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This place is a must see if you are in Big Sur. The views are amazing and the food is reasonably priced and pretty good. The artichoke appetizer and banana cream pie were the best! Burger ok. Be ready for a wait but its worth it! Also check out the amazing wine list!

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Fremont, California
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310 restaurant reviews
782 helpful votes 782 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This is a scenic restaurant with beautiful views of the Big Sur ocean area. Its a very popular place to stop due to the food and the views. Service is good and quick given the crowd. Sometimes we skip it and do a picnic instead to avoid the crowd of people though and find a more relaxing spot for views... More

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New York, NY
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Had a late lunch here as we arrived in Big Sur. Slight wait for a table, but worth it. Spectacular view, good food and friendly service.

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Dublin, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Big Sur and the California Coast in general is a very special and spectacular part of the world. Nepenthe, open since 1949, is a very special part of this very special place. With a magnificent location perched on the side of the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Nepenthe has a very funky feel about it without being too out on... More

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Senior Contributor
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Great position with amazing views. Good food and fast service. Try and get a place outside to take in the view. Very busy.

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Albany, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Halfway into our drive through Big Sur on Route 1, we worked up an appetite. Several friends had urged us to stop at Nepenthe, and their advice was excellent. While the parking lot was full, our handicap hangtag allowed us to drive right up the hill and park adjacent to the restaurant. While the restaurant was crowded, the view is... More

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