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48510 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
831 667-2345
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Ranked #2 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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San Francisco, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Had lunch with friends from work at Nepenthe on a Monday afternoon after an enjoyable drive down from Pacific Grove. Seated in back patio with amazing coastal views. Very short wait. Ambrosia burgers were perfectly prepared. Staff were efficient and friendly. Meal was pricey but worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The meat and fish entrees will set you back a fair bit but if one would like a cheaper option, the burger tastes fabulous. The service was faultless and so was the food with the exception of the fries which weren't great. A good recommendation by Jamie Jensen in one of his books.

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Santa Monica, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Nepenthe is a must when visiting Big Sur. The views are spectacular and so is the food and service. My favorite time to come is before sunset!

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Orlando, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

When travelling the Coast Highway south from San Francisco, plan your journey to ensure a stop in the Big Sur region. Nepenthe offers a stunning view of the coast from an incredible rustic setting. Yes the food was good, but the overall experience was the best.

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Bailieboro, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Lunch, January 1st, 2015. Beautiful view off the back deck. We could see the whales on their annual migration. Food was every bit as good as it was on my last visit three years ago. This is a must for anyone visiting in the area.

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New York City, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

One of the very few places to stop and see the wonderful landscape along the Big Sur Coast. (My visit was actually many years ago)

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

A classic and very scenic place near the Big Sur. You can breathe the history of the 60's-70's while sipping a great wine chosen among a wide wine list. When crowded, you have to be patient, but I think it is worth it. Sophisticated food and zen-jazzy music that really makes your day A shop which is always a pleasure... More 

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Marigny-le-Cahouet
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

What a great place to have found. We arrived at 11.30am and thank goodness we did. The place filled up to capacity within an hour, so we managed to get the best seats - in my opinion. We sat along the edge of the restaurant looking out at the sea. The weather was superb, and the food and champagne we... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I have been going to Nepenthe whenever in the area for over 30 years. It never disappoints, and this time was wonderful. We had what I would consider the best seats in the house alone the rail. Weather was perfect, view as always was perfect, and food is great. There is just no other place like it. I had a... More 

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aberdeen
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We stop there on our travel down the big sur, service was good and the food of good quality. The view are amazing took.

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Additional Information about Nepenthe

Address: 48510 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone Number: 831 667-2345
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
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
Average Prices: USD 7 - 30
Cuisine: American

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