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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: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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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
Incredibly scenic restaurant

Visited Nepenthe whilst on our way up highway one and had a lovely evening. Views (especially of the sunset) were second to none and made for a very romantic setting. Slightly frustrating that they wouldn't take a reservation for two people for dinner when we asked in the afternoon, and we then had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
Susannah1985
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Huntington Beach, California
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7 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

The only thing that you end up paying for at Nepenthe is the view, the food is mediocre/poor at best. I would suggest just taking pictures from the balcony without eating at the restaurant or eating the cheaper Cafe Kevah below. Don't waste your money on the small bland portions here.

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Redondo Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Nepenthe - so many visits each with there own story - a place like none other I've been to. Best late afternoon and evening to capture the mood and streams of light then warmed by the open flames of the fire that usually burns in the pit out front. The quintessential "Beat" hang. Nothing has changed over the last fifty... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Going to Big Sur and not stopping at Nepenthe is like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel tower! You can eat, shop, take photos or just "hang out" for a while! It is a great place to watch people, as there are folks from all over our country and the world stopping in!!

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Balitmore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

This is a remarkable setting for a restaurant- perched high above the Pacific Ocean with commanding views in every direction. We got in before 4:00 when lunch was still being served. Our sandwiches were delicious - good portions and fresh ingredients. We were surprised at how good the food was since its a major tourist spot. Well worth the money.

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Huntersville, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Great location--good and plentiful food. We saw food being served to other diners and decided to share because portions were huge! Split a French dip and fries. We sat inside because we opted for first available and didn't want to spend too much time away from the awesome scenery on CA 1. This is a unique former home that has... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

We stopped at Nepenthe for dinner and had a great time! The view from the outdoor seating area is stunning and the food delicious! They have a kids menu as well to keep the little ones happy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Driving along The Big Sur, we stopped here for lunch and it was such a wonderful experience! Such a beautiful, quiet place to see stunning ocean views! We ordered a breakfast wrap - which was out of this world! I also loved the spiced apple cider (beautiful flavours!). The staff were friendly and hospitable! We had a lovely time here... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Visited Nepenthe whilst on our way up highway one and had a lovely evening. Views (especially of the sunset) were second to none and made for a very romantic setting. Slightly frustrating that they wouldn't take a reservation for two people for dinner when we asked in the afternoon, and we then had to wait an hour for a table... More 

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We ate breakfast at the cafe here our second day, which was very good, but expensive as is everything in the area...we had a bottle of wine and apps the previous evening. Staff was exceptionally friendly and of course, the view. This is a must do location when visiting big sur. Just wonderful.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Every time we are in this area, we make certain to visit and dine at Nepenthe. The food is very good, the view is spectacular, and the wait staff is friendly and accommodating. Nepenthe has been around for decades and still has that "'60's" feeling but perhaps not as much as ten years ago. There is also a neat gift... More 

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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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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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