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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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Market Harborough
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

We stopped off here whilst driving down the pacific coast. Although busy we had a drink whilst waiting for our table. Food was lovely and servers really friendly.

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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

We had the cheese plate along with some wine while setting facing the coastline. Very good service and the selection of cheeses to go with the wine was fantastic! The views are worth the visit alone. Words cannot tell the beauty of this area, you have to see it for yourself.

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White Plains, New York
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107 reviews 107 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

The seafood chowder was outstanding, but otherwise the food overall was serviceable but not great, and somewhat overpriced. The view is terrific, and this is a nice place to stop while driving the Big Sur coast.

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Atlanta
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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

It had been probably close to twenty years since my last stop here at Nepenthe. Seems they added tables and umbrellas at the top but as usual, very long lines to eat and of course overpriced menu. My family found it a better value to eat at the lower level where they had a decent salad and some sandwich choices,... More

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Monterey, California
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Beautiful typical weather, sunny/foggy and so crowed and loud you couldn't hear yourself talk. Sitting at an outside table you are stared at while you eat by other patrons waiting for a table. A incredibly LOUD speaker announces when someone's table is ready and music is piped over the yelling kids. The nicely cooked chicken was served on dry bread,... More

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Winter Park, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Be ready to wait for a minimum of 40 minutes for a table. Incredible views of Big Sur. The food was decent for a tourist based restaurant. They are known for their Burger. The fries were fantastic. Loved the half bottle wine list. Some really great choices. Sit at the bar and no wait.

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New York City, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We stopped here for lunch to a spectacular view of the ocean and a very casual lunch. It offers good food and a great view of the Big Sur area.

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Oakland, California, United States
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104 reviews 104 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This place is worth dining at just for the spectacular view of the Big Sur Coast. I think it's a bit pricy for what you get, but the food is also decent, but not amazing. We had a simple lunch with a basket of french fries and a couple of sandwiches. My boyfriend ordered the BLT with shrimp, which was... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Went there to see the incredible, almost surreal sunset of the California coast. This restaurant probably has the best view along the California coast on HWY 101. The food is ok, nothing out of the ordinary, but it is all worth it as soon as you get there. Try to be there by sunset and you'll be part in one... More

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Lutz, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My husband and I had dinner here. We loved the views, they couldn't be any better! The food was good. I wish they had a larger selection of seafood. They had a nice wine list but not one cabernet sauvignon by the glass available on their wine list. Disappointing for a cab drinker. Service was great. Bathrooms were gross!!!!

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