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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 2013
Price range: $7 - $30
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Irvine, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The view is fantastic, food is OK, but WAY overpriced. $20 for a hamburger and a soda before tax and tip. Stop at the vistas and bring a picnic lunch to eat at one. My wife had soup (chowder) and salad and she had much better chowder 3 other times on our trip.

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Minneapolis
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

We stopped here on a rainy day after visiting Julia Pfeifer Burns state park. The ambrosia burger was delicious, one oft he best Ive ever had. We couldn't sit outside (the rain), but it was still cozy inside by the fire.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

I wonder how they can build and keep such a sophisticated place in such a wild and rather isolated area. It was foggy, it got suddenly cold, but what a wonderful experience. Reservations are mandatory. It's quite a long trip, and it's kind of pricey, but no regrets.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

After reading the reviews on here with some people saying that the view is better than the food or that its not really worth it, we stopped by Nepenthe for lunch regardless with not-too-high hopes. First of all, it is true what people say. The view is amazing and what better place to sit and have a nice breakfast, lunch... More

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Harrogate, England, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

Visited during our road trip down US Highway 1 - arrived around 11.30, no problems in getting a table in Cafe Kevah (the lower part of Nepenthe which was not open due to our early arrival). Very welcoming staff and a great view over the ocean. I chose the Kevah Eggs Benedict and my wife chose the Eggs Benedict without... More

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Returning to Nepenthe last week, after a decades-long absence, was pure heaven, as is all of Big Sur. I wasn't there to get high or dance all night or talk with Emil White long into the night. or feel the freezing cold water on my feet, but it was just as magical as ever, a cool sunny day, the gorgeous... More

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Burleson, Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We did have a bite to eat, but it must not have been great because I don't even remember it. We spent most of our time checking out the views and the cool store they have. The views are great in every direction and we spent probably an hour just browsing around the store. It's full of cool stuff that... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We selected Nepenthe because it was a logical stopping point on our scenic drive between Monterey and San Luis Obispo and because of its desirable location high on the cliffs above Big Sur. We arrived at 11:45 (no reservations accepted) and expected to wait a bit. When we checked in, we were told it would be a 45-minute wait because... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Nepenthe is nestled Into the side of a cliff with some "railing" seating overlooking the ocean so you feel like you are eating lunch in a treehouse with vividly colored birds flitting from branch to branch so close you can almost touch them. We could have stayed there forever watching the gray whales migrating up the west coast to Alaska... More

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St. Paul
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We had dinner here in late March on an incredibly sunny day and enjoyed the views from their outside dining area. The waitstaff was very accommodating, moving an umbrella several times to keep the late day sun out of our eyes. The views were fine, but not spectacular. The food was ok, but for the quality, pretty expensive. The "Famous... More

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