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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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Malibu, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Forget the food, forget the drink, this place is all about the view and definitely a place to stop at on such a spectacular drive like Big Sur. Cool little shop too - great little gifts

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Watsonville, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is our must stop lunch spot when in Big Sur. View are wonderful and different every visit. Prawn BLT is delicious, grilled prawns and smokey bacon with tomato jam..yum. Cheese board is generous and nice to share with glass of wine. Basket of fries HUGE. Enough for 4. Tip...they don't say on menu,, but you can order half basket... More

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London
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The view is absolutely stunning so you should definitely plan to stop in for a quick lunch here. The food, however, is decidedly average so don't go there expecting fine dining. We had the closest thing to a burger and the meat tasted a bit cheap. Watch out for the birds that try to steal your chips!

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Los Angeles
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

This is a must stop for snack and wine place with a gorgeous view. I always stop here when driving north or south on the Pacific Coast Highway.

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Irvine, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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

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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54 reviews 54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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