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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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Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

Its always best to arrive early, or make a reservation for an outside table that has really good shade. The umbrellas do not adjust and if you elect to sit outside, patios are south and west facing. In the afternoon it can be quite hot sitting in the direct sun. You can't miss the incredible views and food is always... More 

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PA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

My teen and I were in the big sur area (returning from julia pfeifer state park) and made a point of stopping here just as they opened... 11:30 or 11, don't exactly remember which but it fills up really fast after opening. We sat at the bar overlooking the coast (not a bar with a bartender behind it, just a... More 

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toronto
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

We were there on Thanksgiving weekend 2013. Beautiful weather, terrific view. The lunch was excellent, service was great. Lots of families there, but still felt very romantic and private.

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Los Angeles, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Like every other review says, food looked very average. So we stuck to coffee. I had drip which was fine. My cousin had a cappuccino which took forever to come, and then was cold. The views however- are totally worth it.

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Acton, Massachusetts
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73 reviews 73 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Nepenthe is quite unique. Good food, good service, and excellent vistas over the Pacific. Do not do Highway 1 in Big Sur without doing Nepenthe.

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Palos Verdes
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67 reviews 67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Nepenthe's claim to fame has to be the magnificent view of the Big Sur coast. The food is somewhat expensive, the Ambrosia burger for example- a decent burger but worth the cost? On the other hand dinner can be a magnificient feast! Many fine items to chose from, steaks, seafood and salads. They usually offer some great home made soups... More 

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Mesa
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29 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This well-known restaurant is expensive but with its location, I am not surprised. The ambrosia burger is their specialty and was excellent. My husband enjoyed his turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce. The salad was made with fresh ingredients and a delicious dressing. Everything we’ve tried there has been good. The staff was very friendly and competent, and it is always... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

my husband and I were visiting big sur for 4 days! We dined at Nepenthe for lunch after visiting McWay Falls. Had a great table overlooking the water- our server was great. His name might have been Kevin..... I remember we ordered the artichoke, burger & chicken sandwich. Everything was great. We ended up coming back the following night for... More 

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OZ
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52 reviews 52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We visit Nepenthe / Big Sur yearly and are never disappointed. The drive, views and area service are always great. We had a cheese plate on the 3rd level with a local brew. There are other area places I would rather eat but good to shake it up and go with the ambiance too. The lower level shop as usual... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We could not book our space so arrived early and stood / started the lunch line. When we were personally invited to seat we went to the corner seat (centre left) facing the ocean - which was the best seat in the house we think. The view was very good from the restaurant and the service was exceptional. The food... 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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