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Nepenthe

48510 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
831 667-2345
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Ranked #5 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We had a great lunch at Nepenthe. Very busy on a Saturday in October, we sat at the bar and ordered from there. Goat cheese/garlic spread and pulled pork sandwich were great! You can't beat the views from the balcony.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

We had this place recommended by a delightful woman at a shop in Carmel. We drove the 40 mins out of our way to arrive and be greeted by a very unpleasant young woman on the front desk and told that there was a wait time. That was fine we accepted that and waited 30 mins and during that time... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The food was not very impressing and the menu offered very little choices, the service wasn't friendly and the shop is a tourist trap with mainstream overpriced items. Views are amazing though but bit of a wait time if eating.

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Charlevoix, Michigan
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed a recent dinner visit here. Waited a bit longer for a table that the time we were quoted, but who cares? With a fantastic view like this one, it was no problem. Would recommend without hesitation.

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Elkton, Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

the views and atmosphere of this place alone are breathtaking...then add in the food and you have the best meal of your life! mentioned that it was my birthday and got a complimentary coffee mug with their logo and Happy Birthday on it. Our waitress was awesome, very knowledgable. Hope to return some day!!

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Santa Monica, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

You don't come to Nepenthe for the food, you come for the view!!!! Got the turkey sandwich which was good, but just an average sandwich. However it is the views that wow you here.

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Southlake, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

When I say not to be missed, I really mean it. First the views. No words. Just go there and drink it in. Then the atmosphere. Very cool, kinda hippie vibe with a decades old, rich history which is fascinating. The service is terrific, the waitstaff informed and engaging. Make sure to try the Ambrosia Burger. It has been on... More

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

After driving up California 1 we stopped at Nepenthe for a late lunch. We got a seat outside that over looked the hillside and pacific coast line. The service and the meal was very nice we had the Ambrosia burger with garbanzo bean salad and split a basket of fries. I would recommend this stop for it's great views and... More

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Collingswood New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Had a nice lunch with great views. Tuna sandwich was okay, the turkey sandwich was enjoyed by my husband. I just make a better tuna sandwich. I hate when that happens. Worth the view though.

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Marina, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 NEW

As somewhat of a local, I've been going to this restaurant for some 30+ years, on and off, with friends, family members, other visitors. Sometimes, as recently as yesterday 10.12.14, I drove this magnificent coast and headed to this restaurant. The beauty of all of this is awe inspiring! Once I arrived and parked on the crowded [upper area], I... More

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