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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 2014
Price range: $7 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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Switzerland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

The food and the choices are excellent. The view from the terrace and the atmosphere though is something else. I didn't expect to see untouched Californian coast, for miles and miles, just wonderful! The shop with it's large selection of every beautiful thing you could wish for is also well worth and hour of our time. Many local, cali.-artist get... More

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Livermore, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

what an incredible place to stop. The food is decent but pricey. However- you are paying for the most spectacular view you can imagine. Top it off with knowing that the house was once built for Rita Hayworth- commissioned by Orson Wells. The history makes it more amazing. Nice bathroom and nice shop to purchase a souvenir. Have fun!!

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Sacramento, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Stayed for a few days at Asilomar. Had always wanted to eat at Nepenthe and was not disappointed. Great service, food excellent, amazing views. You will want to make this a destination.

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Nelsonville, Ohio
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Always stop at Nepenthe when traveling up the coast. The views are fabulous and the atmosphere is great! Although they are always busy, the staff is friendly and efficient.

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Seattle, Washington
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337 reviews 337 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
228 helpful votes 228 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

The burger is great, the view is to die for!!! Get to Nepenthe and sit outside, facing the sunset and order a burger....it will be one of the best meals you have ever had! Take a jacket because it can get chilly after sunset!

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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63 reviews 63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

You are drawn to stop at this place because it's so beautiful and peaceful. We were driving on the 1 (PCH) and this restaurant offered a nice retreat. I think people will stop here regardless of the reviews, it's that nice. I had the shrimp BLT and it was good. My husband had one of the salads, we shared French... More

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indianapolis
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222 reviews 222 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The view from this establishment is spectacular. There is outdoor seating and indoor with fantastic views. We ordered a shrimp BLT that wasn't bad and a cup of seafood chowder that wasn't very good at all. The waiter seemed ticked that all we wanted to drink was water. We would go back for the views alone.

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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88 reviews 88 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Great views when not foggy, fabulous burger and fries. Pleasant service and relaxed atmosphere. A great lunch

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california
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is the most scenic places to have a meal. The food was very good, but its the views that you go for. So incredible!

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Redondo Beach, California
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I stopped here for breakfast/brunch with my parents and boyfriend on our way from Carmel to Santa Barbara. My parents and boyfriend got the breakfast burrito (huge, with fresh pico de gallo) which they all loved, and I ordered the french toast. Mom and I ordered the hot spiced cider (huge cup of spiced cider served with a lemon wedge,... More

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