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Nepenthe

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48510 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
831 667-2345
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11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

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  • 751
    Very good
  • 277
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  • 77
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  • 46
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Sunset on the Pacific

Sunset over the Pacific is an important part of each day in Big Sur. Could there be a better experience than a sunset with a Margarita in hand, as seen from the sunet observation deck at the Nepenthe?

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Thomas P
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Paris, France
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St Petersburg
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Food was very good and unique. Had a beet salad which had some interesting flavors to it. My husband had the chopped steak and really enjoyed it. The view was breathtaking.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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182 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Okay so yes it is expensive at 10 bucks for an order of fries, but people have to understand that you're also paying for the location/view. We were here for lunch. The view was fabulous. The fries were made better by the condiment they served with it. Jan had the chicken Sammie, she said it was very good. I had... More 

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Paris, France
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sunset over the Pacific is an important part of each day in Big Sur. Could there be a better experience than a sunset with a Margarita in hand, as seen from the sunet observation deck at the Nepenthe?

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Thank Thomas P
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is your definite must on your travelling "to see/do" list. We stopped at Nepenthe Restaurant on route from San Francisco to LA and it was one of the most amazing open air restaurants we've ever eaten in. The location and views itself are pretty spectacular but also décor of the restaurant is complimenting its surrounding area and creates very... More 

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Montecito, California
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131 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stopped by here on the way south like thousands of others. It is a basic place, a curio shop on bottom and a wood framed restaurant on top. I think the first thing you see is the view which is nice not great like being on top of the water but rolling hills down to the water. The second thing... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We travel out to Monterey, CA about 4-6 times each year, and every time we go it is a "must do" to have lunch or dinner here. The meals are a little expensive, but the view and service are well worth the money spent! I would highly recommend checking out this great restaurant!

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Thank kraye-1
Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing views! Good wine list. Get the ambrosia burger. It will not disappoint! Best burger I have had in a long time! We also had the pork loin, which was just ok.

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Thank owensho
Aurora, Illinois
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing, relaxing views. Stopped here on the way to Big Sur, we were not disappointed. Be prepared to wait a bit, very popular place. But, well worth it! Try to get a seat outside along the edge for awesome views of the Pacific. Food was delicious, drinks very good. Prices, very similar to the area. A definite must stop!

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved the experience here. There was a wait for a table but the food and view made it all worth it. I will return whenever I am in Big Sur!

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Thank BA L
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome place to catch the sunset and appetizers. Take the trip up and cozy up to the fire pit and take it all in.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 48510 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
  • Phone Number: 831 667-2345

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Bar scene, Scenic view, Romantic
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?