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48510 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
831 667-2345
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Today
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Romance
Special occasions

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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
Most recent review
Nepenthe is popular for a reason, actually several reasons

This is one of the most popular eats on Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway, in the Big Sur area. Located on a point that juts out into the ocean a little south of Carmel, it is open for lunch and dinner. I try to always include a meal at Nepenthe with every visit to the Monterey, Carmel, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
CTBCalifornia
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Groveland, California
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Groveland, California
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93 reviews 93 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This is one of the most popular eats on Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway, in the Big Sur area. Located on a point that juts out into the ocean a little south of Carmel, it is open for lunch and dinner. I try to always include a meal at Nepenthe with every visit to the Monterey, Carmel, and Big... More 

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Bowie, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

It was exquisite and I absolutely recommend making it a destination in Big Sur. The drive down from Monteray did not disappoint and once there, I didn't want to leave. Food was really good, the wine was heady and the view took my breath away. Breathing in deeply...

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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31 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We stopped at Nepenthe as we were driving up the coast between visiting family in L.A. and Santa Cruz. Everyone told us that we should stop for lunch, so we did..... and we were glad we did. Nepenthe is an experience. The restaurant is beautiful and in an unbeatable location .... perched high on the hills just off Hwy. 1... More 

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Joliet, Illinois, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

After hours of white-knuckling through the PCH, we made it to Nepenthe and were charmed by its mellow appeal. The gift shop was awesome and had so many new age items like home made soaps, incense, crystal jewelry, charming yard decor and books. The restaurant didn't open until 11:30, and although people were waiting around patiently aware of the opening... More 

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Long Island City, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Nepenthe was like an oasis with an unexpected touch of professional service and style. The only down side is being expensive even though the food is average. I was impressed to find out that the building was designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and built with local materials, like redwood. I would recommend Nepenthe to anyone who happened... More 

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Turin, Italy
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83 reviews 83 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Food was good, but the beer, the wine, the service, the view, the ambiance made you forget about the food. If you are in Big Sur do not miss it. Get a seat outside, bring a jacket along as temperature can go up and down by 10 degrees in minutes depending on what the clouds feel like, and let your... More 

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Encinitas, California
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

Nepenthe continues to be a great stop in Big Sur: view, interesting shop and good food. We were there for a patio lunch on a beautiful day. Our party of four gave high marks to the beet salad, hamburger and two smoked salmon appetizer.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The view out on the Pacific Ocean is beautiful and it's always a nice trip to Nepenthe that we make every time we visit my aunt. It's fun to sit outside on the deck or just inside with the rugged structure overhead. Friendly staff and the food is always great. I split the Crab Louis Salad with my aunt, and... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Good - Burgers and fries were very nice but nothing outstanding, as advertised. The view was just stunning and the seating outside is a great spot to take it all in. Bad - Well I suppose you pay for the view, but $30 for burger, share of fries basket, and a small beer is, well - just testing my purse... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Perfectly situated in the middle of Big Sur, and about 2 hours south of Monterey, this charming restaurant and tourist stop is a great place to stop for lunch or dinner. Is the food fantastic? Well, no - but it is quite (perhaps even surprisingly) good. But, let's be honest, no one comes for the food - you stop at... More 

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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: Romance, Special occasions
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?