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Big SUR California Cafe

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9290 Castillo Dr, San Simeon, CA 93452-9748
805-927-5258
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 61
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  • 29
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 11
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  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great food, service & price

Breakfast was wonderful. Menus options were good. The service was pleasant & speedy. Plus we were given a 12% discount from the hotel nearby. We would definitely go back! The Cajun omelette was terrific!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
JodieLiddy
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Bakersfield, California
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

First of all why would a restaurant just one block away from the ocean serve frozen fish and with tartar sauce that tasted rancid? The fries were the best thing we had to eat there and they were served luke warm. The prices are way to high for the quality of food and service I would not recommend eating here... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Yes, the title is a bit dramatic but that's how we felt once we sat down and looked over the menu (having opted out of the free continental breakfast at our motel next door). It's just typical coffee shop fare: french toast, eggs and bacon, eggs benedict... Pretty basic offerings for a reasonable price with friendly service. Not a whole... More 

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Londra, Regno Unito
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I have been sent by the motel's receptionist where I was sleeping, he told us the food good :not at all!! My " PLAIN" chicken was sinking in butter and my husband's fried calamari was a piece of plastic. very sad and dull atmosphere. Bored waitress. Avoid this place

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Riverside, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

Stopped in to get dinner for my family and it was good. Price was kind of high and customer service needs some improvement. Had no time to take pictures of the food I ate. Was very hungry! Had the big burger and chicken tenders.

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Burlingame, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Had dinner and breakfast here. It's on the same premise as Days Inn. Decent diner food and prices for San Simeon.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Motel offered discount and we decided to walk across the street for breakfast!!! Service was very friendly and order was done quickly and delicious!!! Recommend all of the pancake stacks!!! Kids loved the chocolate pancakes!!! You get lots of fruit with fruit side order. Food was yummy and affordable!!!

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Had a great breakfast here - was staying next door and they offer a discount but it's not at all expensive. Good eggs and good coffee - friendly attentive staff. Watch out for the early morning tour buses a sit gets overrun but they are gone by 8am.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

New management.... Generous portions very good food also one of the only restaurants open the latest in the area what a great find .....helpful staff very friendly

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Breakfast was wonderful. Menus options were good. The service was pleasant & speedy. Plus we were given a 12% discount from the hotel nearby. We would definitely go back! The Cajun omelette was terrific!

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Phelan, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

The cafe opened under new ownership two weeks ago. We stopped for breakfast this morning - great omelets, great service, friendly staff.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9290 Castillo Dr, San Simeon, CA 93452-9748
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Simeon
  • Phone Number: 805-927-5258

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children

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