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9290 Castillo Dr, San Simeon, CA 93452-9748
805-927-5258
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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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  • 55
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 20
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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Hippie town

Surfers and hippies abound in Big Sur. A quirky town with lots of shops and cool places to eat, drink and gave fun.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2014
Juanita K
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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117 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Helston, England, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Good for Coffee and a cake but not really for lunch, although light fayre is available. Great views and reasonable service. It can be expensive though as it is a long way from anywhere. God for a break.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I don't know how you can mess up breakfast but this place did. The hash browns were cold. The ham was a thin slice. My eggs were over cooked. We're heading back inland. We feel like we're getting ripped off at the coast.

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Kings Park, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 via mobile

Stopped in on our way down to San Diego. Had dinner and breakfast. Food was great and reasonable. Would stop there again.

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Surfers and hippies abound in Big Sur. A quirky town with lots of shops and cool places to eat, drink and gave fun.

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Fish Creek, Victoria, Australia
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We loved Big Sur. The fog rolled in a little bit but didn't spoil our drive at all. Amazing road and views.

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Key West, Florida
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

If you're taking the pacific coast highway trip, start with breakfast here. Good hearty food with reasonable prices. The staff is wonderfully pleasant and friendly. Start your trip here

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Hull
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5 reviews 5 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

It had a good menu and the staff were very friendly and it made the meal and nite more enjoyable. Wasn't too busy so wasn't waiting for the food to come

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Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We arrived at the hotel in San Simeon around 10 p.m. exhausted and hungry after driving all day. Big Sur was right next to the hotel. Even though they were closed, John let us in and fed us.The food was great but what was more impressive was his friendliness. He made us feel welcome and at home. I mean who... More 

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Morro Bay, California
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

My wife and I stayed in the nearby Motel 6 last week and went here for breakfast July 29th. The Lady seemed to be overwhelmed a bit at first but when she brought us our coffee she said "",be a little patient", but we did not have to for long. She came and took our breakfast order and the male... More 

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La Jolla, California, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Made to order breakfast by a cook that knows how. Fluffy everything made with eggs and flour, savory sausage, friendly server. Good portions and a fun and funky fisherman ambience. Worth a stop.

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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: Families with children, Local cuisine

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