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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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 66
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 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
Good breakfast

We had a big, delicious breakfast before heading to the Hearst Castle. Staff was very friendly and service was quick. Clean.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Vickie R
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San Diego
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61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter and I were there and it was raining hard! We are on a Paleo program and when we asked if the hash browns could be switched to fruit the server put together a gorgeous plate of food for us and the fruit was way more than we expected in quality and beauty. We will definitely eat there again!

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Thank anniedutch13
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was an awesome place to eat. Good food. Clean. And friendly service. Everyone should visit if your I. The San Simeon area.

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Thank Michelle B
Pleasant Hill, California
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fast and excellent service. Food was great. In and out in no time at all. Give us 12% off meal. I do recommend this restaurant.

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Thank Dale N Darlene C
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a big, delicious breakfast before heading to the Hearst Castle. Staff was very friendly and service was quick. Clean.

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Thank Vickie R
Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States
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88 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant is located in the cluster of hotels south of San Simeon where visitors to the Hearst Castle typically stay. The selection of restaurants there is not great, and the TripAdvior reviews tend to be mediocre. We eventually settled on this one, and we were happy with it. As others have noted, the appearance is off-putting. Specifically, the lighting... More 

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Thank Ken K
Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Recommended by Inn for dinner (given discount), appearance unassuming but service was good, portion sizes were large and prices were decent. Chips were a little cold but could be sent back and refried. Great for families

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Thank Georgina B
Sydney, Australia
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118 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

You may look at Big Sur Cafe and think "I don't want to eat in there", but don't judge by its outer appearance! The food is tasty and they serve huge portions! None of us were able to finish. Pub/Home style food such as burgers, club sandwiches, chips, sausages etc. Wait staff are all very friendly and welcoming and the... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Stayed overnight in San Simeon and called into the restaurant for dinner. Staff were very friendly, food was fresh, good portions and good value. Restaurant was clean and comfortable.

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Thank Andrea B
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
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111 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

San Simeon, to be frank, isn't the hospitality center of the universe... Once W. R. Hearst stopped inviting weekend guests in the late 40s, it's been pretty much downhill. The local hotel scene seems to be varying flavors of renovated (or warmed over) early 1960s motels, and the restaurants all seem to occupy the dining spaces of said motels. That's... More 

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Thank DrewKnightWV
Adrian, Missouri
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108 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

Sounds like everyone but me rants and raves about this place. Had a seafood combo, came out luke warm. Ordered Onion rings, those were good and hot, with BBQ sauce. Tried to split the $32 meal between 2 of us, and both went home hungry. Was not real impressed, I would skip it next time.

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Thank shamrockofthesky

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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

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