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Big SUR California Cafe

9290 Castillo Dr, San Simeon, CA 93452-9748
805-927-5258
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Ranked #5 of 12 Restaurants in San Simeon
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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Elk Grove, California
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2010

We each had oatmeal & coffee for breakfast, it set us back over $15. Bring a cooler with cereal & milk.

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Phoenix
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2010

Way overpriced and food isn't good. The staff is friendly though.

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Glendale, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2010

This is a hidden treasure you must experience. For dinner, be sure to stop by the smokers in front to see what Joey has on the BBQ. If you get a card from Joey, you could get a discount on dinner! The Baby Backs were large and meaty and the sauce was the best I've ever tasted in my decades... More

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Boynton Beach, FL
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2010

Lotsa reviews made us want to try this place. The service was friendly. The food was "adequate" The price was too high for what we had.

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Tracy
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2010

First came Dec '09 was very pleased with food and service. Very friendly. Came back in April '10 even better this time around, now have (BBQ- ribs, chicken and tri-tip)..

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St. Paul, MN
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2010

This is a friendly chef-owned great little place for tired travelers. It's not so little actually. We checked into San Simeon Lodge past sunset, with our three teens, and needed to find dinner fast. This Big Sur California Cafe was within walking distance, and nearly empty at this late hour (nearly 9pm, in mid-March). From the moment we poked our... More

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marina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2010

I enjoyed the food and the superior service. The BBQ is outstanding the best I ever had. The restuarant is quite and the service is outstanding. I would recommend that everyone go by and give it a shot. Why waste money in an expensive restuarant when you can get great food for less.

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Everywhere
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2010

We stayed at the adjacent hotel and tried it because of the location and the sight of the cook out front at the BBQ preparing the evenings food. The days before we had eaten at highly regarded (and very expensive) restaurants in Ojai, and this was vastly superior. We had salmon, BBQ ribs, chowder, local beer, and chocolate cake, and... More

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San Francisco
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9 reviews 9 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2009

Guest, beware--Rip off!!! That ran-down diner was the only place open...BIG mistake on our part. Unexpectedly overpriced and terrible at the same time food. Seeing my unhappy face, the waiter/owner whoever he was said--"You'd spent this money anyways"....how do you like that? They get you once and obviously they realize that you aren't coming back...and have the guts to smile... More

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Bay Area
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2009

We tried this restaurant maily because it is located in the parking lot of the hotel we were staying at and after a long drive to get here, it was convienent. My husband had the "Big Sur Platter" and a cup of their "best clam chowder in town" I had a terriaki chicken sandwich. None was anything special. Husband's soda... More

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