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“Great Food + Amazing View” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nepenthe

Nepenthe
48510 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
831 667-2345
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Ranked #6 of 20 restaurants in Big Sur
Price range: $7 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
San Francisco, California
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93 reviews 93 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Great Food + Amazing View”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Wife and I ate at Nepenthe recently and loved it. We weren't sure what to expect, but the guide book said it was good. And if Liz Taylor and Richard Burton liked it, how bad can it be? We sat outside on the patio at the restaurant (not the cafe). Aside from being blinded by the very bright sun that day, it was beautiful. We had amazing views of the ocean and the coastline and even saw some whales spouting offshore. Wife had a French dip sandwich. I had the signature ambrosia burger and we shared a basket of fries. Actually we shared them with a few blue jays who would swoop down from a tree every now and then and grab one from the basket. Too cute to really be annoying, and we just tried not to think about the hygiene issues. The food was all great. So was the service. It was a little pricey for what it was - $50 for a couple of sandwiches, fries and iced teas - but we figured a lot of that was paying for the beautiful view. The overall decor of the place was very cool too. I'd love to go back at night sometime to see the bonfire and the stars. Also a very cool shop downstairs with great books, gifts, etc.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great view, but over priced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Go for the view. If it's nice out go to Cafe Kevah. We went for lunch at Nepenthe. Our sandwiches were $20 and came with nothing but a little side salad. They were really nothing special. Nepenthe definitely banks on getting customers strictly for their view.

Visited December 2012
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London
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6 restaurant reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Great views, service and burgers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

We stopped here for lunch while travelling down highway 1. It was the perfect stop...a warm, friendly atmosphere with an open fire in the middle of the restaurant - great on a December day. A small but select menu with lots of delicious sounding specials. We had the signature ambrosia burger. I don't know what they do to it but it was delicious. Unfortunately we were driving but this is the kind of place you could easily waste a cosy afternoon in. Great.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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california
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Perfect place to stop when driving down the coast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

The staff was superb. The views are astounding. The gift shop is also very nice.

We ordered the cheese plate and it was lovely. I ordered a beet salad. My husband ordered a grilled chicken sandwich. The beet salad was decent, but I suspect the beets were canned, not fresh. My husband declared that the sandwich was excellent.

Well worth the wait for a table. Just sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy the view while you wait.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Limerick, Ireland
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Good Food and view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

We stopped here on our way up the coast. We got there about 4 and lunch was finished and we decided to wait the hour for dinner. We had appetizers and a drink while we were waiting they were ok. I had salmon and other half had rib eye...both very good. The view was awsome but it was very crowded and were practically sitting on top of one another.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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