The reason everyone comes here is for the incredible views. And, they are arguably the best along the Big Sur coastline. An expansive southerly vista that encompasses Bixby Bridge famous in all those car commercials and the rocky coastline right below you are a stunning visual.
The food is a bit on the pricey side but you are paying for the view and it is worth a lot I think. They have a full bar here so if you are going, plan on spending 2 - 3 hours here walking around, having a drink, and eating. There are some short trails, great parking for even big vehicles, and a nice outdoor deck for those warm sunny days.
The salads are very good. The Nicoise is huge and worth the $$$. I can recommend the fried calamari and the avocado, bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. One of my friends just loves the clam and linguini though I did not think it was anything special - everything was fresh, but, just OK. I really like the Pear and Endive salad too. Another fave of my friend is the PEI mussels - again, for me, they were fresh but the broth was not anything special in my mind.
I have only eaten lunch here now totaling 5 times. The restaurant can get slammed right around 12 - 1 pm and service suffers a little and you might have to wait for a table. But, come on folks, what do you expect? Overall, I think this is a well run restaurant. The prices are a bit high but if you order carefully, you can have a big meal and wine for $30 a person.
People over on Yelp really slam this place. When reading the negative reviews it seems they are holding it to some ridiculous high standard because the prices are above average and it is a beautiful spot.
Like I said in the beginning. Just get a drink. Chill out. Soak in the views and Big Sur coast vibe. Relax into a unique location and experience. Get yourself into a laid-back California mindset and daydream. This is that kind of place. Let your imagination roam and paint your own picture of Eden - it is really that beautiful here.
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