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“Great food and service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Big SUR California Cafe

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
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012 via mobile

Good quality food served up in a nice environment.
I had never tried Chowder before but if I experience it again even half as good it'll be good. And the locally caught cod was as good as I get back home.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Not a good meal”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

The only redeeming feature of our visit to this restaurant (based on TA reviews) was a very nice bottle of red wine.

I think the range of different reviews for this place may be down in part to different staff. It may also be that breakfast is a better meal to try.

I had the mixed rib and chicken and it was very poor, swimming in barbecue sauce. The chicken was well cooked but the ribs were very tough. The lasagna we had looked nothing like any lasagna we had seen before and tasted processed.

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Place to eat!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012 via mobile

Went to this restaurant and had the best food I ever had!!!! The best fruity French toast and the best Denver omelette .. The ocean view from our table was wonderful and the waitress was very nice. Thank you for the great food and service I will come back to my next visit to the coast.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kent UK
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Don't bother!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Poor quality food, unfriendly service, 6 cold steak fries (!) with a bbq combo meal and not much meat on ribs. Expensive for what you get. Our best suggestion would be to eat before you arrive in San Simeon. We don't really know how this place was so highly rated on Trip Advisor. Best thing... the olympics was on the TV!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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novi
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192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
“Great Views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

A great little rest stop along Highway 1. Food, coffee and beautiful views.

Gas is expensive so fill up before.

Visited July 2012
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