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Big Sur River Inn Restaurant

American, Bar, Pub
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46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Valley Springs, California
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wonderful stop while in the area for great Bloody Mary's and a delicious breakfast. The service has always been terrific and the outside deck is beautiful.

Thank lnlwalters
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped at Big Sur a few weeks ago on drive from Pismo to San Francisco. Great halfway point for a decent lunch, sat under the Redwoods with the river running close by! Lunch was great, washed down with an all American Root beer! Blink and you'll miss Big Sur, be sure to stop at the River Inn.

Thank Vasco80
Tuckerton, New Jersey
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133 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't eat here, but ask for a cold beer in a plastic glass and head down to the river. Chairs are set up in the river and is was so pleasant enjoying a cold one and the sound of the river and the cool water on your toes.

Thank Cheryl P
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location. ..but why close the sunny area and ask customers to sit in the shade? Strange, but it is America.

Thank roggiesdad
York, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful place! Stopped here while driving the pch to San Francisco, everything about this place was brilliant, could not imagine a better location, the service and food surpassed expectations, places to eat are limited on this part of the pch, I strongly recommend driving past anywhere else and stopping here.

Thank PBlakeborough
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79 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After driving the Hwy 1 coast, it was wonderful to find this quaint restaurant on the river. We were quickly seated outside under a giant redwood and totally enjoyed our lunch of ribs and salmon. Attentive service. Recommended.

Thank JEP_10
Fisherville, Kentucky
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Breakfast eaten here twice while we stayed at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Lodge. The Big Sur River Inn restaurant was quaint, lovely, and had excellent food for breakfast. Portions were substantial. When we returned the 2nd time, I and my husband shared the ham and cheese omelet - and neither of us felt like we skimped on our meal!... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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61 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If weather permits, I highly recommend sitting on the outdoor patio. Surrounded by trees and a few birds too, it's a lovely relaxing atmosphere. Food is a bit pricey, but well worth it just to be surrounded by Big Sur beauty. I had the pulled pork sandwich, my partner the BLT. Both were very good. Service was fine.

Thank Cindy S
Tehachapi, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Liked the outdoor seating. Nice and peaceful on the river int he redwoods. The food was decent but noting spectacular. Kind of expensive, but it is Big Sur after all.

Thank Diana W
Walnut Creek, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My food was delicious! I had the grilled chicken on pretzel bun with coleslaw. My fiancé wasn't really impressed with his burger. But the atmosphere was pleasant and the chairs in the stream were nice.

Thank Jill H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $40
American, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
  • Public Transportation: During the summer months, MST Transit offers bus service to Big Sur. The bus stops right at the Big Sur River Inn! For schedules and more information, visit www.mst.org
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
  • Phone Number: 831.667.2700
Renew your spirit at the full service restaurant and bar at Big Sur River Inn. Enjoy a fabulous breakfast, lunch or dinner in the historic dining room or outside on the deck, the lawn or along the bank of the Big Sur River. Have a seat on one of the bent willow chairs in the river and let the smooth current cool your feet as you enjoy the best Big Sur lunch around. What sets us apart from other Big Sur restaurants is our 100-year-old tradition of locally grown fine food, friendly, efficient service and warm hospitality. And yes, we still serve the original homesteader’s version of "Hot Apple Pie!"

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