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Big Sur River Inn Restaurant

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46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
+1 831-667-2700
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The prices are definitely fine dining. The food is good, but if you have nut allergies ask about the caprese bowl, as it has pesto. Delicious, but be careful of your dietary restrictions! The menu is creative, and the service is attentive. It's a luxury setting, and the $16 will remind you of that. Pre-season and with traffic lower than... More 

Thank PeraMaz
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The only way I can describe the River Inn Restaurant is like a trip to dentist! Let's start with the price list.. You'll need to take a 2nd mortgage out to buy something off the menu. The staff are about as useful as a ash tray on a motorcycle. I asked "can I have a pint of Stella." "Sorry we... More 

Thank Mark P
Manchester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Staying at the adjacent motel so thought we'd give it a try. Tried to order a beer, but whatever we wanted he replied "we don't have that, after 3 choices, this was despite all the locals sat drinking draught beer at the bar!! Then we ordered our food. What a mistake. I ordered an appetiser which never came, just main... More 

Thank kurtdaley1
Scottish Borders, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Had lunch here but was a bit disappointed with the service & general organisation of the restaurant. Food was ok but I think overpriced. Location next to the river is worth the stop.

Thank Rob M
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

MIddle of the road bar and restaurant. Wait staff were delightful. The vaunted apple pie was undercooked and tasteless.

Thank pmj2
Gilroy, California
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170 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the grilled chicken sandwich and the tri tip sandwich. The grilled chicken had wonderful grilled onions and a nice sauce. The tri tip had very large slices of bread would be better with the grilled onions vs the blue cheese.

Thank Chip144
New York, New York, United States
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36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing set up by the river brook. Great food and friendly staff!!!! We stopped there after visiting the Big Sur to digest all we have just seen;) The General store next door has the best & the biggest burritos I have ever seen!!! Must try!

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Liberty, Missouri
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228 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Our whole family enjoyed eating here. Although we were inside, it felt outside. The choices of food were many and our decisions on dishes perfect.

Thank GGMaSue19
Palo Alto, California
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427 reviews
305 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

The wedding that we attended basically took over the restaurant and lodge. The wedding lunch was served on the deck in the wonderful sunlight. The choice was steak with salad, farro, grilled veggies or butternut ravioli. I can't tell you how delicious the meal was! The night before, 25 of us ate in the same restaurant and the food was... More 

Thank Marcia K
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90 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2017 via mobile

It's a shame that a wonderful location with great views and such peacefulness serves such poor quality food. The ribs had clearly been cooked previously and warmed up as was the mash potato which was served cold. The burger wasn't much better either and was pink inside. Both my son and wife were sick afterwards - my son as soon... More 

Thank rgoold

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $40
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Scenic view, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
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: +1 831-667-2700
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?