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Big Sur River Inn Restaurant

American, Bar, Pub
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46840 Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Northop Hall, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stopped for lunch, a party of four. The staff friendly, the menu limited. What was served was fairly decent no more than average but as a consequence not quite matching the prices. The restrooms need urgent attention. The mens....lord knows what you could catch or when it was last cleaned. The location gives it an advantage in a nice cool... More 

Thank Gary R
Katy, Texas
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184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped for a late lunch and enjoyed both the food and the view. Restaurant was not full at the time what allowed us to enjoy it even more. It is a great option to recharge batteries if you are doing substantial driving.

Thank engped
San Jose, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its right on the river. The menu is limited in choices. A bit pricey, but the size is very plentiful. My daughter and I shared a salad. On Sunday afternoons they have live music. There is also a swimming pool for a small fee. A number of years back I used to take my grandchildren there for the day to... More 

Thank Dancingwaterbird
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would stop there again. Its a fairly standard fare. I boosted a star because our waiter went to bat to get my daughter a grilled cheese for breakfast (it eases her road sickness that is prevalent on HWY1).

Thank Richard G
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff was very friendly and accommodating. While a bit on the pricey side the food was very good. We both had the beef burger and it was plenty to eat, the veggi condiments were very fresh. The only knock was the ranch dressing, very peppery.

Thank dennism911
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Too pricey, food average but the scenery is great. The drive to get to the restaurant was breathtakingly beautiful so it was worth what we spent on eating. The restaurant also has seats on the brook to cool off and enjoy.

Thank Yndiabonita
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Carrot cake bites with Carmel sauce were delicious!! Rustic log cabin atmosphere with a nice bar and river in the back. Breakfast was nice portions and really good selection.

Thank Darlene N
Frisco, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

I won't go on and on raving about the food. Nothing wrong with the food though and service was good. The grounds are great, my 5 year old loved wading in the river while we waited for our food. Especially sitting in the adirondack chairs place in the middle of big sur River. Very relaxing, the patio was set up... More 

Thank TXMajellan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

We stopped off for lunch here - as two vegetarians there wasn't a massive amount of choice but we were starving! My partner had a veggie burger which was good and I had a side salad which was extremely boring! The fries were quite cold also. The service was good and we sat out in a nice balcony in the... More 

Thank Claudia M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Wonderful setting. you can sit on adirondack chairs in the river and wet your feet. Really nice stop on the PCH. We got there around 11 and there was no food service till 11:30.

Thank Clare G

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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, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
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 Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
  • 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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