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Whale Watchers Cafe

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CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, Big Sur, CA 93920-9801
+1 805-927-1590
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Overview
  • Excellent6%
  • Very good14%
  • Average22%
  • Poor18%
  • Terrible40%
1 week ago
“If you are hungry, I would keep on driving!!”
4 weeks ago
“Nice view, average food, poor service. One out of 3 ain’t good. ”
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American
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, Big Sur, CA 93920-9801
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The salads we ate was paltry, without taste and expensive! Don’t stop there just because it’s the only place, save your money and your stomach! you can find better places

Thank Simone G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were hungry after a long drive and at least I was expecting something decent or just not too bad but this is actually terrible. There were couple of burgers and one of them was a whale burger. I ordered it because I was hungry...More

Thank Jeon J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant was a disappoint. We were very hungry after stopping and viewing all the beautiful views of Big Sur, We received very slow service, and the food was adequate at the most . The fish was okay, the calamari was very small and the...More

Thank susanakhoondan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While we didn’t feel totally welcome when we walked in, our waiter soon warmed up. His service was good and the food was what you’d expect. I didn’t read reviews before stopping, because we were too hungry to care.

Thank Acrenename
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here because we weren’t willing to risk it being the better part of an hour to get to another restaurant. Mistake. We were asked if we wanted to sit inside or out, then handed a menu and told to sit anywhere. It was over...More

Thank Leadville98
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is the worst we have been during these 3 weeks long trip. Appalling service, waiters are rude and take very long to serve you. Overpriced and mediocre food., anywhere else on US1 is better than this venue.

Thank Javi R
Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

On our way down Highway one we ran into this place, what a dreadful place. Staff was rude, food expensive, and in addition they added a lot of gratitude on our bill. I would not eat here again if I got paid to do it.

Thank Bo B
Reviewed June 12, 2018

We hiked and stayed nearby Whale Watchers Cafe recently. We had a regular burger and fish burger and both were very good. To top it off, we actually had two humpback whales frolic right off the coast in front of the cafe for almost the...More

Thank Troy K
Reviewed March 3, 2018

Gorda is located at the extreme southern end of Highway 1 in terms of the road closure due to a huge landslide. You can not access it from the south (ie, from Ragged Point). These poor folks are struggling for customers, so we made the...More

Thank juliewren2001
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Reviewed October 20, 2017 via mobile

Terrible place. Incredibly overpriced ($4.50 for a draft coke which wasn't even a full cup). The female behind the bar was the rudest person we have met on any trip abroad. How she is still there despite reviews is beyond me. Please don't make the...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, Big Sur, CA 93920-9801
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
  • Phone Number: +1 805-927-1590
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