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48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

View is nice but you could pull over in any lay-by for a nice view. Food is totally overpriced and basic. The burger is in a silly baguette with no vegetables and this horrible sauce that tastes like thousand island dressing. It's a total tourist trap. We overheard one of the waitresses asking an old couple to move seats while... More 

Thank Megsy_66
Ontario, Canada
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We arrived just after it opened at 11:30 on a Tuesday and were able to get a seat on the front overlook rail. I believe they only seat parties of 2 there but other tables also had great views out over Big Sur and the ocean. Great wine and turkey avocado club sandwich special was very good, a large serving... More 

Thank RelaxBMW
Becker, Minnesota
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147 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The view is great, but the restaurant is very busy and you will most likely have to wait. There is a gift shop so that helps. The food is good but expensive. If you can't get in, go across the road to Ventana Inn which also has great outdoor seating.

Thank Eileen P
Birmingham, Alabama
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nepenthe is at a fabulous location - 100s of feet above the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur. Be sure to request to sit outside on the patio facing the ocean. It's a fantastic setting at sunset. The menu is very good as is the wine selection. We've been here several times and always enjoy it.

Thank Grace S
Swansea, United Kingdom
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334 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went to this restaurant for dinner when we were travelling down highway 1. It's not the cheapest place but it's worth it for the amazing view and there's not many places nearby that you can stop for a meal. We had 2 main meals and soft drinks for $60 including a tip. The only thing I would say is that... More 

Thank Ciara19
Centereach, New York
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We did not have dinner here but made it in time for drinks on the deck to watch the spectacular sunset!

Thank jsarakos
London, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Driving up or down Route One between LA and SF you will need to stop a lot for the view and to rest - it's a challenging drive. Nepenthe is a perfect stop. It's always packed but it's never a long wait and you can sit in the bar and have a drink as you wait for your table. Iced... More 

Thank Virtuousbread
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54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There aren't a lot of restaurants in Big Sur that aren't crowed and this is certainly true of Nepenthe. We did not have a reservation and waited well over an hour for a table which was even more frustrating as there were vacant tables for people that made reservations and did not show up. My chicken dish was good and... More 

Thank IslandBelle
Miami Beach, Florida
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338 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My most recent visit a few weeks ago was my third or fourth time eating at Nepenthe and I wasn't disappointed. Yes it's expensive and yes it might not be the most amazing gastronomic experience but sitting outside on Nepenthe's terrace gazing at the dramatic coastline or enjoying a spectacular sunset over the Pacific Ocean while sipping a glass of... More 

Thank ARodriguezP
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I have been here for lunch twice. The spot is the best, specially when seated outside with sea view. Excellent wines and the cheese platter as well as the burger are good, a bit over priced though - but then again, you pay for the view as well, because that is breath taking really.

Thank Leo B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $30
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
  • Phone Number: 8316672345

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?