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Nepenthe

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American, Pacific Rim
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48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
8316672345
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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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65 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband and I decided to drive up the Pacific Coast Highway, admiring the views. We stopped into the Nepenthe restaurant for lunch, and were rewarded with not only a delicious meal, but an extraordinary view of the ocean!

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97 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited here in June, and weren't disappointed with the views over the sea. The restaurant was packed, and we didn't get to sit outside, although I wasn't too bothered as we were so tired from the road trip by this point. The food is average, and expensive so I can't rate this place too highly. Just get the cheapest... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Cause it has perfect location it s always crowded. If you want to stay outside (even inside) you have to wait 30 mins at east. But still you can sit on the stairs and enjoy the view. Foods r generally good

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Perris, California
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167 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We have a peaceful nice dinner again at Nepenthe, the big difference it was this time it was no just me and my husband this time we have our son for the 1st time, we came to celebrate his birthday to Big Sur, and for sure we have to take him to Nepenthe to enjoy not only the view, but... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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43 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are not staying in Big Sur but driving through Big Sur, stop by. One of the better ways to relax your mind and body from all the driving. Take the view in and have a cup of coffee before you get back on the road. Con-can get crowded and parking lot can get tight.

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Hook, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is all about the setting, up in the hills overlooking the coast, absolutely beautiful. Food wasn't half bad (we'd recommend the cheese platter). Staff were very friendly. Good place to pause on Highway 1.

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Thank EricPDC
Hawthorne, New Jersey
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I can't say enough about this place! You don't even have to stay the night in Big Sur to get the best views, just go to Nepenthe and have lunch. The wine was phenomenal and the ambrosia burger was awesome! I could spend all day here!

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Thank Lmt73
Frisco, Texas
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must do every time we are in this area. The food is excellent! The view is spectacular when the coast is clear. Today the fog was thick coupled with the smoke from the current fires but it was still beautiful! It is a great place for lunch! The store is also a fun place to visit! We... More 

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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Gorgeous grounds and views of the Big Sur coastline. Outdoor heaters keep you warm if you choose to eat outside. Absolutely loved the menu and my warm apple cider. Somewhat pricey, but worth it for such a special place.

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Thank SAVAD1
San Francisco, California
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74 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nepenthe is a solid restaurant with decent views of the Big Sur area. The restaurant gets crowded so you may need to wait.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $30
Cuisine
American, Pacific Rim
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
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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