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Nepenthe

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

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Menu

HOUSE FAVORITES‏
Served w/ your choice of garbanzo-kidney bean salad, crunchy coleslaw or tossed green salad
$14.50
Swiss $+1.50
Cheddar $+1.50
Garbanzo-kidney bean salad
Crunchy coleslaw
Tossed green salad
The Famous Ambrosiaburger
our version of a ground steak sandwich, served on a French roll w/ our famous ambrosia sauce.
$16.50
Garbanzo-kidney bean salad
Crunchy coleslaw
Tossed green salad
Turkey Sandwich
Diestel farms roasted turkey breast w/ havarti cheese, house-made cranberry sauce & alfalfa sprouts on a nine-grain wheat roll
SANDWICHES
Served w/ your choice of garbanzo-kidney bean salad, crunchy coleslaw or tossed green salad
$17.25
Garbanzo-kidney bean salad
Crunchy coleslaw
Tossed green salad
Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich
grilled marinated chicken breast, smoked vermont cheddar, lettuce, & tomato, served w/ chipotle mayonnaise on a French roll
$15.50
Garbanzo-kidney bean salad
Crunchy coleslaw
Tossed green salad
French Dip
hot roast beef au jus on a toasted French roll
$15.00
Garbanzo-kidney bean salad
Crunchy coleslaw
Tossed green salad
Tuna Salad
Line caught albacore w/ celery, red onions & sweet pickle relish served w/ lettuce on a nine-grain wheat roll
$14.50
Garbanzo-kidney bean salad
Crunchy coleslaw
Tossed green salad
Vegetarian Burger
grilled tofu-vegetable patty served on a French roll w/ lettuce, tomatoes & our famous ambrosia sauce
SALADS‏
$14.50
Roasted Beets Salad
With point reyes blue cheese, oranges, granny smith apples & pea shoots on a bed of field greens dressed w/ a citrus vinaigrette
$23.50
Dungeness Crab Louie
Pacific crab atop chopped lettuce w/ hard-boiled egg, sliced cucumber, & cherry tomatoes
$13.00
Soup & Salad
Homemade soup of the day, served w/ your choice of garbanzo-kidney bean salad, crunchy coleslaw or tossed green salad
About
Highway 1 is now open both north and south to our location in Big Sur. There are no closures of Highway 1 between Carmel By-the-Sea and San Luis Obispo.
PRICE RANGE
$7 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
American
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
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All reviews burger fries beet salad sandwiches bread great view gift shop minute wait wait for a table enjoy the view glass of wine fire pit long wait big sur coastline parking lot california coast a late lunch
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you are driving along Highway 1 and in the Big Sur area be sure to stop into Nepenthe for a great lunch and a view you will never forget. The cliff restaurant is perched above the ocean and indoor and outdoor dining is offered...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank tabtravels
Reviewed 2 days ago

You can't go to Big Sur and not stop at Nepenthe! The parking is terrible, so be prepared, but to be out on one of their decks, overlooking the Pacific Ocean with the long view down the coast is heavenly. Go to the Kevah Grill...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank BillyKmd
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This place was recommended to us but was hard to miss. Great for lunch and dinner (did both!). Busy spot! A Blue bird dove at ya and ate some of my lunch, though! Added to the experience...loved the shop below. Couldn’t get enough of the...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank F4271PJdaniellem
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stop at Nepenthe for dinner when we drive to San Francisco from San Diego along Hwy 1. In fact one of us has been eating here since 1972. Road closures have prevented us from eating here for a few years. We love the 60's/70's...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Osidemike
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I showed up with my wife after a long drive from Lompoc area without reservation. We were seated right away at a table close to the rear door to the balcony. Although the view wasn’t spectacular because of the overcast, the hostess and server was...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank etyahoo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great place for dinner on a rainy evening. Pricy but worth it. Duck confit was excellent. Try the berry pie.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Loiskraus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family stopped at Nepenthe for lunch while en route from LA to San Francisco. We had a short wait, then were seated inside at a window table that offered an excellent view of Big Sur. My husband and I had the special shrimp BLT,...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank CTgirl77
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's expensive but the servers were knowledgeable and friendly. We shared a couple of appetizer plates and some big tasty reds. Everyone there that we spoke with (servers and guests) were knowledgeable about wine and had tasted all around the area. The sunset off the...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank GrnMtnGirl79
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nepenthe is a beautiful spot to sit and relax during a Big Sur visit. The building is unique, though chilly on a cold day. The coastline view is sublime. The food and wine was very good, but that is not why you would come here.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank StreetPretzel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love outdoor dining, especially along the beautiful Pacific Ocean with fresh breeze whispering alongside. The staff was very friendly and informative. I learned that the (great) grandmother insisted that the site didn't belong to the family alone, but to all people. And, thus, Nepenthe....More

Date of visit: November 2018
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MBRetired
July 3, 2018|
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Response from ppettyHtown | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is open coming from both directions.
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SUSANNE M
April 4, 2018|
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Response from BillyTeddy | Reviewed this property |
Car or Car or Car. Renta auto as suggested. Middle of Heaven and worth the rental $....DOUBLE check HWY 1 road closures. Spring rain can bring challenges to that HWY.
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Rock572
February 22, 2018|
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Response from forevergypsy60 | Reviewed this property |
Yes as stated by previous reply party's of five or more. Request seating out door if possible on either the large front patio or the back patio. Bon Appetit! I don't give the food high ratings but you cannot beat the view... More
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