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Nepenthe

48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
+1 831-667-2345
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Overview
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“burger” (309 reviews)
“fries” (201 reviews)
“beet salad” (43 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
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Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
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Reviewed today

We stopped here on our drive through Big Sur. The view is fantastic! We had a nice lunch and while the food is not as good as much of Carmel and the surrounding area, we had a nice lunch. They also have a decent small...More

Thank David B
Reviewed yesterday

This restaurant is very popular and crowded. Best to come during the week or off-season, but it is worth it. Excellent service and excellent food, and of course, the view to die for. Not cheap, but nothing in Big Sur is

Thank kwnovoa
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you're driving Hwy 1 in California by Big Sur - stop at Nepenthe for a late lunch. They don't take reservations so there can be a wait but its worth it. The view is incredible. The food is very good - shrimp blt, salads,...More

Thank DrBier
Reviewed 3 days ago

First trip to Big Sur and drove right by it. Wife said that place looks cute. Curious enough after driving south, we made a beeline for lunch. Walked up the forested steps to an open veranda space replete with colors of the rainbow umbrellas hovering...More

Thank Timothy P
Reviewed 3 days ago

A wonderfully located restaurant, perched on the cliffs above Big Sur with fantastic views. However, the menu is pretty limited and the prices are high for what you get. $12 for a glass of wine is steep. The banana cream pie is great. So go...More

Thank TravellerHMB
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had lunch at Nepenthe as I had never been there. The drive was beautiful. It was unusually hot when we were there. It was 95 degrees, which is pretty hot for the Northern Claifornia coast. It was a great day to sit outside. There...More

Thank Donrosel
Reviewed 5 days ago

This place has a hold on me. It is a little pricey, but can you blame them for this view and setting? The food is not amazing but again the view and setting make up for it. We stayed two nights in Big Sur and...More

Thank Roger H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Memorable part of our trip to California, absolutely amazing location, loved my meal and I can’t explain how stunning the location - a must visit

Thank Hospheart
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you’re looking for a definitive restaurant that captures the spirit of Big Sur - this is a perfect place to start. Perched on the cliff overlooking the pacific - this is ground zero for appreciating the spectacular beauty and laid back vibe that exudes...More

Thank Mark M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious food and great views... if is isn't raining. It is on a fairly large property, so even when it was raining, we still had a great time taking pictures of the site itself. We had such a good time, we returned when there was...More

Thank Stephanie K
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Questions & Answers
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$7 - $30
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Scenic view, Romantic, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions
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: +1 831-667-2345
  • E-mail
Description
Highway 1 is open both north and south to our location in Big Sur. Northbound travelers will need to use Nacimiento-Ferguson Road through Ft. Hunter Liggett Military Reservation to access Highway 1. Southbound travelers can proceed south of the Monterey Peninsula directly to our location.
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