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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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Orlando
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were told by 3 people this is a must stop. So we took our chances and shuttled from hotel here. Got to see the sun setting just in time. Lucky us because a table opened up too. The food wasn't recommended to us... We were told just grab a drink. HOWEVER, I would say grab dinner too!!!! Great service,... More 

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Thank lindaOrlando
Seattle
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111 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nepenthe's has the most amazing views and is very well situated on the site. It's a great place to stop and relax while driving on highway 1. Both indoor and outdoor seating are nice and have good views. Staff are professional and friendly. Food is OK. Salads and appetizers looked better than the burgers.

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Thank VerdeRosa
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The views over looking the coastline were exceptional. We had pair of seats at a counter at the back of the restaurant and had lunch. The food wasn't as good as the view and it's pretty pricey but that can be excused. Great location and perfect stop on a long drive up route 1 to Monterey.

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Thank Josephine M
Gilroy, California
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331 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Plan a drive along US route 1 to include a meal here. pricey (but look where they are) but the food is always good, from the mundane to haute cuisine, it all tastes good, that is if you can pry your attention from the views long enough to fully enjoy.If you want to ask someone for their hand in marriage... More 

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Thank Norma W
Scottsdale, Arizona
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53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What views! They could serve hot dogs and I'd still give it 4 stars. Tip - they don't take reservations for parties under 5 so if you want a sunset table, get there plenty early and put in your name. I had Lolly's roast chicken which came stop sage dressing with gravy. Very good! Moist and flavorful. My better half... More 

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Thank Brian F
London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Me and my wife stopped here as recommended by friends on our 3 week honeymoon tour of West America! I won't be recommending this to others for food! Yes the view is amazing but the food is very expensive for what it is and to be honest not that nice! Chips are worst we have had so far! Chilli soup... More 

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Thank Shane W
Doha, Qatar
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you are driving highway 1, stop here should be a must. Beautiful terrace with impressive views to the ocean, with a clever design that make possible to enjoy the panorama from most of the tables either indoor and outdoor. Good food, and very wide offer of wines supported by friendly advise from the staff.

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Thank Mario d
New York City, New York
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of the most popular restaurants on the Big Sur coast. Try the hamburgers and linger for the view. There is also a gift type shop that carry local artists products.

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Thank KenNYC150
Sebastopol, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Nepenthe has amazing views and the food is wonderful! Appetizers and drinks are awesome! If you're in Big Sur do not miss a visit to Nepenthe!

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Thank Saggitarius55
Santa Clarita, California
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286 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

What a great place to stop off and have lunch and get some great scenic views.. Requested a place with a great view and was brought outside to sit looking out at the woods. Food was good and is to be expected pricey. One of the best places to relax and see the Big Sur,.Lots of steps, staggered to get... More 

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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, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine
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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