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Big Sur Restaurant

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9290 Castillo Dr, San Simeon, CA 93452
+1 8059275258
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Oakhurst, California
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103 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small restaurant nestled among the hotels just south of Hearst castle. The service is great and the food was excellent, especially the blueberry pancakes!! Lots of large fresh blueberrys in a light pancake batter. We also had a 3 egg French omelet, mushrooms, bacon and cheese. Way too much for one person to finish. Ask for only... More 

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Thank wrldtrvlers
Santa Cruz, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walked over for dinner and was pleased with my experience overall. The place is clean and the staff is beyond friendly. The food was very good too! Will go back next time I'm in the area.

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Reno, Nevada
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133 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here because we didn't feel like driving to Cambria. The service was very good and the food was good. The decor needs to be updated, inside and out, but this is a good place to eat.

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Vaxholm, Sweden
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While this place doesn't look like a top notch restaurant, it certainly deliver when it comes to the food. We had three different things to eat and they were all good. An extra plus for the low volume on music and chatter. Very peaceful.

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1 Thank LondonOlof
Bakersfield, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our waiter was attentive although the restaurant wasn't very crowded. The food was decently average. We were looking for a place to have a light dinner around 6:30 pm on a Sunday. The atmosphere was sort of strange. The music sounded like game music from a Nintendo game and the decor was a bit outdated. I would give it one... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tried this place because our hotel next door gave us a 15% coupon. Food was OK,more like bar food, fries had been sitting a long time. Restaurant needs a make over.

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Thank prothermund
Miami
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

San Simeon is a small town between Monterey and San Luis Obispo. It's a good place to stay to see the elephant seals on the beach. Surprisingly, there are many hotels and restaurants near there on Route 1 along the coast. We found all the restaurants to be very overpriced except the Big Sur. The prices were very good, so... More 

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

Called in to BIG SUR RESTAURANT in San Simeon for breakfast enroute North to Monterey. Fantastic! We received a happy smiling greeting, were quickly seated and served great coffee, and then equally as quickly served excellent breakfasts, hot, top quality, well presented. The service was very good, friendly and courteous. We were blown away by the welcome we received. If... More 

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Thank Tony M
Orpington, null, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

We stayed over night in the Quality Inn next door to the restaurant and instead of using the hotels restaurant we chose the Big Sur based on the TripAdvisor reviews. This turned out to be a big mistake, the service was excellent the clam chowder was lovely but that's were the good ended. I ordered a meadium rare New York... More 

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Thank Paul M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

Grabbed a quick breakfast before heading to Hearst castle. Large portion cooked and served v quickly. Only negative was I didn't get a coffee refill.

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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
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Diner
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9290 Castillo Dr, San Simeon, CA 93452
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Simeon
  • Phone Number: +1 8059275258

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