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Big Sur Restaurant

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9290 Castillo Dr, San Simeon, CA 93452
+1 8059275258
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Diamondhead, Mississippi
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Our first time in San Simeon and we didn't know where to eat. Due to the prices of the other places, we ate here. The staff was very friendly and made us feel welcome. The food was food and nice size portions. They went above and beyond our expectations, even gave our nine-year old free ice cream. We will be... More 

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Taft, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

My husband and I eat here every year on our anniversary trips to San Simeon. The food is great and the staff is very friendly. This is the one place we make a point to go eat at no matter what hotel we are staying at (not that San Simeon is a huge place). Keep up the good work and... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Though the breakfast cook wasn't there, they still made due with the dinner cook filling in. The best part of this meal was really the proprietor. He filled us in on the local happenings, and was just nice to be able to talk with.

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1 Thank Chris M
Simi Valley
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

We went there for breakfast as this cafe was right next to where we were staying. The food was okay, your basic menu of breakfast e.g. french toast, omelet, etc. It was a little pricey, perhaps it has to do with the location, not too much traffic I suppose. The service was good, attentive, seems like it might be the... More 

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Los Angeles, California, USA
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

I really enjoyed my breakfast there. Easy parking too! Not many places offer a vegetarian benedict -- delicious! Continuous refills of coffee and water.

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Thank sadieclea
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

I loved their Calm Chowder and went back more then once for it. In fact we ate here 3 times while in San Simeon. Very good and very nice owner.

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Israel
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

In one word, disgrace. Came there after a tourist guide friend recommendation, but we can tell he's not going to recommend it anymore. Soup chicken had skin and FEATHERS, the chicken tenders tasted like it was reheated for the 4,000th time – tasteless and super dry. Steak was okay.

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Tucson AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

I happened into this cafe as the end of a travel day drew close. The polite assistance by the waitress brought me back for dinner. The special that night was squash blossoms..be prepared to enjoy an exquisite dish. I also order the vegetable dish of cranberry beans, artichokes, okra, and asparagus. I am not vegetarian, but I felt that these... More 

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Thank GraciousGoodness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

We went there with our 2 kids for dinner. The place was almost empty. There were no kids menu so we all order pasta. We were nicely surprised by the nice presentation of the dishes. The waiter was very nice, talking about the area and making sure we had everything we needed. The food was also very tasty. The prices... More 

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Burbank, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

My husband and I had breakfast here while visiting San Simeon. The food was very fresh and perfectly prepared. We especially appreciated that it was not over seasoned - just right for us and our low sodium diets. The most outstanding feature to us was the bowl of fresh fruit including bananas, mango, pineapple and strawberries. Delicious! The staff is... 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Diner
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
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?