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“Way better once you get inside (from the rain)” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Big Sur River Inn Restaurant

Big Sur River Inn Restaurant
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Ranked #12 of 21 Restaurants in Big Sur
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: During the summer months, MST Transit offers bus service to Big Sur. The bus stops right at the Big Sur River Inn! For schedules and more information, visit www.mst.org
Description: Renew your spirit at the full service restaurant and bar at Big Sur River Inn. Enjoy a fabulous breakfast, lunch or dinner in the historic dining room or outside on the deck, the lawn or along the bank of the Big Sur River. Have a seat on one of the bent willow chairs in the river and let the smooth current cool your feet as you enjoy the best Big Sur lunch around. What sets us apart from other Big Sur restaurants is our 100-year-old tradition of locally grown fine food, friendly, efficient service and warm hospitality. And yes, we still serve the original homesteader’s version of "Hot Apple Pie!"
Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Way better once you get inside (from the rain)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

After deciding to not have the Prix Fixe at the Big Sur Bakery, we decided to go here. Initially, from the outside, it looked sad (the culprit is the overlit front tables abutting the outside - made it seem like a terrible diner) and then walking in, had a hiccup because the host stand is also the after hours (7pmish) hotel front desk. Standing there waiting for the guest in front of us to check in, I was staring at the 400 watt per bulb lit front section and praying we were not asked to sit there because beyond it lie a really charming restaurant and locals-packed bar for sunday football. Excellent appetizers and hearty entrees were half the price of Nepenthe and 4 times better (sorry Nepenthe, you just have some problems). Dessert was not great; the staff was efficient but not great either (it seems the super great ones probably work at the resorts of Post Ranch or Ventana because of the better tips) which isn't to say this place isn't great. I actually am going there for breakfast in the morning and cant wait to get past the problems and enjoy my meal.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A pleasant stopover on Highway 1”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

This was a great place to stopover on Highway 1 after a long trek in Point Lobos state reserve. We only had snacks from the bar-sweet potato fries and two home-brewed Root beers. The fries were fantastic, crispy and not too oily with great seasoning and the root beer had a great sharp taste. The snacks were enjoyed on the wicker chairs on the Big Sur River. It was a bit touristy, but a great place to stretch your legs and enjoy an affordable and tasty snack before hitting the road again.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank travelbug0654
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Pacifica
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Meat and seafood overcooked”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

the service was accomodating and freindly - the food didn't live up to the hype. Chewy prawns and steak were dissaponting at best.

Visited November 2012
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Thank Manalani
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Waupaca, Wisconsin
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78 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Excellent lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

We stopped here by recommendation from our hotel in Monterey. We had a very relaxing meal and were entertained by a Stellar Jay in a small pool nearby. The garlic prawns were excellent and a perfect light meal. I had an awesome BLT! We sat next to an enormous California redwood! Very relaxing!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank GuidoTheTourGuide
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Pleasant surprise in the wilderness of Big Sur”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

Came here on reccomendation from front desk at glen oaks motel ( which is also v nice but thats another story) Very pleasantly surprised to see such ambience and food in this wilderness an better then some highly publicized restaurants in big cities. Thery were able to make a lot of vegetarian options from the menu and the food was nice as well as the atmosphere.

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