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“Go on Past” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Whale Watchers Cafe

Whale Watchers Cafe
Ranked #20 of 22 Restaurants in Big Sur
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
exeter
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Go on Past”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

Stopped here for some light refreshments and to take in the scenery whilst driving from San Francisco to LA via Big Sur. Went into cafe and waitress was rude saying she was laying up for dinner and we could only have coffee. Asked for decafe - couldn't do. Also she wouldn't serve us anything else other than coffee and said we had to go to the shop for cold drinks. Went to shop and woman serving in shop was outside smoking. She wouldn't allow us in and said the shop was closed! Tried to get a cold drink in garage (part of complex) but garage said only sold gas and would have to get drinks from shop. Told them it was closed and they said it wasn't. Overall very unpleasant experience and have to say only negative experience in whole 3 weeks of our californian trip. Please drive on past!

  • Visited August 2012
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Southern Cal
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Stay away..”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012

Very expensive, hours old, sub-par coffee. VERY sour service -- what's up with these people? Drive down or up the road for another 30 minutes and find another spot for a coffee break. Yikes!

Visited July 2012
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1 Thank lahgeorge
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Denver, CO
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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Terrible Service and Snotty Waitresses!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012

We only stopped because we were hungry and needed a snack. Food was ok - - service was terrible. I think our waitress was stoned. You only get one refill too - - after you sit there for a while with an empty glass that is. We were looking at the baked goods and one other waitress said "You have to move and clear a path" kinda like my mom would say with a stern tone. The only redeeming part of this experience was the view. Oh and the giant cookie. For three people, it was $75-80.

  • Visited July 2012
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1 Thank Mishka014
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Tampa
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Don't even think about it!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

Truly awful. Clam chowder tasted like canned. No whales to be seen since a van was blocking the entire view.

  • Visited July 2012
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2 Thank Eve14
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Alexandria, Minnesota
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Don't eat here!!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2012

This is the first review I have written on anything. The food and service were so poor I had to give warning. The so called "award winning chili" was no better than canned. My order for toast was screwed up twice. We had to ask for napkins and silverware. One of our party never got their order until everyone else was done. Overpriced!!!

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2 Thank Ladydog56
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