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“Great lunch venue when travelling through Big Sur!”
Review of Nepenthe

Nepenthe
Ranked #1 of 22 Restaurants in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Scenic view, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: TEMPORARILY CLOSED - Nepenthe is closed until Mid-may due to road closures north and south. But we have a skeleton crew here for the duration cleaning, repainting, repairing, and preparing for the day we are back in business again
Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Great lunch venue when travelling through Big Sur!”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

The views are tremendous! Our server was witty and real fun, not to mention informed and eager to please. The food was very enjoyable, though a bit fast foodie. Good wine list too. We had agreat time. I recommend Nepenthe highly as a lunch venue!

  • Visited December 2012
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Victoria, BC
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“Enjoyable Tourist Trap”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

As one previous reviewer aptly noted, this establishment thrives primarily because of its location. It’s what you would expect of a classic tourist trap with high prices and limited cuisine. The service was fine, but the menu was severely lacking. On the positive side, the view is nice and the building, with restaurant, café and quaint little gift shop has plenty of character. It’s a convenient spot for a break on the highway, so it’s worth a visit. Relax and enjoy!

  • Visited November 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“the view is great, the food is o.k. but it's overcrowded”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

I think we would have enjoyed this place much better if it hadn't been so crowded. The food was very good but a little pricey. There's a great view, and they have bar-style seating right by the scenic edge of the restaurant, of course it's hard to get a seat there on a busy day. We had a very good time and the service was good and quick. There's a gift store downstairs.

  • Visited September 2012
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Bengaluru, India
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“memorable”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

after a breathtaking drive on the Big Sur, this is a perfect stop over...well located at a high altitude with scenic view and great ambience...best time to be there is during sunset which will leave you with a memorable moment...don't expect too much variety on food as they only have a variety of sandwiches to offer but are filling and served with quality fries n salad..after food, just order a drink and relax

  • Visited November 2012
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Los Alamitos, California
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“Unsurpassed Taste & Views of the Central Coast”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

The central coast Hwy 1 is the best road trip you could possibly take. About 25 miles south of Carmel, CA is the Nepenthe Restaurant, Big Sur, perched on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean coastline. Dine outside on the deck with the majority of the seating directly facing the spectacular view. The tasty and ample Abrosiburger is my favorite, none better!

  • Visited August 2012
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