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“Little Gem”
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, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
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
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Little Gem”
Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

Oh so relaxing atmosphere, fabulous patio decks over looking the ocean, food smelled amazing and good parking.

  • Visited August 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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33 reviews
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“Great view but ok food experience”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

We asked for an outside table to enjoy the food. Got one, but it was mainly overlooking the restaurant below. Oh well, still had an ocean view. Food was ok but not happy that I decided to order diet coke. $3 for a glass, mainly ice. Asked for a refill then was charged further $3,

  • Visited October 2013
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“go for the view”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

It's not the restaurant itself that is so awesome. The food was ok to good. But the view, the vibe and the freakin' drive to get there--all are very memorable. we drove down from Carmel specifically to enjoy this spot for lunch. We arrived (coincidentally and luckily) right when they opened (11:30). The service was nice and we were even encouraged to take our time. It was a surprise to see all the people, the cars and the waitlist when we left after enjoying a two hour lunch. We sat outside on the perimeter of the deck and I remember thinking that binoculars would be a cool addition to our time there. Tons of birds, including several blue jay varieties that I had never seen, joined us for lunch. And, FYI, those birds are not so shy.
I had some vegetarian sandwich which was ok. Again, this is a good spot to fuel up as you drive along the spectacularness that is Big Sur.

  • Visited August 2013
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“The best view and ambience in Big Sur”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

This really is a fantastic place to eat. There is a big play and waiting area, a wraparound deck, and plenty of space to stretch out and look out over the cliffs and ocean. It's a truly magnificent location, and the owners have done a great job of decorating, but also in allowing the natural beauty of the area to stand out.

The wait staff was very friendly and accommodating, offered very good suggestions, and was quick with food. We brought our 2 young children, and they enjoyed the area up front where they could run around, as well as out back where they could see.

They offer very good dinner specials, and have a rather nice selection of wines along with a full bar. You will likely find something you will enjoy.

A lot of the other places in the area looked like they probably had good food, but they didn't have the location of Cafe Kevah. Combine that great location with fantastic service and delicious food, and this place deserves all 5 stars. Enjoy.

  • Visited September 2013
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Marion, Ohio
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“Dinner with a view”
Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

The atmosphere and food saved this review from being an absolute bust. The location is gorgeous and just stopping in for a drink would be fabulous. The food was excellent but was over priced by a good 30%. The killer of the deal was when the server assumed he was going to keep all of the change from our check after paying. He finally went back in to bring us our change but only after he was seen waiting on other people and digging in his backpack before coming back to our table. His attitude was a little chillier once he had to bring us change. We still left a tip but not near what he expected. A tip is a compliment not a requirement unless it's stated prior to ordering. I would encourage you to visit for the view. It's breathtaking.

  • Visited October 2013
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