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“Big Sur Beauty” 4 of 5 bubbles
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, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, 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
Mullins, Barbados
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Big Sur Beauty”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

A "must visit" if you are in Big Sur. Family owned and operated, this ocean view restaurant maintains a special place in the hearts of most who visit. It would be easy for this venue to fall into "tourist trap" territory, what with the attached gift shop, but ownership manages the overall feel very well. Stunning view from inside or out, crackling fireplaces, excellent service......food can be good or mediocre. Considered by many as the best burger on the coast but not to this author - at best mediocre. That said, other choices can be very good and their well chosen and fairly priced wine list is excellent.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Eugene, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Overpriced, diminished food quality”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

stopped here for the first time in three years and ordered the veggie burgers which were so great the last time. But the big grainy, chewy and delicious homemade patties had been replaced by a bland, soft and tasteless slab of tofu, too small for the bun. The half hour wait we were promised turned into over one hour. fries are $8, ice tea (1 small glass, no refills) is 4.50. burger was 14.50. I can appreciate paying a bit of a premium for the great view, but this is way too excessive for mediocre food.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Halifax, Canada
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Outstanding view and great food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

We were told about this place before leaving Canada and informed that it was a "must do" when at Big Sur. The experience lived up to its reputation.

The view from almost all tables is outstanding. Parking can be a hassle, depending upon the time of day. We had the ambrosia burger and turkey-cranberry sandwich. All ingredients were fresh and the meals tasted great. Excellent servers.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Viewt - Very Touristy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

I wasn't wow'd by the food here. Kinda pricey, but oh - oh the VIEWS! I love driving here for just a glass of wine with my honey. But every time we go sporadically they don't have a table available, it's always busy and again the food is so,so. I prefer Ventana... Still stunning views but you get more food for your $.

Visited October 2013
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Altamonte Springs, Florida
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“This is an awesome place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

We drove back from Monterey to go to this restaurant. Had to wait about half an hour but worth the wait. The view is incredible. It was a little cool but they had heaters up so it was very comfortable. I had a turkey sandwich on very tasty bread with cranberry sauce on it. I don't know why we don't do that at home. It just hits the spot. Fries were superior! Staff was gracious, fun, and personable. It's definitely worth the drive and the wait. Just gorgeous and great food to boot!!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Pat B
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