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“Fantastic view that happens to serve food.”
Review of Nepenthe

Nepenthe
Ranked #1 of 23 Restaurants in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Highway 1 is open both north and south to our location in Big Sur. Northbound travelers will need to use Nacimiento-Ferguson Road through Ft. Hunter Liggett Military Reservation to access Highway 1. Southbound travelers can proceed south of the Monterey Peninsula directly to our location.
Reviewed March 29, 2014

We were told to make a point of stopping here when we went to Big Sur. Well worth the experience. We went on a weekday afternoon and had to wait about 30 minutes for a table. Great people watching while we waited and the weather was beautiful so that was fine..

We asked for first available so we wound up seated indoors which was also fine. Ordered burgers which were very good. Our server forgot us after the food was delivered; we just snagged another passing server and didn't worry about it. The view and the atmosphere made up for the service and the prices.

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Thank mark f
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

If you travel from SF down to LA through the Big Sur area, Nepenthe restaurant is a nice place to stop and enjoy a view while having a glass of wine or beer. The scenery is amazing! But I recommend that you don't order any food there. While the portions are big, food is mediocre and overpriced.

We ordered two house specialities. Th first one was a Burger with Ambrosia sauce (mix of salsa and mayo - I didn't recognize any of it in this sauce because it just soaked into a bun making it soggy). The burger itself was a patty and a bun. On the side, we got salad and two pickles. Nothing else. This was $15.25. But the total disappointment was Shrimp B.L.T. Same thing but instead of a patty, you get three shrimps and two slices of dry bacon. This costs $20.25. Not worth it!

I hope that this place will change their chef and find someone young and talented because this restaurant has so much potential. Beautiful locations, great staff, fantastic atmosphere! They just need to fix their menu.

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Thank finflicka
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

Awesome burger. Went there on our road trip and they said it would be a 30 min wait, so we sat at the bar. This was really fin because both guys behind the bar told us the history of the place. Good food, though you are paying for the view too, which, hey, is worth it.

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Thank Liz2Bay
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

The setting is nothing less than breathtaking. The food would not win any gastronomic awards, but it is certainly ok and this is not what Nepenthe is known for. So, go for the view and adjust your food expectations accordingly.

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Thank Anna G
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

The location is breath taking! The staff from the maître di to our server they were friendly and very accommodating to our special requests.

Thank Eli L
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