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“Breathtaking Views of the Coast, ok food”
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: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, 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
Oakland, California, United States
Level 6 Contributor
540 reviews
379 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Breathtaking Views of the Coast, ok food”
Reviewed July 27, 2014

This place is worth dining at just for the spectacular view of the Big Sur Coast. I think it's a bit pricy for what you get, but the food is also decent, but not amazing. We had a simple lunch with a basket of french fries and a couple of sandwiches. My boyfriend ordered the BLT with shrimp, which was really very good. I ordered the tuna sandwich special, which coincidentally, wasn't very special. I found it pretty bland and didn't care for it much. We enjoyed a few glasses of champagne and a bottle of wine. On a sunny day, you really can't beat the experience.

Go for the view, not so much the food

  • Visited July 2014
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Superb panoramic view, decent food...”
Reviewed July 27, 2014

Went there to see the incredible, almost surreal sunset of the California coast. This restaurant probably has the best view along the California coast on HWY 101. The food is ok, nothing out of the ordinary, but it is all worth it as soon as you get there. Try to be there by sunset and you'll be part in one of natures most beautiful sunsets.

The service is good and they carry a decent amount of local beers. I only had local beer and a ensalata caprece which was ok.

  • Visited July 2014
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Lutz, Florida
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Spectacular views, food good”
Reviewed July 27, 2014

My husband and I had dinner here. We loved the views, they couldn't be any better! The food was good. I wish they had a larger selection of seafood. They had a nice wine list but not one cabernet sauvignon by the glass available on their wine list. Disappointing for a cab drinker. Service was great. Bathrooms were gross!!!!

Visited June 2014
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Good views - not there for the dining experience ”
Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

Traveling south this was not be missed. I had been there 10years earlier. We got there and found it to be very busy with " food in a basket" style menu. Bar food but not fine dining. Service is ok but the through- traffic of tourist means you are processed a little. Views are stunning and we saw a whale down below.

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Just do it!”
Reviewed July 25, 2014

Sure the burger was bit pricey but the food was great and the views and atmosphere was even better. Cool statue in courtyard.

Visited May 2014
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