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Big Sur River Inn Restaurant

46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
+1 831-667-2700
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good44%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“potato skins” (6 reviews)
“apple pie” (10 reviews)
“blt” (12 reviews)
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
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1 - 10 of 474 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

This spot is a winner. A perfect breakfast and the quaint patio overlooking the river is ideal. Get there early for total solace and great food

Thank Joy B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On our way to a wedding, we stopped for dinner and I ordered lamb and a double order of well-cooked veggies, and the chef prepared the green beans the best I have ever had in a restaurant. And Tanya, our server was great. My husband...More

Thank GoodKarmaTraveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow! They have really cleaned this place up since road closures! Had a great lunch and good service!

Thank bennettg988
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed overnight & had dinner. The food was delicious & the service was better than Sierra Mar!!! Loved the beet salad, moth-watering char grilled Portabello with Quinoa, roasted veggies & pesto was bursting with flavor!Grilled chicken was juicy & tasty. We enjoyed all of...More

Thank Lauren H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Full disclosure: We were headed to Nepenthe, and then got turned back because of the landslide, and pulled in to the River Inn Restaurant because we were hungry and it looked like we wouldn't have to wait to eat. Boy, were we glad we got...More

Thank UncleHenryen
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

My husband and I stopped for lunch after visiting Pfeiffer beach. My husband mentioned that it was my birthday to the hostess when she seated us. Our server was very friendly, food was delicious. My husband had the chicken sandwich and I had the Noelle...More

Thank diane852000
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Felt a little out of place here for lunch as it seems people of a certain age are slightly invisible. Frst of all I thought it was something to do with being British but then noticed other couples getting an inferior service. Do not feel...More

Thank asleeds
Reviewed 2 November 2017

Our family and friends [about 70 people] enjoyed the wonderful food on Friday evening at the rehearsal dinner on the lawn by the river; a Spanish Paella with mussels, clams, shrimp, rabbit, chicken, rice, saffron, and veggies, with red or white Sangria to sip on....More

Thank BeentherD0NEthat
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Pancakes were enormous and delicious, but eggs were cold. They wouldn't do separate checks, but would split the amount across credit cards. Beautiful location

Thank smbls
Reviewed 21 October 2017

I did not stay at the hotel, however, the location is breathtaking. There's a creek in the back, a restaurant with great view of nature that has excellent food (we had breakfast and it was delicious). The premises include a little bus that has ice...More

1  Thank yd700519
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24 July 2017|
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Response from Chip144 | Reviewed this property |
I was there Saturday. Call the restaurant.
Robin B
9 May 2017|
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Response from Chip144 | Reviewed this property |
I did not know they had that sorry. Try calling restaurant.
Dori Z
4 October 2015|
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Response from 607happytraveler | Reviewed this property |
We are usually a small party and have not encounter this situation. Best to call and ask.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 40
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
  • Public Transportation: During the summer months, MST Transit offers bus service to Big Sur. The bus stops right at the Big Sur River Inn! For schedules and more information, visit www.mst.org
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
  • Phone Number: +1 831-667-2700
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Renew your spirit at the full service restaurant and bar at Big Sur River Inn. Enjoy a fabulous breakfast, lunch or dinner in the historic dining room or outside on the deck, the lawn or along the bank of the Big Sur River. Have a seat on one of the bent willow chairs in the river and let the smooth current cool your feet as you enjoy the best Big Sur lunch around. What sets us apart from other Big Sur restaurants is our 100-year-old tradition of locally grown fine food, friendly, efficient service and warm hospitality. And yes, we still serve the original homesteader’s version of "Hot Apple Pie!"
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