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48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
+1 831-667-2345
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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206 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Pulled off Pacific Coast Highway in to Nepenthe Restaurant for a quick drink on our way up to Carmel. There is a great restaurant, but as we were eating out later that evening we just had a glass of Pinot Noir ($15) and a draught beer ($9) whilst we soaked in the fantastic views of the Pacific from on high.

Thank Kevan W
Orlando, Florida
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126 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is along the coastal side of Route 1(coastal highway) approx 30min drive south of Carmel. Went for lunch about 2ish and probable 3/4 full still at that time. VERY laid back crowd enjoying drinks and the view!! The inside is a small area very open with windows on 3 of the sides-there are side and back decks GO for... More 

Thank Lamar02
Singapore, Singapore
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The restaurant boasts of a spectacular view while dining either outdoor or indoor. The menu is a tad limited and the presentation could have complemented the breathtaking view that stretches out before the restaurant perched on the cliff. The fare needs improvement in taste and the serving staff could have been more forthcoming in being prompt when catering to the... More 

Thank patlai0125
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Certainly a must-see when in Big Sur. Check out the view with some great eats and visit the Phoenix shop too!

Thank Erinrafa2014
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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172 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stop over here when we drove at the highway 1. The view was great and the special in house beef burger was so delicious that we ordered another one to go.

Thank ChristopherTraveller
London, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped off to have lunch at the bar at Nepenthe and it was well worth the trip and we decided not to wait for a table; great baskets of fries, wonderful home made soup. A memorable place and full of atmosphere; we will be back ; the ocean is amazing and the woods and the ambience and good service... More 

Thank CassandraHolly
Schieder-Schwalenberg, Germany
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by at Nepenthe the 6th time since our first visit 25 years ago. The view is surely as beautiful as ever, but meanwhile you will this nice spot nearly in every printed travel broschure and in every Web-Rating regarding the Highway1. So it was very crowdy this time in the morning at 10am. Food is Ok but not... More 

Thank Mariokopp213
Salt Lake City, Utah
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recommend the ambrosia burger or beef dip sandwich and the basket of fries. We were lucky we didn't have a wait when we arrived. But the views alone are worth it and if you have to wait you can hangout and order drinks while you wait. We're happy we stopped in.

Thank David O
Los Angeles, CA
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such a pretty place to dine, sitting in a big cabin on a forest hill overlooking the ocean. I ordered the signature ground steak burger with a vinaigrette side salad and my colleague and I split some fries. Food was excellent. Go early (by 11:30) as it gets packed fast. We were the first ones to arrive so got our... More 

Thank uscgrad
Santa Rosa, California
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nepenthe has been on of my all time favorite restaurants since I was a little girl, coming to lunch & dinners frequently with my mother, father, and friends. Currently I have been living about 3 to 4 hours away, and don't come to Nepenthe as much as I'd like, although my husband and I went to a lovely dinner together... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 30
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
  • Phone Number: +1 831-667-2345

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?