California is amazing in that so many different ecosystems are so close to each other. The Big Sur river runs along 101 for a bit, but it's also not too far from the beach. It's good for hiking, splashing, and if the water level is high enough, tubing.
Restaurants near Big Sur River
- 10.17 mi0.17 mi from Big Sur River
Inside Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park, we always pull over at the lodge's general store for ice cream & snacks after we've been hiking all day in Big Sur. The espresso bar at the back of the lodge, near the dining room, also has some of the most decent coffee in Big Sur. Plus, the lodge's 1950s architecture and neon sign ...Popular withFamilies
- 22.49 mi
- 31.66 mi1.66 mi from Big Sur River
This postcard was the view from our table. This place is a great spot to get a bird's eye view of Big Sur. There are a lot of restaurants with a view in this area, but this one is the best. The food is very expensive but you get what you pay for.Popular withLuxury
- 41.39 mi1.39 mi from Big Sur River7 reviews
Nice spot for morning coffee and pastries. Takes itself a little too seriously - seemed annoyed with yuppie "tourists" which is hilarious considering revenue 100% generated by tourists. Heard food is wonderful for dinner but didn't try.
- 52.09 mi2.09 mi from Big Sur River
Finally found a foodie-worthy place to eat in Big Sur! After having a bland expensive lunch at the Post Ranch Inn (which admittedly does have more jaw-dropping ocean views from its glass windows), the next time I was ready to splurge on lunch during a Big Sur day trip, I decided to give the Ventana Inn & Spa's clifftop terrace ...Popular withLuxuryFoodies
- 61.9 mi1.9 mi from Big Sur River4 reviews
Mini-grocery/liquor store that sells a little bit of everything. The burrito bar has paper slips that you fill out with your order for everything from fresh fruit smoothies, burritos, wraps and even pizza. I had the roasted veggie wrap with feta cheese, and my friend had the Thai Chicken wrap. Both were very good, but a little overpriced for those ...Popular withBackpackersBudgetFamilies
- 71.85 mi1.85 mi from Big Sur River2 reviews
Big Sur's only little tucked away, hole-in-wall pub. It's a great little spot to kick back some brews and wash away the grime and sweat of an awesome hiking day. There's a number of great bar restaurants in Big Sur, but like I said - this is the only one that's more of bar than a mountain lodge. As it's ...Popular withLocalBudgetStudents
- 81.91 mi1.91 mi from Big Sur River
Tucked away along the CA-1 drive to Big Sur, the River inn restaurant has a very nice, quiet little outdoor restaurant that is set in what feels like a page out of Huckleberry Finn. Wooden benches, Smooth rocks and a cold running River tucked away between lush greenery make this place a unique stop along your California adventure.Popular withLocalOutdoorBackpackers
- 93.05 mi
- 101.33 mi1.33 mi from Big Sur River1 review
For years I've been passing this place by in favor of other Big Sur spots with which I'd been more familiar. Big Mistake. Much like the Big Sur River Inn, the real charm of this place cannot be judged from the roadside, and it is only once you explore the interior and backside grounds of the restaurant do you realize ...
- 111.33 mi
- 121.38 mi1.38 mi from Big Sur River1 review
Quaint roadside bar and restaurant in the middle of Big Sur's redwoods. I've never actually eaten here, so can only attest that it's a decent place to stop for a beer. Like most of the area's restaurant-bars, it has a mountain lodge charm to it that makes it an enjoyable spot to spend some time. However, this is not my ...
- 131.32 mi1.32 mi from Big Sur River
Let's be honest: Big Sur is like a big, bad gastronomic black hole when it comes to cheap, non-touristy eats. But if you didn't pack your own brown-bag lunch, where are you gonna go after you've been out hiking all day? The only place I find myself going back to time & again is the Big Sur Deli & General ...Popular withStudentsBackpackersBudget
- 142.45 mi2.45 mi from Big Sur River
Everybody raves about this outdoor verandah cafe for its ocean views, which truly are amazing. But the food is less so. It's only slightly lower priced than upstairs at Nepenthe. For brunch I've found Ventana to be a better bet, even if the panoramas aren't quite so good there.Popular withFamilies
- 154.74 mi4.74 mi from Big Sur River1 review
I would characterize this place as a one-stop shop for all your Big Sur needs, with a small gallery of fine art, sporadic wine tastings, selection of locally made crafts, traditional souvenirs and a gourmet cafe. Keep in mind that the parking is very limited, and the cafe's kitchen ends its service around 5:30pm. The real negative for me was ...
- 1617.19 mi17.19 mi from Big Sur River
Bernardus is great for a outdoor brunch with a lawn bocce court view or a great dinner at the Wickets bar. I don't recommend the Marinus restaurant though. Over priced and over pretentiousPopular withFoodiesLuxuryWellness
- 1716.01 mi
- 1815.95 mi15.95 mi from Big Sur River
Located in the Carmel Valley Village, about 10 miles in the valley from Highway 1 on the coast, Near intersection of County Hwy G16 and Purton Ln. This is the choice of both locals and tourists for good, simple elegance in fine dining with comfort food in a casual atmosphere with friendly staff. Good local (Carmel Valley vintners) wine choices. ...Popular withLocalFoodiesHistory
- 1912.62 mi12.62 mi from Big Sur River
You don't come here for the food, but for the views. Food was just ok and overpriced. Linguini with Clams were the best. They also have a simple kids menu. It is still worth it for the unbeatable setting! There is also a beautiful little hike you can do starting from the parking lotPopular withOutdoorFoodiesLuxury
- 2019.17 mi19.17 mi from Big Sur River3 reviews
This is the answer you're looking for- the dining room is magnificent. It is jutting out over the ocean and the waves splash up towards a tilted glass wall. The suites are spacious and the bathrooms are luxurious. It's all about the views at this place, and the food is outstanding. Have lunch on the deck overlooking the ocean- try ...Popular withLuxury