The more eclectic and artistic destination for lunch in Big Sur. It gets very busy here. They offer a few very different dining options and all are good. Just sitting outside on their patio enjoying a warm coffee is nice. They have an interesting gift shop too.
Restaurants near Nepenthe
- 10.06 mi0.06 mi from Nepenthe
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
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- 54.33 mi4.33 mi from Nepenthe4 reviews
I'll bump them up from 3 stars (food quality) for the extremely fair prices by Big Sur standards. These burritos, wraps and smoothies are huge! You can also pick up all the other snacks, drinks and camping supplies you might need in the store (the take-out deli & burrito bar is at the back). Great pre-hiking stop!Popular withBackpackersBudgetFamilies
- 64.28 mi4.28 mi from Nepenthe2 reviews
This is where the locals are, from the beatnik beret-wearing artists to the hippie back-to-landers to the trustafarian musicians just down from Santa Cruz for the day. Cold beer, reasonably cheap prices and a crazy crowd are what you'll find inside this dark den.Popular withLocalBudgetStudents
- 74.34 mi4.34 mi from Nepenthe
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 withLocalBackpackersOutdoor
- 83.76 mi3.76 mi from Nepenthe1 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 ...
- 92.6 mi2.6 mi from Nepenthe
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
- 103.77 mi
- 111.11 mi1.11 mi from Nepenthe1 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 ...
- 121.17 mi1.17 mi from Nepenthe
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
- 132.35 mi2.35 mi from Nepenthe1 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 ...
- 1419.25 mi19.25 mi from Nepenthe
The food here is really good, and we came here for a nice dinner. Definitely an upscale ambience, but with service (and prices) to match.Popular withFoodiesLuxuryWellness
- 1517.96 mi
- 1617.9 mi17.9 mi from Nepenthe
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
- 1715.11 mi
- 1817.95 mi17.95 mi from Nepenthe4 reviews
Beautiful outdoor dining and great menu and local wines - plus tasting room next door!Popular withLocalFoodiesFamilies
- 1917.76 mi
- 2017.77 mi17.77 mi from Nepenthe3 reviews
If you like tasty sandwiches, wonderful and tasty bakery bread, cakes, cookies accompanied by Martin's coffee - you'll like the Wild Goose Cafe. Dogs are welcome here.