48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
31 reviews

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.

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  • 1
    0.06 mi

    Cafe Kevah

    0.06 mi from Nepenthe
    1 review

    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.

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  • 2
    0.89 mi

    Sierra Mar - Post Ranch Inn

    0.89 mi from Nepenthe
    6 reviews

    Upscale restaurant with a view to die for. On a cliff overlooking the ocean, and there are several mini-patios for you to go outside and get the full effect. Very good (and fairly pricy) food.

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  • 3
    0.45 mi

    The Restaurant at Ventana

    0.45 mi from Nepenthe
    4 reviews

    Stop here to see the view of the ocean

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  • 4
    0.68 mi

    Deetjen's Big Sur Inn Restaurant

    0.68 mi from Nepenthe
    1 review

    Advance reservations strongly recommended. If you're just driving along Highway 1 and have hunger pangs chances are you won't get a dinner seating. The food is delicious, made more so by the rustic decor.

  • 5
    4.33 mi

    Big Sur Village General Store and Burrito Bar

    4.33 mi from Nepenthe
    4 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!

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  • 6
    4.28 mi

    The Maiden Publick House

    4.28 mi from Nepenthe
    2 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.

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  • 7
    4.34 mi

    Restaurant at River Inn Big Sur

    4.34 mi from Nepenthe
    1 review

    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.

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  • 8
    3.76 mi

    Redwood Grill

    3.76 mi from Nepenthe

    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 ...

  • 9
    2.6 mi

    Big Sur Lodge

    2.6 mi from Nepenthe
    1 review

    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 ...

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  • 10
    3.77 mi

    Ripplewood Resort Cafe

    3.77 mi from Nepenthe
    1 review

    Great breakfast spot. Great service. Had waffles that mixed bacon bits into their batter, needless to say it was very delicious. Lots of breakfast options, including some great juevos rancheros.

  • 11
    1.11 mi

    Big Sur Roadhouse

    1.11 mi from Nepenthe
    1 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 ...

  • 12
    1.17 mi

    Big Sur Deli: General Store and Taqueria

    1.17 mi from Nepenthe
    1 review

    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 ...

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  • 13
    2.35 mi

    Big Sur Coast Gallery Cafe

    2.35 mi from Nepenthe
    1 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 ...

  • 14
    19.25 mi

    Marinus or Wickets Restaurants at the Bernardus Lodge

    19.25 mi from Nepenthe
    11 reviews

    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.

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  • 15
    17.96 mi

    Cafe Rustica

    17.96 mi from Nepenthe

    wonderful restaurant

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  • 16
    17.9 mi

    Will's Fargo Dining House & Saloon

    17.9 mi from Nepenthe
    7 reviews

    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. ...

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  • 17
    15.11 mi

    Rocky Point Restaurant

    15.11 mi from Nepenthe
    6 reviews

    Incredible location just above the ocean on highway 1.

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  • 18
    17.95 mi

    Corkscrew Cafe

    17.95 mi from Nepenthe
    4 reviews

    Beautiful outdoor dining and great menu and local wines - plus tasting room next door!

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  • 19
    17.76 mi

    Running Iron

    17.76 mi from Nepenthe
    3 reviews

    Classic western style bar/saloon with outdoor seating - great beers on tap and nachos, plus happy hour specials!

  • 20
    17.77 mi

    Wild Goose Bakery Cafe

    17.77 mi from Nepenthe
    3 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.

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