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Big Sur River Inn Restaurant

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46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
+1 831-667-2700
08:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
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San Francisco, California
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a really nice little restaurant. They have a creek in the back thats nice to just sit by. Food is really good. The burgers here are GREAT! Even the veggie burger (and I eat meat) is really good. Definitely recommend this place.

Thank Matt A
Sacramento, California
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150 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner here while staying at the River Inn. We found the food good and service very friendly and polite. We ordered Calamari for appetizer and for dinner had lamb and salmon.

Thank Tulika_sac
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24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It has a beautiful little creek and soo green. Service was quick and they have high chairs for babies and a cute little ice cream truck next to the restaurant. We had tri tip sandwich and mushroom burger, which was both a little dry as it didnt have much sauce or flavor. However, the sweet potato fries were amazing. Definitely... More 

Thank Cherise B
Istanbul, Turkey
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

As I was sitting by myself in the morning having my breakfast, an individual who seems to work for the restaurant (not a waiter) came to the next table that consisted a German family travelling with a toddler and a baby. He said, in a very rude way, to be quiet. The customers were pretty shocked but they kept calm... More 

Thank Can P
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

We had a beautiful view and a very tasty lunch here. Service was excellent. The biggest surprise of our meal was the fabulous key lime pie we chose for dessert. We preferred it to all the ones we had had recently in Key West - and we enjoyed a lot of pie slices there!

Thank srog
West Palm Beach, Florida
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

We were staying at the Inn across the highway, so we didn't have a choice. I got the special, Shepherds Pie. It was little more than fried hamburger with a few diced potatoes thrown in, for 12.00. Really? They got me by the short hairs, I was hungry. The Server seemed temperamental, so I didn't say anything, but suffice it... More 

Thank He1ena
Parry Sound, Canada
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312 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

There are not many choices and i was riding my bike so had even less choices unless i wanted to ride more hills after a long day. The food was alright but very overpriced for what you got and the portions. If i had a car, i would have definitely gone elsewhere. There is a little grocery store beside it... More 

Thank klein3
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Haven't been to this establishment in a few years. Last time we stayed a few days and enjoyed the service and the restaurant meals. Today on a coast trip up hwy one, we stopped for lunch. Wife had Mahi salad while I ordered what was described as a tri tip sandwich served on French bread with au jus. Changed side... More 

Thank CalaverasHabitat
Duluth, Minnesota
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104 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Pleasant surroundings and a spacious feel to the main dining room. Service was friendly and efficient. I had a Ham and Cheese Omelette with potatoes and toast. Portions good sized and the food was tasty. Prices in Big Sur are a bit on the high side compared to where I usually travel, and this was no exception -- I think... More 

Thank Aaron B
Centereach, New York
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

The Big Sur River Inn Restaurant was clean, charming and rustic with good food and a pleasant wait staff.

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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
US$10 - US$40
American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
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
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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