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Whale Watchers Cafe

££ - £££
American, Bar
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Box 1811 HC 67, Big Sur, CA 93920-9657
+1 805-927-1590
07:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 21:00
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at this cafe for lunch during the day trip to Big Sur. Have to say the service was poor - we waited 15 minutes before we were asked to order. The food is only ok and slightly overpriced. Not recommended unless you have no other options and are desperate for some food in that area.

Thank Wei C
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111 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were very hungry when we found this place and found the food tasty. Our server was very friendly and helpful, also. The toilets are outside and are used by everyone who stops there - not just the restaurant patrons - and they were pretty bad. Would be better if they had their own toilet and kept it clean.

Thank MLTtraveler
Stratford on Avon
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is an OK tourist stop on PCH if you don't mind being ripped off. The breakfast was just fine, there is not much you can get wrong with a standard American Breakfast - it was Denny's standard. But wow, $120 for 4 people. We all had; 2 eggs, home fries, bacon, sausage and toast, with coffee and OJ.... More 

Thank Wilmcotewanderer
Melbourne, Australia
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93 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

There's not much else around so these guys can afford to hike the price up a bit. Good food but expensive...and we waited a long time even though it wasn't that busy.

Thank David J
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We had the vegetarian burger and a cheeseburger. Both were not good at all and very expensive. We sat inside. There were quite some flies. Toilets are not clean. Would never recommend going here.

1 Thank Jasper d
Swansea, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

It's ok. There's not much choice on the drive down highway 1 which is a fantastic drive. We stopped here as we wanted a snack and use the restroom and it was the only thing about.

Thank welshbloke2015
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This place has a fantastic view and, as it normal, prices are hiked. I am quite accustomed to paying more for views and getting very average food - it's the price you pay and for a good view like this you are going to pay for it. However in this case the food was below average and the prices extraordinary.... More 

1 Thank Ian S
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75 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

We stopped here on our way from SF. Place has no wifi connection for guests. I ate chicken soup, which was definitely made out of powder concentrate, tasted artificial and was very expensive, 12$.. Also had pasta marinara, which was let's say ok. Next to the cafe is small grocery shop, with ridiculous prices for everything. I recommend to stop... More 

1 Thank Pitr F
Liberal, Kansas
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Was quite disappointed in this eatery. The waitress was not pleasant and the fish was Rotten. The grounds surrounding the café is quite clean and unique but I wouldn't plan to stop for dinner.

1 Thank Cindi K
West Hartford, Connecticut
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81 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

We stopped for lunch at the Whale Watchers Cafe, attracted by an offer of Artichoke Seafood Salad for $17.95. My wife and I both ordered one with a cup of Clam Chowder and a drink. From the beginning the service was terrible even though there weren't many people in the place, the young servers seemed to be more interested in... More 

2 Thank Gbrenson

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Box 1811 HC 67, Big Sur, CA 93920-9657
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
  • Phone Number: +1 805-927-1590

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?