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Nepenthe

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48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
+1 831-667-2345
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11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
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Ensenada, Mexico
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258 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the shop, nice friendly staff! Nice quality merchandise! Definitely worthwhile to stop and have a look!

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Thank anlof9
Ashford, United Kingdom
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206 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Pulled off Pacific Coast Highway in to Nepenthe Restaurant for a quick drink on our way up to Carmel. There is a great restaurant, but as we were eating out later that evening we just had a glass of Pinot Noir ($15) and a draught beer ($9) whilst we soaked in the fantastic views of the Pacific from on high.

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Orlando, Florida
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126 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is along the coastal side of Route 1(coastal highway) approx 30min drive south of Carmel. Went for lunch about 2ish and probable 3/4 full still at that time. VERY laid back crowd enjoying drinks and the view!! The inside is a small area very open with windows on 3 of the sides-there are side and back decks GO for... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant boasts of a spectacular view while dining either outdoor or indoor. The menu is a tad limited and the presentation could have complemented the breathtaking view that stretches out before the restaurant perched on the cliff. The fare needs improvement in taste and the serving staff could have been more forthcoming in being prompt when catering to the... More 

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Thank patlai0125
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Certainly a must-see when in Big Sur. Check out the view with some great eats and visit the Phoenix shop too!

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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172 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stop over here when we drove at the highway 1. The view was great and the special in house beef burger was so delicious that we ordered another one to go.

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London, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped off to have lunch at the bar at Nepenthe and it was well worth the trip and we decided not to wait for a table; great baskets of fries, wonderful home made soup. A memorable place and full of atmosphere; we will be back ; the ocean is amazing and the woods and the ambience and good service... More 

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Schieder-Schwalenberg, Germany
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped by at Nepenthe the 6th time since our first visit 25 years ago. The view is surely as beautiful as ever, but meanwhile you will this nice spot nearly in every printed travel broschure and in every Web-Rating regarding the Highway1. So it was very crowdy this time in the morning at 10am. Food is Ok but not... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Recommend the ambrosia burger or beef dip sandwich and the basket of fries. We were lucky we didn't have a wait when we arrived. But the views alone are worth it and if you have to wait you can hangout and order drinks while you wait. We're happy we stopped in.

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Los Angeles, CA
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such a pretty place to dine, sitting in a big cabin on a forest hill overlooking the ocean. I ordered the signature ground steak burger with a vinaigrette side salad and my colleague and I split some fries. Food was excellent. Go early (by 11:30) as it gets packed fast. We were the first ones to arrive so got our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$30
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
  • Phone Number: +1 831-667-2345

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?