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“Nice surprise in Big Sur!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Big Sur River Inn Restaurant

Big Sur River Inn Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 22 Restaurants in Big Sur
Price range: US$10 - US$40
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: 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
Description: 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!"
Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice surprise in Big Sur!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

Made reservations for a group two nights prior to the Big Sur Marathon. We didn't know what to expect being out in Big Sur, but were pleasantly surprised. Rustic, but clean and has a good atmosphere. Have a drink by the fireplace. Ample space for groups. The food was incredible- the hanger steak was amazing, as well as I took a bite of my friend's brisket. Really a good meal, good atmosphere, and free WiFi!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Lovely surprise,”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

Drove from Monterey to Cambrian and stopped of at this great stopover along the Big Sur.
Had a snack and sat along the river very quite and peaceful stopover.
Lovely gift store with some local art pieces at reasonable prices.

Visited May 2014
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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96 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Nice surprise on the way to Big Sur”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014

This restaurant was I nice surprise on our way to Big Sur.

The starter with Prawns and the Cheesecake were amazing.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Fantastic fish tacos and a delightful rest in the river”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

I stopped here on my way through Big Sur and was so pleasantly surprised. If you walk straight through the restaurant and out the back, you can sit on the decks overlooking the river. The fish tacos and apple pie were outstanding (I know those don't sound like they work together but, they did). Then take a seat in the river itself and lounge for a while. Such a pretty place.

Visited April 2014
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Lawrenceburg, Indiana
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Nice vacation finish”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2014

This was the last night of our recent trip to California. We were told this restraint had wonderful food and we were not disappointed. We started off with a Crab / Avocado dip. Oh how I would love to have this recipe. There were 4 people in our group. One had Chicken, one had Lamb and the rest had Ribs. Not a complaint to be had.
Only reason for 4 stars and not 5....It was a little chilly this night and we chose to sit inside. We were the first dinner guest to sit down and we were sat by the outside door. I should have asked to move.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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