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48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
+1 831-667-2345
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (307 reviews)
“fries” (191 reviews)
“beet salad” (37 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 16:30All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The amazing scenery is the highlight at this Big Sur institution, with sweeping views of the surreal coastline. It can get crowded when the roads are open. The food is very good; highlights for us are the basket of fries, tuna entree and ambrosia burger....More

Thank Dollyamas
Reviewed 2 days ago

Love this place the views are to die for. The atmosphere is perfect. A burger and a beer is perfect at this spot. We will be back for sure

Thank manyachoboian
Reviewed 4 days ago

This restaurant is pricey and touristy but we loved it. I had wanted to go there for ages and it did not disappoint. The view is astonishing even though it was misty on the day we went. Staff were friendly and fun. The food was...More

Thank jacquiupstairs
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Once you get done enjoying the spectacular view you can sit down and enjoy some of the finest foods prepared. They offer some excellent wines to pair with your dinner. If the weather is right you can sit outside looking down at amazing view of...More

Thank 89jefferyn
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

let me start by saying that because of the closures of Highway 1 (PCH), my wife and I had to hike from Pfeiffer State Park to Nepenthe. Although it was a rather difficult hike (about 2 miles elevated hike each way), the end result was...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, great service, great hike from a Big Sur Lodge thanks to the bridge closure... This place is rather empty right now because it is not accessible by car unless you are a local. Lots of day-hikers from the campground and bicyclists were with...More

Thank AllOverTheWorld2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A Big Sur Icon. Worth a stop if you have never been there before and the parking lot is not full. Which is probably rare. We were lucky because we just hiked there because of the road closure of highway 1. There were relatively few...More

1  Thank deepchi
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed at Post Ranch Inn & walked along Hwy 1 to Nepenthe. Busiest place around with outdoor ping pong, bean bag toss, & chess. Nice, energetic vibe. I ordered the line caught tuna salad sandwich and cole slaw which I enjoyed at the time. However,...More

Thank Sherry S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Delicious Lunch with Spectacular Views at Nepenthe in Big Sur. Also important to note that this community was literally washed out in February when mudslides closed a strategic bridge on Highway 1 that will not re-open at least for several more months. Had to park...More

Thank kbaerliny
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Camping every year in Big Sur since the late 1960's, we were not going to let the downed bridge over Pfeiffer Canyon deter us from our annual trip to Nepenthe. Usually we go for dinner on our last night, but we did not want to...More

3  Thank sjskns
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15 May 2017|
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Response from sjskns | Reviewed this property |
As of July 1st, you can. Shuttle from Andrew Molera State Park to the Community bypass trail. The trail beings after a ten minute walk through the campground Dogs are not allowed on the Community Bypass Trail. The trail... More
Robert G
23 April 2017|
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Response from Erinrafa2014 | Reviewed this property |
Nepenthe is open to locals and Post Ranch guests... the Big Sur area south of the bridge is not open to tourists with the exception of Post Ranch.
Robert G
23 April 2017|
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Response from kgafill | Property representative |
Nepenthe is open, but access via Highway 1 is not available at this time. Highway 1 is expected to open to the south by end of May and to the north by mid to end of September. Currently, only public access to our area is... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 16:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 16:30
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11:30 - 16:30
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11:30 - 16:30
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11:30 - 16:30
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11:30 - 16:30
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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
  • E-mail
TEMPORARILY CLOSED - Nepenthe is closed until Mid-may due to road closures north and south. But we have a skeleton crew here for the duration cleaning, repainting, repairing, and preparing for the day we are back in business again
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