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“Good Food Amazing View”
Review of Nepenthe

Nepenthe
Ranked #2 of 23 Restaurants in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Highway 1 is open both north and south to our location in Big Sur. Northbound travelers will need to use Nacimiento-Ferguson Road through Ft. Hunter Liggett Military Reservation to access Highway 1. Southbound travelers can proceed south of the Monterey Peninsula directly to our location.
Reviewed 27 February 2018

We were lucky to be able to eat here because the road to Big Sur had just reopened after huge fires. You could still smell smoke in the air. Nevertheless, we had heard of this restaurant and wanted to go there. After our drive to Big Sur and then turning around to go back to Monterey, we stopped here for a late lunch. The food was tasty but I think it's the view that sets this place apart. We sat outside at a counter along the railing overlooking the Pacific Ocean from atop a cliff. The place was crowded but the service was good and speedy. There's an option to sit inside but why would anyone want to when you could sit and admire that view? There's also a cute little gift shop you can visit after you eat. It contains a lot of items you can find in any gift shop but also some unique items from local artists. We'll definitely go out of our way to go here again when we return for another visit to CA.

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

This was my second visit to Nepenthe. Once again, I enjoyed a delicious meal in a beautiful location in Big Sur. The atmosphere is relaxed and the service is efficient and friendly. I hope to return soon. Thank you!

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Thank rnorton72
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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

Ditto all the comments. Incredible view. Fantastic burger, place is BUZZING and for multiple reasons.

Henry has a good poor and is VERY knowledgeable on their impressive wine list. Food prices are expectedly high due to quality and remote location. Wine prices are impressively low. Yes, there are some big $ wines but overall they should be commended, I guess I just did, for offering such an extensive list at decent prices.

Hence the need for the DD....especially on HWY 1.

Thank BillyTeddy
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

Nepenthe sits high above the Pacific, overlooking the cliffs and gentle slopes along Big Sur. The food was very good, although the wait was long - it was well worth it, and you can get a drink and sit by the rails to admire the views. Parking is limited, but many, like us, simply parked along Route 1 and walked back to the restaurant. Don't forget to visit the gift shop, Neptune.

Thank Jim P
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

Stopped her on recommendation with my daughter when we drove through the Big Sur, menu is limited buy their speciality burger is amazing ! Real meat ! Staff all lovely , amazing views from outside tables and inside is all surrounded by massive windows so you can still see the views . A must to visit ! Fries portion is huge! We had a half portion and shared that was still plenty.

Thank Alyson D
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