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What to Eat in Big Sur

In Big Sur, it's hard to come by a restaurant that doesn't offer spectacular ocean views. With most restaurants perched high atop the area's famous coastal cliffs, the quality of food might be the least of diners' concerns. But in Big Sur, quality remains a central character in its culinary story. Spectacular sights of the Pacific are regularly complemented with fresh, locally sourced fare both from the soils of Big Sur as well as the nearby waters of Monterey Bay. Because in Big Sur, great views and great food aren't mutually exclusive.

Big Sur's eateries vary in style from prix-fixe fine dining menus to cozy cafes with casual cuisine, but many are unified in their pursuit to honor Big Sur and its contagious laid-back lifestyle. The Big Sur Bakery strongly adheres to the pace of the region opting to forgo speediness for quality and urging patrons to "slow down and come to your senses." The bakery serves up a variety of dishes, but it's known for its wood-fired concoctions including the house-made breads, pizzas and pastries.

Comfort food is also in high supply at Deetjen's Restaurant at Deetjen's Big Sur Inn. Nestled in the redwoods of Big Sur, Deetjen's serves grass-fed meat and seafood from local Monterey Bay fishermen in a cozy cottage-style setting. Deetjen's is also famous around Monterey County for its hearty breakfast menu, especially its eggs benedict made with chicken-apple sausage.

If ocean views are your only concern, look no further than the family-run Nepenthe Restaurant. Nepenthe features an outdoor terrace with rows of tables directly facing the Pacific Ocean, making sure no visitor's ocean-hungry eyes are left behind. Another restaurant that offers great views from the dinner table is Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn. Jutting out from the coastline, the restaurant gives diners the illusion of being suspended above the sea through its wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling windows. Along with an unbeatable location, Sierra Mar offers a variety of fine dining menus inspired by the geography and culture of Big Sur, including the nine-course Taste of Big Sur menu.

After you've gotten your fix of ocean views, head over to the Big Sur River Inn for some R&R on the Big Sur River. The miles-long river runs right along the Inn, and the restaurant allows visitors the unique opportunity to decompress in one of its various oversized lounge chairs sitting in the middle of the running river. Grab a cup of joe, take a seat among the flora and simply unwind.   

Find the Best Restaurants in Big Sur

  • #1
    Deetjen's Big Sur Inn Restaurant
    #1 of 21 Places to Eat in Big Sur
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 544 reviewsTripadvisor (544)
    $ - $$ | American
    48865 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9512
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  • #2
    Sierra Mar
    #2 of 21 Places to Eat in Big Sur
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 766 reviewsTripadvisor (766)
    $$ | American
    47900 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9576
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  • #3
    Nepenthe
    #3 of 21 Places to Eat in Big Sur
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3333 reviewsTripadvisor (3333)
    $ - $$ | American
    48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
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  • #4
    Big Sur Roadhouse
    #4 of 21 Places to Eat in Big Sur
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 362 reviewsTripadvisor (362)
    $ - $$ | American, Healthy
    47080 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9556
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  • #5
    Ripplewood Resrt Restaurant
    #5 of 21 Places to Eat in Big Sur
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 176 reviewsTripadvisor (176)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    47047 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9556
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  • #6
    Big Sur Bakery
    #6 of 21 Places to Eat in Big Sur
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 879 reviewsTripadvisor (879)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    47540 California 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
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  • #7
    The Sur House
    #7 of 21 Places to Eat in Big Sur
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 630 reviewsTripadvisor (630)
    $$ |
    48123 Highway 1 Ventana Inn & Spa, Big Sur, CA 93920-9538
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  • #8
    Big Sur Taphouse
    #8 of 21 Places to Eat in Big Sur
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 166 reviewsTripadvisor (166)
    $ | American, Bar, Pub
    47520 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9632
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  • #9
    Cafe Kevah
    #9 of 21 Places to Eat in Big Sur
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 217 reviewsTripadvisor (217)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9549
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  • #10
    Lucia Lodge Restaurant
    #10 of 21 Places to Eat in Big Sur
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 413 reviewsTripadvisor (413)
    $ - $$ | American
    62400 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9533
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  • #11
    Treebones Resort Wild Coast Restaurant and The Sushi Bar
    #11 of 21 Places to Eat in Big Sur
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 129 reviewsTripadvisor (129)
    $ - $$ | Sushi, Healthy, American, Seafood, Contemporary
    71895 California 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
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  • #12
    Big Sur River Inn Restaurant
    #12 of 21 Places to Eat in Big Sur
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 639 reviewsTripadvisor (639)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
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  • #13
    Big Sur Deli
    #13 of 21 Places to Eat in Big Sur
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 110 reviewsTripadvisor (110)
    $ | American
    47520 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9632
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  • #14
    COAST
    #14 of 21 Places to Eat in Big Sur
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 105 reviewsTripadvisor (105)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, American
    49901 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9513
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  • #15
    Fernwood Resort Bar & Grill
    #15 of 21 Places to Eat in Big Sur
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 187 reviewsTripadvisor (187)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    47200 Highway 1 Fernwood Resort, Big Sur, CA 93920-9542
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  • #16
    Homestead Restaurant at Big Sur Lodge
    #16 of 21 Places to Eat in Big Sur
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 168 reviewsTripadvisor (168)
    $ - $$ | American
    47225 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9542
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  • #17
    Big Sur Smokehouse
    #17 of 21 Places to Eat in Big Sur
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 14 reviewsTripadvisor (14)
    $ - $$ | Barbecue
    48123 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9538
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  • #18
    The Village
    #18 of 21 Places to Eat in Big Sur
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 12 reviewsTripadvisor (12)
    $ - $$ | American
    46840 Ca-1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
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  • #19
    Big Sur Village General Store & Burrito Bar
    #19 of 21 Places to Eat in Big Sur
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 20 reviewsTripadvisor (20)
    $ |
    46842 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9693
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  • Espresso Bar
    #20 of 21 Places to Eat in Big Sur
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 4 reviewsTripadvisor (4)
    Cafe
    19019 Highway 1 Ragged Point, Big Sur, CA 93452-9751
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