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Big Sur River Inn Restaurant

46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
+1 831-667-2700
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good43%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“potato skins” (6 reviews)
“blt” (12 reviews)
“apple pie” (9 reviews)
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is great! We ate outside on the porch by the river and we enjoy the view the service and the food. The salads are huge and very tasty and the kids loved the hamburgers and ribs. With the road closed ahead this is...More

1  Thank Ignacio M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for afternoon lunch, the place is located at CA-1 on the north end of Big Sur village. Bir Sur river runs by the place and they have nice overview to the river from the terrace They have figured nice idea to put...More

Thank trueRoamer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant was the highlight of my stay at the Big Sur River Inn. I had the ribeye for dinner, it was spot-on perfectly cooked, the green vegetable mix was better than I had anticipated and the service it was phenomenal. In fact it was...More

Thank JBMartiniguy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the few dining options in Big Sur, especially with the current road closures heading south on Highway 1. I chose to seat on the porch out back and enjoyed beautiful views of the lawn and the river. The food was good:...More

Thank WassimCornet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The creek and grounds are truly the greatest assets of this place. There also aren't many other restaurants in the average price-range around, so this is one of your best bets location-wise for affordable sit-down fare. The food is okay, nothing to rave about, and...More

Thank HoneybeeLady
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped for lunch on a weekday. We were seated promptly at an outdoors table with river view, surrounded by forest. Service was friendly, efficient, and attentive. Prices were appropriate for the area. Our food was very good. I had potato skins, which I really...More

Thank Cali4niahiker
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

We sat outside on a nice patio area to enjoy the sun. The menu was varied but, as one would expect for a restaurant so isolated, quite pricey. Our boys shared a kids BBQ ribs for $10 and both were full at the end. The...More

Thank Helena L
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

We wanted to head down the coastal route passed Bixby Bridge and came across the Big Sur River Inn. Had a great lunch and the children has a play in the river. Highly recommend you make this your stop turning point if you want to...More

Thank Daniel W
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Great little place right on the Big Sur river. Had an enjoyable if slightly pricey lunch there. The log constructed building has some fascinating images on display, which chart the history of the place and the locale. Staff were all very pleasant, though our waitress...More

Thank Damien W
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Had a large group of 12. We were seated right away, made arrangements before we arrived. Service was fast and friendly. We all ordered water to drink. I had the Angus Hamburger with blue cheese and a side salad. Other options include fries or sweet...More

Thank RustyWater
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Response from Chip144 | Reviewed this property |
I was there Saturday. Call the restaurant.
Robin B
9 May 2017|
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Response from Chip144 | Reviewed this property |
I did not know they had that sorry. Try calling restaurant.
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4 October 2015|
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Response from 607happytraveler | Reviewed this property |
We are usually a small party and have not encounter this situation. Best to call and ask.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
  • Public Transportation: 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
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
  • Phone Number: +1 831-667-2700
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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!"
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