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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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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good43%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“potato skins” (6 reviews)
“apple pie” (10 reviews)
“hamburger” (16 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9507
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here at hiking there at the park, the food was great a little pricey but good. The staff there was friendly and got my order out quickly. It is family friendly, they also have a coffee shop and little convenience store there as...More

Thank Jennessyhennessy
Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

We stopped here by chance on a day trip to Big Sur. The restaurant sits near the Big Sur River and we had a window seat overlooking the deck which features a large redwood tree growing right through it. Jessi, our server, was friendly and...More

Thank NHSnorkeler
Reviewed 22 February 2018

The Big Sur River Inn Restaurant is a nice spot, good for families, with surprisingly good food. We had a reservation, but the hostess could not seem to find it - not to worry, there was room and we chose to sit at the bar,...More

Thank Jim P
Reviewed 6 February 2018

We had a delicious breakfast with wonderful service while sitting next to a nice fire in the fireplace.

Thank nevis5169
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Popped in for lunch whilst driving down Highway 1. Nice spot, friendly welcome. Burgers and lemonade in the sun in December - nice.

Thank nick_the_traveller
Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

We stopped there for a late lunch. The service was good, fast and friendly and the food good too. We all had the pulled pork sandwich. Best thing was the location by the river with a nice terrace. Inside it was quite comfortable we got...More

Thank Julio075
Reviewed 19 January 2018

We spent Christmas Day exploring the Big Sur, and had stopped here on our way to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and made a reservation for dinner. We came in around 6, and asked for a table near the fireplace, but unfortunately they were all...More

1  Thank Travel_Addict_Cyprus
Reviewed 11 January 2018

Love this place! Whether I visit on a musical Sunday in the summer, sitting on the outside deck or in the river, or in the quieter times during the winter, the food and service are always good.

Thank Gail M
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

This was a gorgeous little place on the side of the road. We stopped for lunch and the food was fantastic. The ribs were sooo good! Unexpectedly great for such a little out of the way place. The setting by the river was idyllic, we...More

Thank Encounterbay122
Reviewed 28 December 2017

So many people visit Big Sur in the summertime that it can ruin the whole experience. This year I decided to have my birthday lunch mid week in December. Great weather, no selfie stick gawking, no trash.... you get the picture. Sat on the deck...More

Thank BicycleTripforTwo
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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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