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Restaurant at Ventana

The old truism about the better the views, the worse the food just doesn’t seem to apply here. The resort’s clifftop terrace restaurant and cocktail bar are Big Sur's gathering spot for foodies and bon vivants. Feas…
Californian in Big Sur


Nepenthe comes from a Greek word meaning ‘isle of no sorrow,’ and indeed, it’s hard to feel blue while sitting by the fire pit on this aerial terrace. Just-okay California cuisine (try the renowned Ambrosia burger) …
American in Big Sur

Deetjen's Restaurant

At a quaint yesteryear lodge, the cozy, candle-lit dining room has a daily changing menu of steaks, cassoulets and other hearty country fare, primarily sourced from organic local produce, hormone-free meat and susta…
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Big Sur Lodge Restaurant & General Store

Inside Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, pull up a wooden table in the cabin-esque dining room or on an outdoor riverside deck to fill up on wild salmon, roasted veggie pasta and generous salads, all made with hungry hik…
Deli in Big Sur

Big Sur Deli & General Store

With the most reasonable prices in Big Sur, this family-owned deli slices custom-made sandwiches and piles up tortillas with carne asada, pork carnitas, veggies or beans and cheese. The small market carries camping …
Deli in Big Sur

Big Sur Burrito Bar & General Store

Order a San Francisco–sized burrito or wrap sandwich with a fresh-fruit smoothie from the back of the Big Sur River Inn's well-stocked general store, which carries snacks, drinks and camping supplies.
Californian in Big Sur

Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant

Behind the Shell station, this warmly lit, funky house has seasonally changing menus, on which wood-fired pizzas share space with more refined dishes like butter-braised halibut. Fronted by a pretty patio, the baker…
American in Big Sur

Big Sur River Inn

Woodsy restaurant with a deck, overlooking a creek teeming with throaty frogs. The food is standard American (seafood, grilled meats and pastas, plus vegetarian options), but diner-style breakfasts and lunches like …
Californian in Big Sur

Big Sur Roadhouse

This modern roadhouse glows with color-splashed artwork and an outdoor fire pit. At riverside tables, fork into upscale California-inspired pub grub like spicy wings, pork sliders and gourmet burgers, with craft bee…