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Business Description
TEMPORARILY CLOSED - Nepenthe is closed until Mid-may due to road closures north and south. But we have a skeleton crew here for the duration cleaning, repainting, repairing, and preparing for the day we are back in business again
BBB Rating
A+
BBB Rating and Accreditation information may be delayed up to a week.
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (831) 667-2394

Primary Phone: (831) 667-2394

Payment method
amex, visa, mastercard, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$$
AKA

Nepenthe Big Sur

Categories
American Restaurants, Taverns, Bars, Barbecue Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Coffee Shops, Continental Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Cuisines: Barbecue, American, Cafeterias, European, Continental, Bar & Grills

Price Range : Above Average

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runner bob

01/31/2011

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
What a view!

After a scenic Big Sur drive, it was nice to continue the views during our meal. We enjoyed the famous ambrosia burger (yum!) along with a nice glass of California wine. The place was packed so we did have to wait for a table to open, but it was worth the wait. It's definitely a must to sit outside (weather permitting).

philjohnson

02/16/2009

Overall
Awesome

to drive up the PCH and end up at this place..was like an oasis. Food was excellent and the view was incredible. Quite a pictuesque evening. Something you have to do in life. Trust me as i could talk about this place all day but you just have to go.

tterb6

01/15/2008

Overall
excellent food. and california...

excellent food. and california lifestyle atmosphere. great wine list. overlooking the ocean!!

arb59181

09/10/2007

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL!

I've been to Nepenthe once before & should have listened to my gut instinct & never visited this sham of an establishment again. Instead, I decided to stop here for dinner on my way down to the Lucia Lodge w/ my boyfriend. I would've been better off stopping by the side of the road with a cooler of sandwiches.

#1 - we went to the bar to get a drink as the result of our hour wait (expected). The bartenders were rude & genuinely disinterested in serving anyone who wasn't at the bar ordering food. You'd think that for an establishment that always has a long wait they would have better bar tenders who help pass the time. But no, they were rude & unhelpful. I waited about 40 minutes to even get their attention. Unacceptable.

#2 - we were finally seated at a table inside the restaurant. The restaurant was extremely hot & unairconditioned. I know that restaurants in this area are not air-conditioned at all, but...DON'T SEAT PEOPLE THERE! Incredibly inconsiderate. We thought about leaving at that point but didn't because it was already late.

#3 - The food: horrible quality and ridiculously overpriced. Meal came to $100 (including tip) for dried out Tuna and paper thin swordfish each with a meager salad and an apple pie a la mode. The fish seemed to come out of a frozen package. Awful food, terribly overpriced. The only plus of this part of the evening was the service by our lovely waitress and the Apple Pie which was delicious.

All in all - a terrible experience, this restaurant should be ashamed of themselves. Atrocious.

I should add - we're not picky eaters and we're certainly not gourmet snobs. We're just people w/ appreciation for quality food and service - we got neither on this evening.

Will never return to this establishment, as I said...they should be ashamed of themselves.

curleechik

11/20/2006

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Good View....that's about it.

This place definitely had an awesome view, but the food was not all that great and was very over priced! But there's not too much to choose from in Big Sur, so I guess it's worth a try.

wonderfuldude

11/04/2006

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Overall
You can't get much more beautiful than this

When we go camping in Big Sur, we normally take one day to cleanup and head over to Nepenth for lunch! What a fantastic place....

placecard

06/02/2006

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Fantastic View, Overpriced and so-so food

Designed by a former Frank Lloyd Wright student, the building is amazing and fits really well in its environment with sweeping views of the Big Sur coastline. We sat outside, on the entranceway patio, but we should have sat on the patio on the other side of the dining room. I point this out, because you come here for the view. My boyfriend and I ordered the veggie-burger, which had the consistency and taste of an overcooked omelette, and the house smoked salmon appetizer (very, very good, though not enough salmon and too many crostinis for the $$$). We stayed away from the fries ($7.50/basket!). Good wine selection.

ga carter

10/10/2005

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Overpriced view

Good place for cocktails and a view. Skip the meal it is overpriced and not good.

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