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Big Sur River Inn
Big Sur River Inn
  • Address:
    46840 Highway 1
    Highway One at Pheneger Creek
    Big Sur, CA 93920
    Big Sur
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

Big Sur River Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.BIGSURRIVERINN.COM
  • Email: info@bigsurriverinn.com
  • Phone: (831) 667-2700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily 8:00am-11:00am
    Lunch: Daily 11:30am-4:30pm
    Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, American, Barbecue
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Sunday afternoons at the Big Sur River Inn are a long standing tradition in Big Sur… Live music on the Riverside Deck featuring the best in all kinds of jazz, with some of our favorite folk, zydeco and world music mixed in.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: 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
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking is available right in front of the restaurant, and in additional locations on both sides of Highway One.
A word from Big Sur River Inn
Renew your spirit at the Big Sur River Inn"s full service restaurant and bar. Enjoy a fabulous breakfast, lunch or dinner in the historic dining room, or outside on the deck, the lawn, or along the banks of the Big Sur River. Have a seat on one of the many chairs in the river and let the smooth current cool your feet as you enjoy the best Big Sur lunch around. On summer Sunday afternoons, check out the Big Sur Backyard BBQ - our own ribs, brisket, chicken and burgers served on the lawn next to the river! 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!" Nestled amid towering Redwoods along the scenic Big Sur River, the historic River Inn is the essence of the Big Sur experience.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "On this day, we were disappointed. This is a go-to place for us, has been for years and years. We used to love it. A beautiful March day but the lower patio near the river was not open to us. We'd brought visitors and had wanted to enjoy the ambience near the river. Nope. Closed. WTHeck? Instead, the upper level (blah) and indoors were open. We were very disappointed. Despite a small number of people, service was slow and unprofessional. It almost seemed as though they were using busboys as servers. Just not professional. Friends are coming in a few weeks and we'll be dining down the road instead, sorry to say."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I've been here several times and had good experiences. This time, however, was different. We were seated near the bar outside (there were lots of other open tables). Our server rarely checked in on us and there was a group at the bar (at 5pm) that was so loud, had our server ever came to our table, we were going to asked to be moved. It really wouldn't have mattered where we were sitting, because the noise level from the bar was so loud, you could hear it everywhere. They were talking loudly, obnoxiously, and about rather inappropriate topics. If it was later at night, I could understand it a little more. But it was a 5pm dinner reservation. Unfortunately, between the poor service and the noise level, it was a terrible experience."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We were quite looking forward to the lunch having read a few good reviews on the restaurant. Unfortuantely, we were disappointed with the food and the service. The location is fantastic; next to the River and has great views etc. The good; the Apple Pie that was so widely touted, etc was extremely disappointing. Apple pie was average at best, and the salad and burger were really notice to shout about. Unfortunately we didnt experience any friendly staff either - service was matter of fact."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Food is decent and service friendly. Worth to stop for lunch or dinner on your drive along Highway 1"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "I was surprised at how mediocre the food was, especially the prime rib. It was bland & tasteless, this did not feel like a special dinner although the outside & the river are as always, lovely."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "the place was slammed. Understandably. It was Thanksgiving and there aren't many places to go in that area. We did have a reservation but we showed up about 30 mins early and they sat us right away. Unfortunately, after they sat us no one even looked in our direction for over 45 minutes. No water, no bread. NOTHING. I dont usually write reviews and my fiancee and I aren't complainers so we didn't say anything to the staff but I got this email asking about the experience so I'm just being honest. When the drinks did come an hour later, my red wine (a merlot) was ICE cold. I had to send it back. The food was great, the atmosphere was great, but the service was horrible."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Very good Thanksgiving dinner! This is a beautiful restaurant in a great location, we would go there again."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Went for a beautiful hike in Big Sur and had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner along the Big Sur River at the Inn - very friendly staff and the food was good. It was nice to have Thanksgiving dinner without the cleanup and mess! Scenic views from our table of the river and trees."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Very comfortable setting with rustic feel. Staff was appropriately attentive. Food (especially burger) was great. Would definitely recommend as a casual dining experience!"
    Dined on 10/20/2013