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Big Sur River Inn

3.8
80 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (116)
  • Scenic View (87)
  • Great for Lunch (64)

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About

The restaurant at Big Sur River Inn offers a great meal and cold drinks to top off a great day out in the woods. With beautiful Big Sur, California serving as the backdrop, diners are greeted with a menu that includes such breakfast items as organic eggs, buttermilk pancakes, house omelets and many others. Each is served with juice or coffee as you order.

For lunch or dinner, Big Sur River Inn is filling as well. It cooks up a variety of burgers to order, each served on a fresh baked bun and topped with a mountain of ingredients of your favorite condiments and vegetables. Big Sur River Inn also has a full bar, making it a fitting place to gather with friends and family for a few evening cocktails.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, American, Barbecue
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Hours of operation


Breakfast: Daily 8:00am-11:00am

Lunch: Daily 11:30am-4:30pm

Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-9:00pm
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Phone number
(831) 667-2700
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Free parking is available right in front of the restaurant, and in additional locations on both sides of Highway One.
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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
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 80 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
3.8
  based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.7
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Pretzie (Los Angeles)
5.0
Dined on June 20, 2016

Very enjoyable evening. Cool weather, Very courteous servers. Good food. sit by the river.

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richardp (San Francisco)
1.0
Dined on June 19, 2016

excellent jazz music on Sunday afternoon on outdoor deck

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vipDMJ13 (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on May 15, 2016

The food was good and plentiful , the staff friendly and attentive. For us it hit the mark!

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gkay (Miami)
4.0
Dined on May 9, 2016

Fun trip to unique setting. Nice ride down coastal road from Monterey. Decent food and service, worth the trip

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0
Dined on May 8, 2016

I wouldn't go back for the food but definitely go back for the atmosphere.

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vipDani (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on May 1, 2016

Extremley slow service with cocktails. We could have spent more money on drinks, but first cocktail was delivered right before our meal.

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vipWineau (Western NC)
4.0
Dined on March 10, 2016

It's hard to beat the location, right on the Big Sur River. Very laid back & casual; reminds us of the 60s & 70s. Food is good with lots of salad choices. Sitting in the Adirondack chairs in the river is hard to beat!

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vipTomC (Richmond)
4.0
Dined on March 8, 2016

Food was plentiful and delicious. My son loved the lamb shank, my vegetarian wife loved her salad. I enjoyed my salad with grilled chicken. Food was fresh and well presented. Service was a little uneven but not bad by any stretch. Server felt hurried. But it hit the spot after driving all day up from Santa Barbara

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0
Dined on February 14, 2016

Every staff was so friendly and welcoming. The food was amazing especially the desert. I'm looking forward to dining again at River Inn soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0
Dined on February 13, 2016

While the view is nice and food decent, the service and wait time needs to be improved. It took way too long for our food to come, and the wait staff wasn't very attentive.

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