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The Sur House, Big Sur, CA

The Sur House

4.4
4.4
432 Reviews
$50 and over
Californian
The Sur House, at Ventana Big Sur, serves cuisine in an awe-inspiring setting. The restaurant’s warm, rustic interior opens onto its legendary terrace where panoramic views of the ocean and rugged Big Sur coastline stretch for more than 50 miles. The cuisine makes use of the abundance of California’s Central Coast with local, simple, sustainable ingredients, including items from Ventana’s own organic garden.

Non-Resort Guests will enjoy a pre-fixe 3-course menu for $110/per person. A la carte menu not available at this location for dinner service.
A 22% Service charge will be added to all checks.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Organic, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 667-4242
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Alan Kwan
  • Private party facilities
    Ventana features more than 12,000 square feet for meetings, including stunning outdoor spaces overlooking the rugged Pacific Coast and surrounded by towering redwoods. We also offer custom catering to keep everyone nourished and engaged. Please contact us for more information!
  • Private party contact
    Private Catering and Events: (831) 667-4202
  • Neighborhood
    Big Sur
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 432 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Great for brunch

432 Reviews
  1. Meesh

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience was nice. It was cozy and very well lit. I ordered the fish special. It was delicious. The service was fantastic.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, fine service, amazing ocean views. A peaceful ambience that made for a wonderful afternoon.

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  3. EricB

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We shared 3 items and am glad we tried all 3. The salsa with the chips and guac. was amazing as was the Chicken tortilla soup...wow best ever. The chicken sandwich was awesome...we left very full and happy Eric and Denise

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  4. Kaileigh

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an awesome experience at Sur House, it was good we had a reservation because it was packed! Gorgeous sunny day, fortunately most tables are shaded. Our server Angel was fantastic, we were celebrating my fiancé’s 30th and they really did it big. We were blown away by the quality of special service and truly appreciated it. Fish tacos were delicious, along with the side salad. Our cocktails were perfect, unique and familiar all at the same time, well balanced. They brought a big birthday dessert platter that was amazing! Such a highlight to the end of the meal. I can’t wait to come back and bring our families, what a gem of a place!

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  5. Julie

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great views. Good American food, you pay for the views. Excellent service.

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  6. NYDiner

    New York City

    20 reviews

    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Terrible. Sur house is like any other restaurant at a Hyatt Hotel, except it’s three times the price. But price is beside the point. The food is bad regardless of price. There are many good restaurants in Big Sur, why go to this bad one. Sur House: just say no.

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  7. FaeU

    Central Coast

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We enjoyed The Sur House for our Valentine's Day Lunch. The staff was very friendly and we enjoyed our Fish Tacos and Tuna Melt. Ventana holds a special place in our hearts as we had our honeymoon there 25 years ago. Everything looks mostly the same, I would say the update to the dining room needs to be reimagined, it feels very stark as compared to the booths that were there previous. Still a great overall experience. We will be back!

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  8. NetaleeK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was laughable. Low quality, the most basic menu. We ordered a kale and little gem salad, it didn’t even have any kale in it and it strangely had pico de gallo in it with no other fresh vegetables. All the food was bland the tuna melt was disgusting had tons of mayonnaise in it which wasn’t listed in the ingredient description on the menu . My husband got the fish tacos , the tortillas were stale . The view and the music was the only good part of our experience. The bathroom had not been serviced , funny that people spend $1200 a night there and they can’t even replenish the paper towels in the bathroom.

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  9. Julanel

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service, and view!! We celebrated a birthday for guests out of state. They were very thrilled with the experience!

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  10. YCMRN

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is paradise. Try to book when the weather will be nice and you won’t regret it. The view is spectacular and the food is amazing too. Will be returning here for sure!

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  11. Brian

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service, food, and atmosphere were excellent. I'd highly recommend The Sur House to anyone whose in the area. We drove about an hour and it was well worth it.

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  12. ThomasC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was fantastic, the flavor of the food was delicious, and decor was beautiful. The only dissapointment was that the rain was pouring down so abundantly that we didn't have a chance to see the outside surroundings.

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  13. RobertD

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Found food not up to expectations. Some dishes were bland.

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  14. BayAreaLover

    Dallas

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were very much looking forward to our first visit to the Sur House, and it did not disappoint. Every aspect of our dining experience was A+++! Great service, amazing food in a beautiful setting…we’ll definitely be back!!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Ate there three days in a row and never got tired of it. Great service, too.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a three-course dinner, but it felt like a five-course meal. Every one was warm and friendly. The view is stunning!

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  17. PaulL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing views and service. It’s definitely a treat and will come back.

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  18. Jewels

    Seattle

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful, serene surroundings. I went to this restaurant, part of the very expensive Ventana resort when it was called Cielo. It is little changed. Recommended for reliability good food, in addition to the atmosphere and of course the views. The wines are high priced. Our lunches were very good. Our server seemed to be inexperienced and awkward.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is not as delicious or special as its price suggests, but the space and atmosphere almost make up for that.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, views and service. Very thankful to Alicia for the accommodations :-) we will be back!

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  21. CanuckDC

    Chicago

    181 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    181 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice dinner here while staying at Post Ranch Inn. Beet salad & hen egg appetizers were delicious. Bucatini bolognese delicious, halibut was a tad overcooked. Brussels sprouts were excellent. Nice bottle of wine (Pinot from Russian River Valley). Attentive service, warm ambiance.

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  22. KathleenW

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    This restaurant is completely overpriced, what Open Table doesn’t tell you is this is a prefix menu for $110 for three courses and there are no other options. The service was very lackluster, our server was very uninterested in telling us about the food or guiding us towards dishes that were the favorites. For the price that they are asking for this Prefix dinner, it is lacking all the things that should come along for a meal at this price. When I booked this reservation, there was no mention that this was outside seating, and that there were no other options. This felt so short of my expectation, especially for a resort of this caliber. I will not be returning. I was freezing and eating very substandard food. 

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  23. SusanP

    San Diego

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good luck! As it turns out, Nepenthe doesn't allow dogs...bummer,. but more than made up for in discovering this gem. The fish tacos and kale salad, house IPA and view were all wonderful. Wait staff were on top of it, and friendly, not pretentious or grumpy/

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had to wait for our table for about 20 min but otherwise we had a wonderful experience.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good but very overpriced. Service was okay. We were there for breakfast and our coffee never was refilled. The view is a great view of the mountains and the ocean. Pet friendly is a plus.

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  26. CarolL

    New York City

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful location and experience. Wait staff were marvelous.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and portion sizes were very good. All staff were also friendly and accommodating.

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  28. Baboosister

    Mexico City

    15 reviews

    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    After a one hour wait for my sandwich, it arrived cold. I sent it back (politely) and it came back 1/2 hour later-cold again! I gave up and asked for the bill-$16 for a Virgin Mojito! The restaurant was not busy, there were lots of employees standing around talking to each other. . . somebody could have gone to the kitchen to pick up! The waitress didn't apologize, no manager tried to fix the situation. I was in the restaurant business for many years and I don't care WHAT the excuse is--someone should have at least expressed concern. BTW, my husband ordered the same thing and his sandwich and fries were also cold but he was hungry enough to eat it. Cold fries? Not for me, thank you. The only thing this place has going for it is the view and frankly, Nepenthe across the street has a much better view, the food is so-so but the service is great and the food comes to your table hot. I would give this place zero stars if that was an option.

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  29. GrahamC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing views of the ocean and sunset from the outdoor patio! Very relaxed atmosphere and excellent service! Going back again!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Munich

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! Drinks, service and view. Will come back again!

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  31. DaveS

    Los Angeles

    178 reviews

    5.0

    178 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thus us a special place. The food is really good, the service great. The setting is simply unmatched. We’ll worth the trip and time from Carmel.

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  32. Fred

    Washington DC

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful venue, wonderful service, great food and good value. We loved the quiet evening with fire, lights and quiet service. We'll be back!.

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  33. sandrac

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Greeted nicely, good communication from hostess re table readiness. Server exc. Good menu and very good wine-by-glass selection. Best tuna melt ever. Fair prices for value. This is first visit since lock-down and Sur House is still a winner.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience! Thank you Juan for the incredible service

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fantastic place to eat at an amazing resort. Every dish I had was superb.

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  36. AlohaTed

    New York City

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was underwhelming for the venue and price. Likely understaffed given its remote location. Food was above average. Views were amazing.

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  37. Ndnbill

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a bit of hike out to Sur House the drive is beautiful, but the location and the food are worth the effort. It is certainly not inexpensive, but in line with other Carmel top end places. Service was to notch, friendly and not hurried.

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  38. MarekK

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The view from the restaurant of the Pacific Ocean, the horizon, the dynamic clouds and the sunset is spectacular. The food and service was outstanding. Recommend for any occasion.

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  39. Lius

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent quality! Staff was promptly responsive and attentive to the point of filling up our cups with water as soon as they saw they were half empty.

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  40. Leah

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We were really excited to come here for my husbands birthday and were very disappointed. The service we had was terrible, and for the price I would have expected at least passable service. There were very long waits between when we saw our sever and she hardly checked in to see how things were going. She did not provide any additional information without us asking (e.g., we had to ask what the specials were). When we placed our dessert order it took forever to come out (we ordered cheesecake which should be pretty quick since it's pre-made). The table next to us placed their dessert order after us for the same thing and it was brought out to them before us. Then we weren't even asked how it was. Service aside, the food was good but not amazing. The hen egg was our favorite of what we ordered. The view was amazing, but you can dine at other places in this area and get this view for a fraction of the price. All-in-all it was not worth it and we will not be coming back.

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FAQs

The Sur House is rated 4.4 stars by 432 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for The Sur House

48123 California One, Big Sur, CA 93920

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Big Sur
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Organic, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Alan Kwan
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (831) 667-4242
  • Private party facilities
    Ventana features more than 12,000 square feet for meetings, including stunning outdoor spaces overlooking the rugged Pacific Coast and surrounded by towering redwoods. We also offer custom catering to keep everyone nourished and engaged. Please contact us for more information!
  • Private party contact
    Private Catering and Events: (831) 667-4202
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