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About Rocky Point Restaurant

This Big Sur icon has been a dining and drinks tradition for over 60-years (est. 1947) Located just off the famous “Scenic California Highway-1" (12 minutes drive from Carmel-by-the-Sea) Rocky Point Restaurant is located a short 2 hrs. South of San Francisco. It is the ideal stop for tours originating from Los Angeles or San Francisco heading up or down the Coast. A Feast for All The Senses -Great food and Spectacular Views- Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean as you sit perched cliff-side; either inside through panoramic windows next to a cozy fireplace or outside on our open-air deck. Catch a glimpse of playful sea-otters, dolphins, seals, and even whales. Some have even spotted large fins cutting the waves, as great-white sharks cruise the kelp beds. We invite you to pay us a visit and enjoy Californian hospitality! The freshest seafood (right out of Monterey Bay), Steaks, Salads & Fresh Vegetables (grown locally), Full Bar and Award Winning Monterey County wines.

36700 Highway 1
Carmel, CA 93923
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:

Hours of Operation: Daily 11:00am-9:00pm

Cross Street:
Rocky Point Rd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 624-2933

Website:
http://www.rockypointrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Occasional Acoustic Sets

Catering:
Please contact the restaurant

Parking Details:
Rocky Point has its own parking lot supporting our patrons. Free Parking

Private Party Facilities:
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or making an impression for a corporate event, Rocky Point Restaurant can accommodate your private dining needs.

Private Party Contact:
Private Dining Coordinator: (866) 681-7508

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Rocky Point Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

4.0

ambience

4.5

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

76% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (43)
Waterfront (37)
Great for Outdoor Dining (29)
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Romantic (26)
Worth the Drive (25)
Special Occasion (24)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Good for a Date (17)
Casual (16)
Great for Lunch (16)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Cozy (9)
Fun (9)
Good for Groups (7)
Comfort Food (6)
People Watching (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Authentic (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Seasonal (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Healthy (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Business Meals (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

We had one night out in the Monterey area as we were visiting family. After scouring the advisor boards, we settled on Rocky Point for the sunset view. It was a quiet Wednesday night and a gorgeous drive on Hwy 1. We arrived in time for drinks and sunset viewing (5:00) prior to our 5:15 dinner reservation - early of course, but we wanted to see the sunset!! We were treated to awesome cocktails to accompany our outside sunset view. Service was terrific! We had Caesar salads and Cioppino & the mussels appetizer as our meals. Food quality and quantity were both superb! A terrific date night!

Tags: Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 6 days ago

It was the best place for a romantic ambience you can go!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

Breathtaking view! Can’t beat it for a nice lunch on your trip through Point Lobos State Park and Big Sur. Highly recommend!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This was at least our third visit to RockyPoint. We were seated in bar area for the first time—never again!! Waiter was also bartender. Waited at least 15 min before he even took our drink orders or water. Missed out orders for salads all together. Very disappointed as we absolutely love the beautiful setting, but they need to get their act together on service.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 30, 2017

A friend recommended Rocky Point which literally sits on a rocky point overlooking the Pacific. Beautiful vistas north, south and west. Being that it was late October, it was too cool for us to sit outside which would have been our preference. Inside it okay. The service and food was good, but expensive like everything in Big Sur. We should have split a plate as the meals are large. Beef burger was good and crab burger was okay. I liked that Rocky Point was less crowded than many of the other places on Route 1, but we did have a reservation just in case.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We wondered if it has recently changed hands. The waiter we remember from late May wan not in sight he was exceptional. The menu seemed almost the same and very good. The manager or owner looked different.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Spectacular views as you enjoy inside or outside seating overlooking the incredible Pacific Ocean's roar. Golden Hills on the other side. The service was excellent and food was very good. I had a great burger that came with crispy fries and my wife enjoyed a large salad. The restaurant sits right on the cliffs off California Highway 1, below Carmel By The Sea, with Big Sur less than 20 miles South. And the exceptional California weather we had, and the experience was heavenly.

Tags: Scenic View, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Romantic, Gluten Free Options
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Fabulous view of the coast. Hostess was very friendly and made our visit special. Food was great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Tea, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Thought it was good although a different server might have made this more enjoyable.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Extremely rude manager who questioned if our service dog was legit. His tone was condescending and plain nasty. This place has the most inspiring views but he did his best to ruin our meal. When I spoke with him after the meal about his rudeness, he said he was, “just doing his job.” Since when is it a manager’s job to be rude?!

Its turned one of my all time favorite places into an establishment that allows rudeness and blatant disregard for the customer.

They need to read up on service dog rules or someone will take make them pay for that kind of treatment.
Food was also not up to par, especially the chicken,

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Everything was perfect! The food, an incredible view and the service. Roberto was our waiter and catered to our every need. He made our experience extra special. Our party of 4 had the Ciopino, the flat iron steak, the ribs and the scampi. All were perfect.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

There is a good variety of food including sanwichs, salads and seafood. The view is spectacular and at times you can see whales.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Ok. So on the open table menu. It says 10 oz prime rib And twice baked potato. Well we get their only 14oz No baked potatoes or twice baked potato. Instead mashed potatoes that were awful and dry. So we called over the manager to discuss. OMG. Very incompetent. Actually a goofball. Totally did not get it. He said he had been their 6 months. I would have thought 6 hours. No grasp of the issues. Just said the owners had not updated websites
I Would Recommend this Tourist Trap.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Very good service, food yummy and location d best! Just a lil bit pricey. But over all very good

Tags: Scenic View, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We went primarily for the view (it is fantastic--sunset in to the pacific) but the food was very good. I was very pleasantly surprised. Our server Arron was excellent. On his suggestion, I tried the flat iron steak and arugula and found it was very flavorful. The paired wine made a great combination.
It was worth the drive and very enjoyable

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Gorgeous setting- amazing views!
Good menu- good food!
Sit outside!!
Had crab sliders- fresh and very tasty.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Although the view was beautiful, and the hostesses were so nice, we were disappointed by the hectic nature of the restaurant, the abrupt server, and the high corkage fee. It needs to be dressed up a bit.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Incredible views with either indoor and outdoor seating! We both loved our drinks and entrees - my grass fed burger was perfectly cooked and delicious while my husband's prime rib sandwich was the best he ever had. It was so tender that it "melted in his mouth"! Our server Austin was fun, polite, courteous and didn't rush us at all. This was a perfectly memorable lunch experience!

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 26, 2017

We were extremely disappointed overall with Rocky Point. The view, of course, was spectacular however the service was mediocre, the food was fair and the ambiance was quite lacking.
Unfortunately, Rocky Point has changed from a romantic restaurant with fabulous service and ambiance to a tourist trap.
We are locals and would like to support local restaurants but this one is overly expensive and not what it used to be.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

9/25/2017 Celebrated Two birthdays. Prime rib sandwich fries and desserts were outstanding. Seafood salad was overpriced and a bit disappointing: not enough lettuce, only 1/2 egg, only 1 prawn. The salad was very good though. Overall, an experience not to be missed. Absolutely gorgeous setting, gardens, great trails to walk. Will definitely be back soon.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food and cocktails were average at best. View is amazing, but the food is just ok.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We took a close look at the menu presented on OpenTable before we arrived, so we were ready to order when we were seated—only to find out that the menu had changed and prices had been raised a bit at least several months ago. Strike one. Our appetizer was dropped off hastily by someone other than our official server—and neither he nor our server had noticed that we had no silverware nor napkins. Strike two. When I said, "Excuse me, sir..." as another server walked past carrying some silverware (and our food was getting cold), he turned and looked right at me, then just looked away and kept on walking. Strike three. When our mixed drinks arrived (delivered by yet another server), one was fine but the other literally tasted like it had zero alcohol. Strike four.

This place serves delicious food and features a spectacular coastal view. It's really sad that our former favorite date place just can't seem to get its act together. I don't think we'll be going back again.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Restaurant offers stunning scenic views in a relaxing environment. Lovely grounds. Something on the menu to please everyone. Highly recommend! Would love to go back there again someday while vacationing in Monterey/Carmel.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great for drinks and apps only. Dinner was below average, no flavor and not hot. Good service and the views are a slice of heaven. Also poor desert options. Thanks.

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Of course, you cannot beat the location overlooking the Pacific. That's their claim to fame because the service at lunch was quite spotty, and the food was mediocre, and very much over-priced. It's the location, location, location.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

This restaurant is incredible! Austin was a wonderful waiter. This is by far one of the most beautiful places to eat, and the views are breathtaking!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Great food, service with a fantastic view! We will be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I went to Rocky Point Restaurant with a group of six on Saturday September 16, 2017. It was a gorgeous day, and we were able to sit outside. Our server, Austin, was top-notch. He was effervescent, friendly, and knowledgeable about the menu and drink selection. The food came out quickly and correctly, and everyone finished their meal. It was delicious! I would recommend Rocky Point Restaurant to anyone in the Carmel-Monterey-Big Sur area. It's definitely worth the drive. The views of the Pacific are spectacular!!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

This is one of the few restaurants in the Carmel area that actually has an ocean view - and it's a fabulous one! On a 1-10 scale the food is about a 4 but the view is off the charts. Stick to the basics with your food order but sit outside and take in the cliffs, the Pacific, and with any luck the passing whales and it's an unforgettable dining experience!

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Having lived in Carmel Valley several years back and Rock Point being at the top of the list, my wife and I could not wait to return. We knew something was wrong when we found a vacant parking lot. No need for a reservation, almost empty. Waiter friendly, he said baby back ribs will fall off the bone. Working with knife and fork to make them fall off. I then found you could not chew the. Luke warm, not even hot. My wife's steak looked it came out of the microwave. Sad visit. NOT CHEAP!!

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Great views and good food. A bit pricey but well worth it for the view.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Everything is absolutely perfect and our waiter is amazing!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Amazing views and opportunity to sit inside or outside. Great scampi!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We have been dining at Rocky Point for years. The service and view are second to none. They have recently updated their food preparation and menu and it pains me to admit the food was just plain terrible. It has been outstanding in the past, however it was almost uneddible .

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Service was slow, food was not good half of what's on the menu was not available, my daughter just settles for mashed potato that is so bland, dry, no butter, no cream really bad. There were 5 flies in the windows we were sitting next to (gross). We decided to sit inside because it was windy, place was dingy!

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Off the charts for the ocean front view! Great little hike outside too if you're feeling adventurous - we saw lots of people taking selfies or just amazing shots of the water. Careful not to trip and fall over though.

The cocktails were large and generous but the food just ok. Husband had the French dip (yummy) and I had the skirt steak (just ok). We're definitely coming back and bringing friends to enjoy the view but will probably just do appetizers and drinks and eat our meal over in Carmel.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Wonderful restaurant on the big sur overlooking the rocky shore and sea. Beautiful scenery and great tasting food too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We have visited this restaurant since 1991. We were so disappointed with the quality of food and service. This was our favorite place. One of the reasons to visit California. We will not return nor recommend to anyone. Sad, sad experience

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·Dined on September 4, 2017

The service was horrendous. We went up to the bar twice. After not even being acknowledged the first time, we were finally acknowledged on our second visit but still never ordered. We were literally the only one at the bar. The bartender just kept his head down and continued making drinks for tables until we left due to our table being ready. They were short staffed and so the hostess who was so sweet had to take our order after we sat there with no service for a very long time. When we finally did order they had to come back to notify us that they were out of what we ordered. Other customers got fed up and left after sitting without service for so long. When we asked to talk to a manger the manager literally messed around with the cash register in front of us for at least 10 minutes before he would even look up to speak to us. We told him about our experience at the bar and how others were also upset and leaving because the service was so bad and he could have cared less. The setting is so beautiful but outside of that it was one of the worst dining experiences we have ever had.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Scenic View
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Absolutely wonderful experience. Well worth every penny.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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