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Rocky Point Restaurant

4.3
393 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, American, Seafood
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Hours of operation

Hours of Operation: Daily 11:00am-9:00pm
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Phone number
(831) 624-2933
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Private party contact
Private Dining Coordinator: (866) 681-7508
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Catering
Please contact the restaurant
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Rocky Point Rd.
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Parking details
Rocky Point has its own parking lot supporting our patrons. Free Parking
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Entertainment
Occasional Acoustic Sets
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
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4.3based on all time ratings
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food
4.2
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4.6
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3.8
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Good place to have a half day of relaxing! Great sea view.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

The crab sliders and hamburger were great. The chicken sandwich , the chicken was thin and very dry. The person in my party should have sent it back, but she did not want to make an issue so only ate half. The staff is very nice, sure it could have been resolved. Beautiful location.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Great ocean view on a beautiful sunny day, sat outside soaking up the sun and watching the whale spouts, worth the 20 min drive from Carmel. Food was average for a local oceanfront restaurant (had Crab Salad Sliders, prime rib sandwich). Waiter couldn't get the kids plain burger right, kept coming out with other stuff on it which the kid won't it after it's "tainted" (a pickle is touching it, I can't eat it!). There was a sign in the lobby saying they weren't serving cocktails until after 5:00pm, which seemed odd for a place that does drinks with a view much better than their food.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

This restaurant is ALL ABOUT THE VIEW! Go for an amazing view of the sunset. The food is fine/good. There is something for everyone here. The restaurant has a charming feel to it. But the main draw is that gorgeous view. There is not a restaurant for miles that has such a unique spot - and rocks by the water you can climb around. Great for photos!

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3.0Dined on December 25, 2017

The host took us to a dirty table, she got a towel n sweep the crumbs from the table to the table placemat n put back on the table...so we left that table n went to sit on the bench table outside where it was much cleaner. It's Christmas but wasn't even busy. Service is very slow, they forget to bring us hot sauce when we asked for it. Food was delicious. View was beautiful.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Rocky Point never disappoints. My husband and I had a fantastic lunch on the outside terrace. Spectacular, dramatic ocean view, attentive service and excellent menu. Definitely worth the 20 min drive along HWY 1 from Carmel.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Delicious food and very friendly staff. Austin is the most fun and special waiter we have ever met..

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

A belated birthday lunch/brunch for a friend was the occasion. It was a gorgeous day and we sat outside enjoying the spectacular and breathtaking views of the ocean. The brunch was delicious and our server, Austin, was friendly, fun and attentive. I love this special place and I would highly recommend it for any and all occasions.

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3.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was insanely overpriced. 12$ to have your fries switched out for onion rings(on top of the original price for your entree)Redeeming qualities were the view and our service. Austin was truly a gem. Funnny thoughtful and attentive. Food wasn’t great but the view is worth the drive for at least a glass of wine.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Amazing. I arrived about 30 min before sunset, got my table with a view, ordered a drink and then enjoyed the drink while walking around enjoying the waves and the sunset. WHAT A VIEW!!! I then went in to enjoy dinner and the remained of the sunset, and as twilight ended the lights lit up the rocks so I could still enjoy the crashing waves!!!

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3.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Have been here many times to take visiting friends and family on our way down the coast to share our spectacular CA coastal views. I like that they have security guard who will not let you in driveway unless you have reservations. Also, they do not answer their phone, so make reservations online. All staff are very nice, and super efficient, and you can sit on patio with your dogs. Just need to say do not order the bloody mary unless you want it virgin. They didn't put vodka in any of ours. We should have ordered a bottle of wine instead.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Too bad we had to cancell our Thanksgiving lunch here because no vegetarian option available. We came on Friday and the weather was great and the butternut squash soup and pasta pomodoro were great.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

The deiensly relaxed atmosphere, outstanding food , fabulous views and excellent service make this the best restaurant on the central coast !

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3.0Dined on November 21, 2017

Go for the view not the food. Preferably before sunset

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4.0Dined on November 21, 2017

Great views and worth coming for at least a drink to see and experience the CA coast

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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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2.0Dined on November 3, 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on October 27, 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on October 22, 2017

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

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1.0Dined on October 21, 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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5.0Dined on October 20, 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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4.0Dined on October 15, 2017

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

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2.0Dined on October 14, 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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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 8, 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

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on October 1, 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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5.0Dined 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!

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2.0Dined on September 25, 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.

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on September 23, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on September 22, 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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