Dining

Homestead Restaurant & Café at Big Sur Lodge

Our signature restaurant located inside Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, with the Big Sur River flowing just below the restaurant’s back patio. Delicious Roasted Miso Salmon, healthy salads, Pfeiffer Philly steak sandwiches and Pork Tacos are the local favorites! Open daily for breakfast, lunch & dinner from 8am-11am & 12pm-9pm. Has a restaurant, espresso bar (opens 7:30am) with fresh pastries, ice cream counter with waffle cones, gift shop and general store with great beer and wine selections. Go for a hike in the park and grab a picnic lunch to go or a bite to eat overlooking the Big Sur River. www.bigsurlodge.com (831) 667 3100. $

big sur roadhouse

Big Sur Roadhouse

(1 mile north) Locally sourced ingredients with walk-up bar service. Open 8:00am – 2:30pm daily for breakfast & lunch. Great breakfast sandwiches. www.bigsurroadhouse.com (831) 667 2370. $

big sur bakery

Big Sur Bakery

(2 miles south) Creative, American comfort food, wood-fired pizzas, fresh pastries and desserts in a rustic setting. Café is open for pastries and brunch from 8am-3pm daily. Dinner service is from 5.30pm-8.30pm Wednesday to Sunday. www.bigsurbakery.com (831) 667 0520. $$

the sur house

The Sur House

(2.5 miles south) Located at Ventana Inn. Upscale restaurant with peaceful ocean views from the outside terrace. Offers coastal cuisine that is locally sourced. Open daily for breakfast 7:30am-10:30am, lunch 11:30am-4pm and dinner (fixed-price menu) 6pm-9pm. www.ventanabigsur.com (831) 667 2331. $$$

Sierra Mar

Sierra Mar

(2.5 miles south) Located at Post Ranch Inn. Award winning, ever-changing high-end cuisine, with many ingredients grown in the Post Ranch chef’s garden and sourced from local foragers. Architecturally beautiful with stunning ocean views. Open daily for lunch 12pm-2pm, and dinner 5:30pm-9pm. Fixed-price menu. www.postranchinn.com (831) 667 2800. $$$

big sur inn

Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn

(4 miles south) Cozy, quaint restaurant and a local favorite for breakfast. Offers comfort food. Best eggs benedict in Big Sur and very strong coffee. Open daily for breakfast from 8am-12pm and dinner from 6pm-9pm. www.deetjensbigsur.com (831) 667 2378. $$

rocky point restaurant

Rocky Point

(15 miles north) Located on low cliffs with beautiful views of the ocean and Rocky Point Bridge from the restaurant and terrace. Variety of seafood options and full bar. Open for lunch and dinner from 11:30am-8pm. www.rockypointrestaurant.com (831) 624 2933. $$

river inn restaurant

River Inn

(less than 1 mile north) Always a beehive of activity, offering a restaurant, general store, burrito bar, and gas station. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Best Bloody Marys in Big Sur, and featuring a variety of house-infused spirits for their creative signature cocktails. Live music on the lawn on summer Sundays. Take a drink down to sit in Adirondack chairs right in the Big Sur River! www.bigsurriverinn.com (831) 667 2700. $

ripplewood restaurant

Ripplewood

(1 mile north) Fresh, traditional diner fare, open for breakfast and lunch from 8:00am-2:00pm daily. They have the best au gratin breakfast potatoes and homemade cinnamon rolls. www.ripplewoodresort.com (831) 667 2242. $

Ripplewood Restaurant

Fernwood

(less than 1 mile north) Fernwood has a restaurant, full bar, and general store. Open for lunch and dinner from 11am-9:30pm daily. Live music most Saturdays year-round! Ping pong table, firepits and heat lamps on the back deck under the redwoods. Great for nachos and pizza. If you’re a sports fan they’ll have the game on! www.fernwoodbigsur.com (831) 667 2422. $

big sur deli

Big Sur Deli

(2 miles south) Delicious short-order sandwiches and a case full of deli items made fresh daily. Perfect to-go selection for a picnic on the beach or a day hike. Located right next to the Big Sur Post Office. (831) 667 2225. $

big sur deli

Big Sur Taphouse

(2 miles south) Casual atmosphere right next to the Deli, with pub fare, yummy specials and the largest selection of beer on tap in Big Sur. Large, shady back patio. Open daily from 12pm-10pm. Great place to watch the Warriors game with locals! www.bigsurtaphouse.com (831) 667 2197. $

nepenthe

Nepenthe & Café Kevah

(3.5 miles south) Casual dining with excellent wine list, featuring Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture and stunning ocean and south-coast views. Café Kevah serves brunch on an open-air patio 9am-4pm daily (closed January to mid-February). Nepenthe restaurant is open daily from 11:30am-4:30pm for lunch, and 5pm-9pm for dinner. www.nepenthe.com (831) 667 2345. $$

coast big sur

COAST Big Sur

(6.5 miles south) Café above the gallery and boutique has a lovely patio with ocean views. Serves a selection of fresh-baked pastries and breads, fancy picnic snacks, beer & wine, and creatively flavored soft-serve ice cream and sorbets daily from 11am-6pm. www.coastbigsur.com (831) 667 2301. $