For a small
community, Big Sur has an amazing number of excellent restaurants,
gourmet delis and homestyle cafes to serve residents and visitors.
Grab picnic fixings and head to the beach or don your least-crumpled
hiking shorts and savor fresh, inspired cuisine at these local
SUR BAKERY & RESTAURANT Located at Loma Vista. Serving
fresh pastries, breads, pizza and more--baked daily in a woodfired
oven. Breakfast served from 8-9:30, lunch 11-3:00 and dinner from
5:30 on. Self-service deli foods available between these hours.
Lovely garden setting with views of Big Sur Valley. Beer and wine.
SUR CENTER DELI Wonderful selection of freshly prepared
deli items and desserts for breakfast, lunch and dinner. General
store and grocery with good variety of wines and beer. Open daily
from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. In the Post Office center. 831-667-2225
SUR LODGE RESTAURANT AND ESPRESSO HOUSE Indoor and patio
dining on the banks of the Big Sur River. Freshly prepared foods
served in a spacious, airy atmosphere with views of the redwoods.
Wood stove adds cheer on those foggy mornings. Children welcome.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fresh pastries, specialty coffees
and teas. Take-out meals on request. 831-667-3100, www.bigsurlodge.com
SUR RIVER INN Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served
inside by the big stone fireplace or outdoors on the wonderful
deck overlooking lawns that stretch down to the Big Sur River,
inviting a post-meal reverie on the Adirondack chairs in the sun.
Guard your plate from rapacious blue jays that take advantage
of tranced-out diners. Live entertainment on Sunday afternoons.
831-667-2700 or 800-548-3610, www.bigsurriverinn.com
SUR VILLAGE PUB A local's favorite, this friendly spot
features specialty beers, a pub-style menu and an informal atmosphere.
KEVAH On the terrace just below Nepenthe, with sweeping
views of the south coast. Open March through December, 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Brunch, beverages and light lunches. 831-667-2345
Located at Ventana Inn, this special dining choice will delight
you with simple but innovative cuisine using fresh local ingredients.
The views from the terrace may even take your mind off the fun
that your mouth is having. Lunch and dinner served daily, bar
open from noon to midnight. 831-667-0573, 800-6286500, www.ventanainn.com
CAFE Lunch, baked goods, coffee and estate-bottled wines
are served on the deck at this charming spot on the second floor
at the Coast Gallery. 9-5 every day. 831-667-2301
BIG SUR INN Breakfast 8-noon and dinner from 6 p.m. Reservations
recommended. Time has indeed stopped in this enchanted canyon.
Justly famous for its history, atmosphere and killer views from
the terraces, decks and inside tables. Simply not to be missed!
Family owned since 1949. The menu actually lives up to the scenery--order
with the confident happiness that you will leave in a state of
sated transcendence. Deck diners be on your guard--as you watch
for whales offshore, burglar blue jays are waiting to swoon in
and snatch a tidbit from your plate. Open every day 11:30-10:00
p.m. 831-667-2345, www.nepenthebigsur.com
POINT RESTAURANT Unique dining room architecture of stone
columns and glass walls is tucked in a glorious garden setting.
Original gourmet cuisine on a par with the surroundings. Patio
or indoors--all tables have 360 degree ocean and mountain views.
Snack bar and espresso bar on the terrace. 805-927-4502, www.raggedpointinn.net
GRILL Restaurant and bar at Fernwood Resort. Popular
with campers, motorcyclists and other visitors. 831-667-2422
CAFE Friendly unpretentious cafe serving generous portions
of well-crafted homestyle food. Dine outside on the verdant patio
or indoors in the quaint dining room. 831-6672242, www.ripplewoodresort.com
ROADHOUSE Local's favorite, the Roadhouse serves California-Latin
American cuisine at affordable prices. Open for dinner 5:30-9:00
p.m. Closed Tuesdays. 831-667-2264
POINT RESTAURANT Open daily for breakfast, lunch and
dinner, or drop in for drinks and appetizers to accompany the
gorgeous cliff-side setting. Ocean terrace with open-pit fireplace
and gazebo. The candlelight sunset dinners are truly memorable.
Breakfast 9:00-11:30, lunch 11:30-3:00 and dinner from 5:00 p.m.
MAR RESTAURANT At the Post Ranch Inn high above the Pacific,
enjoy eclectic California cuisine from the lunch and dinner menus.
Winner of the Wine Spectator Grand Award. Breaktaking views, awe-inspiring
dining. Reservations required. 831-667-2800, www.postranchinn.com
CAFE Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy
indoor or patio dining featuring creative California cuisine and
irresistible homemade desserts. Located at Gorda Springs. 805-927-3918
or after hours at 805-927-4600, www.gordasprings.com