There aren’t a lot of options to eat when you head to Big Sur. Nepenthe is by far the most popular place (it has over a thousand reviews on Yelp), but I suspect that’s more because of the view and not the food. The food isn’t bad, per se, it’s just completely average. Like the kind of stuff you’d find at a decent ski lodge. The view, however, is pretty great. Nepenthe is perched on a hill overlooking the coast and ocean, so if you’re a fan of looking at trees and big expanses of water, you’ll probably dig it. Personally, I hate nature, so as I was looking at all that splendor I tried to picture giant skyscrapers and pollution-spewing factories.
They’re known for their Ambrosia Burger, which is essentially a burger served on a brioche roll. And…that’s it. It’s perfectly sufficient as a burger and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the best thing on the menu, but if you make the drive here just to eat it you’re an idiot.
48510 Hwy 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone number: (831) 667-2345