Local Dining

Fresh, seasonal ingredients from local famers’ markets. The fusion of myriad cooking styles. Unique presentations. These are the defining elements of California cuisine. Add in the magical setting of Big Sur, and you are rewarded with a truly authentic and remarkable dining experience.

Sierra Mar

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a spectacular view of the California coast, Post Ranch Inn’s restaurant serves world-class cuisine with an award-winning wine selection. Sierra Mar features an innovative lunch and four-course, prix-fixe menu, which changes daily and utilizes organic, seasonal fare.

Hours: Lunch - 12:15pm–2:30pm / Dinner - 5:30pm–9:00pm. Reservations typically accepted for outside guests 5:30pm & 8:45pm
Directions: The restaurant is located inside the Post Ranch Inn directly across Highway One from Ventana’s entrance. Be careful crossing the highway.
Info: 831.667.2800; www.postranchinn.com

Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant

The best bread in town, hands down, is at Big Sur Bakery, where you’ll find gourmet sandwiches and baked goods for lunch. For dinner, the restaurant has gained locals’ votes for best quality in a casual setting.

Hours: Bakery - daily from 8:00am / Dinner – daily, 6:00pm–9:00pm / Brunch - Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am–2:30pm
Directions: From Ventana, drive north on Highway One for 0.3 miles. The entrance is on the west side of the highway.
Info: 831.667.0520; bigsurbakery.com

Big Sur Roadhouse

Delicious California cuisine with fresh, local ingredients, using a variety of housemade products. In keeping with their Big Sur ethos, the seasonal menu is filled with locally-sourced organic ingredients.

Hours: Breakfast - 7:30am–9:30am / Lunch - 11:30am–2:45pm / Small Bites Menu - 4:00pm–9:00pm / Dinner Menu - 5:30pm–9:00pm. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call for reservations.
Directions: From Ventana, drive north on Highway One for 3.6 miles. The entrance is on the west side of the highway.
Info: 831.667.2370; www.glenoaksbigsur.com/roadhouse.html

Big Sur River Inn

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily inside by a huge stone fireplace and outside on a deck overlooking the bubbling Big Sur River. Enjoy live entertainment on Sunday afternoons, and sip refreshments while dangling your feet in the river.

Hours: Breakfast: 8 – 11 a.m. Lunch: Noon – 5 p.m. Dinner: 5 – 8 p.m.
Directions: From Ventana, drive north on Highway One for 4.2 miles. The entrance is on the west side of the highway.
Info:831.667.2700; bigsurriverinn.com


Sitting high above the Pacific Ocean, Nepenthe has been a social mecca and community gathering place since the late 1940s. This legendary restaurant offers breathtaking views of the coast from a vantage point 800 feet above the surf. Aside from its stunning views, Nepenthe offers an award-winning list of local wines and homemade desserts. Its famous Ambrosia burger keep guests coming back for more.

Hours: Open daily, 11:30am–10:00pm
Directions From Ventana: drive south on Highway One for 1 mile. The entrance is on the west side of the highway.
Info:831.667.2345; www.nepenthebigsur.com


Sit by candlelight and listen to classical music while you dine in this quaint and quirky old-world, Big Sur setting. The organic menu changes often and reflects what is seasonably available.

Hours: Breakfast - 8:00am–noon / Dinner - from 6:00pm. Reservations recommended.
Directions: From Ventana, drive south on Highway One for 1.7 miles. The entrance is on the east side of the highway. Note: The sign reads Big Sur Inn.
Info 831.667.2377; www.deetjens.com

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