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big sur river inn restaurant
Renew your spirit at the full service restaurant and bar at Big Sur River Inn. Enjoy a fabulous breakfast, lunch or dinner in the historic dining room or outside on the deck, the lawn or along the bank of the Big Sur River. Have a seat on one of the Adirondack chairs in the river and let the smooth current cool your feet as you enjoy the best Big Sur lunch around.

What sets us apart from other Big Sur restaurants is our 100-year-old tradition of locally grown fine food, friendly, efficient service and warm hospitality.

And yes, we still serve the original homesteader’s version of “Hot Apple Pie!

Breakfast at the Restaurant at Big Sur River Inn includes: Organic Eggs, Buttermilk Pancakes, favorites like Carrot Cake French Toast, House Omelets … and so much more! Lunch and dinner at the Restaurant at Big Sur River Inn includes: Appetizers, Salads, Main Events, Sandwiches and Burgers.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert is served in the restaurant and on the river view deck.

Make a reservation:
831-667-2700
800-548-3610 (toll free)

big sur river inn and restaurant

See Monterey: River Inn has one of the “Best Brunches in Monterey County”
“Kick start your morning at the Big Sur River Inn Restaurant with hearty home-cooked dishes like huevos rancheros, banana walnut pancakes and a redwood camp omelet. Want to drink your brunch instead? Order one of their famous Bloody Mary’s and lounge in an Adirondack chair in the nearby Big Sur River. ”

New York Times, Travel
“Popular with everyone from families to bikers, the River Inn is an unpretentious, rustic, down-home restaurant that has something for all tastes. Trying to seat a small army? No problem. Want to watch sports on TV at a local bar? Pull up a stool. Looking to snag a few rays from a deck right beside the Big Sur River? Break out the suntan lotion. In winter, the wooden dining room is the prime spot; on summer days, some folks grab their patio chairs and cocktails and hang out literally midstream.

“Along with the local color, attractions include a full bar and good ol’ American breakfasts (steak and eggs, omelets, pancakes, and so on, plus espresso), lunches (an array of salads, sandwiches, and baby back ribs, or fish and chips), and dinners (fresh catch, pastas, burgers, or ribs). I usually order the Black Angus Burger with a side of beer-battered onion rings, or a big platter of the Roadhouse Ribs served with cowboy beans.”

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Roadside Motel & River View Suites  square-purple  Riverside Dining in our Full-Service Restaurant  square-purple  General Store with Burrito & Pizza Bar
Outdoor Pool  square-purple  On-site Gas Station  square-purple  Big Sur Wedding & Event Services  square-purple  An Expansive Lawn set beside the River
Close Proximity to Big Sur State Parks  square-purple  25 Scenic Miles South of Carmel

Big Sur Vacation Ideas

Point Sur Lighthouse
5 Miles North
A variety of tours are available (including full moon tours!) for the historic Point Sur Lighthouse, the only turn-of-the-century lighthouse open to the public.

Andrew Molera State Park
2.5 Miles North
This park is still relatively undeveloped and offers visitors great hiking, fishing and beachcombing. Miles of trails wind through meadows, beaches and hilltops.

Molera Horseback Tours
2.5 Miles North at Andrew Molera State Park
Scenic coastal horseback tours in historic Andrew Molera State Park…including along the beach.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
2 Miles South
Offers swimming in the Big Sur River, camping, numerous self-guided hiking trails, including the Valley View trail with magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the Big Sur Valley.

Pfeiffer Beach
3 miles south, 2 miles West
Pfeiffer Beach is undeniably one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, open daily from 9am to sunset.

Henry Miller Memorial Library
5.25 Miles South at Graves Canyon
The Henry Miller Memorial Library was bequeathed to Big Sur by Emil White, longtime secretary of American writer Henry Miller and is a local center of musical and literary events.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
13 Miles South
This state park is named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns, a well-respected pioneer woman in the Big Sur country. The park stretches from the Big Sur coastline into nearby 3,000-foot ridges. It features an 80-foot waterfall that drops from granite cliffs into the ocean from the Overlook Trail. A panoramic view of the ocean and miles of rugged Big Sur California coastline is available from the higher elevations along the trails east of Highway 1.