Best Lunch in Big Sur

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Driving through Big Sur can often feel hit or miss in terms of places to stop for lunch, with many stretches of the area being nothing but natural beauty and towering redwoods. Many restaurants and resorts are off the main roads, hidden away in areas you might not have thought to go to. That’s why we’ve provided this list of the best places to grab lunch in Big Sur, so that on your next trip you can pick somewhere that’s guaranteed to be good.

Feature Photo: Courtesy of Big Sur Taphouse

Big Sur Taphouse, Lunch, Big Sur
Photo: Big Sur Taphouse

For somewhere quick and casual that still packs a flavorful punch, head to Big Sur Taphouse. Fuel up for a hike with their Sunflower Power salad, tossed with cherry tomatoes and house-made vinaigrette, or get the fan-favorite “Totally Amazing” Cheesesteak, complete with chips and a pickle. Their menu rotates each day of the week, spicing things up with Taco Tuesdays, Fishy Fridays, and Slider Saturdays. Make sure to check out what they’ve got on tap, as they’re constantly changing up their handles and encourage guests to try as many as they like!

Photo: Big Sur River Inn & Restaurant

There aren’t many places in the world, let alone California, that allow you to dine in the water, but this is one of those. At the Big Sur River Inn & Restaurant there are actually four places you can dine: in the historic dining room, on the expansive deck, on the lawn or in an Adirondack chair along the bank of — or with feet soaking in — the Big Sur River. If you want a substantial yet gluten-free meal, get the chimichurri-marinated California gaucho steak. If you’re craving comfort food, it doesn’t get much better than carrot cake French toast.

Photo: Sammie vs Food

The legendary spot where Henry Miller once hung is worth the drive from town, and the drive is famous for a reason. Here the views and the vibe are so profound the food and beverage program almost gets underrated. The two “house favorites” (steak frites and famous Ambrosia burger) deliver reliably, and so does the wild shrimp BLT.

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