Best Seafood in Big Sur

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Despite being associated more with towering redwoods and hiking trails that lead you through the stunning mountains, Big Sur reaps the bounty of the sea just the same as the rest of the California coast. The seafood here is just as fresh and tantalizing as if you were sitting right on a beach instead of up on the cliffs. If you’ve a hankering for fresh oysters or clam chowder, consider taking a look at this list before or during your trip to Big Sur.

Feature Photo: Courtesy of Sierra Mar

Seafood, Big Sur, Sierra Mar
Photo courtesy of Post Ranch Inn

Situated as part of Post Ranch Inn, Sierra Mar’s glass walls offer diners stunning views of the ocean and the surrounding Big Sur area. The menu showcases their seafood, and you may find salmon sashimi and oysters on the half-shell next to sea bass with shaved zucchini. For pairings, Sierra Mar’s award-winning wine list is guaranteed to have something for everyone. Make sure to get a reservation, as they don’t accept walk-ins.

Seafood, Big Sur, The Lodge
Photo courtesy of Treebones

Attached to the Treebones Resort is the beautiful Lodge Restaurant, offering a romantic indoor dining hall and an outdoor bar (weather permitting). Though they offer a variety of dishes, their focus is on seafood. Sample their oyster Rockefeller with seaweed and parmesan, or the California halibut with beurre blanc and watercress. The menu does rotate based on what local ingredients are available, so rest assured that whatever you’re getting, it will be fresh and seasonal. Reservations are also required.

Seafood, Big Sur, Wild Coast
Photo courtesy of Treebones

This omakase sushi bar is also part of the Treebones Resort, but it is all about the sushi. Offering a fifteen course tasting menu, they incorporate herbs and seasonings from their own organic garden, paired perfectly with melt-in-your-mouth otoro, spiny lobster, or Monterey Bay abalone. Spring for the beverage pairing as well, and try their fine selection of sake and wine. Reservations are required, and make sure to book in advance, as seatings can go quickly.

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