Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur is perched on the edge of the continent...

High above the Pacific and watched over by the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains sits a little slice of paradise. 

This mecca of poets, artists, travelers and vagabonds has served guests for over 68 years, opening for business on April 24, 1949.

Sitting on the terrace, enjoying a glass of wine, an Ambrosia Burger, or one of our exceptional homemade desserts is a quintessential California experience. The first time visitor to the Central Coast will not want to miss it. Once you have visited, you are destined to return.

Visit Nepenthe for yourself and discover why countless guests have dined with us over the years.

The Nepenthe property consists of Nepenthe restaurant, Café Kevah and The Phoenix Shop. We look forward to seeing you soon. 

Big Sur Shuttle Service and Access

Current access to Nepenthe is limited due to the collapsed Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge to the north of us and a landslide to the south of us.  Guests can hike to us from the north via The Community Bypass Trail.  You can access the trail by either parking at Andrew Molera State Park and taking the Big Sur Shuttle Service or parking at the day-use portion of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.  Please visit  Sur Transportation for more information.  To access us from the south, you can drive via Nacimiento Fergusson Road to Highway 1 then head north.  You can view a map here.