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Local Spotlight: Nepenthe

Big Sur McWay Falls

Last November my husband and I took a trip up the California coast for our 4 year anniversary and it was one of the best trips. If you ever want to take a road trip, nothing beats driving up the California coast. We drove from Orange County and made several stops along the way in about a week and visited the prettiest places: Santa Barbara, Solvang, San Luis Obispo, Cambria, San Simeon, Big Sur and Monterey Bay. Our favorite place we visited was Big Sur. No doubt, the most beautiful city in California. Highly recommend everyone visit at least once.

When we told people we were heading up to Big Sur, they told us to be sure to visit Nepenthe’s for lunch. I checked the Yelp reviews and took a look at the online pictures and was extremely excited to try it out. The hype is true. I was blown away with how stunning the views are, how fresh the air is and their tasty menu. Patio seating is the way to go, be sure to wait for the outdoor seating. You have views of the forest and the ocean, it’s a sight to see. You’re literally having a meal in the middle of a forest, it’s such a cool experience.

Nepenthe Restaurant

My husband and I shared the caprese salad, he chose the Smoked Wild Salmon as his entree and I chose the ever popular Ambrosia burger. If you decide to order a burger or sandwich be aware that they do not come with fries. They do have fries on the menu, however you have to order them as an extra side. I had an option of choosing a garbanzo-bean salad, coleslaw or green salad as my side, and I chose to do half the bean salad and coleslaw to try them both, and the bean salad was delicious, highly recommend it.

Nepenthe Restaurant

Nepenthe Restaurant

The prices are a little expensive, but everything in Big Sur is expensive. And really, you are paying for the views at Nepenthe – who are you kidding?! But boy are the views worth it! It was one of my favorite places I’ve ever visited, and I hope to go back one day.

Have you ever visited Big Sur, any places you recommend?!

TIPS: Lunch is the best time to go. Be sure to ask for outside seating, it’s the best way to experience this place.

NOTE: As always, all local spotlights are my personal opinion and are not sponsored. I only feature what I would recommend.

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  • Reply Shae

    I always see this place when I do this drive, and dream about eating here. Unfortunately, we never stop, and parking is always a bit chaotic anyway, but it looks gorgeous!

    Shae at

    03/06 at 6:29 am
  • Reply Michèle

    Oh dear, these food photos look so good

    03/06 at 7:19 am
  • Reply tara belle

    That view is breathtaking!!! I’ve never been to big sur, but hopefully one day!

    Tara Belle

    03/06 at 7:40 am
  • Reply Laura Mitbrodt

    omg it looks so pretty there

    03/06 at 9:49 am
  • Reply charity

    So worth it! What a gorgeous view and I’ve never been to Big Sur. Great post and TGIF!

    03/06 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Ashlee

    Big Sur is breath taking!! Going on another Cali road trip this summer I can’t wait, stopping in Joshua Tree for the first time!

    03/06 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Wishes & Reality

    Wow! Totally worth it! What amazing photos!


    03/06 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply chelsea

    I grew up in SF and never ventured out to big sur, now I want to go! Thanks for sharing, I seriously love your blog!

    Chowing Down by the Bay

    03/07 at 9:03 am
    • Reply Vanessa's Runway

      Thank you so much! I highly recommend taking a little trip to big sur, not too far of a drive from SF and so worth it! xo

      03/09 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Clipping Path Outsource

    It would be divine lunch to take those on NEPENTHE.

    03/07 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Tiffany

    It looks so stunningly beautiful there. You are so lucky . I am hoping to take a trip and visit California soon !!!! .

    03/07 at 4:13 pm
    • Reply Vanessa's Runway

      It is gorgeous! Hope you have a fab trip to California, I think any place you visit in CA is pretty gorgeous though, hopefully you get some beach time in! xo

      03/09 at 1:19 pm

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