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Top 3 Upscale Restaurants in Big Sur and Cambria

Dine and wine at these cozy spots!

 Natalie Kowalewski
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Top 3 Upscale Restaurants in Big Sur and Cambria

Embark on a culinary journey through the scenic coastal towns of Big Sur and Cambria, California, where upscale dining experiences await those seeking a memorable night out or a special celebration.

Whether you choose to dine amidst breathtaking ocean views or in a candle-lit setting, these upscale establishments near Wander Big Sur Coast promise to deliver unforgettable dining experiences that will elevate any occasion.

Wild Coast Restaurant and The Lodge Restaurant

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The menu at Wild Coast Restaurant features a delightful array of fresh seafood from the region and beyond. The dining room is a quaint space that accommodates only 8 guests per seating at $160/person & optional drink pairing at $100/person.

Colocated is The Lodge Restaurant which offers a chef’s four-course dinner menu at $85/person from Monday to Sunday. The menu changes seasonally, but a sample menu can be found online.

Tip: Advance reservation is required for both restaurants. Please visit the website for additional information on parking and access to the resort for non-guests.

Indigo Moon

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  • Distance from Wander Big Sur: 22.5 miles

  • Location: 1980 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428

  • Hours: 4:30PM-9PM Thursday-Sunday; Closed Monday 

  • Phone: (805) 927-2911

  • Website: http://indigomoonrestaurant.com/ 

Fun fact: Indigo Moon started as a wine cheese shop before it evolved into a full-service restaurant while retaining its adjacent original shop.

Whether you choose to dine in the cozy front room, the inviting patios, or the serene garden, the passion for food, atmosphere, and service is palpable. The menu boasts a diverse range of options, including salmon tacos, fish & chips, ribeye steak, rack of lamb, and pork chops.

Madeline's Restaurant & Wine Cellar 

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  • Distance from Wander Big Sur: 22.5 miles

  • Location: 788 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428

  • Hours: Lunch 11:30AM-3PM Monday - Sunday; Dinner 5PM-9PM Monday - Sunday

  • Phone: (805) 927-4175

  • Website: https://madelinescambria.com/ 

Step into the candle-lit dining room and immerse yourself in an American and French-inspired menu featuring culinary delights such as quail, gumbo, duck, and lamb.

With almost two decades of operation, Madeline's creates a captivating ambiance and on-site wine shop, making it the perfect spot for an intimate dining experience.

Tip: Madeline's patio is also pet-friendly so feel free to bring your furry friend along with you!


Whether you want to get away for an intimate celebration or a workcation, Wander Big Sur Coast makes the perfect weekend getaway. Contact our concierge desk for more tips on how to make your seaside holiday an even better one!

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