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Top 4 Casual Restaurants Near Wander Big Sur Point

Casual Gastronomy in Big Sur: A Culinary Journey Through Redwoods and Rivers

 Natalie Kowalewski
NatalieTravel Guide
Top 4 Casual Restaurants Near Wander Big Sur Point

Discover the allure of casual dining in Big Sur, California, with a curated selection of top-notch eateries. Experience the traditional charm and homespun atmosphere of a local tavern tucked among redwoods, offering a delightful Bar & Grill menu featuring inventive dishes like chorizo stuffed dates and a mouthwatering southern fried chicken sammie. Alternatively, indulge in all-day Californian cuisine crafted from seasonal, locally sourced ingredients in a modern-rustic setting. Embrace the laid-back charm of a riverside inn, boasting a century-old tradition of locally grown fine food across a diverse menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lastly, immerse yourself in the timeless ambiance of a historic establishment dating back to 1939, where romantic candlelit rooms set the stage for hearty American meat and seafood dishes. Keep reading for more details about our top picks:

Deetjen's Restaurant

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  • Distance from Wander Big Sur Point: 10 miles 

  • Location: 48865 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920

  • Hours: Breakfast: 8AM-12PM daily; Dinner: 5:30-8:30 Friday-Sunday 

  • Phone: (831) 667-2378

  • Website: https://www.deetjens.com/restaurant.html 

The Restaurant at Deetjen's beckons with a warm embrace and a rich history dating back to 1939. The establishment exudes a timeless ambiance, with little change since its inception over seventy years ago. Guests can savor American meat and seafood dishes paired with local wines in one of the four romantic, candlelit rooms. The dinner menu boasts hearty, homestyle cuisine, while the breakfast offerings, including Eggs Benedict and fluffy buttermilk pancakes, have earned the restaurant the coveted "Best Place for Breakfast" award in Monterey County.

Restaurant at Big Sur River Inn

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Immerse yourself in the laid-back charm of the Big Sur River Inn, an inviting rustic hotel eatery nestled among redwoods. With a 100-year tradition of locally grown fine food, this down-to-earth spot offers an extensive menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Indulge in favorites like the house smoked half rack of pork baby back ribs or savor breakfast delights such as the chilaquiles verde, all while enjoying the soothing ambiance along the banks of the Big Sur River.

Tip: There is a kids menu available for all junior guests!

Big Sur Roadhouse

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Photo courtesy of Glen Oaks Big Sur

Indulge in all-day Californian cuisine made from seasonal, locally sourced ingredients in the modern-rustic ambiance of the Big Sur Roadhouse. Embracing the Big Sur ethos, the menu showcases organic ingredients, offering a unique and fitting environment for dining. Whether it's a quick coffee, a glass of wine, a snack, or a full meal, the Roadhouse invites you to savor the flavors of the region in a stylish and welcoming setting.


Fernwood Tavern 

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Photo courtesy of Fernwood Big Sur 

Fernwood Tavern beckons with its traditional charm and redwood timbers, providing a welcoming haven for both locals and tourists. Beyond its homespun atmosphere, Fernwood offers a delectable Bar & Grill menu featuring culinary delights such as chorizo stuffed dates and southern fried chicken sammie. The back deck, set beneath towering redwood trees, provides a relaxed setting to savor not only the mouthwatering dishes but also the laid-back ambiance that makes Fernwood Tavern a great place for a casual meal.


With every bite, there's a celebration of local traditions and timeless traditions. Let us celebrate with you the next time your in town! Snap a picture of your next meal in Big Sur or some other bits of your trip at Wander Big Sur Point and tag us on social media (@wander).

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