California Dining


Nepenthe Restaurant on Big Sur Coast

48510 Highway #1
Big Sur, California 93920
(831) 667-2345

When you hit the Big Sur Coast, all rules are off (and so are cell devices) in many spots where its all about the ocean views. See more inspirational view restaurants.

Nepenthe on the Big Sur Coast is located on the ocean side of Highway One, 29 miles south of Carmel and 63 miles north of San Simeon.

Serving lunch and dinner daily with outdoor Cafe Kevah selling hot coffee and pastries around 9 a.m., weather permitting, the prices for lunch are around $13 -25 for sandwiches and salads, and dinner menu items cost around $15 for a salad entree to around $40 for shrimp and steaks.

Based on the vision of founders Lolly and Bill Fassett, the family has maintained a commitment to exceptional caring service in a relaxed atmosphere.

Lolly added the Phoenix Shop in 1964 to share the wares and treasures she loved with the world, and in 1992, the Café Kevah opened.

All three businesses are still operated by their children and grandchildren. The traditions of family hospitality are a hallmark of the business.

The Cafe Kevah is located on an outdoor terrace below Nepenthe, and on the roof of the Phoenix Shop. It overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Lucia Mountains.

The Cafe is open President's Weekend through New Years Day, weather permitting.

Terraced gardens. Bougainvillea, honeysuckle, and jasmine. Red-tail hawks hover overhead. Forests of redwood and oak lie thick below. Watch out for the blue feathered stellar jays who will not hesitate to steal your cinnamon roll!

The Cafe's menu focuses on the freshest ingredients carefully prepared, gourmet coffees, and home made baked goods. The open-air patio and counter service create a casual atmosphere where you can relax, take your time, and watch the whales go by. If you forgot to bring a good book, the Phoenix Shop is just a few feet away with an awesome book and card selection.

The cafe takes its name from founder Bill Fassett's mother, a one-time suffragette, numerologist, and astrologer to the stars.


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