Big Sur + Monterey Bay

Restaurants in Big Sur + Monterey Bay

Order dinner of rack of lamb or duck breast with a cherry-port reduction at the restaurant in the classic 1930 Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn.

Start your day with “Mike’s Mess”—a mountain of eggs scrambled with potatoes, mushrooms, and bacon, topped with cheese and sour cream—at this local favorite. Kids, however, opt for the sourdough pancakes.

The perfect place for salads, pastas, made-from-scratch hollandaise sauce, ahi tuna, and freshly squeezed lemonade and orange juice on the outdoor patio.

Stop for moules frites on a sunny day.

Feast on braised veal cheeks at Bistro Laurent, housed in a park-side, 19th-century brick building.

Diners gaze out on the Pacific Ocean and rocky headlands from the Post Ranch Inn’s restaurant, Sierra Mar, perched on a secluded cliff 1,200 feet above the surf in Big Sur.

Catch a spectacular sunset at The Sea Chest Oyster Bar and Restaurant, reminiscent of a New England cottage, while feasting on fresh oysters and garlicky scampi.

Hang out on the patio with a burger and microbrew.

Dig in to butternut squash enchiladas or brick-roasted chicken; the chef promotes the local and sustainable.

Don’t miss the curried chicken sandwich.

Dine at Michel Richard’s Citronelle, at the Carmel Valley Ranch resort—and be sure to order the Monterey Bay abalone with caviar cream.

Fill up on morning blueberry pancakes or cinnamon raisin French toast at this local breakfast haunt.