About Rocky Point Restaurant
This Big Sur icon has been a dining and drinks tradition for over 60-years (est. 1947) Located just off the famous “Scenic California Highway-1" (12 minutes drive from Carmel-by-the-Sea) Rocky Point Restaurant is located a short 2 hrs. South of San Francisco. It is the ideal stop for tours originating from Los Angeles or San Francisco heading up or down the Coast. A Feast for All The Senses -Great food and Spectacular Views- Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean as you sit perched cliff-side; either inside through panoramic windows next to a cozy fireplace or outside on our open-air deck. Catch a glimpse of playful sea-otters, dolphins, seals, and even whales. Some have even spotted large fins cutting the waves, as great-white sharks cruise the kelp beds. We invite you to pay us a visit and enjoy Californian hospitality! The freshest seafood (right out of Monterey Bay), Steaks, Salads & Fresh Vegetables (grown locally), Full Bar and Award Winning Monterey County wines.
Californian, American, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Hours of Operation: Daily 11:00am-9:00pm
Rocky Point Rd.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Occasional Acoustic Sets
Please contact the restaurant
Rocky Point has its own parking lot supporting our patrons. Free Parking
Private Party Facilities:
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or making an impression for a corporate event, Rocky Point Restaurant can accommodate your private dining needs.
Private Party Contact:
Private Dining Coordinator: 8666817508
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Rocky Point Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
We called for reservations and notified ...
We called for reservations and notified the person answering the phone it was a special occasion and we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. We also told our server and she wished us a Happy Anniversary but we were disappointed that a small dessert was not provided in honor of our special celebration (like most nicer restaurants do). We also couldn't remember if the restaurant had told us prior to getting there if they provided a little something to celebrate.
The restaurant was a bit disappointing in this regard.
We enjoyed our dinners at Rocky Point re ...
We enjoyed our dinners at Rocky Point recently where three of us ordered your cioppinos and one ordered the salmon on linguini. Everyone enjoyed the food and the drinks of lemon drops, whiskey sour and crown royale with ginger. The only reason I dropped a star for service is because we had to ask for bread after our entrées had already arrived.
Good varied menu. Fantastic location wit ...
Good varied menu. Fantastic location with breathtaking views so daytime recommended. The drive was pretty hairy so would definitely not be going at night. Service was friendly but a little too relaxed ! Would go back.
Entire experience was superlative. Views ...
Entire experience was superlative. Views of California pacific coast like you read about and unlike other restaurants where the view is excellent and the food average, the food was great as well. Really enjoyed the meal and the walk to the rocks afterwards. Highly recommend.
Overall, we enjoyed our experience. My ...
Overall, we enjoyed our experience. My husband's Rib Eye steak was not very tasty, but the ribs I ordered were good and plenty for us both to enjoy. Loved the beautiful view and had fun walking around the property after dinner. Staff was very friendly and helpful.
The view doesn't get any better of the g ...
The view doesn't get any better of the gorgeous California coastline than from Rocky Point. That alone would be worth the visit here. However, the food quality and service live up to this breath taking location also. Every portion of the meal was perfect and our waiter couldn't have been nicer or more knowledgeable. If you want a night to remember, this is your place. If someone were to ask me what my favorite place to dine is, I would have to say, Rocky Point.
We tried to cancel this reservation but ...
We tried to cancel this reservation but couldn't get make a connection either through Open Table or by calling directly. There was a wildfire burning nearby somwe thought they might be closed. Sorry we didn't get to go.
We did not get to enjoy Rocky Point it w ...
We did not get to enjoy Rocky Point it was closed due to the big Sur Fire, Cal Fire was using the property for a base command. A source at the property told me that Ricky Point restaurant was assisting in feeding the Fire crew. A very Noble idea
Unfortunately the restaurant was closed ...
Unfortunately the restaurant was closed due to the fires in Big Sur. We drove a long time to dine here, but when we got there, gates were closed. No notification was given, no message on their answering machine. Really disappointed because we really wanted to go to check out the place.
One of the best meals we have ever had! ...
One of the best meals we have ever had! Pasta with seafood was an A+. Best fish and chips as well. Eat dinner, paid bill, walked around outside to enjoy the gorgeous view then went back 45 minutes later for dessert. Again, Inforgetable!
We definitely have this restaurant on our list when we return to Monterey.
The views and location are amazing. Unfo ...
The views and location are amazing. Unfortunately we came for dinner, and nobody was sitting outdoors. The interior feels more like a diner. It would've been nice to sit outside and have a casual lunch, but we came for dinner and it wasn't worth it - the views are amazing but the food was only OK, the ambiance was boring, and the prices were expensive.
No doubt, the food is an accompaniment t ...
No doubt, the food is an accompaniment to the views here, but the food was still very good (fresh sea bass for my wife, prime rib for me). Friendly, efficient service. Waves crashing against the rocks, whales spouting in the distance. Nice.
A must stop on the Big Sur!!!! Had lunch ...
A must stop on the Big Sur!!!! Had lunch at Rocky Point. BBQ Ribs were the special that day, so we went with Ribs and they were very good. Quite tender. The view is stunning. After lunch we sat on the lower patio and drank our wine.
The views from this restaurant are beyon ...
The views from this restaurant are beyond amazing. They actually made up for the mediocre food and slow service. The service was friendly but just rather slow. That was fine with us since we were enjoying the beautiful scenery. If this restaurant was located anywhere else I wouldn't recommend it because the food was just OK and the prices are quite high for the quality of the food. However, you aren't going to get a location like this anywhere else. Just beautiful. If they improved the food this would be an incredible restaurant.
The restaurant is situated on a cliff ab ...
The restaurant is situated on a cliff above the pacific ocean near Big Sur, so the views from all the window tables are outstanding. That's the best part. The food was good, but not great considering the high prices for the entrees. My wife's split pea soup was watery and my Cesar salad did not have the anchovies that were shown on the menu. The service was good.
The food was all great. We had the cala ...
The food was all great. We had the calamari appetizer, the Crosby sandwich, key lime pie and the rocky road pie. The service was however terrible. Our server had way too many tables and no support other than an occasional bus person. We were ok with slow service initially since it was a great view and we had an outside table on a picture perfect day. Our server brought us our check after we said we wanted dessert, so he had take that back and get the dessert menus. Then no sign of desserts. My wife thought she saw our desserts sitting inside waiting to be served. When they finally arrived her mud pie was melted. The server should have realized it and taken it back for another one. She decided to eat as we were ready to move on. The other big negative was that the wine was way over priced. Each glass was half the price of the bottle at retail, which means it was probably four times the wholesale price. Go for the food and skip the drinks.
Overpriced tourist junk food is the best ...
Overpriced tourist junk food is the best way to describe it. Two bowls of lobster bisque and two glasses of wine came out to $54. But it wasn't the price that was the problem, we'd gladly pay for quality. Wine took nearly 15 minutes to get served, after the soup. The soup tasted bland and out of a can. The only reason to go is the view which you can experience without eating. Carmel is blessed with some incredible restaurants, this unfortunately is not one.
When you visit Carmel, be sure you take ...
When you visit Carmel, be sure you take a 12 mile drive down the coast and dine at Rocky Point.
The scenery is flat out beautiful with the ocean right in front of you. The food was tasty, the food excellent and the service excellent. My 5 Star rating says it all.
the service from the waiter was rude and ...
the service from the waiter was rude and not attentive at all, he even said at one point "sorry for being rude" not that he meant it though because i was about to say it's our anniversary but he had already walked away and left me talking. Very disappointed but i must say that after expressing the rudeness of the waiter to the hostess she got us a new waiter who did what he could to save it. Service should have never been that rude.
We noted on Open Table that is was an 85 ...
We noted on Open Table that is was an 85th Birthday lunch. This was not recognized and even when we told the Hostess, she did not even acknowledge it.
We were served by the bartender, who then disappeared on us. We had to beg for a check.
The staff seemed to be having a good time, talking to each other. We made a big effort to drive to this scenic restaurant - it's a shame we received poor service and no recognition for the 85th Birthday.
We found this restaurant through Yelp, and the reviews were spot on. Absolutely amazing view and away from the crowds. Almost drove right past the restaurant - it's down a driveway right next to the coast. It was a bit chilly for us, but it has charming deck seating to dine outside. Food was good, more of a casual dining menu. Service was friendly and timely. We'd definitely go back and the view was worth the drive out.
On a cliff overlooking Pacific
The restaurant boasts an unsurpassed view of the Pacific Ocean a few miles south of Carmel on Highway 1. But, they are not just a tourist spot with a good view, their food is great too. Their prime rib was the best I've had in a long time -- flavorful and tender. The full menu is served (maybe not the prime rib) for lunch and dinner with the full range from burgers to fish. Server was friendly and attentive and food arrived promptly. Great experience even with the June fog.
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