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 Dining, 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
I loved the location, and the view of Bi ...
I loved the location, and the view of Bixby Bridge near Big Sur. The server was very friendly, and the view was amazing! The food was nicely presented, but not the forte of my experience there, this time around. Will be back again for certain.
Calamari were some of the best I've had in the area, but at quite a premium. Flat Iron steak great although a bit over cooked, chimichurri was quite authentic. Requested to taste the sauce for one of the desserts prior to ordering it, and was denied flat out, according to the server, by the restaurant chef. Being on a date, did not want to push it, just ordered a different dessert. Creme brulee was great, and quite substantial.
Unfortunately this restaurant is not wor ...
Unfortunately this restaurant is not worth it. You are basically paying for the view which you can get elsewhere and we were fogged in. Food is mediocre and WAY overpriced. We had a glass of wine each and fish tacos costing 100 american. (fish tacos were $28 each!) get your view elsewhere, there is MUCH better restaurants in Carmel.
Well, you go there for the view and just ...
Well, you go there for the view and just for the view (that's the second point at my overall rating). Definitively you don't go there for the quality of the food or a spectacular dining experience. Service tepid. During the whole time being there, we have not been asked once if the food was o.k. Had a Cesar's Salad for $16 (!), no extras, and they 'forgot' the anchovis. No sorry for that, just got 2 anchovis in a small plastic cup and 'Here are your anchovis!'.... Our main course was accompagnied by a salad with plenty of withered and yellow leaves. Nobody in the kitchen - nor our waiter - seemed to bother about this. Waiter took the plate with all the yellow leaves back without a word. You definitively go there for the views which are spectacular (but you can enjoy the same views in the Nepenthe Restaurant, and there, the waiters care a little bit more about their one-time-customers).
I've been going to Rocky point for years ...
I've been going to Rocky point for years, and that view never ceases to amaze me, it's simply stunning. Food is excellent, the service is top drawer, and they have a dog-friendly patio as well.
The cozy Decore has been updated, and is elegant casual. The patio is beautiful, with lots of seating and beautiful flowers.
Seated in the smaller outdoor patio with ...
Seated in the smaller outdoor patio with spectacular views of the ocean. Fresh crab eggs Benedict was delicious and the paella was good although a bit on the spicy side. Service was attentive. Prices higher but worth the dining experience.
This was our third visit to Rocky Point. ...
This was our third visit to Rocky Point. This restaurant continues to please in so many ways. Excellent food, nice ambience, and a fabulous view. Our waiter, Justin, who we have had twice now, is exceptional and helped to make our evening very enjoyable
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.
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