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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.
Carmel, CA 93923
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: (866) 681-7508
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 haven't been to Rocky Point in many years. I have to say I was not disappointed when I suggested to my husband that we celebrate our Anniversary a week early here. We made a last minute reservation and enjoyed a very leisurely wonderful dinner. We start out with the calamari which was fried but not greasy and very flavorful. We also had the local cheese and fruit platter and the Justin Cabernet Sauvignon. For dinner I had the Nantucket Sea Scallops. They were pan seared perfectly! They were served with crispy polenta and sautéed mushrooms & spinach. My husband had the Lamb Loin cooked to a medium rare with roasted vegetables. He was more than pleased with his choice. Our waiter, Marco was very friendly and very capable and made our visit that much nicer. We sat out outside and we're treated to whales spouting and breaching. We could not have asked for a more wonderful dinner!
Our server was new and shadowed by a waiter, but he did a great job! The food was average, the view outstanding, but the restaurant needs a serious renovation. For the money we paid it was expected to see updated decor and nice dining tables/chairs. Kind of disappointed
Do not go to this restaurant! It's a long way to drive only to find the restaurant is not open. The entrance gate was locked when we arrived for our reservation! Calls to the restaurant only reached a fast busy tone. And since we were supposed to already be dining we could not change our reservation in OpenTable.
We have been to Rocky Point about half a dozen times now and were generally quite pleased with the food, service, and very pleased with the scenic view. This time, we found that the menu had changed eliminating two of our favorites (szechuan beans and cheesy bread). Our waiter indicated those had been dropped in December 2016 and that many customers requested them but the new cook did not want to continue offering them. I guess it is the cook's preference that wins over the customer's! When we arrived ahead of our reserved time, they indicated no problem, that they assumed everything before the sunset to be the first rotation so our 5:45 pm reservation was in the first seating group. They then proceeded to take us to the room with the bar in it which is very noisy and cold due to the open door for serving those patrons dining outside on the deck. We requested something in the middle two rooms. They then tried to seat us directly across from the waiter station! We finally got a table in the center room but also got a lot of attitude from the hostess. Great scenery as usual but next time, we will go about 5 miles further south and try out some of the dining options there, all with the same great views but reported to have better food and service.
Food is a bit pricey, but it is good and servings are generous. The view is fabulous. Well worth the time to come here. Can be noisy inside, but outside that is not a concern. Service is usually very good, but some times it gets a bit sketchy. The last few times it has been excellent. Come here every few months as the view is one of the best along the California Coast.
It is a nice restaurant, just the fact that they added $10.- to my bill to increase the tip without my knowledge is unacceptable to me and is like stealing.
After calling them they said they thought that the tip amount is not enough so they increased it to 22%
Sunset dining at Rocky Point was breathtaking!
I usually cannot get past the crab and shrimp Louie; but wasn't in the mood for a salad. I ordered the Lamb Tenderloin garnished with baby red potatoes, corn and sautéed greens in a Cabernet wine sauce with a glass of Justin Cabernet Sauvignon. It was amazing.
My husband orders braised Short Ribs with Butternut Risotto, very tender and delicious.
House made bread pudding with vanilla ice cream completed our experience.
Definitely need reserves on the weekends and during the day.
The views of the ocean, central coast and PCH 1 are not to be missed.
Great experience! We visited on a week day in January, granted we came early for the 5:15pm sunset but had an amazing view of lovely big sur and the ocean. It seemed like the bar may have been closing shortly following our departure but it did seem like it was due to the early sunset and slow traffic following. Regardless, I had the short ribs and risotto and literally have never left more pleased. Definitely a scenic gem supported by the most kind service!!!
This restaurant is without doubt, the most magical setting for a date or wedding. However, both the service, (not the waiting staff as much as the kitchen) and the wine list should be carefully reviewed by the owners. This is my second time to this restaurant in 3 years and I can say with bittersweet certainty that this restaurant needs to find a way to shorten the waiting times from order to plating. I sat for 45 min after my appetizer for my main to arrive, by which time the sun had set, and the chill of the coastal winds had saturated my body. However, the food doesn't disappoint. The meal was phenomenal if it had come out of the kitchen in a timely manner I would have been over the moon with this review apart from the wine. I had a dreadful merlot to start the evening with (kinda a heavy red to start with) but for being the most expensive red by the glass I expected a new world treat to accompany the delicious spare ribs I had order for my main (they were out of this world, freshly hot and succulent as they fell off the bone). However I was greatly disappointed this wine had tasted as though it had been opened 3 days ago and was obviously not of quality to begin with. I order a Zinfandel to take its place( a big fruity zinny just as the waiter had advertised, delectable) and after discussing with the waiter he kindly removed that dreadful merlot from my tab. So in review. A magical setting above the wild pacific with absolutely luscious food. However the wait times from kitchen to table where definitely to be desired and the wine list need a run through by a California wine expert (they source everything local, wines included) to revamp their selection. Overall 6/10
This restaurant has an amazing panoramic view of the ocean. It has a beautiful outside area. If you go, make reservations and ask to be seated by the window. The food is delicious and dessert as well! The staff was nice and accommodating as we showed up early to our reservation.
Let's get one thing straight here, you are paying for the location and view. Absolutely gorgeous panoramic view of Big Sur / Point Lobos. The high points about this restaurant ends there. The food, I mean to be honest, is overpriced. Don't get me wrong - I don't mind paying top dollar for a delicious and well presented meal with exception service. This place is mediocre at best in all three areas. You know a restaurant need to work on its service if you need to ask to have your drink refilled twice. But then again, you ARE paying for the VIEW. Jumbo prawn cocktail, more like, jumbo SHRIMP cocktail was $18.00 for 4 pieces of crustacean around a goblet with slices of avocado, filled with chopped romaine hearts smothered in cocktail sauce. The Nantucket scallop dish was way too salty and hard to appreciate. To be fair, the scallops were huge and filling with a serving of 3, but its overbearing saltiness cancels that out. The Rocky Point Restaurant is the kind of place that you have to swing by once to see, and then move along. I wouldn't dine here again because I feel the food did not reflect its commanding cost. All in all, 2 dishes of Nantucket Scallops, 1 jumbo shrimps (not prawn) cocktail, 1 soup of the day (lobster bisque), 1 mousse cake, 1 Moscow mule, 1 Firestone IPA and 1 Rocky Point Espresso rang up the bill to about $175, tax/tip included. We had a fabulous steak dinner at the Whaling Station in Monterey at a little over what we paid here.
We visited on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. We sat outside and enjoyed the fried squid and cheese platter for appetizers. The honey on the bread with the cheese board was excellent. We all enjoyed our meals - definitely recommend French dip and fish tacos. Our waiter Austin was attentive and in the holiday spirit. Looking forward to a return visit.
Another wonderful dinner at this reclusive yet not that far away restaurant which offers a wide variety of dishes. Overlooking the rocky shoreline, the views are tremendous even after sunset. Well worth the drive for a tranquil lunch or dinner with friends.
Open Table only allowed a 5:30 reservation. Hrre actuslly were plenty of tables open st 6:30 (while we were still here). More importantly, KUDOS to the staff for securing the credit card I left behind. I was able to pick it up the next morning. We had a nice evening.
We picked this location for a sunset dinner. Unfortunately, it was very foggy. We still went, and were 1 of a few full tables. The food was outstanding and the staff was great. A sunset would have made it even more perfect. A bit overpriced, but compared to the limited options in the area, i dont think it was bad. You pay for what you get. And in this case, like many in Big Sur, you pay for location. I was just happy the food was amazing.
The view was outstanding and the ideal seating would be to sit outside, but the temperature was too cool for our evening. The interior is more than a few years past the need for an update. The food did a great job of making up for the dated interior. Two of us had the prime rib and the other two had the halibut special. All four of us enjoyed our best meal of the week! It is definitely worth the visit. I suggest arriving about an hour before your reservation and taking the path down to the water. Return to the top in time to enjoy a drink while watching the sunset and then have your dinner.
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