The Rocky Point Restaurant Big Sur on the northern fringe of some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, and only 10 miles south of Carmel, has been a classic sunset dining option since it's opening in 1947.
In recent years, the salt air and wintery winds have taken it's toll on the restaurant, and this favorite dining spot had begun to show it's age.
Now, after an almost 5 million dollar renovation and new ownership, this classic Big Sur restaurant stop has a new life and is now the perfect place for a date night, birthday or anniversary celebration.
Reopened in March 2013, the 2.5 acre site along some of the best real estate in California, the makeover has been nicely designed and the difference is palpable.
David And Pam On The Deck Of Rocky Point Restaurant
The 6,000 square foot restaurant and expansive deck bekon visitors who are willing to make the short 15 minute drive from Carmel to see what many visitors miss. The views are still as breathtaking as they have always been, but the ambiance is decidedly more romantic and the food has taken on an entirely new dimension.
All the floor coverings, tables and lighting have changed and the mood is inviting.
Plentiful tables along the floor to ceiling windows can be reserved so you have the dining experience you are looking for. It's ideal for long inspired "Escape from the world" conversations.
Make sure Sergio, the new manager sees to it that your experience is all that you expect!
The views here are something to get excited about ... especially at sunset, but the food has always been just a few notches just above what you might expect at a chain restaurant ...but no more!
Mr Wang, who now owns the revived Rocky Point Restaurant Big Sur, has been able to lure chef Chirstophe Bony away from the popular and well tested Casanova's Restaurant in the little hamlet of Carmel-By-The-Sea just up the coast.
Chirstophe brings a french influence and organic sustainable food to the cuisine he creates, and a high degree of personal energy to this new position.
As the sun begins to set and the day comes to an end, you have the option of inside dining at the Rocky Point Restaurant Big Sur, or sitting outside on the huge deck where you can feel the ocean breeze and hear the sound of crashing waves just 50 yards away.
If it's chilly, you might try a Spicy Pirate with rum and warmed apple cider and whipped cream, or a Garrapata Beachcomber, named after the beach just down the coast, with vodka and lemonade.
Getting here is easy.
Just set your odometer for 10 miles as you leave Rio Road in Carmel, and then carefully... and I emphasize carefully watch for the very abrupt tiny sign and road to the right that winds down to the restaurant.
The roads here are twisting and the dropoffs likely fatal, so make sure your copilot watches for the turn while you keep your eyes on the road.
The turn off is much easier to see if approaching from the south, so if you miss the turn, drive on down to Garrapata State Beach where you can safely turn back.
Rocky Point Restaurant Big Sur
Open:11:30AM to 8PM
36700 Highway 1
10 miles south of Carmel