The well known but tiny Big Sur Bakery, lies in the middle of a quaint and historic village that borders the northern edge of this bohemian community.
This almost famous bakery, has a solid reputation for conjuring up some of the best home made sconces and strudels anywhere along the California Coast. The red door and giant sign welcome you to this unpretentious spot now an extension of the original restaurant that shares the space.
Welcome To Big Sur Bakery!
Once a 1936 ranch house that was owned by Alice and her husband Steve, this place has had some serious history. Alice and her husband were members of the decididly upscale Post Ranch Inn family. Years after they moved here, the home was extensively renovated and changed into the classic Big Sur icon it is today.
Some would describe this bakery as adorable and nostalgic. Some would say vintage and worn, but more would include the words romantic and nostalgic in describing the ambiance that oozes from these walls. The restaurant now caters to just about every person in the know who lives here, or has the good fortune to plan a getaway escape to this unique part of the southern coast of California.
The bakery opens at 8:00AM and breakfast is served beginning at 9:30AM ... and you will want to be early. The reputation brings early risers to get the best of the best blueberry or huckelberry scones and imaginitive coffees.
The small glass display case beckons even those who find the quarter stick of butter in each sconce prohibitive, but most decide to take the plunge and live in the moment. If you are not the coffee type like me, the fresh squeezed orange juice is a great way to wake up those sleepy taste buds.
If you come for brunch which begins at 10:30AM, try the sour dough french toast with fresh berrries for a suprisingly nice early morning surprise.
Table Near The Wood Burning Fireplace At The Big Sur Bakery
The early morning bakery pastry case will get your day going with a bang, but you might choose to come back for lunch here as well.
The wood fired oven is responsible for some of the best bread I have tasted. You can order it for breakfast or lunch on a wooden board with butter and sea salt while you wait for your main selection ... and it's really, really good!
The vaulted ceilings, casual well worn wooden tables and chairs are positioned around a wood burning fireplace that is fired up on crisp mornings or foggy afternoons and brings a gentle reminder of the romance that makes Big Sur special.
The wood fired pizzas are about the best in class you will find. Ask about the special pizzas offered the day you arrive. Most are served with a very thin crust and abundant amounts of meat and vegetables.
If you decide that this is your place for dinner, you might set aside any concerns for the expense and try the unique desserts ... they will make your trip memorable.
While the food is very good, the service is sometimes lacking, especially during the busy summer season. Long wait times are sometimes the cost for the popularity of this place ... just be prepared to linger here for awhile.
As you pull into the village, watch for tiny two pump Valero gas station and look up and about 20 feet from the pump and you will see the restaurant.
47540 Highway 1Big Sur CA93920