Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur


The inn was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright student Rowan Maiden some 70 years ago and is still lookin good. It was built by brothers Frank and Walter Trotter in 1948. It’s unique in that it’s framed with local 1×12″ redwood, interwoven and sandwiched together. There is no 2″ lumber in the framing at all.

You can sidestep the expensive dinners by getting a draft beer and an “Ambrosia burger” at the bar.

2 Responses to Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur

  1. Maui Surfer says:

    My Nepenthe: Bohemian Tales of Food, Family, and Big Sur
    By Romney Steele (granddaughter of the owners)

    I was there several times in 60s but could never afford to actually eat there.
    Mostly on way to Big Sur Hot Springs, which became Esalen (and got structured).

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