Where to eat between Big Sur and Mill Valley (California)

This food trip itinerary gives you restaurant recommendations for places to eat over 5 days. Starting from Big Sur, you can leave at 11:00 am and drive for about 30 minutes to the first stop.

101 Crossroads Blvd
Carmel, CA
(831) 625-5436
$$
  760 reviews
American restaurants (Traditional)
11:30am to 9pm
Day 1. Arrive at 11:30 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
300 David Ave
Monterey, CA
(831) 372-1125
$$
Arrive at 1:40 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
11252 Merritt St
Castroville, CA
(831) 633-5572
$$
  264 reviews
Mexican restaurants
11am to 7pm
Arrive at 4:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
7600 Sandholdt Rd
Moss Landing, CA
(831) 633-2152
$$
  3012 reviews
Salad, Sandwiches, Seafood restaurants
10am to 7pm
Arrive at 6:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 7:00 am. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
55 Peckham Rd
Watsonville, CA
(831) 722-1056
$$
  659 reviews
Bakeries
Day 2. Arrive at 7:20 am. Eat for about an hour. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
1750 Wharf Rd
Capitola, CA
(831) 475-1511
$$$
  3279 reviews
American restaurants (Traditional)
12pm to 9pm
Arrive at 8:40 am. Explore the area for about 3½ hours. Double check the opening time of 12:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
1148 Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 425-2288
$$
Arrive at 2:10 pm. Explore the area for about 2 hours. Double check the opening time of 4:00 pm. Eat for about 2½ hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
235 Mt Hermon Rd
Scotts Valley, CA
(831) 440-9040
$$
  896 reviews
Japanese restaurants, Sushi
11am to 9pm
Arrive at 6:40 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. Spend the next day visiting local attractions and leave at 3:30 pm. Then drive for about 30 minutes.
1875 S Bascom Ave
Campbell, CA
(408) 340-5285
$$
  3574 reviews
American restaurants (New style), Tapas
4pm to 5:20pm
Day 3. Arrive at 4:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 10:50 am. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
3540 Homestead Rd
Santa Clara, CA
(408) 772-2310
$$
  5646 reviews
11am to 2pm
Day 4. Arrive at 11:00 am. Eat for about an hour. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
190 S Murphy Ave
Sunnyvale, CA
(408) 774-1889
$$
  4057 reviews
Mediterranean food, Middle Eastern food
11am to 9:30pm
Arrive at 12:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
535 Ramona St
Palo Alto, CA
(650) 328-2722
$$$
  2881 reviews
American restaurants (New style)
10:30am to 9pm
Arrive at 2:20 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
805 S B St
San Mateo, CA
(650) 401-6568
$$
  3913 reviews
5pm to 8pm
Arrive at 4:50 pm. Wait for about 10 minutes. Double check the opening time of 5:00 pm. Eat for about an hour. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
824 Cowan Rd
Burlingame, CA
(650) 443-1559
$$
  4511 reviews
Seafood restaurants
9am to 10pm
Arrive at 6:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 8:40 am. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
652 Polk St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 345-8100
$$
  11556 reviews
Breakfast & Brunch, Southern food
9am to 8pm
Day 5. Arrive at 9:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
600 Guerrero St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 487-2600
$$
  8132 reviews
Bakeries, Cafes, Desserts
8am to 5pm
Arrive at 11:10 am. Eat for about an hour. Then drive for about 20 minutes.

Reach your destination in Mill Valley around 12:30 pm after eating at 16 restaurants over 5 days. If you were to drive nonstop, it would take about 3 hours driving roughly 156 miles straight to Mill Valley (California). Looking for more restaurants? You can choose a category below if you want to do an entire road trip full of American restaurants (Traditional), Breakfast & Brunch, Burgers, Sandwiches, Mexican restaurants, Salad, or more. Enjoy the journey!

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