Where to eat between Big Sur and San Francisco

This food trip itinerary gives you restaurant recommendations for places to eat over 6 days. Starting from Big Sur, you can leave at 5:00 pm and drive for about 30 minutes to the first stop.

120 Highland Dr
Carmel, CA
(831) 622-5445
$$$
  628 reviews
Breakfast & Brunch, Seafood restaurants
5:30pm to 9pm
Day 1. Arrive at 5:30 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
101 Crossroads Blvd
Carmel, CA
(831) 625-5436
$$
  760 reviews
American restaurants (Traditional)
11:30am to 9pm
Arrive at 7:40 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 10:50 am. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
7166 Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel, CA
(831) 625-2252
$$
  598 reviews
Mexican restaurants
11am to 10pm
Day 2. Arrive at 11:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 30 minutes.
460 Nashua Rd
Castroville, CA
(831) 757-7434
$
  181 reviews
Burgers
8am to 5pm
Arrive at 1:30 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
7600 Sandholdt Rd
Moss Landing, CA
(831) 633-2152
$$
  3012 reviews
Salad, Sandwiches, Seafood restaurants
10am to 7pm
Arrive at 3:40 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
17515 Orchard Ln
Prunedale, CA
(831) 663-2083
$$
  577 reviews
Barbeque, Sandwiches, Soup
10am to 6pm
Arrive at 5:50 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
115 3rd St
San Juan Bautista, CA
(831) 623-4466
$$
  635 reviews
Mexican restaurants
11am to 9pm
Arrive at 8:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 7:40 am. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
28 Martin St
Gilroy, CA
(408) 847-3818
$$
Day 3. Arrive at 8:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
1280 1st St
Gilroy, CA
(408) 848-6000
$$
  1032 reviews
Thai restaurants, Vietnamese food
5pm to 9:30pm
Arrive at 10:10 am. Explore the area for about 7 hours. Double check the opening time of 5:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
17240 Monterey Rd
Morgan Hill, CA
(408) 776-9072
$$
  1248 reviews
Barbeque, Steakhouses
11am to 9pm
Arrive at 7:20 pm. Eat for about 2½ hours. Stay overnight. Spend the next day visiting local attractions and leave at 5:00 pm. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
17500 Depot St
Morgan Hill, CA
(408) 782-5151
$$$
  1007 reviews
Mediterranean food
5pm to 10pm
Day 4. Arrive at 5:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 30 minutes.
1631 E Capitol Expy
San Jose, CA
(408) 532-6147
$$
  3921 reviews
Seafood restaurants
12pm to 10pm
Arrive at 7:30 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 10:10 am. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
1628 Hostetter Rd
San Jose, CA
(408) 477-2773
$$
  7421 reviews
Barbeque, Korean restaurants
10:30am to 11:30pm
Day 5. Arrive at 10:30 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
3540 Homestead Rd
Santa Clara, CA
(408) 772-2310
$$
  5646 reviews
11am to 2pm
Arrive at 12:50 pm. Eat for about an hour. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
190 S Murphy Ave
Sunnyvale, CA
(408) 774-1889
$$
  4057 reviews
Mediterranean food, Middle Eastern food
11am to 9:30pm
Arrive at 1:50 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
535 Ramona St
Palo Alto, CA
(650) 328-2722
$$$
  2881 reviews
American restaurants (New style)
10:30am to 9pm
Arrive at 4:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 30 minutes.
824 Cowan Rd
Burlingame, CA
(650) 443-1559
$$
  4511 reviews
Seafood restaurants
9am to 10pm
Arrive at 6:40 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. Spend the next day visiting local attractions and leave at 4:50 pm. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
805 S B St
San Mateo, CA
(650) 401-6568
$$
  3913 reviews
5pm to 8pm
Day 6. Arrive at 5:00 pm. Eat for about an hour. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
2779 Mission St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 824-7877
$
  5165 reviews
Mexican restaurants
Arrive at 6:20 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.

Reach your destination in San Francisco around 8:30 pm after eating at 19 restaurants over 6 days. If you were to drive nonstop, it would take about 2½ hours driving roughly 147 miles straight to San Francisco. Looking for more restaurants? You can choose a category below if you want to do an entire road trip full of Breakfast & Brunch, Seafood restaurants, American restaurants (Traditional), Mexican restaurants, Burgers, Salad, or more. Enjoy the journey!

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