American restaurants (New style) from Big Sur to San Francisco

This food trip itinerary gives you restaurant recommendations for places to eat over 5 days. Starting from Big Sur, you can leave at 7:30 am and drive for about 30 minutes to the first stop.

Doud Craft Studios
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
(831) 624-1600
$$
Day 1. Arrive at 8:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
701 Lighthouse Ave
Pacific Grove, CA
(831) 655-3311
$$$
Arrive at 10:10 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
414 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA
(831) 648-8880
$$$
Arrive at 12:20 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 30 minutes.
8069 San Miguel Canyon Rd
Prunedale, CA
(831) 663-4888
$$
  88 reviews
Chinese restaurants
11:30am to 9pm
Arrive at 2:50 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 30 minutes.
7397 Monterey St
Gilroy, CA
(408) 337-5100
$$
Arrive at 5:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
7210 Camino Arroyo
Gilroy, CA
(408) 842-0047
$$
Arrive at 7:20 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. Spend the next day visiting local attractions and leave at 3:40 pm. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
17340 Monterey Rd
Morgan Hill, CA
(408) 779-3200
$$
  523 reviews
American restaurants (New style)
4pm to 10pm
Day 2. Arrive at 4:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
17500 Monterey Rd
Morgan Hill, CA
(408) 779-2006
$$
  503 reviews
American restaurants (New style)
11:30am to 1am
Arrive at 6:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. Spend the next day visiting local attractions and leave at 4:30 pm. Then drive for about 30 minutes.
72 S 1st St
San Jose, CA
(408) 713-2625
$$
  1353 reviews
American restaurants (New style)
5pm to 2am
Day 3. Arrive at 5:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
300 Santana Row
San Jose, CA
(408) 241-9273
$$
  3757 reviews
American restaurants (New style), Vegetarian
11am to 12pm
Arrive at 7:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 8:50 am. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
19359 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino, CA
(408) 359-4690
$$
Day 4. Arrive at 9:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
535 Ramona St
Palo Alto, CA
(650) 328-2722
$$$
  2881 reviews
American restaurants (New style)
10:30am to 9pm
Arrive at 11:20 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
1500 El Camino Real
Belmont, CA
(650) 637-9257
$$
Arrive at 1:40 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
1310 Burlingame Ave
Burlingame, CA
(650) 344-1310
$$
Arrive at 3:50 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
1140 El Camino Real
San Bruno, CA
(650) 243-4530
$$
  2538 reviews
Pizza, American restaurants (Traditional)
11am to 10pm
Arrive at 6:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 7:00 am. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
1299 18th St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 821-7569
$$
Day 5. Arrive at 7:20 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.

Reach your destination in San Francisco around 9:20 am after eating at 16 restaurants over 5 days. If you were to drive nonstop, it would take about 2½ hours driving roughly 141 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 Coffee & Tea, Juice Bars & Smoothies, American restaurants (New style), Salad, Seafood restaurants, Chinese restaurants, or more. Enjoy the journey!

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