American restaurants (Traditional) from Big Sur to San Francisco

This food trip itinerary gives you restaurant recommendations for places to eat over 4 days. Starting from Big Sur, you can leave at 7:00 am and drive for about 30 minutes to the first stop.

3626 The Barnyard
Carmel, CA
(831) 625-2448
$$
Day 1. Arrive at 7:30 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
434 Alvarado St
Monterey, CA
(831) 375-1400
$$
Arrive at 9:40 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
Municipal Wharf 2
Monterey, CA
(831) 372-0568
$$
Arrive at 11:50 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
421 Moss Landing Rd
Moss Landing, CA
(831) 633-3355
$$
Arrive at 2:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
17629 Vierra Canyon Rd
Prunedale, CA
(831) 272-3356
$$
Arrive at 4:30 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
25 Franklin St
San Juan Bautista, CA
(831) 623-2518
$$
Arrive at 6:40 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
$$
Day 2. Arrive at 8:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
7461 Monterey St
Gilroy, CA
(408) 847-7744
$$
Arrive at 10:10 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
17305 Monterey St
Morgan Hill, CA
(408) 201-9200
$$
Arrive at 12:20 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
5631 Cottle Rd
San Jose, CA
(408) 629-2400
$$
Arrive at 2:50 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
80 N Market St
San Jose, CA
(408) 294-8626
$$
Arrive at 5:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
1144 N 4th St
San Jose, CA
(408) 380-4784
$$
Arrive at 7:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 7:00 am. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
1432 W San Carlos St
San Jose, CA
(408) 564-7150
$$
Day 3. Arrive at 7:10 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
401 Castro St
Mountain View, CA
(650) 237-3121
$$
Arrive at 9:30 am. Wait for about 30 minutes. Double check the opening time of 10:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
716 Laurel St
San Carlos, CA
(650) 595-3003
$$$
Arrive at 12:20 pm. Eat for about 2½ hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
398 Hillsdale Shopping Ctr
San Mateo, CA
(650) 638-0310
$$
  1529 reviews
Desserts, American restaurants (Traditional)
10am to 11pm
Arrive at 3:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 6:40 am. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
1301 El Camino Real
Millbrae, CA
(650) 589-2080
$$
  2829 reviews
Pancakes, American restaurants (Traditional)
7am to 2pm
Day 4. Arrive at 7:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
732 22nd St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 647-3033
$$
Arrive at 9:20 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.

Reach your destination in San Francisco around 11:30 am after eating at 18 restaurants over 4 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 Breakfast & Brunch, Coffee & Tea, American restaurants (Traditional), Comfort Food, Desserts, Cafes, or more. Enjoy the journey!

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