The Story

Barbecue in Big Sur? You bet.

Big Sur Smokehouse is a classic barbecue joint with a California twist: We serve home-smoked meats and sauces, with salads and sides made from farm-fresh ingredients. It’s smokehouse dining in a comfortable setting—a place to rest and recharge on your drive along the coast. 

Chill inside or watch the world go by on the patio. Kick back and dig in with local beers, wines, and craft cocktails. Share with your dining companions, or keep it all for yourself. (We won’t judge, but they might.)  



A nod to roadside history.

For decades, travelers from around the world have marveled at the natural beauty of Big Sur and the iconic drive on Highway 1. All along the coast, there were secret places known only to those who had been through before—and those adventurous souls open to discovery. 

Our historic locale is similar to those spots; it’s the old Post family homestead, built in 1867 and now meticulously restored. Like those rustic hole-in-the-wall diners and shacks that dotted the highway (some of which are still around), the Big Sur Smokehouse is unassuming—it’s easy to miss if you aren’t looking. That’s just part of the experience, the joy of discovering your own hidden gem. Once you’re here, among the vintage newspapers, you’ll find fellow diners sharing the best barbecue around and swapping their own unique stories of the road. Be sure to share yours, too.