Collection: Coast Big Sur
Nestled amongst the natural beauty of Big Sur, COAST is a truly unique destination along Highway 1 for fine art, one-of-a-kind gifts and elevated casual cuisine. COAST cafe offers a picnic-inspired menu, coffee, beer and wine sourced from California's Central Coast, grab n' go pastries, soft-serve ice cream and stunning ocean views from a rooftop terrace.
Founded in 1958, the original Coast Gallery spent its early days as a refuge for artists and writers who migrated to Big Sur after World War II. Commonly referred to as “The Bank,” the gallery served as a place for this community to gather and for their artwork to be sold and exhibited. In 1971, a massive storm flooded the gallery, leaving the owner with the task of completely rebuilding it. Budgetary restraints forced him to think outside the box, and thus led him to two Redwood water tanks, which had formerly served as the Oak Naval Hospital’s water storage facility for 19 years. Milled from old-growth Redwood trees, each tank measures 34 feet across, which is nearly the diameter of General Sherman, the largest known tree in the world. When standing inside the water tank, one can begin to comprehend the enormous size of the trunk of the massive Sequoia, some 200 miles inland from Coast. A third water tank was added in 1990, along with a second story and a spiral staircase connecting the two. A rooftop deck was built in 1994 to provide outdoor seating for what was then known as Coast Café. In April of 2016, Coast Gallery was purchased by Peter and Merle Mullin, who have ushered Coast Gallery into its third life, renaming it COAST Big Sur and a creating a unique atmosphere that honors the building’s past life while also looking ahead to the possibilities its future might hold.