Everything was excellent but
Everything was excellent but the service was amazing. The waiters and service staff were very attentive, professional and it was wonderful that they could speak Spanish as well. One of the best dining experiences I've had.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was inventive and
The food was inventive and delicious, the service impeccable. Casual atmosphere, peaceful, with breathtaking views. Choice of cozy room or one more open, overlooking view.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Generally fine but it took
Generally fine but it took a very long time for the food to be brought to the table.
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful dining experience.
Wonderful dining experience. The 4 course menu offered a variety of choices and everything was prepared well. My date has food allergies and the waiter did a great job with suggestions and offered a choice not on the menu. The setting was very romantic, quiet, and I am sure the view would have been wonderful if not for the fog. I highly recommend stopping in if you are visiting Big Sur.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
It's been a while since we
It's been a while since we had had dinner here, and still found the ambiance and food great. Had a choice of a fix price dinner menus with 4 course (including desssert) or a la carte.
There were 4 of us dining & 2 did a la carte & 2 fix price. The beet salad was very ggod and the scallop course was excellent. Everything beautifully presented. Artichoke & prawn dish very good as well. The entrees, 2 hailbut with fennel puree , duck dish , and short rib & NY strip - excellent.
Cream brullee dessert & lemon with berries both excellent.
Service was great. Def would go back for a special occasian.
Note- nice ofr lunch stop on Big Sur coast, esp if a clear day & dine ouside.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
a beautiful hotel...
The Ventana Inn is a beautiful hotel. It is set in the woods and the views are outstanding. The service at the restaurant is fabulous. The food was good... not great. I didn't think it was anything special. Very lovely.. but I would try someplace else the next time I am in the area.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
heaven above the Pacific
We have been going to Ventana for about 27 years. Over the years the Inn had lost some of its magic. Happy to say the magic has returned in spades. Great food, great service. Highly recommend this wonderful experience.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A dining experience doesn't get much better than this. Fantastic all the way through from service to scenic views. The food was beyond delicious. Highly recommend.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We arrived at 11:20 just before opening time. The staff was rushed due to setting up the patio for a wedding reception.
I gave my full name and said I had an internet reservation at 11:45, but we were seating immediately on the outside deck under an umbrella. Omar was our waiter, but there were two or three other servers who were also very attentive. Food was excellent, and the view, quiet surroundings, and good company made for an enjoyable two-hour lunch. This was a really good experience for a weekend day in Big Sur when other venues were clearly overcrowded.
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
There is only one thing keeping
There is only one thing keeping me from making the overall rating spectacular - we arrived for our 10:30 reservation, and were told that the kitchen closes at 11:00 - kind of made us instantly feel like we were being rushed. I wouldn't mind, except if you are closing your kitchen at 11:00, then you should probably make your last reservation for breakfast/brunch at 10 or 10:15. Otherwise, food was awesome - service (except for being made to feel rushed) was superb, and the view was spectacular!
5/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went with a few friends to introduce them to the Big Sur experience. They loved it!! I would have given the food 5 stars, but my duck was very overcooked. I didn't mention it to the waiter because I didn't want to upset the evening.
5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect lunch setting
It is hard to beat the spectacular view from the beautiful patio at Ventana! The fabulous setting was matched by a top-notch lunch where the offerings included a salmon sandwich with perfectly cooked fresh wild salmon from nearby Half Moon Bay.The menu was varied and had lots of options and every dish we tried was a success.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Restaurant at Ventana was a very special dining experience. Not only was the food delicious, the service was attentive and the view is spectacular. Whenever I am in the Big Sur area again, I will be sure to stop there again for another special dining experience.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Isreal was great!
We had lunch at ventana and thoroughly enjoyed it. Three of us ate the California salad and one of us ate the chicken mole. The chicken mole was mediocre. Not great, but not bad either. Isreal, our waiter, was the highlight of the meal. He was polite, prompt and very knowledgeable about wines and the menu. We will definitely return.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a very enjoyable lunch.
We had a very enjoyable lunch. Great calamari appetizer and the special pulled pork sandwich was very good. The only misstep was the mac and cheese had to be sent back as it was not hot enough. They did however comp one of the desserts as a result. The chocolate decadence and the sorbet were also very good.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely meal, beautiful location
We enjoyed a splendid prix fixed dinner at the Ventana Inn restaurant. The service was impeccable--relaxed but attentive. The sommelier was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and directed us to a super Pinot in a price range we could swallow. Each small plate was nicely presented (my scallop was perfectly executed and so tasty). I had a
sea bass with a delicious light seasoning and my husband loved his steak. My only complaint was that, though it was a calm, mild, temperate evening, the restaurant had chosen not to open the spectacular outdoor dining area which overlooks that iconic California Central coast. I highly recommend the Ventana Inn restaurant.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
fabulous spot - i can't wait to go back - delicious!
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great, service was
Food was great, service was here one minute, gone for awhile. A few things to know before going... Its a four course pre fix place, which is $70. This will be a long night, 2+ hours. If you don't want to go that route al la carte is fine but all aps are $15 and main courses are $35. Pre fixe is the way to go if you can swing it. Expensive night out after wine and all, but what restaurant in Big Sur isn't expensive?
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
A top pick in area
Great outdoor dining option if that's your thing or beautiful indoor options as well. Amazing tasting menu for dinner, great wine list. A big sur must. Go early and have drinks on terrace for view and then move to table for dinner.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an excellent dinner here, and came back for brunch the next day as the outdoor dining is so nice. Ahi sampler to start was delicious. Had the salmon myself, husband had the duck, both plates were clean when we were done. Great service, overall a freat dining experience. Would reccommend it, especially if staying at the inn, it is a beautiful walk to the restaurant from the rooms
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
My granddaughter, wife and I had a great dinner outside at Ventana.. It was exactly the evening we had hoped for and all of our hopes and expectations were met...The food, the service and the ambience were everything we wanted in an evening that we had chosen to spend some special quality time together....
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
The California Good Life
This restaurant showcases all that's good about California. Great views of the ocean and Coastal Mountains, great wines, fresh foods, and casual, friendly atmosphere. The service was attentive and professional. It is a romantic lush setting. What a wonderful experience!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Incredible setting and experience!
Beautiful setting on patio overlooking ocean. Food was excellent and unusual and service great.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
When money is not an issue
When money is not an issue this is the place to eat. We had one fixed meal at $70 so that we could all try a couple of appetizers.
The tomatoes were good, not great, as i grow some awesome tomatoes and they weren't any better, the mushroom risotto was very delicious. I had the sea bass, as did 3 other people, and we all agreed it was the best we've ever had. One person had the venison who said it was delicious. We split 3 desserts, they were all very good. The waiter was exceptionally helpful with suggestions and patience. The drinks had a good amount of alcohol and were tasty.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
2nd visit - first time for
2nd visit - first time for dinner and well worth the drive from Lucia - extremely nice in all respects!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner with an Awesome View!
We always love coming to The Restaurant at Ventana. The view is spectacular - and where some other restaurants try to rest on the laurels of their view, Ventana comes through with great dishes - which is what a restaurant is supposed to be about! The service is always friendly and professional.
7/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Dining in Sunshine
A great change of pace from a Monterey/Carmel dinner. Food was good, but not great. Fog along the coast, but warm and sunny on the Ventana patio. Was hoping to have drinks and a light snack prior to dinner, but no food available prior to 6:00 pm.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful first experience!
My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary with a special dinner at Ventana. The reservation process was easy and fortunately there were several options available. I requested a table with a view, which they did, and even though the skies didn't cooperate - the view was nice and worth coming back to see next time. We opted for the 4 course, price fix menu, but you can do the items a la carte. The food presentation was beautiful and the quality very, very good. Very fresh ingredients, especially the salmon caugh right in Big Sur. What truly made this experience special was the staff and how they went out of their way to make sure we had a wonderful evening. Very classy and much appreciated. Well worth the trip.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Expensive good food with a view-ish
Wife and I went there for dinner on a Saturday night around 7pm, expecting some views of the sunset behind the fog. Unfortunately, the outdoor patio was reserved for a wedding and the restaurant itself doesn't offer a good view (all we saw, 3 tables from the window, is the wedding party).
The food itself is excellent, I was jealous of my wife's risotto but my Bison was juicy and delicious (although lacking some vedgies).
For that price point I was expecting better service, like getting your glass of wine refilled or describing the dishes as they are being served, but the staff was definitely friendly.
The desserts shouldn't all be priced 10$. My creme brulee was on the small side and didn't even include berries. The bread pudding was fine.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service are great, and on their own they would be worthy of comment, but you don't come here for that. You come to sit on the patio and enjoy the view, do it.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were very disappointed
We were very disappointed as we came to have lunch on their beautiful patio with a fabulous ocean view only to find that it was closed to prepare for a private event later that day. Would advise anyone to check to see if the patio is closed before they might come a long way. Otherwise the food was great and the service was OK.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our annual trip to Big Sur
Our annual trip to Big Sur would not be complete without an exquisite dinner at The Restaurant at Ventana! The food in incredible, go for the four courses, and get a great bottle of wine. Enjoy the expansive view while sitting on the edge of the North American continent.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
What Could Be Better?
Staying in Big Sur across the street at Post Ranch Inn for my birthday trip, I've decided to venture to Ventana one night for dinner. Ventana is underrated since it does not have the magnificent views of Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn, but it's definitely highly recommended. From the food to the service, completely superb! In fact, it was a hard decision on which I would like best - and Ventana won me over. They were able to cater to us two late at night, when I'm sure the employees would love to leave - but made no notice of it. They performed their job well, and genuinely appreciated our business. We've sampled probably half of their menu, and I can't say there was one dish I didn't like. Love, LOVE them, and we'll be back!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Located in the Ventana Inn, this restaurant delivers on all levels from food, service and ambience. Four of us enjoyed dinner on the outdoor terrace on a rare warm evening in September. There is also a large outdoor fireplace with sofas for lingering. Ocean views if you arrive before dark of course. Dinner entrees featured local fish and meat options. Sommelier assisted with perfect pairings. Outsiding starter was a local crab with shaved fennel and melon with perfect dressing that did not overpower. Entrees included a local king salmon, wild boar and filet mignon. Only suggestion is the sauces on meats could be less. All preparations and portions reflected a skilled culinary staff at this special restaurant. Can't wait to return.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth the drive
The food was great and the setting is spectacular. The staff are friendly and attentive. You have all the time you need to enjoy your meal and can have an extended time relaxing and watching the view after dinner. Wouldn't have enjoyed it as much if you couldn't sit outside
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Casual elegance is what I
Casual elegance is what I love and that is exactly how I would describe the ambiance. It was also quite romantic with the lighting and of course, the amazing distant ocean & forest views before sunset. The scallops were delicious - cooked just right and not overdone with the sauce. The New York was tender and juicy sauteed with yummy mushrooms. I had not been to dine there since the re-model after the fire and was quite impressed. Will definitely come back again to try more of their new menu!
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for outdoor dining!
We were staying across the street at the Post Ranch Inn and decided to try the Restaurant at Ventana and we were so pleased with our decision! The service was great, food selection excellent and the outdoor seating just perfect. We had the duck breast and the salmon and both were cooked to perfection. Very nice wine list.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
great ocean views
Terrific menu with a variety of choices from burgers fish tacos, many salads with cheese and chicken, wonderful wine selection and beer hoices. The ocean view is one of the best on the Big Sur coastline. Tables are in the shade but the view is wide open.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb setting, average food
Went for lunch because it appeared that the post ranch lunch was limited to a 3 course set meal from the internet menu. Serene setting overlooking the water, although not the dramatic view of nepenthe. Unfortunately service was friendly but not particularly knowledgeable- no salt and pepper on tables nor an offer of fresh pepper on my pasta till i asked. Food quality just ok. But would still recommend for lunch for the ambience.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful setting for lunch.
Wonderful setting for lunch. Fabulous views of the ocean . Guests love the setting.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Living in Belgium, we always
Living in Belgium, we always make a point of visiting Ventana when we are on the East Coast. Food is always prepared with "love", the helpings are not overdone. The view is outstanding.The 4 course menu sounds too copious but it is so palatable it is just right. Seasons and creative cooking best describe this wonderful place. We appreciate a relative low noise level and very helpfull and descrete serving. A must if you are between LA and SF, and if you are not, it is certainly worth the detour.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent dining experience in a secluded setting on a quiet patio overlooking the ocean and coastal hills.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Casual elegance & great food
We had a fabulous meal at the Restaurant at Ventana. If you are hungry, the $70 4-course dinner is not a bad deal. We were a party of 5 and some of us ordered the 4 course meal and some ordered a la carte. There were no a la carte prices on the menu - although everything on the menu is available a la carte. When we got the check, all the a la carte items seemed reasonably priced except for the gnocchi. We understood the concept that all the entrees were the same price - but still...vegetarian gnocchi should be less expensive than duck breast! That being said, the pre-dinner cocktails were excellent; the food was delicious; the service was good and the restaurant is very pretty. We enjoyed the soothing ambiance.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely family meal
This was one of the best dinners I have had out in a long while. All of the food was exquisite. The ambiance was perfect on a fall Friday night. I was so impressed that the restaruant willingly accomodated special requests to make entrees appetizer size and vice versa and to cook up pasta with steak for our 7 year old boys. A delightful time!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The hostess was a little rigid
The hostess was a little rigid but once we got past that service was excellent. Of our three nights in Big Sur with excellent dining everywhere, this was my favorite dinner of the trip. And for breakfast or lunch you simply cannot beat the view of the outdoor dining area. Spectacular!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
It does not get better than this!
It is well worth the drive along Hwy 1 to get to this magnificent location and sit on the beautiful terrace and enjoy a truly outstanding meal served by an excellent and knowledgeable staff. My wife and I and as often with friends never miss visiting this restaurant when we are in the area and have never been disappointed.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Chef's menu dinner
The Hike in Big Sur entree salad was beautiful and witty, evoking a path with interesting plants and landscape. It was delicious as were the scallop and swordfish. Cheese plate not so good.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We dined here 3 times during
We dined here 3 times during our Big Sur stay at the Ventana Inn, twice for breakfast and once for dinner. Food and service are superb. Continental breakfast buffet is replete with fresh berry options, toast, quiche, bagels, and granola. Dinner was tasty. The duck was delicious as was the halibut, and a cauliflower appetizer three ways--ceviche, couscous, and chilled soup showed the kitchen likes to get creative. It was an unusual dish and it worked wonderfully. The root bisque soup and the scallop were also delicious. Lots of options here and the service is absolutely fabulous--attentive and friendly-- at both breakfast and dinner!
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a pleasure with a view!
The food was outstanding - the view spectacular and the service couldn't have been more helpful or friendly without being intrusive. I couldn't decide what I enjoyed looking at more, the view or my food - but I decided to eat my food instead of look at it - it was divine! We will continue to come back!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM