Sea Venture
Sea Venture

Sea Venture

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://seaventurerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (805) 773-3463
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Casey Walcott
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live Music every Wednesday Night from 6-9 pm
    Soak Up the Sun- Sundays on the Deck- Live Music 3-6 pm
  • Special Events: The SeaVenture Restaurant provides full service catering and space for 20-200 guests. Each space provides floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and windows for sweeping views of the Pacific. Our private and semi private banquet rooms offer intimate areas for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, anniversary parties, brunches, baby showers and more. We also host meetings, corporate events, workshops and seminars in a location sure to refresh your staff or impress your clients. SeaVenture staff will work personally with you to create the custom event you envision.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dolliver
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Two levels of free parking underneath our restaurant
A word from Sea Venture
SeaVenture Restaurant located on the beach in California's Central Coast wine country, the third floor Restaurant allows you to take in breathtaking sunsets and panoramic beach and ocean views from large picture windows and outdoor decks. Chef Casey Walcott's contemporary coastal cuisine is inspired by the surrounding local wine country. Our seasonal menu is prepared with locally farmed vegetables, premium pork and beef and the highest quality fish and seafood. All desserts are made in house from scratch.
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Sea Venture reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (12)special occasion (8)romantic (7)great for outdoor dining (4)neighborhood gem (4)notable wine list (4)fit for foodies (4)great for brunch (3)good for groups (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (2)hot spot (1)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • No Points
    Steve
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We eat here often and enjoy it very much. We make reservations through OpenTable and get conformations and after dinning there we receive this same old thing asking how it was. If you know we were there , then why aren't we getting our points ? Duh ! It's not just this restaurant but other too. What's the point of using OpenTable ?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Just had a lackluster experience. Late night dinner. Had the special of the night which was a wahoo--poorly cooked/half raw, tough. My wife's meal was ok, not great. Overall disappointing.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening
    LukeJo
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We have dined at Sea Venture on several occasions, and always find the food excellently prepared. We made reservations and were seated immediately upon our arrival. Megan, our waitress was very pleasant too. We ordered our usual Sea Venture signature dish, and it was even better than we recalled. The presentation was beautiful too. It was free corkage night, so we brought along a bottle of wine to enjoy with dinner, but we were mpressed with their wine list as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sea venture
    bites2
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great place for seafood. Will return, one of my favorite places
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was sceptic all of reviews
    NipomoMom
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went to dinner here Friday night, after reading some reviews I almost changed my mind. So glad we didn't, it was all really good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, beautiful biews
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had a lovely dinner at Sea Venture. The Bacon Wrapped Scallops appetizer was excellent. I also had the Shrimp Chopped Salad. It wasn't anything extraordinary but it was tasty and fresh. My husband had the Sea Venture, a cioppino type entree, that had lots of seafood and a delicious broth. Even the basket of bread was yummy. Our server was very efficient and friendly. We had an early dinner and the bar area started to fill up and get a little noisy by the time we left. A jazz band had started to play and they sounded pretty good. Beautiful oceanfront views!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I like it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great place and recommend it...busy, but good. Service was outstanding. Good wine list, good beer list ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • second time
    bites2
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The special was excellent: Alaskan ability over a party pan stuffed squash. My wife had the scallop and shrimp. It was also excellent but was a bit lukewarm. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 218 reviews are from the Sea Venture reviews archive.
  • Nice seafood dininq
    bites2
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Enjoyed the sea bass dinner special. Great dish. Loved the beach view. Great service. Our server was very attentive to our table. Too full from the entree. Will have to return just for the dessert.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, below average food.
    SLOFoodie
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Service was awesome from start to finish. But the food was not good or presented well. I will only return to The Sea Venture for a drink and view.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic!!
    Jeff
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This jem was fantastic from the food to the service. Highly recommend this place
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad night??
    5stars
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We were looking forward to a romantic evening with good food. And then there was the wedding- it was loud and spilled over to the dinning room. Some of the wedding guests were drunk at the bar shouting into the wedding. I ordered the signature dish and it was just so so and there was sand in the mussels. (Ick) The wine was the best part of the meal. The brussel sprout and kale salad could have been good but the brussel sprouts were charred not roasted. My husband had the prime rib and said it was okay. Maybe the wedding overwhelmed the kitchen. Our server was nice. However, we will not go back, there are plenty of other options with a view AND good food in the area.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Rose
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Had a wonderful time everyone was very friendly and helpful great view of the Ocean. Very romantic atmosphere
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice location
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We enjoyed our stay, with a great view of the ocean, wonderful sunset dinning experience, and a friendly staff. The room had a fireplace, and we were welcomed with a bottle of wine. For mid-June, we were surprised by the number of whales that entertained us during dinner. The staff was very helpful and friendly. We pass this way several times a year, and will add this hotel to our trips.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FOOD WHILE WATCHING WHALES
    ShabbishubaVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The view from this restaurant is great and we were able to watch whales in the ocean off the beach as we ate. Perfect setting and food was very good as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love it!
    FivecitiesdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great food, wonderful service( best restaraunt manager) beautiful view
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food - very slow service
    hydrationprincess
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Took my in laws for early Father's Day dinner. It was 1 hour and 15 minutes from when we sat down until we got our meals. We did not order appetizers or salads, just entree's. Our server disappeared for long periods of time and hardly checked back. We frequent the Sea Venture quite often, as we are local. But we usually sit at the bar and order appetizers there. I believe we will continue going to the bar and not eating in the dining room. We were embarrassed about the slow service on this last visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef needs training
    Buff
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Sea bass special of night was under cooked and no flavor then chef covered it with dominating orange sauce. Wrong fish for heavy sauce. Staff accommodating and brought grille plain fish. Experience ruined evening
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tim
    Fridayniters
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Four of us went here for a double Anniversary dinner. The atmosphere was excellent the whales and dolphins were very cooperating. Service great also. We all ordered different selections and found them excellent. Highly recommend this place. Drinks were great to!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jkat
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    There was a hair in the butter. The food choices were not the best and taste not great. I overpaid for below average food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Times are different
    IdoLVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The restaurant reflects the state of the hotel! It is past the times and a lot has to be done. No we will not be coming back!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love this place.
    miniholly77
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    This is our go-to restaurant when in Pismo and celebrating something special - whether it be our honeymoon, anniversary or in this case, our babymoon! The food is terrific and the view is breathtaking at sunset.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gréât restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Very Nice vien d'or à Nice donner. Good professionnel service and good food. But it was'nt quiet bécause à singer this nyght....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    My husband and I were looking for something extra special for 'date night'. We were both in the mood for seafood and a great ambience....and boy did we get both! Being a foodie, it takes a lot to wow me. We each got something different and shared our dinners. Both dishes were outstanding. Our waiter was fantastic also.....very friendly and courteous and a great sense of humour! Overall a wonderful experience at a great price. We'll definitely be returning soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service and Food
    pK117
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My wife and I chose Seaventure for our anniversary dinner. We requested a window front table through OpenTable and everything worked out fine. Chris, our waiter, was outstanding, polite, witty and very helpful. We chose the filet mignon which was superb. While the restaurant is not cheap, it seems to be reasonably priced for the quality of food and service and, of course, the location. We got there at 7:30pm and were able to watch the sunset right from out table. I would say that this restaurant is definitely underrated on yelp. There was a wedding reception going on at the time, but the noise was not too bad as the bar area is kind of set back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time for sure!
    imcpayne
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Took my gf here for our 1 year anniversary and had a fabulous time. We were seated in a window seat looking out at the water, watching dolphins and the sunset; it couldn't have been more perfect! The food was great, I had a halibut special and she had the shrimp/scallops. Great service as well...I'll definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not fantastic
    caththebrat
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The food was good tasting yet nothing fancy. try the bloody mary, it is worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let down
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We three were seated promptly at 5:30 per reservation. Night special was sea bass which I ordered. It was dry and luke--warm. Others had the pork chop (large and good) and sirloin steak (large and well cooked). Service was friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    As soon as you walk in restaurant has an overwhelmingly strong fishy smell almost a deterrent. However the view is extremely hard to beat. Restaurant itself in need of some modernization. Service is exceptional and cater well to the guest. Kitchen is slow and took 45 min after we ordered to get our food. Pan seared veggies where burnt but we're replaced easily and quickly. Have a good selection of local wines and have a trio sampler option called a flight for only ten dollars a really good value. Would recommend at least once.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Sara
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I live in San Diego visiting my mom and was looking forward to treating her to lunch for Mother's Day because we had been here before and really enjoyed the food and service. Our reservation was at 1pm so it wasn't too busy. We were seated right away but we waited what felt like 10 minutes before our server offered us mimosas. Meanwhile the big group that was seated after us got served immediately. After a while I also noticed that all the moms were getting flowers but for some reason my mom did not get one. The buffet food was cold...the regular menu is much better. I was paying a lot to make my mom feel special but the experience did not meet my expectations. I love the view but unfortunately I don't think we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Locals Hang !
    Masteronegolf
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I will return but service seems to be better for locals.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Almost perfect
    want2eat2much
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Celebrating our anniversary dining here was almost perfect. The waiter was first class, food was delicious. My wife's steak was a bit overcooked and was promptly replaced. We were offered a complimentary bowl of soup, salad or something while waiting the extra few minutes. Nice touch. Waiter and staff was attentive but not enough to be annoying.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SeaVenture
    lostlala
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    great view, great service, thank you parker, honored reservation and request for ocean view. thank you
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Birthday Dinner
    BeckerW
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Had a lovely ocean view table at sunset. The food was very good and the service was great. All I had hoped for! Will plan to visit again for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rude guest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    One diner was loudly 'dropping F-Bombs' and the management did nothing about it. When they were finally forced to intervene they pandered to the patron. Very poorly played. We will never be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time
    Coach
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This was a great find at the last minute. The service was great by everyone. I am glad I went their.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We made a dinner reservation
    LorriC
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We made a dinner reservation for our Anniversary. We were seated as soon as we walked in. We ordered the couples steak and lobster. It was great! We asked for a table with a nice view, which we got. We were able to watch the sun set. Very nice! The waiter was nice could have been a little more attentive. We were presented with a complimentary dessert to share. Over all it was a pleasant experience. I would recommend to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's truly a neighborhood gem!
    OTfunVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    This was the 2nd night in a row eating here. Wish we could go tonight too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always wonderful food and service
    OTfunVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    It was so good that we decided to eat there two nights in a row. First night was with adults only, second as family night with our kiddos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanks Sea Venture!
    SyrahGirlVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    We had dinner here twice and each time our service was attentive and the food was excellent. Very accomodating staff and pretty views of the ocean from the dining room also. One of our favorites in the Pismo area! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate