The Restaurant at Ventana
The Restaurant at Ventana

The Restaurant at Ventana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ventanainn.com/dining.aspx
  • Phone: 8316674242x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily from 7:00am-10:30am
    Lunch: Daily from 11:30am-4:30pm;
    Dinner: Nightly from 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Californian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Restaurant at Ventana
The Restaurant at Ventana serves award winning cuisine in an awe-inspiring setting. The restaurant’s warm, rustic interior opens onto its legendary terrace where panoramic views of the ocean and rugged Big Sur coastline stretch for more than 50 miles. The cuisine makes use of the abundance of California’s Central Coast with local, simple, sustainable ingredients, including items from Ventana’s own organic garden.
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The Restaurant at Ventana reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (84)great for outdoor dining (76)romantic (64)special occasion (54)fit for foodies (46)great for lunch (38)notable wine list (19)great for brunch (16)good for groups (12)neighborhood gem (7)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • great scenery but food okay
    BigSur2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Stayed at this Inn for several days and had breakfast, lunch and dinner. Found breakfast and lunch good, but dinner was fair and service was poor. The dinner menu is a 4 course dinner ($75) but you can order al carte. Alaskan halibut was overcooked and bread was dry. Vegetables were overcooked. Soap was good. The wine selection is good and a full bar is available. The place was near empty even for dinner at peak times. You can may a reservation but why bother because you can always get a seat. A guest while walking out reports the same experience, and poor service. She advised to eat across the street.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • spa like
    luckydog
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This restuarant is like going to a good spa and having a great massage. It is beautiful, peaceful, earthy yet elegant and fills your soul as well as your stomach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice view but......
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Greatly disappointed the night we were there on our 40th wedding annersary. Chief came highly recommended but I'm sure was not in residence that night (at least I hope not) ingredients were fresh but preparation was completely uninspired. Service was so bad it was comical, our waiter continually brought the wrong plates to the wrong people and the checks to the wrong table. In his defense the restaurant appeared to be wildly understaffed.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • use to be .....
    ant08VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    very sad, use to be good a year ago, now the food have no soul or flavor everything tasted vinegar and oily cheese and chilis. we got the tasting menu and it is well priced but not with that kind of food, a joke!!!! service very amateurish but not bad. will not go back....
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  • Wow!!!
    FromagerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    What an amazing find!!! Gorgeous setting, incredible menu, so romantic! If I hadn't already proposed, I would have done it there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a great place to try
    JeffTVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Though we ended up eating outside, the inside of the place looks inviting and looked cool and rustic. The outside patio area was expansive and had some nice lounging areas to sit as well as the table over near the edge. We only had their appetizers and the Ribs and duck wraps were awesome. Service was very good and friendly. Though we had clouds and couldn't see very well, the blue jays and open feel was very relaxing and lovely. Great place to take someone and very reasonable for what you are getting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Upscale dining in Big Sur
    Steve50
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Ventana restaurant is part of the upscale Ventana resort-- perhaps the best dining option in Big Sur. Menu is simple-- 4 course fixed price was the option we selected. Food was excellent, along with attentive staff. We went there a second night to continue with different menu selections. Great, romantic outdoor setting with lots of fireplaces/ heat lamps to keep you warm on cooler nights in Big Sur when the fog rolls in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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  • Good food, long meal
    Veggie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I work in NYC, and while I love nice food, I enjoy 1-1.5 hour meals. The food and view were great, but our meal was over 2.5 hours long, my only real complaint about dinner. The service was great, we had one pre fix dinner $80, and the other diner ordered a la carte. It was a special occasional and our server wrote happy anniversary on our plate which was nice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Off the menu
    orango
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The dinner menu was [pricey and selective. You also could not sit on the balcony with the best view for dinner. We ended up eating from the bar menu which was tasty and less expensive. You also got to sit with the better view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Lovely setting
    LuvgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Although clouds shrouded the ocean during our lunch at Ventana we still found the setting beautiful . Our server was very efficient and likeable and the lunch was quite good . I had a portobello mushroom sandwich and my husband had the fried chicken sandwich . These were large sandwiches so half of mine came home with me .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Back on Top
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We had a lovely and tasty dinner at The Restaurant at Ventana. The food was beautifully presented and the taste was incredible. Those who tended to the table were courteous, professional and attentive. We will go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unresponsive Server
    nycfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Of course everyone goes for the view, and we will go again, but we had a pathetic waiter. The hostess was wonderful and engaging and the server was compete opposite. The server gave no response to requests. And he did not even say thank you when bill was paid. Maybe he is deaf/mute?
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Setting can't be beat, food and service could be more sophisticated to match the prices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor food quality
    Olivia
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Very disappointed in the food. Not tasty, luke-warm entree. Service below par for such a pricey restaurant. The views and location were beautiful, but the dining experience was disappointing. Will not return to this restaurant.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Amazing Food
    KARANDTARVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This restaurant is impressive. I love the open kitchen and the menu was fresh and innovative. We had the chef's tasting menu, which was an excellent value for the quality and quantity of food received. My friend had the heirloom tomato salad, osso bucco, pork tenderloin, and baked Alaska, while my choices were the mixed greens with Humboldt Fog blue cheese, tempura (the deep fried thinly sliced lemon was goooooood), the swordfish with lemon couscous, and butterscotch cream brulee. Everything was extremely flavorful and beautifully presented. Service was great too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Awesome
    Brasilnacalifornia2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Very nice place, wooden walls, you can see mountains and the sea from the high First time I find organic tasteful food in America. Waiter was very kind and spoke in Spanish to explain our choices!❤️👏👏👏
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner
    PDXTravlrVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Beautiful setting, impeccable service and the food was quite good. They mentioned on the menu that all dishes could be ordered a la carte, rather than the 4-course prix-fixe, but didn't list the prices of any individual dishes on said menu -- my only quibble. We could have easily skipped dessert - it was the only course that was unremarkable. The tuna crudo dish was outstanding, so was the pork tenderloin. A very nice evening overall.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Enjoyed my anniversary dinner
    Damo
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 20th anniversary at Ventana. Everything was very good. A little pricey, but the restaurant is beautiful.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good not great
    JamesW
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Somehow we were disappointed with both the food and interior ambiance. Nice view and outdoor terrace but inside somewhat dated and pedestrian, especially for such a high price resort. Fish entree was fine, fresh but not creative or outstanding. Sirloin was sub par. Would not go back as there are far better dining opportunities in the area at similar price.
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    scenic view
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  • Scenic Views
    justadiner
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We stopped for lunch while visiting Big Sur. The views were beautiful and the wait staff excellent. The homemade chips were great and the sandwiches quite tasty. Portion size was quite nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • The scenic view is awesome
    Michael
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The outdoor dinning is great. The scenic view is awesome. The service was great. The king salmon cake was great. The soup was a bit sour, the catch of the day, sword fish, was too dry and the price is a bit too high, the BBQ rib is ok. Next time we will try hamburger instead.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible Service!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    After a sublime stay at the Inn we had our parting lunch there and it was awful. Food was fine but service was actually worse than poor. Won't bore you with the litany of complaints but, for a normally uncomplaining couple this was bad!
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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  • A little gem!
    Boricuas85
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    This place is amazing. The service, food and ambiance is worth the extra cost.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Great view, terrible service
    googlegeek
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    It took too long to take our order, and too long to bring water and provide refills, even after asking. Food took forever to be brought out (how can it take over an hour to make a burger?). Although we requested ketchup with our order, we had to ask four times before any was brought to the table. After clearing our dishes, it took forever to get the waiter's attention.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    rediculously blissfull, unforgettable memory and fabulous food
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Great food
    fern
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Although there was a private event on the outdoor patio, the honored our window request.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Possibly a scenic view
    LovingtheJourney
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We drove to Big Sur to enjoy lunch and the scenic view. We made a reservation but upon arrival found out that the patio was closed for a special private party that evening. We could not dine on patio or even step foot out on it to see the view. I ordered the burger and thought it was just ok however the fries were crispy. My husband ordered the fish special which was swordfish and enjoyed. Our waiter was very nice!
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    scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible food
    Enchilada1VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Our food was subpar. My hamburger was seriously horrible and maybe a frozen patty. The fries were the only decent thing. Had to ask for drink refills and were given the wrong check which we had to chase the staff down in order to fix. Forgot the cheese on my burger.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • not worth the view
    iopinstead
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    pasta was drenched in too much sauce hamburger tasted frozen and no taste had two meals there lunch and dinner because we were staying at the resort and they were both below average view is wonderful but food is not
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    scenic view
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The new chef has livened up the menu with delicious inventive new dishes.
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Best food we had in California
    Happyhom61
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This was the best food we had in a month of eating out in California. The portion sizes were perfect, lovely flavours and beautifully presented - would definitely recommend.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thumbsUP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Food was delicious. The view was breathtaking. Service was top notch.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit snooty
    geezboyz
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our party of 4 came arrived for Father's Day dinner right after an 8-mile hike at nearby Andrew Molera SP. Expecting not to be dressed appropriately for a more formal dining room, I had expressed a preference for outdoor seating in my reservation. But when we arrived, the hostess declined to seat us in the patio, where other diners were, saying fog could be rolling in any time and it would be cold. Wait staff was overly formal in a stuffed-shirt way. The saving grace: our food was beautifully presented. All four of us enjoyed how the appetizer and each main course that we selected was prepared in just a slightly different way than we each had expected, but delightfully so. Praises to the chef.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • Recommended and Did not disappoint
    MfgranucciVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    In the area for a family wedding. Outside dining on June 13. A little chilly but heaters help a lot. Food was excellent. Did not do price fixe but did chose items off the price fixe menu. Salads were excellent as were the entrees.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Fabulous new chef!
    MiltyVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Paul Corsentino has made a dramatically awesome impact on this once just ok restaurant. We last visited here about 15 years ago. Big Sur is a special place on its own and now the Ventana Restuarant more than rises to the occasion. The food is imaginative, presented beautifully and quite tastey! We ate dinner twice here and as guest of Ventana Inn had the opportunity to have breakfast that was also excellent. The service was excellent without being overly attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • edev
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Wonderful ambiance, view, service, great food, limited menu.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • evitesseq
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    perfectly seasoned creative but not ridiculous choices. I loved the bean salad and the boiled egg appetizers.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Sur Gem
    SJfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Stopped here for dinner on the way up the Big Sur coast. The dining room was warm and inviting, and there's a large outdoor patio (with heat lamps) if you want to enjoy the view (which may/may not be that great, depending on the fog level). There's a 4 course meal for $95 or you can order individual items a la carte. Four of us ordered a la carte and had enough to eat, though the prices (as expected) were high ($18 for a small plate of fresh veggies, which included a couple of squash blossoms, fancy carrots and sliced green beans). Two in the party had the steak which was tasty. The food was fresh and tasty and presented well. Service was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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  • New and improved
    DollfaceLVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I'm a local and love this spot. The men has changed and I'm thrilled with the new options. We had the burger and the salmon--both were incredible. The only downside was that the outdoor seating wAs closed for a private event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful setting
    Melanie
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Wonderful experience. Great food attentive friendly service in a very beautiful setting overlooking the ocean.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.