Austen's At The Pierpont Inn

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200 Reviews
$30 and under
American
With fresh, innovative cuisine, breathtaking views of the majestic Pacific Ocean, and discreet yet friendly and attentive service, Austen"s Restaurant is your dining choice when in Ventura. Our Executive Chef delights in preparing exquisite dishes with a focus on local and sustainable fare and our Ventura restaurant serves up delicious, classic American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Join us for breakfast and savor organic egg dishes, delicious breakfast meats, fluffy waffles and pancakes, fresh fruits, freshly squeezed juices, steaming hot coffee, herbal teas and more.
For lunch, try the Seared Ahi, a juicy Angus beef burger, or one of our incredibly fresh and tasty salads. At dinner, the Habanero Lime Sea Bass is a favorite as is the Filet Mignon, seared to perfection. Please be sure to ask your server to recommend a California vintage to complement your meal, as our wine list is both extensive and approachable.
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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The view was beautiful but the actual restaurant is lacking. There was a weird smell -maybe sewage system. We moved to the outside patio area and it was better. Concrete floors in the patio area were dirty and needed a good scrubbing. I had the scallops. The actual scallops were tasty but the prosciutto with it was tough and I couldn’t chew it. The croutons which are house made were flavorful but had sat too long and were mushy. It wasn’t served really hot either so that didn’t help. Service was very good.

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vipVenturaVisitor
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Temporary location was OK. James our server was wonderful. Good food - good value

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DorothyK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner and drinks for Labor Day weekend. James and the rest of the staff were outstanding in their service and attentiveness. Is it expensive? A bit. But the beautiful outdoor setting, combined with the excellent service and relaxed atmosphere - tables were able to sit and dine for hours with their party, allowing true European style dining - were worth it. Food was excellent - scallops were especially good, as was the chocolate lava cake. Drinks were likewise v good - the French gimlet was exceptional. Overall a wonderful evening on a holiday weekend.

JA
vipJanineA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The ocean view was beautiful! Our server Eric was very good and attended to our needs. Unfortunately my pork chop was dry. My vegetables needed seasoning. My husband had the chicken. His was good. For dessert he had the bread pudding. Though it was good, it was pricey for what he got. I would probably try them for breakfast but I won’t be back for dinner.

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Foodie24K
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We arrived, checked in with the hostess and we’re seated. We saw a server repeatedly visit other tables however we were not greeted by a server until 15 minutes after being seated.

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SandyE
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service by Angel. The food and the ambience made for a lovely lunch.

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ChaseH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

This place was way too overpriced for the service that we received. It got slightly better as the night went on, but it felt like a slap in the face honestly when a server didn't come by for over half an hour each time we tried to order food or drinks. Both steaks came out overdone, but we were so over how long it was taking, so we didn't ask them to fix it. Also, no one bussed three tables around us for a majority of our dinner that evening and there was a complete mess around us. It was a disgrace. Not to mention, after making a reservation, these people seated us on a completely slanted table in the middle of the patio. It was so slanted, you could BARELY put a drink on it. Service was just bad all around. As a local, I was very surprised to see this place had so many good reviews. If you want something close to a perfect dinner, this ain't it. You're better off choosing larsens or anywhere else to save the money. Trust me on this one before you are $150 in the hole. Really embarassing service. This place needs to do a self- evaluation if they really think they are on top of things there. It sucks cuz I wish I had another great place to go to, but now I gotta warn other locals to steer clear of this place. SMH

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DebbieD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

We loved that we came early & sat outside with an ocean view. The inside didn't seem warm (I mean the decor/ambience...still under construction?). The one negative is we didn't see any notification on the Austen's website to let us know they were serving a special Valentine's Day menu. The prices were very high/portions small. (But delicious!) We do plan to to again to try the regular menu.

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RonD
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambience and service was exquisite. All of the food was excellent with the exception of the dessert. The cheesecake was "spongy". I would however recommend this restaurant to my family and friends, and my wife and I will surely dine here again.

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DAVIDM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were not sure what to expect, knowing that the restaurant at the Pierpont has had its ups and downs over the years. But we were pleasantly surprised. In spite of the construction taking place, the restaurant was warm and inviting and the food and service were excellent. We recommend it to anyone looking for a nice place for dinner in Ventura.

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JuanHungryGuy
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food!! Loved it.
Just wished the salad would have come after the starters and before dinner. So I took it home. Lighting was a little bright. Would have been nice to have some more mood lighting.
Other than that it was awesome!! Thank you.
It was our anniversary and there was no mention of it even though our reservation notes said we were coming in for our wedding anniversary.
I would definitely come back and enjoy the patio next time.

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Gaynor41
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Austen's is a wonderful place with a beautiful setting. It is small but very cozy and comfortable. Our server, Denny, was fantastic. He was attentive, knowledgeable and personable. The food was very good, fresh and tasty but alittle overpriced. However I will definitely come here again.

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ReneeS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Ambience and food were superb. However, we were the only people there for an early dinner, and service was very slow (why?) - my seared scallops and peruvian mashed potatoes arrived lukewarm. I had to send them back to get heated up. Afterwards, everything was delicious, from my meal to my husband's Caesar with salmon (very moist!), to the tomato basil soup with chunky tomatoes. Had a wonderful "Pierpont Cosmo." The view is beyond spectacular, and we were treated to a half hour of an ever-changing sunset. Very romantic and charming. Service needs to improve, though - I cannot understand why we had to wait so long for everything when we were the only people there... But we highly recommend, and will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
44 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Pretty straightforward hotel food - very good wine list and full bar - in temp location with a view until remodel is complete perhaps in May if 2020

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MichaelM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Did not know what to expect as it was our first time but pleasingly surprised.

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vipohbigdeal
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food - easy atmosphere. Our family Christmas lunch was made easy and delicious. Great service too. We'll be back for sure!!

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vipejb4933
Central Coast
67 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed lunch out on the patio and had an AMAZING view! I had a burger and my friend had a Cobb salad. Food was good and nice sized portions.

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Betty
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time here although we’ve lived nearby for 20 years! Was pleasantly surprised by food quality and value. We had breakfast, omelet very good and chilaquiles well prepared. There is a nice patio with lights that would be lovely at night in the summer. Inside dining room was small- maybe 10 tables? The entrance was confusing and a bit awkward. Could be more clearly marked to avoid entering a door right in front of diners. Though not any fault of restaurant, the freeway noise is very noticeable- and we were inside with doors closed. But again, not the restaurant’s fault but it does detract from ambience. Still a nice place for a meal:-)

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JanetP
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. Dining room is a class act but still a very relaxed feel. Fillet Mignon was top notch. Would highly recommend.

LC
LeeC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

No one told us this was merely a temporary location. We had been there several years before and it was very nice. This was a temporary facility no better than a café. food was not hot. wine was poor only thing that saved the evening was the waitress Maya who did her very best to make things right. Until they open the new restaurant they need to drop prices and tell people that it is a temporary restaurant for the convenience of their guests not a fine dinning facility. Wont go back until they open new place then its a "maybe". We have lots of fine restaurants here in Ventura. This is no longer one of them. Very disappointed. Called manager so far no call back so guess they don't care.

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MagdaA
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, nice seating area outside. Need to be updated and maybe open a window to get the fresh air in.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating area with an ocean view. Excellent food and service!

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vipKate
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are doing renovations so you have to walk around to the back to get to the restaurant, but IT WAS WORTH IT! The food was outstanding and the service congenial, efficient and comfortable. We definitely recommend it.

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vipladyZ
Los Angeles
114 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

If you're looking for a very quiet location and great service this is the place to go!
And if you want non-sweet treat try the Creole Bread Pudding.

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TimothyT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We went here expecting to have some delicious food and pleasant ambiance. The ambiance was there, but the staff didn't seem to know what they were doing and the food was mediocre. A little bummed since we were celebrating my wife's birthday.

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Mixteca
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, relaxing,great view of the ocean...fabulous drinks!!

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vipwineabit
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sweet quiet spot for a tasty unhurried lunch, and view of the ocean!

JF
JanaF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's on of the few places you can have a nice dinner and hear everyone at the table without yelling.

JM
JohnM
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was well prepared. My wife had the Benedict Florentine and I had the traditional Eggs Benedict. The eggs were perfect, the Sauce was fantastic. Unfortunately the server was inattentive. We saw him once during the meal and had to wait for ten minutes or more after the table was cleared for our check. Forgivable if it was busy, but it was a quiet Sunday brunch with only a few tables occupied.

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Magz
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't believe that I have lived in Ventura for years and didn't know about this place. It's pricey but the food was great, it has a beautiful view and garden, and we were given a private room for our reservation of 6. It was perfect. I will definitely be coming again. The scallops were especially good.

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vipStephenM
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were looking for a place in Ventura for Father's Day, and this place came up on Yelp. The restaurant is located in an older hotel that is slightly rundown. The food was OK (one dish came out incorrectly twice), and the pancakes were a little rubbery. The service was decent (Pablo was very nice), but we lost him over the last 15 minutes for some unknown reason, and I had to ask for our check multiple times from different employees. The place was not horrible, but we probably won't go back again.

LM
vipLukeM
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place for breakfast.

PS
PamelaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

after remodeling has finished it should be better and more accessible

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BarbaraK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dissapointed that the Inn has not been restored to its former style and beautiful ambience that included Austen’s. Have enjoyed Austen’s and the Inn for over 50 years. It was the only place in town for a very nice breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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vipWestwood
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The restaurant is in a temporary location during renovation.

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PattySB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a nice dining experience at Austen's; quiet, nice view, delicious meals.

WC
vipWhoCaresWhoIAm
Los Angeles
555 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Unless you are seated outside, there is absolutely NO VIEW from the dining room. The atmosphere is as bland as it gets. Service is friendly and attentive. The Eggs Benedict - well Chef needs to learn that this should be served with TOASTED English Muffin. The muffin was not toasted very well and was soggy. Hollandaise was good, but a tad too lemony and eggs were watery. Overall, would not return for breakfast based on the lack of view and the lackluster preparation of the Benedict. Sorry. Price was fair and service good, but the view and food were just not worth the drive.

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Dv2751
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Perfunctory service at best. Food marginally preferable to hunger. Building very old and could use a coat of paint and decent patio chairs. Hasn’t changed in 40 years.

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DianeS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for the birthday cake!
good service, and view

CA
CaitlinA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Angel and Jesus made my friends birthday breakfast the best it could be!

FAQs

Austen's At The Pierpont Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 643-0245.

Austen's At The Pierpont Inn is rated 4 stars by 200 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.