Austen's At The Pierpont Inn

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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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LM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place for breakfast.

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PS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

after remodeling has finished it should be better and more accessible

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BK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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W
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The restaurant is in a temporary location during renovation.

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PS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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w
Los Angeles
485 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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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D
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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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DS
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for the birthday cake!
good service, and view

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CA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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RW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed a delicious lunch with an ocean view. The grilled veggie sandwich was perfect and so were the crisp sweet potato fries and tart dill pickle wedge. We will be back !

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p
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good food and service.

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AB
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. The salmon tacos were cooked perfectly, an easy one to over cook. Martin took great care of us. Thanks, we'll be back

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OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outside on the patio the freeway traffic was loud. Inside the restaurant it was very quiet. The only thing I can think to recommend would be music. We were the only ones there initially and soft music would have been nice.

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IH
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Martin our wait person was a 10.
Attentive.
The waffles took longer to prep so without asking he gave us a 10% discount
Even with all the remodeling still going on the
Ambiance 10

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E
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent: great fish dish, nice vegetables obviously cooked fresh in a creative and tasty way for me; a good solid steak for my partner. Cocktails were good, but one was marred by being served in a chipped glass. The service was attentive and pleasant. Cozy dining by the fireplace made for a pleasant evening.

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JT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Austens is a true gem, a fitting companion for the Pierpont Inn which is well on the way to becoming the premier destination in Ventura. The setting is a garden spot with breathtaking views of the coastal strand and Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands. The food is good with generous portions of a broad range of entrees.

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k
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Be careful going to this restaurant with someone with any mobility issues until it is completely remodeled. Would be a lovely place to go if you're staying at the hotel and when it's light out and you can enjoy The view.

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JT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Pierpont Inn has been a favorite of mine for (are you ready?) 60+ years...a mandatory stop between my then home in Los Angeles, and school in the Bay Area. Over the years it has gone through several downturns and upsurges, one that it is experiencing today. Austins is still a work-in-progress at the moment, yet still a wonderful destination. Part of me wants it to achieve the success it deserves, another wishes it to be a hidden jewel and genuine bargain to boot.

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B
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Small restaurant, with a large patio. The Brussels sprouts appetizer was huge and delicious. Sea bass was creative and fabulous. I took half of it home and the leftovers were great. My husband's fillet was cooked to perfection. And we both loved our desserts: bread pudding and lava cake.

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AW
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have ordered Austen Burgers. Great quality meat, great house salad, crispy and tasty fries, very good tortilla soup. Since we dined at 3pm on Sunday, we had the whole place to ourselves. Enjoyed the quiet and fabulous ocean and island view.

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NT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Our server was wonderful that was the best part of our evening. You need to tell anyone who is scheduling a reservation that you do not have the restaurant open and that you will be sitting on an outdoor patio in November or in a hallway made into a dining room. Parking is not made for an older adult as we were bringing my 85 year old mother. All in all the server made this work although as the person who made the reservation I was extremely disappointed that you advertise knowing your restaurant is not open.
The city I found out after this closed the restaurant due to remodeling that was not approved.
You should make any holiday parties aware of your situation so they can make other plans.

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PS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very nice, good food, a little bit hard to find but worth the walk

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DP
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Thanksgiving turkey dinners were cold and missing a menu item. No management anywhere to address the issue. Very disappointed and NOT recommended.

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HW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The ambiance is poor due to the temporary nature of the dining room. Management must resolve their differences with the City, and get this place back to what it was. Food excellent and server very hospitable.

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T
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have dined for breakfast in the past and this time we did an Anniversary, pre-theater dinner with friends. We had a private table, with a view of the ocean, that they had reserved for us and it was a lovely night with a slight cooling breeze. Food was well presented and very good with ample portions. We brought a wine with and we were pleasantly surprised that a corkage was not charged. Service was good and overall we all agreed we will be back.

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CC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my birthday we just went last month for my boyfriend's birthday it's one of our favorite restaurants!! Britney was our way server and she is/was amazing great service ...shes so sweet and on top of everything...we even gave her a piece of my birthday cake ...we love her shes the best !!

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f
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

There was no one at the front desk when we arrived. We did see two different people who were not very friendly. One took one look at us and went in the back; the other asked us to PLEASE give them a few minutes and disappeared. As we were about to leave, the server came out with a bubbly attitude and was welcoming, so we stayed. She was wonderful and attentive. The food was very good. The location pleasant and view excellent.

If we weren't so hungry, we would have left after the first worker ignored us.

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PJ
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Pro: Excellent food and very good service. Con: Difficult to find on the property. There was no decor, it looked like a converted conference room.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there many times. Always outstanding

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S
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Service was horrible and my food was cold. Great drinks and lovely view.

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MF
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Martin and Jimena were fantastik! Food was the best, and service was top-notch. We went there to start our anniversary celebration, as the location holds many memories. Awesome job all the way around! Give those two a raise!

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M
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service both very good. Our only issue was no airflow on the outdoor patio, no air conditioning inside, the evening was too warm for neither place to be cool. Otherwise, we would go again!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small and intimate. Went for breakfast. Food and service were excellent. Table overlooking garden was nice. Waitress on patio was very helpful . We will be back for dinner.

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AM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Not the menu that was on there website. Chief wouldn’t step out of the menu on the table.

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SB
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I thought the restaurant was now open after the remodel, I was wrong. This is just a baquent room, nothing more, and after sitting there for 10 minutes with no one greating us, we left. It was our wedding anniversary and looking for something special - it's not here. Sorry to report this and I hope someday it returns to a great place.

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A
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

The food and service were very good. They appear to be operating temporarily out of a meeting room as the original restaurant is under renovation. We were told that it has now been 2 years. A good restaurant for every day dining but not a place for a special occasion.

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N
Orange County
38 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

While the food was tasty, the whole ambiance and experience of the old Austen's is gone. Very disappointing.

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RK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were surprised to see that the restaurant had moved to the back for remodeling and that there was only one table besides ours at 7 pm. The service was excellent as always— nice to see staff members we’d seen 2 years ago. Dinner menu is a little tough for vegetarians, not a ton of options. But the fried artichoke appetizer, red pepper bisque, and beet salad were very good. Dining companions enjoyed their salads as well. The cheesecake dessert tasted a little freezer-burned under the fresh berries, though.

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B
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We love having breakfast at Austin's but Sunday Brunch on Father's Day was awful! Service was slow and food quality was very low.

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DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food was amazing, and the view was spectacular! Jimena was our server and did an excellent job taking care of us! Will definitely return

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