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Marisol at the Cliffs Resort

4.2
586 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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"Marisol" translates to "The Sun and the Sea" and no where is this more evident than through the flavors of the food. The menu at "Marisol" has been developed as New American Cuisine. As the premier choice of Pismo Beach restaurants, all of the dishes at "Marisol" are prepared with a soulful touch by Chef de Cuisine Victor Flores, featuring produce from fields of local farmers, seafood fresh off the boats of local fishermen, and naturally raised meats and poultry. The wine list for "Marisol" is awarded by Wine Spectator and has an amazing wines by the glass page with many local wines from Monterey to Santa Barbara County. For the finest oceanfront dining experience, try our award-winning Pismo Beach California restaurant "Marisol at the Cliffs".

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am, Saturday: 7:00am - 10:00am; Sunday Brunch: 8:00am - 2:00pm; Daily Lunch: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(805) 773-2511
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gregg Wangard
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Spy Glass
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Parking details
We have private lots in the hotel and across the street. We offer complimentary valet to all guests when its available.
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Public transit
The bus stops right in front of the cliffs or down the street at spy glass.
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Entertainment
We have live music in the dining room Thursday, Friday and Sat nights.
We try to do every Friday on our patio outside for happy hour from 330-630. Summertime is Friday through Sundays!
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Special events & promotions
We can do large party events in the restaurant and bar. We also have over 5000 sqft of banquet facilities were we can do larger events. Please call for details. 805-773-2511
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 586 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 17 hours ago

Celebrate Birthday

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2.0Dined 2 days ago

Asked for a nice inside table for our anniversary lunch. Served beverages in plastic cups, asked for glass and they forgot my wife’s water with no refills for my tea or water once reminded. Other patrons were served in glass, guessing we weren’t trusted with glass. Fries were soggy, tasted like they were microwaved from day before. Very disappointed in the service and treatment. Won’t eat here for the rest of our stay or future trips to the Cliffs. Over priced for the poor service and poor quality of our meals.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Charlie was an amazing waiter. He was efficient and professional, and made our special occasion memorable.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We had an amazing brunch. The waiting provided amazing service .

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

Horrible. Despite making a reservation and tables available, we were not seated and asked to wait at the bar. After 20 minutes, we still had no table. The bartender took pity on us and found us a table outside. After another 20 minutes and no waiter, menu, etc... we went back to the maitre’d. He had no idea how to handle the situation and offered that we could continue to wait. We chose to leave and will not return.

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

We had specifically reserved an outdoor table for lunch since it faces the beach and was the main reason we decided to dine there. When we checked in, however, they informed us there was nothing available outside and suggested a table inside by the bar, a dark, noisy place. Completely unsatisfied and upset. We just left and drove 30 minutes to Cambria to eat at another beach-side restaurant that had available outdoor seating, with NO reservations. We have been to Marisol many times before and always enjoyed it. Looks like we'll be avoiding it now. Too bad. (Stars for food based on earlier experiences, since we did't have any.)

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Anytime occasion

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Fantastic dinner experience. The waiter was extremely good, and the food was exceptional. It was creative, and perfectly prepared. We were able to meet the Chef and pass on our experience. (One member of the party is a Certified Executive Chef who was very impressed with the dinner and the chef.)

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We had a very nice dinner. Food and service were excellent. Fantastic view of the ocean.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We were looking for a last minute reservation for dinner on a weekend. All of the top rated restaurants in the SLO/Pismo area were booked up. Marisol, however, was wide open. (In retrospect, that should have been a clue, I guess).

The restaurant itself is lovely. The decor is understated but pleasant. The locale up on the cliffs above the ocean is delightful. And the service was great. Everything was going perfectly.

Then, the food came.

The salads and calamari were just fine. Above par, even.

The entrees were amazingly tasteless! Really, how on earth a chef can make a ribeye steak taste like, well, nothing, is something I haven’t experienced before. And the locally caught bass in the Parmesan crusted was so unbelievably bland, I had to wonder how they managed to suck all the flavor out of their food.

Seriously, there seemed to be no seasoning at all on any of the four entrees on the table. I found myself, for the first time in my eating life, shaking salt onto my fish dinner. Wow.

Maybe the normal chef was off that night. Maybe they need a new chef. I don’t know.

But a restaurant with such great bones and potential as this one should be serving stellar food at every seating.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Nice location with ocean views. Attentive wait staff. Food was sub-par. Appetizers and bread were good, but entrees were not. New York steaks were very thin. Steaks were not cooked to med-rare including the filet, and 4 out of 5 dishes were served lukewarm.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We were sat by a table by a door that they had to open to serve others. We requested to be moved and they accommodated us. My husbands clams had sand in them. He could not finish his meal. Let the staff know but they didn't seem to care.

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1.0Dined on May 7, 2018

The food was horrible. The steak was well done and was supposed to be medium rare. I could hardly cut through the sea bass with a sharp knife it was so over done and tough. The Caesar salad was good as was the tuna poke. The entrees were a disaster. The scalloped potatoes were so hard and dry and blackened on top from being burned. I would never go back especially after paying top dollar for horrible food. It was our anniversary and we were sadly disappointed.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Service lagged but as always food was great and those in town visiting with our group was very happy. The view of course is exceptional and staff very nice.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Special time with my twin daughters going off to college.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Food and ocean view exceptional! We always request an outside table on the patio; however, it was cold and windy so we moved inside the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We had a fabulous experience, we were seated outside with great views of ocean it was quite, service was fabulous, food equally great, we can’t wait to come back.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

great food, in addition to a beautiful view and location made for a very nice evening.

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

A good stop along the 101 to NoCal - beautiful ocean views

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Osso Bucco was great. Service was quick and friendly. Good wine list and happy hour until 7:00 pm a plus. Great choice for beach dining.

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

New York Steak was not good at all. It was tough and flavorless.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Beautiful setting and good food🌺

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We recently celebrated our anniversary at Marisol and were very pleased with the entire experience. We ordered the specials of the day, Parmesan Crusted Sea Bass and the Roasted Beet Salad. Ever so fresh and yummy! The portions for each were generous so we shared the salad and I took the greater half of my entree home. Let me also mention the tasty, butter melting, crusty bread that arrived to our table straight out of the oven. Our waiter, Eric, was very attentive and helpful. Had we dressed more warmly we would have had best views by sitting outside. Instead, we comfortably sat inside beside the windows and enjoyed the seascape. Before leaving, we already knew we would come again.

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2018

My New York steak was very mediocre, pretty to

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The breakfast buffet was excellent. Service was great.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

It was great! The hostesses were very nice and got us seated quickly. The waiter was attentive without being smothering. Plates were cleared quickly and everyone was very kind. Delicious food and the mimosas were awesome. We love coming here for brunch.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I've been here before for dinner and breakfast. This time we came for breakfast but had the brunch instead. It was fine. We were not able to have a table in the main dining room because they were very busy and ended up in the high tables at the bar....it was extremely loud. Also, $40 for the brunch seemed a bit high given what was available. Next time I will avoid the brunch buffet

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

A wonderful dinner for our 25th Anniversary

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Coming from Las Vegas, we have great brunch choices, but this restaurant calls to us whenever we are within driving distance. We first dined here because they donated to the auction of one of favorite charities (Guide Dogs for the Blind) but we return because of the quality of the food and the warmth of the staff. Go here---it will be memorable.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I had made reservations for a party of 8. Due to it being a busy morning and since we had children with us, half our party waited outside. I checked in and was told that they were going to check into our table. We were waiting 40 min so finally i asked what was going on and i was told that they are "unable to do partal seating". Apparently they assumed that out part was not complete because some were waiting outside. We were waiting 40 minutes for nothing but no one ever bothered to ask if our part was complete. No one ever bothered to comunicate the status on out table at check in. Very frustrating

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We had a real good time. Food was excellent. I had the Ribeye and it was very good.

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3.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Had the breakfast buffet there , and dinner . Food was not hot , on the verge of being cold ! Pastries were the best thing out of eating here . It could be a lot more better.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We had a family gathering for the Sunday brunch. It was fabulous! Great service. Great food.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Excellent kale salad a d chicken sandwich !

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3.0Dined on February 28, 2018

This was dinner with my family and there were 7 of us. First off the table was messed up and the flip down wing kept hitting my wife in the knee. They sent a tech guy? in to fix it rather that just move us to a different table. We made the comment that maybe we should have gone to a Non Resort restaurant as the family that was at the next table had 2 screaming children and at times it was very annoying. I understand that the noisy children were not the restaurants fault, but it sort of set the tone to not go to that sort of restaurant. Food was OK but far firm exceptional and not well priced for the quality, Service was very spotty. The Clam Chowder was supposed to be the best in Pismo Beach. Wow, that was the best??
We will not be back.

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1.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Worst experience we have ever had

I own the local BMW dealership and was outright horrible

Will never return

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

My Husband and I stayed in the area and found this quite by accident. We were very happy that we were able to get in and enjoy a wonderful meal. I would recommend this restaurant to any of my friends going to the Pismo area. We will definitely go back

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2018

this restaurant was ok except for two things: 1 . they have a policy of not seating anybody until all guests have arrived. i can see this if the place is very busy but in spite of the hostess asking the manager to seat us right away we were not and left standing in the nearly empty waiting area for our friends to arrive. when we arrived at the table half of the other tables were empty! 2. they wanted to charge us a dollar for a small amount of extra sauce for a dish that had minimal sauce

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

My family and I were here for brunch, with a reservation made 2 weeks in advance . I was really exited in taking my husband here for the first time. I made the reservation for a table outside but when we got there it was really busy . We got there 15 min. before the reservation time but the 15 min went by being in line . Once we got to be attended the MANAGER told us it would be a wait so we went to the side and sat for 20 min. While we were waiting to be seated we just saw groups of people being seated right away. Some of them didn’t even have a reservation but were being seated right away. I forgot to mention we are Mexican. And the mangager wasn’t really nice to us how he was to the rest of the people. The food and the waitress (who ended up helping us ) were great. I was really upset of the way the MANAGER had treated us. I would definitely recommend brunch on Sundays Every thing is very delicious!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We went for brunch. Please go for brunch. It is worth the price tag. The food is excellent and fresh. I usually hate buffets and never go because the food tastes like it has been sitting for a while. Not here. Staff are awesome and you cant beat the view. Will return!

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