Marisol at the Cliffs Hotel and Spa

4.3
931 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
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 Spanish- American Cuisine. As the premier choice of Pismo Beach restaurants, all of the dishes at Marisol are prepared with a soulful touch by Chef Casey Walcott, 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 Hotel and Spa.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 931 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
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muimui4food
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My husband and I stayed at the Cliffs hotel and decided to try out the restaurant on site. Our server was very friendly and helpful. I ordered the roasted garlic and lemon chicken with cauliflower. My husband got the pirk chops. Both dishes were really tasty and moist. The passion fruit pudding was sweet with a nice tart passion fruit taste.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Comforting

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SusieE
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My compliments to the Chef, our meal was amazing what a wonderful Dinner 🍽

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DeannaN
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Mother's Day Brunch was amazing! They were ready for us early, we had a beautiful table with a beautiful view, the food was fantastic, as was the service. Thank you for making it such a special day!

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OliverV
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great experience at Marisol’s. Their food is delicious and their service is outstanding. It’s a beautiful location and highly recommend it.

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vipLocalGal
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mother’s Day meal was wonderful! The Pismo Beach view is beautiful!! Great service!

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Neggy
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for their Mother’s Day brunch. The food was very well presented, absolutely delicious, and very filling. Would definitely eat their again!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We asked for an outside table and they said they couldn’t because they were booked. We watched the two outside tables sit empty for the next two hours and for a guest 30 minutes later to be asked if they want inside or outside when we weren’t allowed outside to the empty tables. We were right next to a sliding glass door that my husband had to keep opening and closing as wait staff moved in and out because it was like a wind tunnel when left open. The service was horrible. The three of us were there for two full hours. Our main course came about an hour and forty minutes in and we had to rush and eat it because we had a massage appointment next door 2 hrs and 15 minutes after our scheduled brunch time. When they did finally bring out main course they brought the wrong food to our table so two of us ate while my husband waited for his correct order to come out. The food quality was bad too. We normally love this place but this was a hugely disappointing brunch experience.

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GregoryU
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Usually I am big fan of the cliffs as an avid brunch goer, but Mother’s day was a disappointment and left more to be desired. As the menu was decent but not acceptional for 55$ a pop and only one mimosa included versus the normal bottomless. As well as constant reminders from the service team of new trainess when many of the mistakes and blunders occurred such as dropping the desserts or food going to the wrong table. Our table was also put in the cold windy shade in a random corner while the sun was shining down on every other table set. Overall I was very unimpressed for the 500$ i spent including tip and sadened to say that the Cliffs may have lost its touch due to the Covid layoff.

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SarahF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view. Friendly service. Food was excellent.

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Rsalseda
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was cold. Ended up requesting to have it cooked again and our food once again came out cold. Waitress only came out once. Bad service and quality of food

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful evening birthday dinner with my wife! Ocean view, great service and food.

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BarbaraE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Well organized. Can't beat the view. Staff friendly, attentive, knowledgeable. Tables were well spaced. We sat outside, service was quick.

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VictoriaM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the roasted chicken and filet mignon, and it was delicious.

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AnniG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

They were not attentive. We were done with eating appetizers before they took our dinner order and everything was really spaced out. My side dishes were temped and it took another 15 min for my bill.

Otherwise, it was beautiful and pretty tasty.

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KGRC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Limited and same menu for breakfast, lunch l, dinner and room service. Menu tried hard to artisanal but was mediocre. Dinner “siete mares” was skimpy at best.

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vipAnimalLover
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food1service1ambience5

Our food took over an HOUR to arrive, only to have my hamburger made wrong. It took a while for it to be remade, and then it was so overdone it was hardly edible. My husband asked for ketchup, and I had to go track down the waitress to get it. Took forever to get it, and finally my husband ate the hamburger dry because it was getting cold. Horrible service.

The view is beautiful, so that was the only redeeming factor.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Disappointed- had to ask to have the table wiped clean- drinks tasted watered down. The calamari was mediocre and not hot. Was expecting more.

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RobertS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went to Marisol at the Cliffs for our anniversary. We had wanted to do this last year, but because of the pandemic, we had to wait until now and Joella. Mmmmm good. Can you say what is the difference between a cook and Chef. We got a bacon wrapped filet mignon that was so tender you could almost cut it with a fork. My wife got the Crusted Salmon which was also better than expected. Actually we shared. And I have to compliment the Chef, the food was cooked perfectly with a tasty blend of seasoning and a meat sauce that was exquisite.

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Rachael
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service! I will definitely be visiting again.

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Emma
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Celebrated my friend’s 21st birthday at the Marisol for lunch and mimosas. They definitely took care of us with drinks and delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance was lovely. Service was excellent. Drinks were delicious. Food (filet mignon) was amazing! 10/10! Highly recommend!

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ScottR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Staff very nice, went out of there way to insure we had the right table. Three of the four meals were very good, fourth marginal. Nice views!

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vipJadD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Just horrible service overall. From start to finish (getting seated through getting the food took 1.5 hours)
Staff is rude and it’s just a bad experience

They got some of the best views in town and great location but that don’t make it easy with their service.

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vipChris
Kansas City
51 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

All was great except the restaurant staff cancelled my open table reservation requiring me to appeal directly to Open Table to correct the mistake. They did so but it wouldn’t have been necessary had the Marisol staff been more careful and honored my reservation.

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HaiD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was not good and the service was a bit too slow. It appears the staff has no experience at all.

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vipCVKarl
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was delicious and the view from the patio was excellent.

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taylor
Boise
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

It was nice and great views when seated outside. My boyfriend and I had dinner reservations and also had brunch before that and we sat outside with beautiful view and ambiance then for dinner we got sat inside by ourselves in a corner while everyone else got seated outside w beach views.

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Mayra
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks were amazing, you can actually taste the alcohol versus some bars that pack it with juice. The food was exquisite, i believe it depends on the food item though.

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JanelN
Chile
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary. No complaints at all. Service was perfect! Food was outstanding. There could of been a little more choices on the dessert menu. Nothing looked very good so I have one Critique I suppose. Overall I would recommend this place 100%.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Staff, service, food, ambiance were all excellent. Definitely recommend!

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Asticat
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a special celebration for a "teacher of the year" in our family. Marisol was her choice for the celebration, and she was more than pleased with the food, the view, the service, everything. She especially appreciated the special dessert, compliments of Marisol.

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Matt
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marisol was great! The opentable app was not. We made the reservation through opentable but the restaurant told us they did not accept breakfast reservations. Marisol was having issues with the app. I later received a snarky email from opentable telling me to “kindly” notify the restaurant if I intend to miss a reservation. I did not appreciate getting lectured for opentable’s flaw. Marisol was outstanding as always

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Alona4Liz
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Nice outdoor dining. Our server Cole was excellent and attentive.

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JasmineS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and yummy food. Can absolutely not beat the view and drinks were strong.

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vipianlynn
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Great service. Nice atmosphere. Food was just OK.

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Dinner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I came here from 3 hours away to surprise my boyfriend for his boyfriend. I made a reservation so we would have a table to see the ocean. My boyfriend’s burger was made wrong even after clarifying that there would be no aioli on the burger. But when we got our food, there was the sauce on the burger. We waited 8 mins before my boyfriend had to walk up to someone to tell him that his burger was made wrong and to remake it. We waited for over 20 mins before we checked on the burger all while I’m waiting to eat my food and it was cold and overcook filet. When our server finally came around (after being there for 50 minutes with no food still to eat), and we asked if they can remake my steak because my food was cold while waiting for his burger to be done and he said they could reheat it. When we finally got them to make a new steak we just took everything to go back to our room and when we got there, our food was still wrong. We didn’t take a bite of our food until 1.5 hours of waiting. This is very unacceptable.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good, but we were sitting near a noisy group.

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SherryV
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very pleased with the service. Everyone of the staff were very friendly and kind and accommodating. The food was decent; I am not a big eater. I would have liked to see more choices of appetizers that are smaller in size. I also would have appreciated some warm bread and butter with my wine. Overall though it was a pleasant experience.

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VidishaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Overall everything was fine but we found a hair in our food which they quietly replaced but we expected them to compensate with Atleast something with the inconvenience being caused. It was our anniversary usually we have seen other restaurants do something special but just didn’t get any good vibes here and felt like a very normal dinner

FAQs

Marisol at the Cliffs Hotel and Spa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 773-5000.

Marisol at the Cliffs Hotel and Spa is rated 4.3 stars by 931 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.