Marisol at the Cliffs Hotel and Spa

4.2
963 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.

Experiences

  • Thanksgiving Menu 2021

    $57.00 per person

    Nov 25, 2021 only

    Thanksgiving 2021, dinner service 12pm-6pm, 2 hour time limit on each party *Prix-Fixe Menu: Three courses, choose 1 from each category* --First Course: Caesar Salad, Shrimp Cocktail, Beet Salad, Turkey Pot Pie, OR Pumpkin Soup --Second Course: Prime Rib, Ham Steak, Roasted Turkey Breast, Grilled Salmon, Butternut Squash Ravioli, OR Fried Chicken --Third Course: Dessert Trio created by Pastry Chef Derek Brown --Kids Option, age 10 and under, $25: Turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, dinner roll, and vegetables. Includes kids beverage. Executive Chef Casey Walcott All menu item descriptions available on our website, cliffshotelandspa.com

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 963 people are saying
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jonesdljsf
Central Coast
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed a nice dinner outside on the deck by the bar with family members. I had the roast chicken and my wife had the shrimp risotto, both were very good and the shrimp were huge. The service by everyone was outstanding, but particularly would single out our server, Mary.

A couple of things to note though. First, they don't have a menu the identifies gluten-free items. In fact, Mary could only verify the one salad was gluten-free. Second, be careful with where they seat you outside. The first table to offered us was behind a tent and you couldn't even see the ocean. They were nice enough to relocate us and set a table on the patio by the bar. However, I wouldn't go here for a meal with view, there are other restaurants in Shell Beach with better options for that.

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JmeR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, perfect ambiance, great service!

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RAMOND
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect. The food is great but the service is over the top.

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Beachy
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent service. Views and ambiance exceptional.

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viptimothy14
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner in a lovely setting. Our waiter was excellent. The oysters Rockefeller appetizer is a must try. We both had the filet which again was excellent and perfectly cooked. We even made room for dessert. It was worth it....all I can say is their take on smores is worth the calories.

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MichaelC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Anniversary

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vipDennisG
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Sunday night and it was moderate busy at best and the vegetables were undercooked Overall experience was good

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Server seemed too rushed to care more about us, but food was great....

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CrystalA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was awesome! Forgot his name but he was the British guy.

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JackinSF
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We planned and requested outdoor dining in order to enjoy the sunset, which we did. The service was slow as the server has many tables that he was waiting on. The food, a shrimp risotto, was well presented; however, it was not as tasty as expected.

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clauded
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Serving food to a table in a pot with almost nothing in itThe food was very dry It was taken off of my bill

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! View was beautiful. Our waiter CJ was very personable and made the experience so nice. We will be back!

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DhwS
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We stayed at The Cliffs Hotel and Spa resort. Marisol is attached to the property. We enjoyed the ambience and location of Marisol. However, I would highly encourage the chef and management to increase their vegetarian and vegan food menu items. We had Spicy Mushromms (mushrooms were replaced with mix vegetables), Brussel sprouts and Chocolate Mousse for desert. The food quality was great in taste but the choices were extremely limited. We would love to see more vegan/vegetarian options in future.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service and the food was excellent!

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Mulijati
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It takes almost an hour to get our food although the food are very good. We had the pork chops and Siete Mare.

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FrankZ
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been there many times. Great food and service with one of the best views of the cliffs and Pacific.

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LindseyM
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so good at Marisol! I’ve eaten at this restaurants for years and it was always good but really stepped it up recently. And the staff were all so nice and helpful!

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CarolD
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely place to enjoy the sunset and the service is wonderful and the food is good
Very good place to get together with friends and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere
I’ve been twice now and plan on more🌺

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We have eaten here before so we were looking forward to our Anniversary meal here. They were far off their game. Food was terrible and the service was even worse! Our waitress kept disappearing on us and was never attentive.
We told the manager about our experience and he actually had cards he gave us, pre printed, saying “We’re Sorry”, good for free appetizers. Obviously having cards pre-printed shows this is a regular occurrence! Very disappointing on a very special evening!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Dined here for brunch - my daughter and I both orders the banana bread French Toast…it was amazing. Seriously best I have had. My son ordered the burger and said it was cooked perfectly and flavors were balanced. My husband order the lobster Benedict and was underwhelmed. One egg was over cooked but the second egg was cooked properly. Service was slow, but they were slammed( it was Sunday after all) so we didn’t mind. Definitely would go back.

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Linclady
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice, small menu, but all looked tasted good. Service was great.

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Mike
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The Lido next door is about the same price, but the food and service is MUCH better

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JustinC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was very good. Reasonably priced for being attached to a hotel and the ocean view was great to have. Sit outside for sure. They have heaters if it gets cool.

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vipDinner
Orange County
37 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally an awesome experience. Do yourself a favor and ask to be sat in Eon’s section. You will get the best service with the greatest personality. Eon made our Birthday Celebration even that much better. Food was delicious and of course the view was breathtaking!

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KarenA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Filets were good. Do not get the calamari unless you fancy fried rubber bands. They make a good drink. Cliff Rye old fashioned. Ahi tuna overcooked shrimp was good.

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LouieJ
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Food was just ok and the price was too much for the quality and portion size and the bottle of wine wasn't good

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Too noisy, wedding party. Left.

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Griffin
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only was the food selection adequate, but our dinner was over-the-top outstanding.

Furthermore, our dessert was the best ever. I don't recall the exact name, but it was a custard lemon/strawberry tart. The following morning during conversations with other hotel guests, my wife and I hardly recommended the dessert to others who had plans to eat in the restaurant.

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vipRubenL
Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

This place deserves 0 stars....the incompetence is astounding! We made our reservation a while ago. We waited for 30 minutes to get our bottle of wine...nothing! We went to get our own bottle of wine from our room because they somehow couldn't find the bottle of wine that we ordered! Had to talk to the manager...he somehow found the bottle 15 minutes later! We waited another 30 minutes only to find out that our food order was lost! The waitress continued to tell us that our meal was almost ready, when in fact it was never placed. We finally left...ineptitude at it's finest from the server up to the manager! We waited an hour and a fifteen minutes and only received water. There are other, fine, restaurants in the area! Don’t waist your time here.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

A large group let their small child watch video on a device with the volume way up. Very distracting and disruptive.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Birthday dinner. We had specifically said we wanted to be outside with a view which they confirmed. We called to ask if we could push the Rez by 15 minutes and still have the outdoor table and they said yes. Once we arrived we were brought to an inside table. We made a fuss and they set up an unused table outside.

Our waiter Crosby was fantastic so no complaints there.

The food took a long time, and was fair. Not worth the price.

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vipOaklandyum
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food. Lovely ocean views. Hardest working and best server Cole and bartender Bill.

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vipNfoodie
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Asked for an ocean view table to celebrate my husband’s 40th birthday over a sunset dinner and was told that the only other available table was reserved. Turns out that the other half of the restaurant had tons of open tables with gorgeous sunset views! Also, the peach burrata salad had hard, raw, barely edible peaches in it. How is that even possible in produce-rich California?!

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Snow
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Restaurant premises was filthy dirty. Slow service. Overpriced and mediocre food. Hugely disappointed. No parking. Would NOT recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Gave us steak sauce for the calamari instead of cocktail sauce. 2 hours snd no food. Manager did comp us dinner by 9pm no longer hungry. Not enough staff, there are not ready to really accommodate a full opening. Not sure we’ll return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The views were amazing but the staff was horrible, management wasn’t much better. Our server disappeared for 30 minutes while we sat with no food and empty drinks. We will never go back.

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KurtJ
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food and views were all amazing!! Thank you Marisol

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aarone
San Joaquin
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with a beautiful view

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SharonG
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foliage was blocking view of ocean from patio dining

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JetzabelG
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am saddened that I don't remember the name of my waiter but she was amazing! This was my early birthday brunch and she made the experience amazing. She was kind and very fast and our order was taken quickly she made us feel welcomed since the moment we sat down to the moment we left.

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 4.2 stars by 963 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.