Marisol at the Cliffs Hotel and Spa

4.2
944 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 944 people are saying
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4.2
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NancyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful view, food was very good but a bit overpriced and service was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

My husband and I had the most amazing brunch and the views and the atmosphere was absolutely amazing definitely will be booking a room and coming here again.

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AlainaG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch. They had a wide variety on the menu of both breakfast and lunch type foods. We sat outside and saw dolphins from our table! The only thing better than the view was the Bloody Mary!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The restaurant is in a beautiful setting directly on the beach. It likely makes them lazy about their menu and food quality. We had a below average meal and cocktails that were pretty bad as well. I would recommend coming here for a glass of wine and a stroll around the property but not waste time with a full meal.

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Latecity
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cold beer and drinks. We ordered salads and the fish tacos and they were very good.
Service was good and the view of the ocean was perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Convenient to eat at the restaurant attached to the hotel but I wouldn’t go out of my way to dine here. It was okay, not great for the price at all. Salmon way over cooked, burgers were good though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

I made dinner reservation a couple days before arriving to Pismo Beach. My party of 4 arrived on time and we were warmly greeted by the host. The restaurant has a outdoor patio that sits besides the pool and wraps around the back of the restaurant. Unfortunately we were sat in the back with the parking lot to the left if us. Although the view of the beach was beautiful. It was a bit chilly so the waiter placed a heater next to us. The menu selection was ok. We ordered the clam chowder and calamari. The claim chowder was bland. It needed more seasoning. The calamari was good but the pieces were tiny. We proceed to order the Siete Mares and the Cliffs burger. The siete mares had 1 shrimp, 1 scallop, 4 mussels and 4 clams. The cilantro rice had crab. We were not impressed especially for the price of the food. It was just “meh”. Sadly it turned us off from eating there during the rest of our trip. On the up side our waiter “Cole” was very polite.

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vipLocalGal
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!!

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JimG
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot to have a cocktail, catch up with friends, and on sports scores. Even better for a "date night" with a beautiful sunset and excellent food and drink.

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vipMichelleF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My husband and I enjoyed our meal. The staff was friendly and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food. Beautiful setting.

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JulieM
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

What a view. The service was excellent. The meat board had an amazing variety . We wold defy order it again.

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Jana
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Unfortunately the food was basically unedible for both my husband and myself. We were so disappointed because the ambiance was so beautiful and the prices made it seem like it would be at least very good food if not delicious. I definitely would not recommend the food here to anyone. The service was also poor. Our server barely checked on us - we never knew where he was. Overall experience was not great.

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muimui4food
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
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 on May 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Comforting

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SusieE
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DeannaN
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
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 on May 9, 2021
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
15 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
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 on May 9, 2021
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 on May 9, 2021
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 on May 9, 2021
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 on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view. Friendly service. Food was excellent.

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Rsalseda
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
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
54 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.

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 944 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.