Somerset Grill at Vespera Resort on Pismo Beach

4.2
111 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Somerset Grill evokes the charms of old-world craftsmanship. Panoramic ocean views, breezy patio seating, and elevated comfort fare characterize this timeless destination restaurant. Market-fresh, regionally-inspired, classic seaside cuisine is served all day from the showcase open kitchen, centered with a wood-fired grill. Custom furnishings, plush booths, and subtly sophisticated décor define the newest hub for explorations of California’s Central Coast.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • 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 111 people are saying
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vipLLFOOD
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both had the Mushroom Bologonese. This was delicious and very enjoyable. We are not Vegan or Vegetarian, and this dish was just so flavorful, filling and delicious. This is a must try for all!

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Honda
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Food was ok but the portions were tiny and I am not a big person and generally I’m not interested in taking home leftovers but it was ridiculous for the small swordfish steak and minute vegetables and that was $30 Will not be coming back anytime soon

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Peter
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

A lovely location. The food was good but the portions were very tiny for the amount of money they were charging.
The staff was pleasant but did not work as a team with the kitchen so service could have been much better.
After waiting for our desert for 20 minutes we decided to have it removed off the bill and left.
For an upscale restaurant with a hefty price attached to the evening , I would have expected the staff to be dressed accordingly.
Jeans and plaid shirts are more appropriate for a casual dining experience.
Sorry! 😣

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RomainL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Had the steak and it was alright. Very small portions for the price. Approximately 6oz steak with some fries for $49. Quality did not justify the price. My wife had the salmon with green beans and lentils. Good, but nothing special. Definitely not worth the price even with the location.

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Curtis
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Avery limited menu. Not many choices to select from the main meals.
The room service menu seems to have more of a selection.
Also prices seem a bit high.

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AnneC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Beautiful site and restaurant/grill, but food overpriced and barely average quality. Given the posh hotel one would think the food would be delicious but sadly that is not true. The burger was dry and had little flavor. The salads were good but not fine quality. Truffle fries had scant seasoning. Drinks were good. Would like to take visitors to our town there but probably won't with many other good choices.

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vipPaul
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

This Restaurant was rated a 5, by me, when they first opened. They have made huge changes to the menu and it is a huge disappointment. The French fries were good and that's the kindest thing that I can say. Filet and Salads were favorites and they are off the menu or changed so dramatically. The Pismo Chopped Salad was once delicious now it has the same name but is totally different ingredients and no taste. Prices have soared and portions are much smaller. The place was dead on a busy weekend perhaps the changes are not fitting well with your Clients.

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besc
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food and service were great. Outside table was wonderful.

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Alyssa2
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Cool dining area. Staff was very nice, food was mediocre. Wasn’t a huge fan of the burger but ahi was delicious. The location is beautiful and has cool fire pits. The deck is dog friendly which was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and lovely view from outside patio. Food was very good, would have like a starch included with swordfish.

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DarrylR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was excellent. We are definitely coming back again.

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vipLaFoodie
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Friendly service and nice atmosphere with splendid ocean-views from outdoor patio and fun people watching. Enjoyed the live guitar music nearby. Unfortunately, food was not memorable other than tasty truffle fries. Pea risotto was too salty, salmon was just okay, and it took too long for dinner to arrive even though the restaurant was not crowded. Definitely overpriced for what we got and for all these reasons, we wouldn’t dine there again.

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viptok1234
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Food was subpar.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Good not good. Service ok. Too many dogs. We almost paid for a bowl of dog food. We check our bill always
Salmon undercooked
Vegan and vegetarian items marked but not gluten free.

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viphealthy1
Los Angeles
119 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food snd excellent service! Will definitely come back!
Showed up 30 minutes early and they were very accommodating.

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TomG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the food and atmosphere!

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StanleyD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Swordfish was excellent. Staff extremely knowledgeable.

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LeeD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ambient noise quiet for conversation among four adults outside seating. Service was amazing and drinks and wine well appointed. Loved moving to the fire pit location after dinner. We'll return for sure. Valet parking for dinner guests as well as Hotel guests! A plus in my book.

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vipGprim
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was awful, service mediocre and overall, completely overpriced

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MargaretS
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food fabulous staff!

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MarilynC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

So beautiful right on the beach with great food and service!

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vipstaciamagg
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was amazing! The menu options were wonderful and diverse- definitely possible to have a healthy meal if that is what you are looking for. The cocktails were all made with fresh squeezed juices and were delicious! Right on the water and with live music outside by the firepits. If you choose to eat indoors- the decor is beautiful.

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vipRose
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our wait person was excellent and very friendly. Unfortunately no one acknowledged our anniversary that was noted in the reservation, so we paid for our own dessert. I will say that I did love the chowder ingredients. However, it was a little thin and very salty. The view wasn’t what we expected. We were hoping for an ocean view, but it was mostly a view of the resort.

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tiffanyn
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely dinner for my young daughter and I.

We shared the clam chowder and the lobster pasta.

Our server was gracious and very nice.

We loved it so much we had breakfast at Somerset Grill the next day.

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vipRonB
Austin
22 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Friends get together

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, attentive staff and great vegetarian options

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vipEBEnglish
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find! Looking for an outdoor lunch spot after our college tour and Opentable threw this one up. Lovely property, super nice service - free parking for 2 hours. Food was really good - chef was kind enough to put together a veggie sandwich for my vegan daughter and it looked great.

We will definitely be back!

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AudreyCQ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, good excellent service and super friendly to our kiddo making her feel great about her coloring :) oh and dont miss out on the burrata- it’s amazing.

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jonesdljsf
Central Coast
45 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had a good special occasion dinner, but honestly it wasn't up to the expectations. I had expected from the new ownership and management that wants this to be resort. It was a bit disappointing.

The server and manager were very nice and showed they cared. However, the server did forget a small ask when we arrived and had to be reminded.

The food was good, but not exceptional based on the price point of the entrees. The fish choices weren't local (salmon, swordfish and ahi) which I would have expected here on the Central Coast. We had the swordfish and ahi. The swordfish was good, but a bit dry for my wife's taste, however, the carrots served with it weren't really cooked, it was like eating a raw carrot. The ahi by itself wasn't that flavorful, you really needed to add the sauce as the way it was prepared didn't add much to the taste.

We sat outside and had expected a view ocean, but it was mostly blocked by the pool. We had been here before for a lunch and thought there was more of a view. In fact, we really enjoyed the lunch which was pre-COVID and thought the dinner, particularly with the new management committed to resort service, would be more memorable.

Candidly, this wasn't our first choice, but we couldn't get into our favorite Ventana Grill so we tried this place instead. I think we'd do a lunch again, but probably not going to return for a dinner.

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StealthX
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

There was particles in the ice that they served and the their response was not satisfactory.

Worst experience ever. Walked out and didn’t even eat.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and our service was excellent.

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TimM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Beautiful place and friendly staff. Menu could offer more choices with more recognized options.

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed the service and the quality of the food was outstanding will return in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Service was great. We won the patio with a heater. Food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Most expensive white wine on menu was “cork tasting”. Our main entrees completely forgotten. They remembered us while the place was closing down. Requested a sunset table outside. Marginal beach view and no visible sunset from our table. They did comped us the entrees. Poor experience overall.

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vipErikR
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun east coast seashore vibe and an earnest staff are the highlights. The kitchen needs to work out some kinks though the bar has hit its stride.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious in the atmosphere was great. Portion of food for an entrée was small.

JR
vipJudyR
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

The food was horrible. Over cooked and dry on both of our dinners. Such a shame as the hotel was amazing Will not eat there again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Your service was excellent
A bit noisy to appreciate the soloist playing the guitar
Food is great
Definitely going back

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vipRuss
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We were disappointed on this, our first visit to the Somerset Grill.

As a Marriott Titanium level (for life), I have experienced many fine Marriott meals...this was not one of them.

While our server Monica was reasonably attentive, the restaurant must not be staffed to provide very good (forget even thinking about excellent) service.

The time it took to have our food prepared and delivered was not reasonable.

Of the four entrees we ordered, the BBQ Chicken was not quartered as we had been told it would be and it was dried out and tough to cut.

The Lobster Pasta had minimal sauce and was served warm, not even close to hot.

The grilled swordfish was also served only warm, but had a nice taste.

Finally, the Greek salad topped with Salmon was the tastiest item we ordered.

The hotel charges $5.00 per hour for valet parking but provides a two hour credit. We needed every minute of the credit due to the slowness of the service (we didn't even order dessert, as we were not sure how much longer we would have to wait).

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Somerset Grill at Vespera Resort on Pismo Beach is rated 4.2 stars by 111 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.