Somerset Grill at Vespera Resort on Pismo Beach

4.2
102 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 102 people are saying
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Alyssa2
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 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
116 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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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
31 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
13 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.

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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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JohnV
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, and the service was excellent and a great setting.

Somerset Grill at Vespera Resort on Pismo Beach
Responded on June 30, 2021

Thank you for the 5-star review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience. We hope to welcome you back to Somerset Grill soon!

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brentwoodgirl
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The hostess needs to be better trained. I have been there twice in the last two weeks, with a reservation, and when I arrived at the hostess station she told me I was too early to be seated (10 minutes early) and lectured me on the inconvenience to the server for us to be early. Very poor customer service at the beginning of our meal. It made me feel very turned off to Vespera and I will not be going again for awhile.

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LasVegasStopover
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food took too long to be served and everything tasted rather bland.
The server was friendly but we felt like she was rushing us when taking our orders.

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vipFraedaP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful experience with good food,

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Danielab
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food and service!

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Sharper
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, amazing views and fabulous service.

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NancyF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the salmon and swordfish entries - outstanding preparation and presentation. Same was true for dessert, cheesecake and chocolate mousse with cappuccinos. Server was wonderful. Dined outdoor to watch sunset, beautiful setting. A little chilly, but the plexiglass enclosure keeps the breeze down, and heaters warm it up. Live music inside (Saturday night) was somewhat loud for conversation, but outdoors was perfect. Will definitely be back!

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vipfrequentdiner
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding food and great outdoor dining.

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LarryH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Somerset Grill at the Vespera hotel was terrific. The was efficient and very courteous. We ate at their beautiful bar, which seats customers on all sides. Valet parking is free for the first two hours, which I blessing in downtown Pismo, particularly in the summer months. The Resturant is roomy and the outside area look to be a very nice experience also.

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Somerset Grill at Vespera Resort on Pismo Beach is rated 4.2 stars by 102 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.