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Thu, 4/19
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The Sur House

4.6
67 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
Perfect For:
  • Scenic View
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
The Sur House, at Ventana Big Sur, serves award winning cuisine in an awe-inspiring setting. The restaurant’s warm, rustic interior opens onto its legendary terrace where panoramic views of the ocean and rugged Big Sur coastline stretch for more than 50 miles. The cuisine makes use of the abundance of California’s Central Coast with local, simple, sustainable ingredients, including items from Ventana’s own organic garden.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Organic, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 7:30 am–10:30 am
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(831) 667-4242
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Paul Corsentino
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Ventana features more than 12,000 square feet for meetings, including stunning outdoor spaces overlooking the rugged Pacific Coast and surrounded by towering redwoods. We also offer custom catering to keep everyone nourished and engaged. Please contact us for more information!

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What 67 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.1
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

For sure worth the drive! The prix-fixe menu can be pricey, but the setting outside is worth it. Very tranquil and peaceful.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Wonderful views, great food.
Chef tasting menu a little bit too much: first, second and dessert may be enough.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great service & food. Nice wine list. Fantastic surroundings...made for a great night out with my wife and a friend.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The most breathtaking views! High on a hill with majestic mountain view behind, and endless ocean expanse in front. We were there for a weekday lunch on the large outdoor patio. The fried oyster lettuce wraps were crispy and refreshing with a Thai spring roll kick. Shishito peppers were perfectly grilled. Service was friendly and attentive. Cocktails were outstanding. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys delicious food and drinks in a gorgeous natural setting.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Service was embarrassing and severely lacking. Had to beg and wait fir check after not seeing our server even once during our meal. Top it all off he tried to keep my credit card on Easter Sunday. It wasn't busy AT ALL which should have been my first clue.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We made a reservation for Easter Brunch and we couldn’t be happier. The view was gorgeous and the food delicious. Our server was happy and attentive. My Hummingbird cocktail was tasty as was my lamb salad. I will definitely come back when in Big Sur.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Awesome lunch with family & friends!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great food and amazing view...looks heavenly sitting on top of the clouds and fog beneath us by the hill. Definitely worth a visit! Would come back again for a meal and possibly a stay at the losge

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Amazing service, people was must kindly ever, I got engaged in the restaurant and it was an excellent decision.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We really enjoyed it!

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2.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We were disappointed that the restaurant did not have ocean view. The noise level is very high. There were multiple small children and dogs. Some guests were wearing shorts and flip flops at dinner time. For a high priced restaurant this should not be allowed or there should be a separate section for guests with children and/or dogs and guests that want a casual dinner.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

It was my 65th birthday, which the restaurant knew, but our service wasn’t great. The server even threatened us to lose our table if we chose to sit in the bar to watch the end of the NCAA basketball finals. He then relented but never was very congenial & never made any mention of my birthday. The food was good but certainly not up to the excellence we expected. Overall it was a bit disappointing.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

The staff and service was awesome!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

•the menu was very inventive—no two dishes had the same theme and main ingredients were seldom repeated.
•portions were appropriately substantial.
•our server was attentive and accommodating.
•the casual atmosphere was a pleasant surprise.
•would recommend for a “fancy” dining experience in big sur!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Unmatched view of the Pacific Coast and great ambiance. Excellent but unpretentious dining.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Absolutely favorite meal in Big Sur! The food was delicious and the experience was warm, welcoming and fun while remaining extremely elegant. We ended up coming back for lunch on their patio the next day and also doing room service one night. Everything was fresh and flavorful.

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2.0Dined on March 8, 2018

My crab salad with little gen lettuce was gritty. Seems the lettuce was not washed enough. I eat what I could, but finally gave up. I mentioned this to the server who just said he would let the kitchen know. When we got the bill, we were charged for two extra dishes we didn't have, otherwise it was correct and not another table's bill. He wisked the bill away and corrected it. Good thing we looked.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

The food presentation was beautiful and tasted even better! The ambiance was perfect, though the restaurant was busy, we felt like we had the place to ourselves. We will be visiting again!!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The staff go above and beyond to bring you a great experience. We were able to try multiple wines- at their invitation- before picking which one we’d like to order. Food was vibrant and tasty and the ambiance was amazing.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The food was impeccable! From flavoring to presentation, I was completely impressed. I will definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Great experience, food was exquisite, surroundings were phenomenal... Highly recommended!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

met long time pal n treated me

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Expected more from a place like this.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Outstanding views from both the terrace and dining room. Located at the Ventana Inn & Resort, our evening was special from beginning to end.
The service was impeccable, and the ambience was lovely. I had the NY strip, my husband had the pork chop, both cooked to perfection. Extensive wine list, staff can assist with perfect pairing. You will not be disappointed, and we plan to return.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Beautiful setting, excellent service, great ambience, great food, I was hoping for more variety and choices in the food.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

This place is just AMAZING! We went there as we were driving down from Monterey to LA. Normally a restaurant that has a amazing views is not always the one that you are going to have amazing food, but Sur house breaks the rule by giving you amazing tasty and incredible food, with unique and amazing service, and on top of all of that the Panoramic View of the place is amazing. For me this is the kind of place that I will for sure come back.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Just an overall great experience! Love the new menu . Friendly server great food .

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

I love this place. But, I ate there twice in a weekend and we had the same menu. I wish we had had different selections. I felt the menu was limited.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything was fabulous and our waiter Richard was exceptional! We’ve been here for dinner before, but this time was over the top.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The outdoor dining deck is a "must do" for visitors to Big Sur. It's pricey, but where else (except Nepenthe) can you look 20 miles down the Big Sur coast on a clear day.
Visit this place at least once in your life...

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Newly remodeled outdoor area that is perfection. Amazing food as always

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3.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Employee sitting guests refused when we asked to move to another free table which was not booked.
Server refused to change one drink which was ordered.
High price but no flexibility to arrange guests requests.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Lunch was very good, hearty general fare. Dinner was not . The food preparation was very beautiful but lacked substance. Anyone can cut a head of lettuce in half and add some dressing. The egg in a hole? Was a little piece of toast with a quail egg on a large plate. Very boring. The New York steak filled with fat and grizzle. How can you make a poached pear tasteless ?

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Ventana has just finished an extensive remodel. WOW! There outdoor seating area is better than ever! The bar is awesome! The views are the same (incredible) but seem even better with the new design elements. We can't wait to go back...not only for the ambiance but for the delicious, creative food, the superb service and the wonderful feeling just being there. Great job Ventana!

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a party of two and we both did the 4 courses for $90/each. The food was tasty but we did not feel that it lives up to the steep price. You’re definitely paying for the name.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

The food experience blew us away, the chefs tasting menu was actually a great value, and definitely do not skip out on the dessert! We will come back again and again.

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2018

Food was quite delightful and the ambiance was excellent. The views would likely be very nice on a clear day or a summer night, but it was mostly dark when we were there. But, the fires were very nice outside.

I think the price was a bit high (esp the drinks) , likely because it's located in Big Sur.
The parsnip soup seemed vegetarian, but apparently it has chicken stock in it (should probably be more obvious in the menu)

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Quick lunch on a rainy January Wednesday.
Waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful
we split the oyster lettuce wraps - delicious - crispy, warm oyster amid the cool lettuce.
we also split the cioppino (based on recommendation from waitress) - a perfect dish for a cold wet day - more broth based than tomato based - excellent dish.

would return.

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