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About The Sur House

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.

48123 California One
Big Sur, CA 93920
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Organic, Seafood

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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 667-4242

Website:
http://www.ventanabigsur.com/dining/overview

Executive Chef:
Paul Corsentino

Additional:
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!

The Sur House Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (23)
Romantic (20)
Good for a Date (18)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Special Occasion (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Healthy (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Tasting Menu (5)
Organic (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Waterfront (4)
Casual (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
People Watching (3)
Cozy (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Authentic (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Great Beer (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined a day ago

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined 7 days ago

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 11, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on February 4, 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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·Dined 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...

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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·Dined 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Healthy, Great Beer, Authentic, People Watching, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Tasting Menu
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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)

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We enjoyed a special lunch on New Year's Eve. The food was delicious, the service was stellar and the location/view are unparalleled. I highly recommend this restaurant. We've been coming here for years.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The views are just incredible. Worth the drive for that. Food was fine but nothing exceptional.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The Sur House is a MUST! We had the loveliest lunch there yesterday. The setting and views cannot be beat. Beautiful outdoor patio for lounging, cocktails and dining. The food is local, original and delicious and the service is professional and attentive. If you are not staying at Ventana the restaurant is really a destination and worth the drive from Carmel/Monterey. The deviled eggs and the shrimp roll were outstanding and my husband said the hamburger is the best he ever had. It was a spectacular day but even if the weather is not cooperative, the dining room is warm and inviting.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Organic, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Authentic, Bar Seating, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Fabulous view. Great ambiance with good but unfussy service. Food OK. Burger was fabulous. Saw condors winging around the hillside when dining. Price commiserate with location and service. We spent 2.5 hr there at lunch with a clear view with vast enjoyment of the company and surrounding.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Seasonal, People Watching, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We always enjoy visiting the Sur House. The view is amazing and the food is generally very good. On this visit the service was not great. We had to work hard to get the servers attention every time we needed anything. They were devoting all their attention to a bigger table near us. We will go back because we love the ambiance and the view but we were not impressed by the service this time.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 25, 2017

we Have visited Sur House twice now in Dec 2017. With a large seafood menu, I found I had less choice as we did not eat seafood. However what we had - chicken sandwich, falafel wrap, roasted Brussels sprouts, and butternut squash soup were all delicious. I would like to see some pasta dishes added. I liked the hint of spices used in all the dishes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Absolutely beautiful and delicious lunch on Christmas Eve. We sat outside with a heater keeping us cozy and the gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean in front of us. The manager, Thomas, was wonderful and made us feel so special. Our waiter, Hector, was perfect also. Excellent service, view and food!

Tags: Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Afternoon Tea, Bar Seating, People Watching, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 21, 2017

One of the best meals I've had in a long time. The ribeye was like butter and the vegetarian chickpea panisse had so much flavor, you didn't miss the meat. Creative, colorful, and tasty. A wonderful experience and a lovely meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Here for a birthday lunch on a calm, brilliant December day, Sur House was a perfect choice. As many times as we've driven down the Big Sur coast, eating at various restaurants, I've never seen it as serenely beautiful as we viewed it from our table on the Sur House deck. Our meal was excellent, though not outstanding: light and delicious and original, attractively and creatively presented; the menu was small but balanced. Our waiters and waitresses were all exceptionally friendly and thoughtful, and they added to our enjoyment. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Did the tasting menu and it was amazing. The salmon was glazed to perfection and the ribeye was cooked just right. With every course, our waiter came out to explain exactly what and where the good came from. There was not a bad thing on that menu. Not to mention, anyone who can make celery and beef tongue has to be a very good chef.

Make sure you're hungry and don't fill up on bread either, it was a largest mistake but they nicely packed our desserts for us to take back with us.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The Sur House is a nice place for lunch with a view of the Pacific Ocean. It was just upgraded and reopened last month. The burgers and wine were fine, but as expected overpriced.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Amazing location coupled with a very creative menu (Chef's Tasting Menu). Waiter Jose was perfect there when we needed him disappeared when we didn't. It is rare in California to have a 2.5 hour dinner without feeling rushed. This was never the case for us.

Expensive but well worth the price!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Service was below average and meals were delivered sporadically. Management was non responsive to complaints.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Service was lovely. Tuna crudo was excellent - I wished I ordered two. Burger was good but messy and fries were not good sadly.

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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Wonderful birthday lunch. The hamburger and the crispy Brussels sprouts were absolutely delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We love this restaurant. The view is amazing and so is the food. We drive down from Monterey on occasion for the experience. We were very sad while it was closed. They did a great job renovating and the food is just as good as it was before. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

So good to have the Ventana Inn open again and with it, the restaurant -- now known as Sur House. We launched there three weeks after reopening on a beautiful fall day. Setting is glorious. I had the shrimp roll, which was outstanding.my husband had the chicken sandwich which was surprisingly bland given the description. Service was friendly but very slow. Lunch menu was limited with no specials. After we ordered, food took a long time to come and tho they were quick with a desert menu, server took so long to return for our order that we decided to forgo (just as well!)

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great new look ! Best views with delicious food and quenching drinks !

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 8, 2017

A very inviting creative menu from first course, exceptional tomato bisque, baby carrots through an amazing lemon tart topping off the evening. Between a first ever Egg in the hole beautifully collaborated with roasted artichoke and garlic cloves. Our main courses included a perfect medium rare ribeye and memorable very juicy chop. Sort of NYC, Chicago, New Orleans fusion meets and embraces the organic tradition of the Central Left Coast - it doesn’t get better than this!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Loud and boisterous at the bar. Food was passable but not great. For me not worth it.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Over the years this restaurant has been up and down. It's now WAY up. They have significantly remodeled and enhanced the outdoor experience and the food is terrific. Interesting and well prepared food with good options. The view is simply breathtaking. Well worth the drive from Carmel area or the south (once Hwy 1 is open).

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 28, 2017

15th Anniversary trip. Bucket list restaurant.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Amazing dining experience at Big Sur! I had the 4 course tasting menu and every dish was delightful and creative. I couldn't believe the flavors that came out of each dish. I started with the Tuna Crudo, the tuna was so fresh! My halibut was accompanied by a clam chowder with fresh clams! The s'mores dessert was delicious!

I highly recommend the tasting menu, it will allow you to see how creative and well thought out the menu is.

Our server was excellent, he has worked at the restaurant for 16 years!

I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We had a great meal. The setting is beautiful--go early and get a drink at the bar to really appreciate the view. The tasting menu is a good value for Big Sur (where everything is expensive), though it hardly be called cheap. Best dish was the vegetarian-menu carrots, but we also enjoyed the crudo, duck, desserts.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Our 88 year old Dad said it was marvelous. He ordered the sword fish. My husband had the crab salad and i the shrimp. Splendid view. So happy that Ventana is once again, open.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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