Sea Venture

4.3
962 reviews
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Contemporary American
SeaVenture Restaurant located on the beach in California's Central Coast wine country, the third floor Restaurant allows you to take in breathtaking sunsets and panoramic beach and ocean views from large picture windows and outdoor decks. Chef Casey Walcott's contemporary coastal cuisine is inspired by the surrounding local wine country. Our seasonal menu is prepared with locally farmed vegetables, premium pork and beef and the highest quality fish and seafood. All desserts are made in house from scratch.
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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic although a bit pricey

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ST
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening meal with delicious food and lovely view. My new favorite restaurant in the Pismo Beach area.

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M
San Francisco
328 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Gorgeous view! Pretty good food. But... the service really fell short. It took a long time to get our drink orders taken and a long time for them to come out. You have to request bread if you want it - how would we know that? It took a long time to get our food order taken. When the food came out it had obviously been sitting for a long time as it was cold. The CO2 was not working so we couldn't get a soda. They ran out of the dessert we requested. The dessert coffee we ordered came out different than the menu specified and the server claimed that whipped cream was available upon request. How would a customer know to request something that the menu said it came with it? Really heard a lot of excuses that night and were very disappointed in the service.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for our 17th Anniversary. It was fantastic! The wait staff were very attentive and courteous. The food was excellent and well portioned for the price. Seeing the sunset on the beach through the very large windows was icing on the cake. Would definitely go there again and recommend!

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KL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was terrific and our waiter (Chris) was extraordinary !!! A very special evening !!!

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PE
San Joaquin
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will return again in the future...my entree was called
Vol-en-Vent and was the highlight of much great food at the Sea Venture

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J
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Location location location. Right on the beach perfect for sunset dinner. Pricey but worth experiencing. Parking tight so leave your truck home. We were there wed night. Jazz group playing and the seniors were strutting on the floor
Cool vibe.

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GB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The restaurant does not have a lot of tables so it is not noisy. The view is great. We were treated to a lightening show that lit up the sky. The service was excellent. The prices are reasonable for what they serve. Overall a nice experience and atmosphere.

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LM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service was great. The ocean views are excellent.

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CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a wonderful time at Sea Venture. The food is outstanding and the price is extraordinarilly reasonable. We have only gone for the brunch on Sundays, but it is always great!!!

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B
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We stayed at condo next door- Food at Sea Venture was great; I just ordered an appetizer ( brochettes) for dinner with a caesar salad and it was too much to eat; Others in our party got the Sea Venture ( rice dish with lots of fish and sauce on it )....another got the "lovers special " ( or something like that ) and she loved it; My only regret was that we made reservations last minute so we could not sit in the main room; however we did ask if they could possibly squeeze us in, and the manager came to our table personally to explain that they were unable to seat us in the main room.

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PS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food service and ambiance were all outstanding. We went back 4 nights later with friends and had another great experience. Highly recommended.

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c
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent pork chop
bread pudding was very dry
good kale salad
good shrimp salad

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SS
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, food was first class, service was excellent, wine offering was 1st class. Excellent experience.

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MH
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

This visit the bar and kitchen service was really slow.

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KW
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. I asked for window seating and our table was perfect location. Our server was very friendly and helpful. The food was wonderful

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A
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The location of Sea Venture looks out on Pismo Beach and the pier. Sunsets are awesome.
The food and service is always excellent. I frequently take out of town guests here. One has to be prepared to pay the cost of fine dining when you dine here, but it is worth the cost.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only regret is I left my that amazing pork chop in the take home box on the table...ugh, my bad

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The view is spectacular. The ambiance is really nice. Our waiter was good, but when we asked him about specific menu questions, he seriously misled us and gave us incorrect information. My husband was very disappointed in his meal. Mine was just ok, but I still tried to like it. $144 for 2 entrees, 3 drinks, bread and 1 dessert. Later in the evening, my husband and I actually got really sick and both ended up in our bathroom ALL NIGHT.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Unfortunately, the reviews didn’t represent the food appropriately. The cost was inflated and the food was subpar for the cost. I am sorry will not be back

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L
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Don’t let the dated decor and third world elevator fool you. The restaurant is on the third floor and commands a great view of the beach from the pier to the dunes. Have been here for brunch and for dinner. The food is good, the servers are friendly, prices are good, and parking is plentiful.

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b
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'M A local..so good to see tourists enjoying the ambiance and great food..service was excellent as always too..

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MQ
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The NY strip was also fantastic but didn't get a photo before it was half gone!

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LH
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience...top notch service, food and ocean view. I always like to invite family from out of town for the experience and they have a great time and mention they wish to go back when they return the coast. I appreciate that it is always consistent and I can count on the great experience each time whether I am celebrating a birthday with a group on the weekend or just having small plates and a glass of wine after work during the week.

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KT
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is our favorite part of Sea Venture. The food is also superb; always fresh, beautiful presentations and great service! It was our anniversary dinner, and all the staff wished us a Happy Anniversary, and brought out a delicious dessert which was free! This is one of our favorite restaurants!

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TS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food and service, will definitely visit again.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Very poor service

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

We are locals and in-laws were in town for dinner. We had a 5:30 reservation. We ordered calamari and they were OUT. Then we were told they were OUT of corn chowder. Then we asked if we could substitute an iceberg wedge for the calamari and the answer was no. The chef does not allow for any substitutions.
We have a huge circle of friends and we will never recommend the Sea Venture to them or any out of town visitors.
Way overpriced for the quality (lack of) food.

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DW
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere is wonderful. The view! The food! The service! We always come here for our Anniversary and are never disappointed. Very upscale but still relaxed and casual. Prices are a little high but the food is very good. We reserve a table so we're sure we can watch the sunset. Beautiful view everytime!

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JA
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delish as always. This was the first time we ordered an appetizer which was the meat trio with three special sauces. We had to ask what the sauces were because the waiter put it down so quick and walked away! Also, didn't like having to ask for bread instead of it being offered. Can't beat the sunset at dinner!

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b
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always love it at Sea venture..am a local..never been dissatisfied..

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R
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was great. Not sure why we had to ask for bread and water while every other table got a water carafe and bread brought to them upon arrival. The girls next to us keep taking boomerangs and pics for their instagram and the flash kept going off and off and off. Wish staff would’ve said something to them- heard and saw other diners being annoyed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Extremely pleasant with everyone we encountered

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RC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Sea Venture was very good. The waiter was very attentive to our needs and very friendly. The view close to the window was outstanding. The food was well done. Thank you for a very good experience.

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SB
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Food was very good both in taste and value. The decor was mediocre and the noise level was high however the food was made up for it all.

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CM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were celebrating my mother’s 70th birthday and everything was excellent. Chris provides great service, the food and beverage were delicious and the table setting and view exceptional. It’s our favorite celebration location to date. Thank you and we look forward to our next experience.

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V
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food, service and ambiance were “fine” - not bad but not especially memorable. The filet mignon was slightly overcooked and the salad dressing was too sweet and excessive. The wait staff was receptive to the feedback and overall, the staff was welcoming. Reminder to those going for the ocean view to book during daylight hours.

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KW
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great sunset view! Service prompt, helpful. Food pairing fun, good!

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T
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a Belated Christmas and New Year Celebration. Colton was our server and he was excellent as always.

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c
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is in my top 5 restaurants in the county. Never disappoints.

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