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About Ventana Grill

Discover the cool, coastal world of Ventana Grill.
With an atmosphere that channels the four elements, Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach immerses guests in the enchanting pleasures of the natural world. Dine surrounded by the rhythmic serenade of waves crashing on the beach below. The stylish dining room sits perched on a coastal bluff, treating guests to an endless view of azure blue and rich red sunsets.

2575 Price St
St Pismo, CA 93449
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Latin American, American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Friday - Saturday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Sunday 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 773-0000

Website:
http://www.ventanagrill.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Ventana Grill Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (121)
Waterfront (112)
Good for a Date (84)
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Special Occasion (82)
Good for Anniversaries (69)
Romantic (61)
Good for Birthdays (59)
Creative Cuisine (54)
Worth the Drive (49)
Casual (42)
Fun (35)
Good for Groups (34)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Great for Lunch (31)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Great for Brunch (24)
Bar Seating (23)
Business Meals (22)
Notable Wine List (21)
Healthy (20)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Authentic (17)
Happy Hour (17)
Local Ingredients (17)
Cozy (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Spicy (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Hot Spot (11)
People Watching (9)
Disabled Access (8)
Tapas (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Live Music (4)
Live Sports (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Great Beer (4)
Seasonal (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Vegan (3)
Organic (2)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 20 hours ago

Zackery our waiter was great. On time seating using Open Table. I loved my drink a Tequila Old Fashion and had 2. I had the Seabass and it was OK, but loved the spinach, apricots and pumpkin seed site, my husband also like his side and it was different. He had prawns and shrimp and thought there should be more. We shared a Mudd pie and it was good but nothing special.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 3 days ago

Ventana is our place for fabulous food and drinks. Unique salads, delicious steaks, burgers & seafood.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Meal was delicious! Weds special on bottles of wine was a nice touch.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

This is my favorite Pismo Beach restaurant. We try to go there about once a month. This last visit was not up to par. I am not sure if they were understaffed or some other problem. We did not get our tortilla's -sauces etc until dinner was served. They usually come shortly after we order. My husband received his soup after his dinner and neither were hot.

I will go back as I know this must be an anomaly as all of my previous experiences have been positive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

As always, we had a great time at Ventana. The food was delicious - we ordered the salmon special which was wonderful. Our server was very helpful and attentive.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Sunset happy hour and dinner through sunset with good food and excellent friendly service make Ventana Grill a “go to” place whenever near Pismo Beach.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

Enjoyed a leisurely holiday lunch with close friends during a busy period. We were never rushed. Salads and desserts pleased the entire table. Menu is expansive and features intriguing specials, different each day. Highly recommend making a reservation and requesting a table with a great view.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Authentic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fun, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

The food is always surprisingly perfect. I don't think I've ever had a bad meal here. And the pricing is great, the food + service + atmosphere is of a far greater value than the cost.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

I had the best Tiramisu at Ventana Grill I've ever eaten. It was drenched in rum with a wonderful texture and potent expresso.

I ordered it only because I was a little tired yet had a long drive ahead of me and the restaurant doesn't offer Expresso or Cappuccino. I tried the iced tea but it was bitter. At least the Tiramisu had some Express in it and I thought it might wake me up a little. It was a delightful surprise!

My granddaughter loved the chicken taco with beans and fluffy rice. Very high quality food.

My favorite meal at Ventana Grill was the one during which we watched dozens of whales breach!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We were so pleasantly surprised by this outstanding restaurant. The setting is spectacular and on the ocean, the decor/atmosphere is casually elegant.

Right away the service was excellent. The hostess made us comfortable while our table was being prepared. This restaurant is obviously quite popular, as every table was full on a Friday night.

Our server was terrific. Learning this was our first time to the restaurant, he took the time to explain the menu and specials, as well as noting our dietary restrictions.

The food: WOW!!! First of all, there was a lady hand making tortillas in an area in full view of the diners. It brought back some fond memories of dining in Mexico. The tortillas were excellent.

I had the Sopa Azteca ( tortilla soup) to begin and my husband had the clam chowder. Both of us kept remarking how much flavor our soups had. Delicious!

For my entre I had the Arrachera Steak & Shrimp Molcajete. Outstanding flavor. It's been a long time where food in a restaurant has delivered so much flavor. The portion of the dish was generous; the steak was tender and the shrimp were perfectly cooked.

My husband loved his vegetarian enchiladas, I had a taste and they were delicious and also full of flavor.

We think this is one of our better dining experiences and hope to return when we visit Pismo Beach again.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

My wife and I were very impressed with the beauty of the restaurant and the great service. We thought the food was awesome. We highly recommend this restaurant to everyone. the only improvement would be the parking situation.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great Beer, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food is to die for but margaritas are weak. Stick with wine or beer

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We come here often as the view is wonderful and food is good. The wait staff are very nice and there is a good wine selection.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Attentive server ....Crystal...as well as support staff.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Stayed at the Shore Cliff Hotel and this restaurant was next door. Beautiful ocean views, friendly staff and servers. Excellent molcajete steak and shrimp dinner. Good variety of appetizers and dining options. We will definitely choose this restaurant when we are up in the Central Coast area.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

We were there for my mothers birthday and the whole experience was Amazing!!!! The server was extremely accommodating...the food was excellent as usual!!!! Ventana Grill is hands down one of the Best Restaurants in the Central coast" I Highly recommend it

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 7, 2017

This was the perfect place to gather with friends you have t see in a long time. Great food, great atmosphere, good service. My favorite place. Make sure you make reservations before dark or you will miss the fabulous view.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food is delicious and the service is outstanding.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Healthy, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Incredible view and decent food, some dishes better than the others. But overall it's lovely to go for lunch or sunset dinner. Don't miss the corn meal crusted fried calamari.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We went there for my wife’s birthday. The service was great and the food was outstanding. I would highly recommend it for a special occasion!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I made reservations 2 days in advance for lunch on Saturday for 2 birthdays (four people total). I requested outdoor seating on the deck based on the lovely pictures in their on-line presence. When we arrived no one knew about the reservations (I wouldn't have made lunch reservations had it not been a major event for us). When they found the reservation, they didn't read the request for outside and started to seat us inside. I asked for outside and we were told that outside was first-come-first served and we would have to order food at the bar and it would be brought out to us. Where as this information on the website? All this transpired before our birthday guests. Decided to sit inside so we could be waited on. Too bad as it was a beautiful day. All booths with a view were full (did they make reservations?), so we got a table with a view for two of the 4 people only. Food was pretty good, service was courteous, but very slow. It didn't matter because we were not in a hurry, but the gaps between ordering (wine, appetizer, main course) were very noticeable. The restaurant is attractive and the view is excellent. Although I also said in the reservation that there were 2 birthdays, they asked when seating us if there was anything we were celebrating...duh. Made it look to our guests like I hadn't asked for anything special. Nice ice cream dish for the 2 birthday people though. All in all, our guests were happy but I was very frustrated after trying to plan so well for a very important event. I will not be going back here again because of the general disinterest from the hostessing staff/reservations/management. I don't think they are hurting for customers because of the location, so mid-range effort is probably adequate. Good view, good (not great) food, good (not great) service.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our first reservation at open table. Ocean view window table, nice ambiance, interesting appetizers and walk to our hotel ,worked out well

Tags: Quick Bite, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fantastic food. Great service. Amazing views. Well be back for sure.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great experience, beautiful scenery

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Another AMAZING brunch! Being the Sunday after Thanksgiving there were not a lot of people, so getting thru line went quickly. The service and attention from staff was exemplarary. We will be back! Yum

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Stayed at the hotel next door and I went online to view the restaurant. It was great, the setting, the food and the service. Our waitperson was April she was great! I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

LeslieR

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Romantic, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food, service was not the best.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The Ventana Grill was very disappointing. The drinks had almost no alcohol and we’re very expensive. We had to send some of the food back because it was heavily salted

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Very impressed with the menu, the acoustics in the restaurant help to keep conversations from carrying, the wait staff is attentive without hovering, very professional, professionally dressed. One of our favorite parts of this place is the home-made tortillas, flour and corn, made all day/night long. The views are spectacular, especially sunset, with a wrap-around deck.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Fun, Healthy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Scenic View, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We appreciated the kind, friendly, smiley attitude when we arrived. We very much appreciated the window table. Service was perfect. We were not rushed along, even though there were probably people waiting. The food was delicious. We will be back.
Thank you

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent food, friendly, knowledgeable server with a wonderful personality, yummy wine. More than we could eat. It was a great find and made for a fabulous evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Best place we ate during our stay in Pismo beach, well balanced flavors and original dishes.
Service could use some polish, we are both in the service industry and and are easy going but highly critical. A must while visiting Pismo beach, we will return for sure.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We have eaten here every time on our annual trip up here. Great all around, nver disappointed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great food & wonderful atmosphere, would come back again.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

We were very impressed with this restaurant and we will certainly return every time we travel to to Pismo/Avila area.
The staff and the food were wonderful.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 20, 2017

I can and do definitely recommend this place. The view is simply great, but the ambiance inside is also really nice.

Personally, I ordered their hamburger, and found it too spicy for my own individual taste. That, however, is subject to one's own likes and dislikes. I wouldn't suggest letting that deter you from going here! My wife had fish, and enjoyed it very much.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Spicy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Disabled Access
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great service! Wonderful view!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 19, 2017

First time there. First class venue. Great food and music. Buffet took a little time to through. Staff was very friendly and efficient.

Tags: Live Music, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The view is wonderful, food is great, wait staff are very nice.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Food was great, service was great, and my wife and I really enjoyed it 😊

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