Ventana Grill

4.6
1315 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Latin American, American
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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
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Phone number
(805) 773-0000
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
1,315 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
74%
Very Good
20%
Good
4%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 21 hours ago

Amazing food, amazing drinks, amazing view.
I love this restaurant and will definitely come back in our next vacation

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food and service to go along with an excellent view.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

The location of this restaurant on top of an ocean cliff is just spectacular. We watched hundreds of pelicans nesting, fishing, soaring right in front of us. There is also a deck outside directly above the water lined with chairs. We would return to this place even if the food were lousy, which it isn't. The service was very nice; they gave us a large, delicious dessert to split because it was our anniversary.
We will be back soon and be sure to stay late enough to see the sunset this time.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was amazing service was outstanding people great overall GREAT!!!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Our server Michael was excellent! He was very thorough on explaining all of the specials and describing any other questions we had about the menu. He gave us lots of time to enjoy the whole Ventana Grill experience. We relaxed and enjoyed a cocktail special (Kentucky Mule, yum) that on to excellent appetizers of soup and calamari. The main course of scallops and shrimp with creamed spinach and bacon was packed full of flavor.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Dinner was excellent. Service was outstanding. View was beautiful.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We were seated immediately and a waitperson came promptly. This is a very nice place for a Sunday brunch with a great view. Service was outstanding. Coffee, juice, water and champagne were constantly filled and dishes that we were done with were quickly removed. The omelet had excellent ingredients and well prepared. The bacon, roast beef, and bagel and cream cheese were good. I hate to peel shrimp but they were good. None of the pre-prepared hot dishes appealed to me and I did not like the dessert selection. What I ate was good, the champagne was drinkable and I had enough to eat. The price was high for the limited selection.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Perfect booth overlooking the ocean. Plenty of food refilled quickly and efficiently. I’ve now officially lost my Ventana Sunday Brunch partner as she’s moved away! I hope to find another some day soon.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

This is a top line restaurant with a great menu and moderate prices. The hlghlight was our waitress but if I tell her name she may get too busy to wait on ME! Oh well, its Makerena. All are good, but Makerena is the BEST!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

One of the nicest waitresses (maca) I’ve ever had. I asked for a window table, so the view was fantastic. We really enjoyed our lunch there and will be back soon!

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

I was pleased that Open Table fulfilled my request for a table with the ocean view. Lovely...particularly
for our friends who were visiting from Chicago. The service was very good; we were able to relax and not
feel rushed, thanks to Jeremy, our server. In fact, we stayed longer than we intended. Our dinners were generous and delicious.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Loved this place! Although the sun was not out when we were there, this would be a perfect spot to catch the sunset while having great food and cocktails. My husband who doesn’t loved ceviche thought theirs was amazing and the filet was also delish coming from a midwestern ☺️ Also, get the mud pie!

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Bright, cheerful front house staff from reception to table. Hannah was stellar as our waitress. The food is excellent with an Hispanic "take" on seafood. Go light on the appetizers, because entrees are large. Wine list needs a bit of help. Try corkage for a better selection.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

We had lunch on 7/2 and were once again not disappointed. Nice lunch with friends. Food and service were great.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Awesome experience, our server Macarena was the best!

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Great place for sunset meal in Pismo beach. We were very happy with the food and service.

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

I’ve been to Ventana a number of times and have always had a great experience. However, this time was rather disappointing to say the least. My significant other and I were here to celebrate a 5 year anniversary. She ordered the shrimp and scallops entree and I ordered the chimichurri flank steak. My meal tasted great, but her scallops were grossly undercooked (a problem I've seen a few others complain about as well). We had to wait ten minutes before the waiter returned to check up on us and take her dish away to be replaced. By that point I was more or less done with my meal. When they brought out the new dish it only contained the scallops and not the shrimp. So, essentially, we each had to eat our entree separately, they skimped her on the food, and the restaurants solution was to waive the dessert fee. It’s one thing to bring out the wrong drink, but undercooked seafood at a restaurant of Ventana’s caliber and cost is simply unacceptable, and their solution, in my opinion, was not adequate. We’ve both worked in the service industry and are well aware that mistakes happen, so we aren’t usually picky, but a place like Ventana must be held to a high standard, and they certainly didn’t live up to that standard this time around. Unfortunate.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Were seated right away. Table by the window. Great Oceanview. Excellent service and food was delicious.

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Fabulous view. Food is not as good as on previous visits – seems like they’re getting a little complacent. But overall an enjoyable evening.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Really enjoyed the meals. First time having dinner their for the four of us.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Ventana is one of our favorite places for a special dinner. Service is great. Food is tasty and view is amazing. You may dress casual or formal works for all.
Love the homemade tortillas and salsa. They make an excellent Cadillac margaritas

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

I finally came back to Ventana--with a reservation in hand this time. Here is my update.

Views--5 stars! Excellent ocean and coastline vistas. Food-- 4 Stars--and to their credit this in not your run of the mill Americanized Mexican food. Fresh tortillas made on site. Great salsa. I had the Halibut Fish and Chips. I am a sucker for deep fried halibut. It's not really Mexi, but --it was deep fried halibut! What could I do??? and it came with yummy good fries on that plate (I am a fool for french fries, too). My partner had the Ahi salad and she loved it. So better than decent food. Service --3 stars. (Can somebody explain to me why, if you pause for a minute on eating, someone shows up and tries to take your plate?) Ambiance--nice dining room -- 4 stars there. Excellent margaritas -- really the best in the county. The biggest downside of this visit was the booth-- there was definitely something wrong with --like the springs were shot. When I sat down i sunk into it so I felt like a kid sitting at the adult table. I wanted to ask for a booster seat or a phone book; the table was up around my shoulders! So I moved to the other side of the table next to my dinner partner with our backs to the view windows. The dining room was busy and full so we just stayed there. The whole thing came to around $80 (three margaritas).

So four stars, but I still have a bad taste from my earlier visit and review. But I guess I can forgive and forget....

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Excellent food and drinks. Our server did a good job other than he told us the wrong type of potatoes came with one meal and he was slow getting us some tortillas and salsa. My friend went on and on about the pork chops saying they were the best he’d ever had. My filet mignon was excellent as well. Our wives had Sea Bass and were very pleased.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Great experience. Would love to go again

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Wonderful food and atmosphere! Also the view was incredible. It was our anniversary when we visited and it was a very memorable meal!

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2018

The Mahi Mahi on spinach and mash potato with carrots was absolutely the best you will find in any restaurant, every aspect of this dish was expertly executed and a generous portion to boot. Great job chefs!

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

We were here for my husband’s birthday dinner and wow it was amazing! I had the calamari salad it was incredible so fresh and so much calamari on a bed of fresh greens! He had the 16 oz ribeye marinated in agave and said it was the best rib eye he’d ever eaten! Our waitress was adorable and so helpful and the fresh tortillas they make on the spot are amazing! The view is beautiful and the drinks are great too! Well worth the trip and not that expensive.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Our server was amazing! On top of everything. Never had to ask for a thing.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

OUR SERVER WAS VERY GOOD. WE WILL PROBABLY HAVE OUR 60TH WEDDING
ANNIVERSARY IN AUGUST DINNER AT THIS LOCATION. FOOD WAS SO DELICIOUS AND OF COURSE THE VIEW IS MAGNIFICENT.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

First, we had an amazing view by, the window, of the lovely rocky shore and ocean. Our server was wonderful, and the food was fresh and delicious, all of it. We three shared three dishes. Great Daou wine and interesting, tasty desserts. All while enjoying the exquisite view. Did I mention the view? And everyting we ate was very very good.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Unreal views, prompt service, and impeccable menu.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

The food and service are always great! Can’t wait to come back and visit.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Exceeded expectations! Professional, thoughtful and courteous service with sumptuous food and ocean views. Can’t wait to return!

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Buetiful location, the service was fantastic and the food was exquisite. Perfect for a date or a special occasion

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Celebrated sins graduation from cal poly. Everyone loved their meal and the views were fantastic

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

My wife and I dined on Father’s Day, which happened to also be our 46th Anniversary. We had a wonderful window booth and watched the sunset as we dined.

We started with a bottle of Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc. Very tasty New Zealand wine. We shared a Cup of Chowder and Sopes appetizers. These were followed by the Wedge Salad (we split).

We intended to have either the salmon or halibut fish and chips entrees, but the earlier fare was so filling we only had room for the strawberry wrap dessert.

The food, service and ambience were exceptional. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Delicious!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Best restaurant in the area! Server was very attentive and professional. View is priceless. Free tortillas are addictive. Mahi-mahi was perfect. Filet was excellent. Already booked for August return trip. This was our 4th or 5th time here in the past few years and it has never disappointed.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The service was excellent. The clam chowder was really good but the salmon tacos which were the special weren't great. The fish and chips was good. The ambiance was really nice, seating by the window with an ocean view. It can get really loud in the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Ventana Grill has as good of a view of the Pacific as any place I have ever been to. The food is very good. Had the Carne Asada Nachos and the Fish and Chips. My wife had the veggie Enchilada and loved it. We will be back.

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