Ventana Grill

4.6
1610 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
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.
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience in all aspects! Food and drink was great and reasonably priced! Waiter was fantastic! Had a wonderful time!

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EH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our only concern was the noise level in the restaurant Sunday evening. It was difficult to have a conversation at our table.

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fantastic evening. Was able to spend my birthday with the people I cherish and having great service and food to go along with that.

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JR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The setting of this dining room is quite impressive and the restaurant is ocean side, so high scores for ambiance. Unfortunately, we found the food just wasn’t all that great. The staff also decided to begin cleaning their industrial grill at the peak of dinner service around 8:30pm. The grill is in the middle of the restaurant and the entire place filled with smoke.

Nice looking venue but probably wouldn’t recommend it to others.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. We love Ventana Grill, it is our govto place every time we go to the coast

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LT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brandy was our server and was awesome. She was attentive but not bothersome (as some servers can be). Food was delicious, affordable and the location was beautiful.

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New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservations about a week out and so glad we did! It was pretty busy. Went as a group of 4. Shared the carne asada nachos, pure heaven! They were so good. The guys each got their daily special, a friends date got the steak, and I got shrimp. The sauce on my shrimp was absolutely amazing. I’m pretty sure I’ll be dreaming about it for weeks to come. Drinks and service were great, too. Can’t go wrong trying this place.

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a
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was recommended after we stopped in Los Olivos for wine tasting. Great view, waiter was extremely efficient. We ordered 3 different appetizers and shared. Sopes were fresh and just tasty. Had margaritas on the rocks and also very good. Will definitely go back. Can't beat the view for a sunset either. overall good food, service and ambience.

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FW
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

Ordered a pork chop.
Almost raw.
Sent it back for more cooking
Came back half raw
Sent it back for more cooking
Came back semi raw in several places.
Gave up. Ruined our anniversary dinner.
My wife are her meal while waiting for my food to be cooked.
Had the feeling the waiter thought we were trying to get compted’

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere was excellent. We came for a 30th birthday celebration and our server Christian was fantastic and very attentive.

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TW
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was prett good, service very good, ocean view AWSOME.

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San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My son’s birthday

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WS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was very attentive and paced our meals accordingly. The scallops and shrimp was cooked perfectly.

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JL
Central Coast
35 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought Santa Barbara friends here to celebrate a birthday. Each one of us had delicious meals. Two of us had the Burrito with Halibut cooked to perfection. Mine was served gluten-free in a bowl. Plus, we asked that the sauce be substituted with verde sauce, which was quite tasty! My husband thoroughly enjoyed his beef burrito with the Chile Colorado sauce. Our other friend raved about the Seafood & Chipotle Penne Pasta, saying the sauce was delicious. We bring friends to Ventana Grill to delight their tastebuds, fill their souls with the beautiful seascape views, and build a memory. We are always thrilled to come again and again.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I eat here all the time. It’s best if you have a reservation. Always always always very good food and great service! Everything on the menu is phenomenal and honestly you can’t beat the view! My fave!

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AL
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

We were seated for about 15 minutes before we saw a server. I had to get the attention of someone. Apparently they forgot about us, even though we were a party of 7. The, the wine was carbonated, and the server neglected to have someone try it first. She did get us a new bottle. Tge food was delicious, but my husband ordered pork and it wasnt fully cooked. They did comp us his meal and gave us a free dessert. The waitress tried really hard to make things right, but it just wasnt a great dining experience.

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

The food is always outstanding and the service is great. Love this spot. We never pass through without stopping!

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

This was our 5th time dining at this fabulous restaurant... and we live in Sierra Madre, 3 hours south! We have been to Pismo three times and Ventana is now a part of the draw to visit Pismo Beach. The food, service and GORGEOUS view are that good!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lauren is the best server ever!!! Great service and incredible food!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Waiter was very friendly !

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KV
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to celebrate a birthday. We reserved a table ahead of time and they had our table ready 10 minutes prior. The service was great, servers consistently checked in with us and the ambiance was pretty good. Would definitely come back for a special occasion.

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SC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited last year, and had such great service at the bar that we returned this year with friends and made a reservation in advance. Roberta knew the dishes inside out, answered all of our questions patiently, and steered all of us to wonderful meal!

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve dinner was superb. The food was outstanding. Service was excellent. Restaurant with view was gorgeous. We had an incredible evening and plan to come back!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve

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J
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We had to return one dish because it wasn’t prepared properly, which caused quite a delay for the guest having that dinner, and that will always cause a one-star drop. The service was hurried and a bit brusk, perhaps because it was a full house on New Year’s Eve. All of our prior visits here have been five-star experiences. We continue to recommend VG highly.

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Tahoe
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took friends to celebrate NYE! Had a wonderful dinner and enjoyed the beautiful view!

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RG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We've been here many times, each time the food, drinks and service is top notch. The View of the Pacific Ocean is the Best anywhere in Pismo Beach!
If you've never been here for Dinner, the Home Made Tortillas and Home Made Salsa are both Fantastic!
Bon Appetite!

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b
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Getting a reservation was difficult, goes to show Ventana Grill's popularity. We ended up having a late lunch and we were seated right away. The blinds for the particular booth we sat was not working and it was fine initially, sun was great and warm. But my daughter had to shield her eyes when talking. The food was great, I had the halibut tacos, service was satisfactory. The view was definitely nice. There was a walkway wrapping the restaurant and another one below. Totally a great experience.

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TC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

Sadly we had a poor experience for our anniversary. The power went out shortly before we received our food. We were given 10 mins to eat in the dark and get out since there was a power outage. We were also made to pay full price for a meal we couldn’t see or enjoy.

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AG
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch is amazing .

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SL
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was overwhelmed by all the yummy dishes they have on their Sunday Breakfast Buffet. The view is absolutely amazing. The coffee and endless mimosas were delicious, especially with the peach juice. The mini waffles were so fun, and being small made more room for trying everything else. We went for our anniversary and had a great time, looking out over the ocean and munching on all the treats.

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NC
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service paired with an extraordinary view and delicious meal. We absolutely loved our meal here and couldn't believe how much food we received (ended up taking quite a bit home for later). Server was knowledgeable, checked-in on us enough but also gave us the right amount of space to enjoy our date together. Would highly recommend.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday and our experience at Ventsna was top notch! The service, food and atmosphere couldn’t have been better! We both agreed that this is a place we would like to revisit in the future. Thank you for making it a special evening!

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!! The food is delicious, very different! The cheesecake wrap was the best dessert I’ve ever had!!!

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The clam appetizer is divine.

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LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the food and service! Had a beautiful window table overlooking the ocean.

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FK
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must for us every time we visit Pismo. Great food ,drinks, sunsets...and the pelicans!

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P
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Our family of 8 enjoyed a nice family holiday dinner at the Ventana. Prices were reasonable. We got there in time for cocktail hour which was nice. The view is great. Great place to enjoy the ocean views eat and have a drink. I actually like the lunch menu better than the dinner but either way fun place to go and celebrate with friends and family.

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CH
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We were so happy they reserved a corner table like we had asked for (if it was possible) we had an amazing dinner/desert and hung out after in the beautiful bar area for after dinner drinks a very nice welcoming restaurant and for sure will be back thank you Ventana Grill for making a date night into a very memorable evening :-)

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ventana Grill is my go-restaurant for a nice dinner when I'm in Pismo Beach.

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