Ventana Grill

4.6
2336 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Support Ventana Grill during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2336 people are saying
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4.6
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service
We would definitely go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent dining as always with amazing views

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AshleyL
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the view and the food was amazing! We will be back!

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We requested an outside table amd were pleasantly surprised to be seated at a corner table so close the the cliffs - the sounds of the waves and the sunset were exquisite.
Food delicious and nice service by Eric. Will go back, good job.

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vipMarsha
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our nice server Laura, beautiful view, and the sopa Aztecs, pork chop, sopes and the fresh made tortillas. Beware that the clams are in a very spicy broth.

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EdK5
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The views at Ventana Grill cannot be beat. Service and food were great. We visited to celebrate our college graduate, and all our expectations were met. I'd recommend Ventana Grill as a place to celebrate any occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great at a great price. Excellent ocean and beach views.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic view, superb service, great food and phenomenal bar!

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HenryW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Had a reservation for 11:30, we requested an ocean view booth on the reservation.
When we arrived, the hostess acknowledged our reservation and then proceeded to seat us as far away from our requested booth.
I told her we requested a booth in front, it was on our reservation. As she looked around and we looked a round,
there was an open booth exactly where I requested.
We got that table after her arguing it was reserved!
I said again that's my reserved booth.
After this, as I have indicated, everything was fabulous...

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BobDee
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

View is wonderful. Enjoyed watching pelicans flying by. We will return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Location: phenomenal views. Food was spectacular- unique blend of Latin and Mexican flavors. Service was attentive, informative and timely. Molcajete was outstanding- smoky and tangy. Would definitely return and recommend to others.

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deniset
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in pismo! Our server was awesome, the view was amazing and food was fab. I highly recommend this place!! We will definitely be back when back at the coast. Thank you!

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PauloR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Lunch menu was so reduced, little choice

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ThomasB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a corner booth with the best view in the house. The coconut mojitos were incredible and our entrees were good for a reasonable price. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Great value
Great service

—- can’t wait to come back

The only negative was there were some bones in the chorizo in the moljacete and the amaretto flan didn’t taste at all like amaretto— but was tasty

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vipSatya
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was unbelievable, from the shrimp cocktail , coconut halibut, and the chimichanga steak to the fresh tortillas and salsa. Jake our waiter was very attentive and did an excellent job. To top it all off the owner came by our table to check on us! Thank you Ventana grill

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vipDAB1
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food tasty, service good. No lower priced dinner salads to accompany main course

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CarolynP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food we received was presented beautifully and tasted delicious1

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whitney
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. Service was great the food was awesome and the view is unbelievable. It was a birthday dinner I will never forget

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KathyT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food as always. Was disappointed they didn’t acknowledge our Anniversary.

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vipWinelover27
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It’s all about that view!!!! Service was very pleasant but did not check back often enough. Food was good.

SM
SherieMB
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! I've been waiting for a year to get back to the Ventana Grill. I sat in the back for the first time and loved it as much as the front. The view is spectacular there also. All tables have a wonderful view in this restaurant. Food is great and service is always wonderful!

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RoseBell
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Ventana Grill based on other reviews, so we were expecting something very good. We were not disappointed. With this also being our first inside dining experience since the beginning of the pandemic, we felt very comfortable that the staff were keeping the guests safety at the forefront. Then the service was above par and the food delicious with very interesting and enticing offerings to choose from. Started by sharing the corn dusted calamari moving to our main meal of the coconut halibut and pumpkin seed coated sea bass. We were delighted with the cook on the fish and delicious accompaniments as well. We couldn’t decide on one so ordered both the amaretto flan and strawberry banana cheesecake wrap for dessert. Both unique and completely satisfying finishes to a wonderful dinner! We will be back and bring more family to enjoy the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant! The food is always great. Our waiter was like a wine steward, explaining each dish as he served it. Always a good time.

RJ
RJ94
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was sooooo good! Surprisingly good! And the view was just the cherry on top! I truly hope I can come back to this place.

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DustinD
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

We got seated quickly then we were asked if we’d like to move, to which we said no. Host came back again and asked us to move because she made a mistake. Then after we were reseated the people that took our original seats got served before us...

However our server was awesome, food was excellent.

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Rozi
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have missed dining here during COVID time. We so enjoyed the ocean view from a window booth, delicious food, and great service by Christian. Looking forward to our next visit.

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DianaK
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great table and the view was incredible. Pelicans flying overhead. The food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service and overlooking the ocean. Highly recommend.

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KirstenR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING VIEW. Great food. Really enjoyed the patio view, were able to bring our pups too.

KB
vipKimberlyB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We stopped into Ventana Grill on our way back to the Bay Area from Palm Springs. We sat in the bar as tables were booked. The gentleman sitting beside us had the most delicious looking plate so we asked what it was "Fish 'n Chips". We ordered two and it was great! And the view can't be beat! The restaurant (and bar) overlook Pelican Point - simply breathtaking! Covid-cauceous, friendly staff. Will definitely be back!!

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MaryNuttella
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and food was incredible. Beautiful ocean views. Definitely will come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite spot on the coast !!! Great ambiance , friendly service and amazing food and cocktails . This is truely a TOPSHELF spot and a must visit . The view is the best ever 💯❤️

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Jordan
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service. With awesome ocean views atmosphere. Will definitely be returning soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Food and the view. We were recommended this place by two friends and we are so glad we went.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The clam chowder was delicious, but nobody enjoyed the filet mignon, meat was tough and chewy, not of quality you would expect from a higher end restaurant but more like something you would get at TGIF or Sizzler, side potato wasn’t good either, we left most of it. The host and server were very nice and friendly. Our experience would have been 5 stars, but the filet kind of soured it.

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DebbieA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. Went back a few days later for lunch - had to have more of the halibut ceviche!

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vipNitaR
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the clams with button mushrooms! I wanted to drink the broth! The treatment of the spinach with trills soaked apricots and toasted pumpkin seeds was sooo good. Sea bass a little dry but great treatment with seeded crust. My date had the shrimp. He loved the rice and spinach as well and shrimp were perfectly cooked. The piece of mud pie was amazing and a portion for 4. Look forward to my next visit. Lovely ambiance with a great ocean view.

FAQs

Ventana Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 773-0000.

Ventana Grill is rated 4.6 stars by 2336 OpenTable diners.

Ventana Grill does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://ochgroupcares.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.