Ventana Grill

4.6
1525 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Latin American, American
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Hours of operation
Mon–Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm
Sun 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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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 1525 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We asked for a table near the windows and we were accommodated with no issues. Food was amazing and the service was over the top! Great experience

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was very special. The drinks were delicious the food was excellent.

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

Wonderful experience the food was tasty and different and exciting in our server was wonderful !!!

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SB
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Shell/Pismo area.

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S
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Once again, a terrific lunch. I am "hooked" on the clams in the delicious poblano/mushroom broth; and my friend had the GIANT burrito, of which she took most home for another 3-meals! Ventana does it up right: service was good without being intrusive, the "El Jefe" margarita was superb, and of course the view was FAB! Highly recommended!

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

Great for any occasion. Very accommodating, great staff and excellent menu! Love this place!

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RH
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been to Ventana Grill many times since it opened. The dinners are not as good as they were in the beginning. The menu is pretty much the same and but not prepared as well. Lunchesare better and the menu is is better.

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PA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Eat here twice a year when passing through, always enjoy.

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BO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A first timer. We were seated promptly. Server was very friendly and helpful. Food was perfectly cooked as ordered. I highly recommend for a special dinner out. Will definitely be returning.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious! Service is superb! View is amazing! Enjoyed a wonderful dinner with kids ans family.

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CR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a favorite of my wife and I. The view is amazing and the food and service are better than any other restaurant we have been to between Lompoc and Paso Robles. It is best to get a reservation than to walk in as the wait can be lengthy. They have always seated us immediately or within minutes of our reservation. If you have a group of four or more they will have you wait until at least half of your group arrives before seating as it is very popular for dinner, so that is reasonable. Sunset dining is tough during weeknights in the late fall and winter months as the Sun sets early, so try a Saturday or Sunday evening for the beautiful sunsets. You can bring one bottle of your own wine for two to three people or one bottle per three people in larger groups without a corkage fee; but they do have an excellent Wine List.

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M
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. The waitress was great as well as the food. The best meal there yet. We were promptly seated in a nice booth. Great birthday meal.

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CV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. My wife and I went to Ventana Grill since we were staying in Pismo. We love the spot, it was our second time at that restaurant. The views are amazing, the food incredible and the service is great as well.

I totally recommend this place for a date if you want to have dinner with a beautiful sunset!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an exceptional meal here and great service!!! The steak was cooked to perfection and nicely spiced. My kids had spicy clams and loved them. Our server was fantastic and knew the menu to a “T”

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KW
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful sunset view!

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DL
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were a group of six friends capping off a great day of wine tasting / we enjoyed the food very much. Really enjoyed the home made tortilla's / don't know if they were on the menu, but were a great addition.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great indoor dining with a beautiful view. We enjoyed our dinner, our waiter gave an Excellent Service. Our table was ready and reserved upon arrival. I would definitely dine in again! Worth the Drive😊

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RR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The only downside is that it took the waitress 20 minutes to bring us water and glasses for our wine. To me, service is as important as the food. I saw him attending other tables and stopping to talk to the back and forth while we waited 20 minutes just for him to bring us water. I kept looking at him and when he saw me looking at him, he, I assume, remembered I had ask for water and glasses. I could not remember his name. I would go back because of the food. Service wise, the experience wasn't so pleasant.

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A
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Do it again!

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j
Central Coast
37 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Caitlin was an outstanding server. She was always on top of things and really knew the menu well.

The Mahi-Mahi and the scallops were both great. Ceviche was also delicious.

Appreciate the special occasion dessert offer without us even asking.

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C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This is one of my favorite stops when I am in Pismo.

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u
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for the second time in one month. Simply outstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Atmosphere great. Very loud though. Definitely go back.

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j
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

View was as stunning as hyped. food was good, not great. Service was good, not great.

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GG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was mediocre. The view was the best part. I don’t recommend dining there... I think this place is best for a couple drinks with the view then head to a local spot for food.

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n
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my girlfriend here for a date and she loved it.

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k
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat in a booth by the window, the view is amazing! My husband had the seafood pasta and I had the fish tacos. Both were delicious!! My husband was trying to remember the last time he had anything better and couldn’t come up with anything. Our server was great and very friendly. Make a reservation, you’ll have a better chance of getting a window booth. This restaurant is excellent!!

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DS
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I visited for lunch. AS USUAL, the food, service, and atmosphere was great. We especially enjoy chatting with Lauren (manager on duty). She's a doll! Ventana Grill is our favorite restaurant on the Central Coast, and the ocean view is to die for!

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CG
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there for Mother’s Day which is very nice for special brunch.
Lunch is perfect and food outstanding and the service.

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SB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoy taking family/friends here when they visit from out of state as well as dining here for special occasions. Staff is always great, environment is clean and welcoming and the food is delicious.

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LM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came up to Pismo Beach for my birthday!! We sat at a table with the most amazing view of the sunset (most tables have a great view actually). I ordered clam chower & Halibut ceviche was were both amazing & my husband had the fish & chips. He enjoyed the fish & chips too. Great wine selection and friendly servers. Also got here a little early to enjoy a drink in the bar at happy prices.

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HM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Nice view of Ocean, food good, but service was erratic at best

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

The restaurant is fine. Service was okay, however the flies were everywhere. You could not eat in peace. It was gross.

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DV
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a birthday celebration at Ventana with 5 of us. The service was exceptional; food was varied and delicious.

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PW
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We do not live in the Pismo/Avila area but we spend time here in our motorhome. We always make a reservation at Ventana Grill for Sunday brunch. We always make reservations in advance so we have a window seat. The food is always great and a lot to chose from. They offer champagne, bloodymarys and other drinks. We have never felt rushed and enjoy the scenery while sipping champagne and eating a leisurely brunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday brunch! Excellent service as well!

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IM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This place have not keep up with their food and service. I was disappointed this time to find out they don't have a large seafood selection like last time. The glasses were dirty and the coffee cups as well.

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JP
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We had the enchiladas as we wanted vegetables. Hardly any vegetables and mainly stodge. Maybe if we had ordered something different it would have been better. Wine was good.

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RL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kaitlin our server was excellent. Food was perfect. A must do in Pismo.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

not our first visit but won't be returning. service very very slow. both fish dinners very dry and overdone

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