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Ventana Grill

4.6
1190 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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(805) 773-0000
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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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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 1190 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was good and plentiful.
Scenery was fantastic.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Birthdays. Everything went quite well. The food was excellent as was the service. And a couple of bowls of ice cream as a surprise for the birthdays. They tasted as good as they looked.
Our favorite restaurant and they always do it well.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We try to get to Brunch every other month. We take our time and are never rushed. Service is always exceptional. For small groups this restaurant ROCKS!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Most amazing view with great food! Everyone in our family of 7 was thoroughly pleased!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Fantastic gem of the central California coast. Sometimes it seems like there's no where left to absorb the beauty of our beaches, then you come up on a restaurant like Ventana. The service was excellent and accommodated my elderly parents with some mobility issues by giving us the closest table in a corner with spectacular ocean views.

Highly recommend for a family / friends gathering for brunch or lunch.
The ceviche was completely, ridiculously delicious.
A+++

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Scenic place with very good and fresh Mexican food :)

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Arrived in time to watch sunset from the deck, it's an amazing view. Had a drink at the bar while waiting for my table. This place is popular, so definitely book ahead via OpenTable. Was waited on by one of the most friendly and attentive waiters I've had in a long time. The Ahi poke was generously sized and delicious. In fact all the portions were generous, come hungry or plan to take some extra home. Will be coming back here again next time I'm in Pismo.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Would recommend for an evening out. Service was great and food very good. They recognized our request for a window table seating and it was a great view of the sunset.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

A little loud for a business dinner, but the food quality and detailed service of our waiter Nathan was worth it. With a few customers nearby, we'll definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

to offer more fish fillets for lunch...i.e. offer dinner menu items (some anyway) during the lunch shift

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Essen ok, Service unorganisiert

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Ventana Grill is located above the cliff at Pismo Beach with a beautiful ocean view. The dining room has a nice warm and cozy feeling. The host/hostes were very nice when greeting customers and our server did a wonderful job for recommendations of meals. We were able to sit by the window as requested when I made the reservation. We were able to watch the beautiful sunset during our dinner. It was a very memorable dinner for sure.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Food was not good. Service was blah.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great experience, fantastic food and drink.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Had an amazing dinner at Ventana Grill! Our waitress, April was extremely professional, attentive and friendly. Will be back soon!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The staff was more than happy to take part in my request to make my boyfriend's birthday dinner special. They made sure to wish him a Happy Birthday as soon as we were seated and also brought a special birthday desert (candle and all) for him at the end of the meal. Our cocktails were delicious and the fresh tortillas with salsas and cinnamon sugar butter sides were great starters. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

amazing view. great service.
some dishes are excellent (molcajete is a must try, flat iron steak is good), some are just ok (tuna tartar). overall good value.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The service was absolutely great. Our waitress went out of her way to insure everything was great. The view was magnificent and the food was great. I would definitely go back and recommend it to someone else.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Views were amazing. Server was awesome. Food choices were a mixed bag. Crab encrusted Mahi was lacking crab. Appetizers were awesome.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food and atmosphere were very good. The server left a bit to be desired.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

It was another great experience! Beautiful view, and great food. We love the halibut fish and chips, halibut tacos, and mud pie. Marcus was a wonderful server, as usual.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We have visited Ventana Grill a handful of times. A bit disappointed that there were no crayons or kid friendly activity menu this time. The waitress also neglected to offer any type of dessert in honor of my 40th Birthday. Perhaps restaurants do not offer this type of service anymore. Otherwise the Coconut Mojito, seabass entree, and view of the ocean do not compare to anywhere else! It was a Monday night and the place was booked solid - be sure to reserve your seats early if you plan to visit.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Our server, Cristian was excellent. Food was delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Amazing the food is immaculate, and the service as well. For the price I don’t think you can get better than this place. Best seafood pasta I’ve ever had, and it was under 20.00. Great place

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We were placed on the table right by the kitchen doors and had to ask twice to be moved even though there were open tables. The girl was very reluctant to move us. I had to send my salmon main course back as it was over cooked and cold. On a positive note our waiter and the other staff were excellent and very attentive and the ribs and nachos were pretty good. I think a complimentary drink or dessert would have been a nice touch to make up for the terrible main course.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Wonderful experience. The waiter was friendly, knowledgeable about the items on the menu and gave helpful advice. The food was presented in an appealing manner and tasted so good. I did not feel rushed. I will definitely be back again.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Did not get the table we expected because one person in our party cancelled in the last minute. Service was not terrific but they were clearly short staffed. Food was great.

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

I was not happy with the service I received with our group of 9. First off two of us arrived early and wanted to sit at the bar and have a drink while we waited for our group. They told me they would let me know when the rest of the group arrived but they did not. I waited at the bar for an additional 15 minutes before asking reception. At that point they told me they forgot to let me know they arrived. Another small annoyance was that I couldn't transfer my bar tab to my dinner bill. My biggest issue is that the server was rude when she cam to take our order I asked her to start at the other end of the table. She said "I'll be back" and walked away. I asked for a wine menu and it took her a really long time to come back and get my order. Another person asked for another beer and waited a long time as well and then had to remind her about it. To which she replied rudely "I didn't know you wanted another beer". No apology. Once we received our food we didn't see her again until long after the tables had been cleared. She never came back to check on us. It is a pity because the location is epic and the food is good however I think it is too highly priced for what it is. If the service was great the price wouldn't even be an issue thought because it would have been worth the experience. Too bad.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Great view with dinner. Go slightly early to get a window booth. And bring sunglasses. Menu has changed to include more of a Caribbean feel. Tasty. Halibut ceviche was good. If you stay next door at the ShoreCliff Hotel, show you room key for a 10-percent discount. Can be crowded so get reservations.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

What a wonderful place to stop for lunch on the coast! Food was amazing, even though we didn’t order the best things on the menu. The views were unparalleled! Highly recommend

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Always my favorite place to take friends for Happy Hour, watch sunset,Lunch or fancy Dinner,food always great,as well as service.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Delicious food! Can’t wait to go back on our next getaway!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Are dinner was excellent. Everything was cooked to perfection.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

we'd love to see the dinner menu offered for lunch as well.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

This was our second trip to Ventana grill. We were very impressed for the second. Everything was delicious and unique. Our server Colton was the best. Their philosophy is obviously to serve and delight at every level. Can't wait to go back

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Great meal, as usual. Ashley was a fantastic server, and Lauren, the manager on duty, has such a wonderful personality. Going to Ventana Grill is a highlight for my wife and I. The staff makes you feel like family.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Everything was excellent. Great location with magnificent sunset views. Outstanding food and service.

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Just celebrating spring break along with my daughter and her little friend we decided to take them to enjoy the views in the food we personally have been there before many times it’s hit and miss as far as service the food is always consistent very very delicious. Our server I believe her name was Jessica I’m not that sure that we sat in the table next to the windows facing the ocean. She was let’s say just there for a paycheck and a tip. The table in front of the table in the back and the table to the side of or told about the daily specials we weren’t I don’t know why. She was just nonchalant no WOW factor about the service at the food like I say is hands-down exceptional from the soup to the wine to the main course and not to mention the homemade corn and flour tortillas to die for. This place would be simply just amazing and just focus on treating everybody equally the same with exceptional exceptional service. Our reservations were at 4:30 PM for for the restaurant was not busy and we enjoyed as well of the girls eating next to the Pacific ocean. I wish we would’ve had the waitress next to us she was very talkative and bubbly.

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2018

I have been to Ventana grill several times. I love the views. This particular time was not my best experience. The waitress basically ignored us. I had to flag her down several times. I don’t feel like she was just having a bad day. She was very attentive to the table next to us even offering a locals discount and champagne. I’m sure I’ll go back for the view but I sure hope I never get her as a waitress again.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Ventana Grill has the best view of the water. You can see from Pismo to Avila. Be sure to ask for a window seat near sunset. The food is consistently fantastic. We have had everything from seafood to steak to enchiladas and loved every dish. The homemade tortillas and honey butter are delicious. The bar is spectacular and the wine list is plentiful. You can take your favorite bottle (up to 2 and no corkage fee)! Make sure to bet a reservation.

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