Ventana Grill

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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.
What 2032 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.7
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent waitress!!

OP
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A good meal in an exceptional setting.

JA
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We have been spoiled by having the very tall gentleman as a waiter. He is excellent! The waiter we had was no where near the caliber of his co-worker.

TV
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salad was delicious. Our entree (Salmon) was fresh and perfectly prepared. The server was very attentive. We will definitely return for another meal.

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

The service staff and food was very good. My wife definitely had a great birthday dinner

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and sunset!

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

Best restaurant in that area. Our server Johnny made the experience absolutely amazing. 10/10 recommend to anyone in the area

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

I have eaten several times at the Ventana Grill with family and friends. Unfortunately I was celebrating my 60 birthday with friends that had never been to the Ventana, and I had to apologize for the service. I didn't even get a chance to tell the server that it was my birthday celebration. He did not seem like he had the time for us. Usually, we have several servers attending us, but Sunday it seemed like he was alone and the other servers never even addressed us even though they saw us looking around for our server! I will try again, because I have had great experiences at the Ventana.

KJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic views of the ocean! A wonderful restaurant for a special celebration dinner. Food and drinks were delicious as well. Service was excellent.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter kind and helpful! Food delicious!

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for dinner. Awesome views and the service was superb.

SE
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We like this restaurant. Menu is limited, but encompasses a number of choices. My wife and I have eaten different things on both visits, and have enjoyed everything. A table by a window will reward you with a great view of the shore and ocean. There is plenty of parking on site. Restaurant is open floorplan, so not an intimate place to eat. They have a large bar and it carries some noise throughout. One nice touch is hand-made tortillas served warm with a variety of salsas instead of the usual bread and butter. We will go back during each visit to the Pismo area.

RB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

In had the fish and chips, which was very fishy tasting

T
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner. Loved the view.

MA
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , great service and amazing view!

SB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy having our monthly book club meeting here as the restaurant is so accommodating and the food is great.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was tasty and didnt have to wait long. Was good value for money. Only thing that let it down was service, wasnt brilliant, kinda forgotten about and server always felt like he was rushing to get through it, he even forgot to offer dessert and the bill was thrown at us. Have been before and it was amazing so hopefully just a one off

RK
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made reservations and requested a table with an ocean view, we were not disappointed! We ordered the mussels & chorizo appetizer, it was delicious. We Shared an entrée and had leftovers! We were celebrating my wife's birthday and received a delicious complementary desert. This was our servers third day on the job and she was wonderful. All in all a great birthday dinner.

SK
Berlin
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super Service, sehr leckeres Essen und ein Wahnsinns-Sonnenuntergang

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M
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent, the view outstanding, however we missed the live music.

VM
San Joaquin
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly waiter, pleasant welcome at door! One of my favorite places to eat on the central coast.

TP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food in a lively and casual environment.

BS
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Dan was honestly the best server I have ever had by far. He was happy, energetic, and asked me about our plans and even remembered what I said and told us I hope your daughter kicks butt at her soccer game. That energy I can definitely be around, that guy needs to manage the place.

S
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We are locals that eat here 5 or 6 times per year. This restaurant is a beautiful place to visit for sure. If your table isn't ready/available, sitting outside on the deck with a cocktail and a little something to eat, is one of the best kept secrets on the Central Coast. But, even with a reservation and a note about us celebrating our anniversary, we weren't given an ocean view table at 6:00pm. The food this visit was top notch. I had the special halibut with veggies cooked in coconut milk and fried plantains. AMAZING! My husband had his usual ceviche witch was as always, fantastic. My only reason for 4 stars for service is that our server never asked me if I wanted another cocktail. We had to flag her down, to ask for it.

TR
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and a lovely place. April is very nice and attentive!

T
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A delightful meal
With just that hint of sass. So
Much food and all wonderfully delicious. Spicy if you want, hot and saucy and all served with a side of friendliness. A place to return to time after time.

M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food. Reasonable price. Service was a bit forgetful at times.

OT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Accommodated us replacing our beer free of charge. Burger was amazing, chilli hot with great cheese. Could improve the ambience with some music. Our table server was great.

BV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Total package. Great food, wonderful atmosphere, and they provided a dessert on the house for my wife's birthday. We're definitely going again.

C
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning sunset over the Pacific followed by the lingering glow along the coastal cliffs covered by roosting Pelicans. Creative culinary creations that provided us with a sensational dining experience. Can’t wait to come back for more!

G
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my daughter's birthday and enjoyed the whole experience. We will definitely be back!

C
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful evening. The food was good, the service great and all hazed in gold with the flight of tequila. the great thing is the balcony around the front to watch the sunset.

OT
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed a delicious lunch at Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach before heading north to Paso Robles. The food was perfect, service friendly and quick, but best of all, the view is spectacular! Highly recommend!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing view amazing service and very delicious food and presentation. Highly recommend if you are in the Pismo beach area.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Was good little slow service but overall great time

KL
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic table with a view. Great lighting. Just what we were looking for. Amazing ceviche appetizer. Everything was delicious. Attentive service, too

AG
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome lunch menu and you certainly cannot beat the view !

DE
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Continues to be one of our favorite places. Does not disappoint. They treat so well. A broiled/baked fish dish added to the menu might be nice.

c
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always like the Ventana, sea bass was moist, nachos and clams apps were good

DO
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mother to Ventana Grill for her 93rd birthday. It was perfect from making the reservation to the fabulous meal and service. I had asked for a window table and it was waiting for us. My mom was greeted with a Happy Birthday from the person who seated us as well as our delightfully friendly and helpful waiter. Our meal was fabulous. My mom is still talking about her special day. Thank you Ventana Grill and employees for making her day so special.

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