Ventana Grill

4.7
1825 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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WC
Yosemite
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food was delicious!
So glad we made reservations ! Thanks for a great dining exu?

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

Excellent food andservivce

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MW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful location and great food! Service is always excellent.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We went for moms 75th birthday. Soup to nuts, it was a mediocre experience.

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

We had all 3 specials plus dessert it was amazing.

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Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, as always! Tried a wonderful dessert today--shared it with my friend--Sailor Jerry Plantains--Caramelized plantains, sailor jerry’s spiced rum, vanilla ice cream, bunuelo crisp, whipped cream, chopped walnuts. We always make a reservation. The views are amazing. Always great service too.

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Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice place, good food, always busy

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JS
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We totally enjoyed our dinner at Ventana Greill. The food was well presented and very well
done. The pork chop was cooked just right and the clams were delicious. Of course, we came
here for the wonderful location. We just returned from Honolulu 3 weeks ago and ate at
Dukes. Dukes was on the beach but was very noisy and busy. We could relax at Ventana,
that was very relaxing.

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SE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating moving to this area

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to ventana quite a bit, but today we had the best server ever. Thank you Brandy, your service was spot on. We’d be happy to request you for our future visits.

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CZ
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We appreciated the gluten-free options, but wish we could have had gluten-free clam chowder as we've had elsewhere. The view is fabulous, and the service was excellent and efficient for our party of seven.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! View & food was amazing!

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CA
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and the food was amazing. You can’t beat such an amazing view with the high caliber of cuisine - always great!

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S
Minneapolis
51 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The shrimp cocktails were wonderful as usual. Grwat views.

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MM
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

While on a vacation with my family, we decided to eat at Ventana Grill as we saw it driving past on our way to Avila. We made reservations as it was our date night out and asked if they had a sling for our car seat for our 6 month old. Everything was in order and entering the restaurant, it was definitely a beautiful building and friendly staff. After being led to our seats, we sat down and I placed my sleeping 6 month old on a high chair that they were nice enough to find for us. Now, seeing the types of patrons around us, it was pretty clear that this was a fancier establishment than what was known to us and that having small children there was definitely not the norm, which is understandable and a mess up on our part for not looking more into it as we try our best to eat at more kid friendly locations as people definitely don't go out to hear children crying, ourselves included. However, as we sat down and looked over our menus, I overheard the hostess talking to our waiter and asking him, "Why would you even think about bringing a baby here?" Again, understandable that the thought of a screaming child can and most likely would ruin the experience for many other customers, except our child was asleep and stayed asleep the entire time. It was incredibly difficult to enjoy our meals as we were trying to rush through it because we truly did not feel welcome there. Our waiter did a fantastic job, the food was amazing, and the view was stunning. If you're looking for a nice place to eat with amazing food, this is a good spot. Just don't bring small children like we did and hopefully the hostess will learn that sound travels and if you're going to insult your guests, (like most places do, let's be honest) maybe move completely out of sight and earshot.

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K
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with amazing views, a good for a date or fancy gathering ❤️

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

We had a wonderful meal while we celebrated our children’s birthdays.

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D
Dallas
60 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We seem to find our way to Ventana every year when we are in town. They have always hit the mark and this visit was no exception. We had a table by the window and enjoyed the Sea Bass and Mahi Mahi entree’s. Service was great and we are already looking forward to next year...

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KW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food is just ok, but the homemade tortillas were awesome. Views are spectacular. We had a great table & watched the sunset. Service was very good.

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KD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Ventana Grill several times now, and have had no regrets as of yet! Make sure to make reservations several weeks in advance, because they're very much in demand!

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J
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and love the view.

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OP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite lunch spot! Good wine list, creative menu, good service!

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t
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place to go to eat and relax enjoying the place atmosphere and view

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed great service for my birthday dinner. The waitress was attentive and thorough in explaining each dish. Their signature coconut mojito was delicious, too! We’ve never had a bad experience here.

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SZ
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a very nice restaurant with great view and great service. The food is good too.

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DV
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a good brunch. There was a nice variety of food to choose from. My wife and I had a good experience,

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G
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have always loved this restaurant....the staff is fantastic, the food is good, the speciality drinks are amazing and when I was not drinking alcohol, the bartenders were so kind to make me wonderful mocktails....the view is absolutely amazing as well. Brunch was really good and the musician that was playing was really good, great music. Definitely be sure to make a reservation, as this is a very popular place.

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AH
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ventana Grill never disappoints me. It is my first choice of a restaurant every time. They make you feel you are their special guests from the time you arrive to when you leave. I am never rushed here and the food is spectacular. I love their fish and chips and the fact it includes a lovely salad.

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NS
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect dinner spot along the coast. Breathtaking views and amazing ambiance. Come for the sunset!

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CR
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed it. Great service by our waitress. Great views.

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EH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal and great ambiance!!

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DJ
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was inconsistent. The server seemed to pay the most interest in us when she brought the check. Not bad service, I've just had better here.

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shrimp cocktail is outstanding! Great view-great service-nice birthday dessert.

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N
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were a bit early and decided to get a drink at the very popular and crowded bar, the bar tenders were very much into themselves but we managed to order and get a drink.
Once finally seated, our waiter seemed to be unable to chat about himself and pour wine at the same time, so we listened whilst watching our previously chilled white wine get warmer as he spoke for 10 minutes. The food was delicious. We prefer their sister restaurant the Oyster Loft, where the staff is as professional as they are charming.

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a
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The food is not consistent. I always get the steak salad and it’s different every time. Service can be great to average but we mostly go for the view.

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TP
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great views, great service and very good food. Would definitely recommend dining here if visiting Pismo.

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MR
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Brandy was wonderful. Once of our favorite places.

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q
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience throughout. Food was fantastic and the view just as good.

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c
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place for brunch! I called at the last minute to add 2 additional guests to my reservation and they were able to accommodate. Delightful and conscientious server. Bartender dialed down the spice on my Bloody Mary which was especially appreciated during a busy time. The buffet here is incredible; high quality and fresh. Particularly love the fresh tortilla bar and crab legs.

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DB
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, lots of great items to choose from. The homemade tortillas were great! I wish there were more desert and seafood options. We were celebrating a birthday and the window seat was perfect!

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