Ventana Grill

4.7
1842 reviews
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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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Central Coast
1 review
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the nachos appetizer it was very yummy! My main entree was the scallops & shrimp it was very tasty.
Overall everything was excellent!

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

The Ventana Grill is the perfect spot to enjoy a beautiful ocean view while dining! The food is delicious and presented with a flair. The service was professional, the overall experience delightful!

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

The food was excellent - we had the scallops and shrimp, with spinach and bacon in a cream sauce. It was definitely exceptional. The ambiance is fine dining, but they also had a kids menu and accommodated families without ruining the
Fine dining atmosphere. You could have a romantic dinner or a family dinner here. Definitely recommend !

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CB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our anniversary dinner at Ventana Grill! The food was fantastic and the location can’t be beat.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Using OpenTable was a breeze. The site was easy to navigate to obtain the date and time we wanted. The restaurant was clean with plenty of room to see the beautiful ocean views. The moderate noise level made our conversation with friends quite pleasant. Service was outstanding. We will make this restaurant one of our favorites.

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CE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely view overlooking the ocean and cliffs

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AV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to sit down and relax and enjoy the view , great food /drinks nice place for a romantic dinner

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

WE were delayed for the small birthday by an hour, they helped by holding the reservation as much as possible. They managed to move us to waiting list, ending up with 0 wait time to get a table when arrived. Awesome service!!

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

View was awesome, the service was first class, the food was excellent, tasty and well prepared. We had reservations for 4:30pm and were seated promptly. The company could not have been better, she is a local woman and recommended the restaurant. I drove two hours to get there and was not the least bit disappointed. I highly endorse this establishment. Than you for a lovely evening!

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RL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Love the views!! Menu was a bit unusual but the food was good. Service was okay. I would come back again and again as the setting is beautiful.

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

We had a memorable dinner. Ambiance is outstanding with picture perfect of the Ocean. Food is excellent and remarkable service.

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TD
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The view is worth the evening. The service impeccable. Drinks (mojito) excellent. The tomato based Mexican soup was so very good. The special was Filet with mashed potatoes. The Filet was very good. The mashed potatoes were tasteless. No salt or butter......odd. The fish and ships----the fish also strangely without seasoning. All good quality food. I will go back for the overall experience.

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A
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the food was delicious. The shrimp cocktail was a great combination of shrimp and the tomatoe sauce was delicate balance of sweet and spicy. The chicken mole sliders were good but just a little dry but with taste. The halibut tacos with chipotle sauce was good. Beautiful scenery of the beach and great place to walk to the cliff.

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DM
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best experience all the way around!!!!
I can’t wait till next time!

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PB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kelly is the best server ever and food was extraordinary as usual!

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TG
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ventana never disappoints! We are lucky to live nearby, so we try to come in as often as possible. The staff is always incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, and the food is exceptional. We love that everything is very fresh and flavorful. Of course, the ocean view is incredible as well!

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HO
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely worth the drive and price. The view was amazing and the waitress was the best. I will definitely be returning!

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WC
Yosemite
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
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
29 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food andservivce

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MW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful location and great food! Service is always excellent.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
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 on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had all 3 specials plus dessert it was amazing.

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R
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
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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OT
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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