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Ventana Grill, St Pismo, CA

Ventana Grill

4.4
4.4
2584 Reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 773-0000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Pismo Beach

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,584 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Scenic View

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  1. MC

    MCTrozzo

    Los Angeles

    81 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food and service. Great view.
  2. AG

    AGRegular

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    They have added an extra charge to all credit payments with no advance notice except for the difference between the first bill and the payment you sign for. Other patrons have complained. Not good pr especially with locals. Compass health that owns thr restaurant as well as others in our area need transparency
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Service is horrible. With an Open Table reservation they had us waiting for 20 min while everybody in the waitlist arrived after us got the table prior to us. They said there was a mix up but never apologized. After begin seated at a table, drinks arrived after appetizers, the entree we chose was not available anymore and the waiter hurried up to give us the check without asking if we wanted desserts. The waiter, Andrew, forgot the sides and we had to ask to another server. The food was very bland. We took the steamed clams, the jumbo shrimp and the catch of the day. Absolutely no reason to go at this restaurant, there are much better options in Pismo.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food, but not great for the price. Service with Cameron was excellent.
  5. LZ

    LydiaZ

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious steamed clams and the Steak & Shrimp Molcajete was out of this world!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baja California

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good atmosphere, good place to dine in, excellent service.
  7. j

    jeful

    Los Angeles

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good food . Biggest complaint is discorded front desk. Long waits even with a reservation
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service , good was delicious.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy this restaurant several times a year. Like always the service, food and ambiance were excellent.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Went for a anniversary dinner and it was unacknowledged after noting it on app. Service was a bit slow at times but food was excellent. Having the reservation did help a lot.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great view and great food at a decent price
  12. DR

    DebR

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Screaming toddler aside, we had a very enjoyable time. Our server, Edie, was fantastic. She needs a raise. VERY attentive and friendly. We will be back.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Fun food and menu
  14. JR

    JenRecommends

    San Francisco

    75 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great cocktails, tasty food and large portions! Wonderful service too.
  15. c

    charlie

    Los Angeles

    48 reviews

    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    As always, food was great, nice view. Love the molcajete and seafood pasta for lunch menu. Need to speak with bar staff as we ordered Paloma’s and it was served s/o grapefruit juice. When I asked bartender where the grapefruit juice was , he stated that he makes it with squirt. I showed him menu that stated Paloma is tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice and squirt. I asked him for a side if grapefruit and he seemed reluctant but gave it to us do we could add it to drink. Funny thing was that other patrons at bar reiterated this to bartender. Still enjoyed afternoon.
  16. b

    bdaygirl

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Ventana has the most spectacular view of any restaurant in Pismo. Understand staffing is difficult now, but with prices on the increase, we would expect, at minimum, service equal to what we have experienced with Ventana in the past. Also, we were seated next to a screaming toddler whose mother could not control her. We were not the only patrons affected -- we saw others in the restaurant more fixated on the child than the view! Maybe next time.
  17. LF

    LynnF

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Unfortunately, the food at dinner was not at all worth the price. The fish and chips were way overcooked, dry, and barely edible. The fries were overdone and almost burnt. The nacho appetizer had very few beans, some beef, and lots of chips. All of the food was definitely subpar to what we have previously enjoyed at Ventana Grill. We are locals in Nipomo and hesitate now to bring friends to this restaurant again. The only redeeming factor of course is the view. I had lunch at Ventana several weeks ago and had also ordered the fish and chips and they were served perfectly done and presented nicely. Dinner was served on the plate in a very haphazard manner last evening.
  18. MG

    MaryG

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent - highly recommend.
  19. DC

    DConnor

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding. The views superb. Service (Crystal) was first rate. Just a great experience. Thank you!
  20. S

    Sand

    Central Coast

    50 reviews

    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We love Ventana, so went early-ish for an anniversary lunch. Sergio gave us wonderful service, and we enjoyed most everything. The steamed clams are always a hit for us! And the El Jefe margaritas were terrific! My only quibble is with the Sopa Azteca, which I had never tried before, but found rather bland.
  21. g

    gary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent service an food. Friendly responsive and excellent food and wine. View of the ocean is spectacular
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The place is very nice - ocean view all over, clean and spacious. Food was interesting - latin fusion. We had halibut ceviche-excellent, tuna nachos-very good and seared tuna salad-excellent. The only hiccup was our server - Cameron - he forgot our salad and took long to bring us waters. Once he went home and another waitress took over, everything was great. I highly recommend Ventana grill for dinner with a view!:)
  23. EN

    EllenN

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We were given a great window table and good service. The food was very good, and we were able to bring our own wine for a small corkage fee. A complimentary dessert for the birthday boy -- just really a lovely experience!
  24. AL

    ArmandoL

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We ordered the shrimp special and it was fine but not worth $39.
  25. JP

    JessicaP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Clam Chowder tasted sour and my ceviche tasted out of can. I have been here before so I was disappointed this time
  26. WB

    WilliamB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. One of best ocean views in Pismo Beach! Good service. The wedge salad is best one I've ever had.
  27. TG

    TinaG

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service & food was fantastic!! Halibut was so yummy!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    Ventana grill used to be our go to place but the food quality has gone down a lot. They no longer have the scallops or arrachera dish. Our food was so bland . I think they may have changed chefs: such a shame bc we loved this place .
  29. AP

    APhill

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate lunch at the Ventana Grill yesterday. We always try to eat here when in the area because my wife and I love the food and the fantastic view! Our server yesterday was awesome, the food delicious and the view to die for.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best ocean view of any California restaurant I have ever dined in, plus the food and craft cocktails are absolutely inspired! We’ve eaten there several times and it has always been consistently amazing. try the Mexican Manhattan cocktail — it’s out of this world!
  31. SB

    SharkBait

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another outstanding meal with great service. Their off menu special was cooked to perfection and the drinks were great.
  32. A

    Allanmargulieux

    San Diego

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food , great service, good bar and nice people . Quick service and very nice.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ventana Burger is the best burger around!
  34. LL

    LarryL

    Central Coast

    27 reviews

    1.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    We were seated immediately and then completely ignored. Not one person came by our table although there were plenty of servers scurrying around. We ended up walking out, sadly they didn’t even notice that. We used to come to this place every time we were in Pismo. Never again!
  35. RN

    RNJujubee

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dining experience I’ve had since moving here 3 years ago. We did a one night staycation next door at Cliff Shore and walked over. We had reservations for 8pm and were seated within minutes. Make reservation because it was busy for a Tuesday night. Our server Kristen was great. The cocktail and mocktail we had were delicious. We started with the steamed clams. Oh my! The broth was incredible. I had the coconut halibut and my husband had the hamburger. We were 100% satisfied. The beans and rice are so flavorful! Wonderful experience. Thank you
  36. KL

    KevinL

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great service
  37. TM

    TinaM

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were very pleased with our experience at Ventana Grill. The food was excellent, the service was impeccable, an overall grand experience.
  38. SS

    SherwinS

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. A slight mishap but more than made up for it. The place to be for dinner in Pismo Beach.
  39. MA

    MikeA

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Place!! Frank was amazing! Food and view 10/10
  40. J

    Jett

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Busy afternoon at the restaurant with it being Mother's Day. We had a lovely table with an incredible ocean view, the food was very good. Service was a bit pressed as every table and spot at the bar was occupied. I've been before on a non-holiday weekend and the atmosphere is quieter and more relaxed.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Ventana Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 773-0000.

Ventana Grill is rated 4.4 stars by 2584 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today
Google Map for Ventana Grill

2575 Price St St Pismo, CA 93449

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Pismo Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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