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Ventana Grill, St Pismo, CA

Ventana Grill

4.6
4.6
2999 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 32 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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

What 2,999 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pismo Beach

    Most Booked

2,999 Reviews
  1. roys

    Orange County

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ventana Grill has views for days!!! Oh my gosh! The location right on the cliffs provides an ocean view from every table! And the staff are friendly and attentive. Neal was our waiter and he was knowledgeable and got our order right. I started with a cup of the NE clam chowder. See the photo below. It was chunky full of big clams, celery and taters and the creaminess hit all the right notes. We got the seabass catch of the day and the chopper chicken salad. I've got no photos of those cuz we dug into them before I could snap a pic. The salad comes with a cumin dijon dressing which didn't sound good to either of us so we swapped it out for their cilantro basil vinaigrette which I highly recommend. The extensive drink menu looks great but we were there at 11a so it was too early in the workday to imbibe. Next time for sure!

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  2. KatherineC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. Service was fast, very attentive. Beautiful views.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We waited 10mins for our table and 25mins for our waiter to come and give us water. At 4pm The sun was hitting us from being next to window, so we were really parched especially that I was pregnant. I wouldn’t have minded waiting if we were given water and were acknowledging within 5-10mins. Wished the manager was more vocal and aware that we were sitting with no water for so long.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Honestly was coming into the experience of dining here with very little expectations. Usually, places with this kind of view are not that good at food. Thinking of Gladstones in Malibu. However, this place was so impressive. Service was prompt and friendly. The food was really excellent. Everything tasted good. The views are outstanding. They have a Mexican spin on their entrees and it’s working. Handmade tortillas patted together in the restaurant as you sit there. Drinks are tasty. Really happy we stopped on our way through town!

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  5. Mollie

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good, great location. Drinks were good and creative, but very bland.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great views, service and value! Would highly recommend.

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  7. Roland

    Dallas

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Read views on the water. Varied menu and all pretty good.

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  8. AmyG

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was ok. Nothing out of the ordinary. Because this restaurant is next to a hotel/resort, there is a $15 charge for parking.

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  9. LizboaR

    Yosemite

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant has so much potential and food was amazing.

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  10. Jeff805

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My second time coming here and the food and appetizers where on point. The cocktails where good and the surf and turf was amazing. I would highly recommend this place but be sure to make a reservation.

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  11. wivers

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this restaurant. Great view of the ocean. Delicious food, reasonably priced for this type of fare.

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  12. TTRon

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable experience! Ocean view is simply amazing. The calamari appetizer was perfect, my wife loved the chicken salad and the carne asada tacos were fantastic. Our server Phil was great, as was Maria, the manager. Highly recommend Ventana!!

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  13. Traveler

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My request for a quiet table was answered as it was our anniversary Our server, April was excellent . She made the evening extra special

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  14. DonA

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best ocean views any restaurant pm tje Central Coast.

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  15. SteveV

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always dine at the Ventana Grill when we are visiting the central coast. We are never disappointed with the food and service. The freshly made tortillas, instead of bread is a nice treat. We had the hangar steak with shrimp, which was excellent. Shout out to our server, Sergio, who did a great job. Make a reservation, because they are always busy.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our meal and experience at the Ventana. It’s beautiful even in the dark. The food was amazing the only exception being that my daughter found very little chicken in her enchiladas This place is hard to find at night as the sign is very dark.

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  17. Bowlersmama

    Central Coast

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My daughter came in from NY and said we are doing Ventana’s right? Shrimp cocktails, right? They are the best!! The view, the best! Drinks fabulous!

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  18. Tessloveone

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We must have came on an off night, because we couldn’t believe this place was rated so high. Our poor server was so overwhelmed he couldn’t be attentive to us. Two other staff members walking around filling water and picking up plates, no attention to detail to fill our water glasses. Halibut: dry. Meats on top of sopes: dry. Chicken overcooked and rubbery. Rice was overcooked. Lettuce and cabbage were dry and wilted. We made a brief mention to the server, he said sorry, but we could tell he didn’t care because he was so busy. Read the fine print for 3% credit card charge. We get it, they want to pass the processing fee to the diner, but the fine print was weird. We didn’t make a fuss while there, just paid CASH because we weren’t about to even pay another 3% for credit card, and left.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. Employees were very friendly view was beautiful.

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  20. RondaG

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We had an early lunch. The window at our booth was covered in finger prints from probably a little one. I should mention we met for lunch on a Monday. Possibly the little one dirtied up the window over the weekend? Not a huge big deal but noticeable. Also the toiled in the small stall of the ladies room was leaking and looked like there was a general lack of maintenance. I meet friends at this restaurant several times a month and I'm always happy with the food and the service but it's becoming noticeable that maybe the manager is on vacation. I have no idea but wish someone was paying just a bit more attention to details.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing experience for our anniversary. Sitting at the bar before dinner was such a relaxing time and the drinks were excellent. Dinner was unique and and delicious and our server was terrific. Cannot wait to come back again the next time we are in the central coast.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience was such that the tables and booths are spread far enough apart for table conversations , the food is equally consistent and outstanding from week to week(!)…suggestions for improvement/ I had to ask for items which ought to automatically be included such as lemons for fish n chips and any seafood items , and cheese side request should be ample the first time so one does It need to repeatedly ask; also bring water right after we sit down!!!!

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  23. Fern

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Basic fare. Neither my companion or I liked our dinner but some people might. Short staffed

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  24. DeniseM

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food options. Delicious food. Love the hot tortillas.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ventana Grill has excellent food, very reasonable prices for the quality and quantity of food, and good service… All with the fantastic view out the windows!

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  26. ShelleyK

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The location is delightful, beautiful ocean view. We had the "Catch of the Day", a delicious halibut filet and a Cesar Salad... just perfect!

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  27. TaraM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best time at brunch here! The staff was absolutely incredible. So warm and friendly and very attentive. The food was delicious. And the cone view is incredible at any table. Will most definitely be back!

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  28. BettyM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderfully prepared dinner (waitress was pleasant and helpful as we made our selections) and we had a table by the windows, so our ocean view was spectacular.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible views and the Service, food and cocktails were amazing!

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  30. CarlaM

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The seafood penne pasta was phenomenal!! The view is also gorgeous.

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  31. DANIELS

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was excellent. The receptionist was very rude, with no welcoming skills. It seems that was bother.

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  32. Virginia

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our absolute favorite restaurant! We come here every other year for our anniversary. The food is amazing every time.

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  33. AlisonG

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the Ventana Grill! Anytime we come to Pismo Beach, we try to have a meal here. Sergio was our server last night, and he was very knowledgeable about the menu, and super kind to us. Our meal was delicious as always!

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  34. CharlieM

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter (I think .... Dave ?? ) became very busy with many tables, yet he continued to keep us in touch and was jolly about his duties. He consistently served our table, and others with a great deal of professionalism. Watching someone perform at something the seem to love was a joy. This was our 3rd visit, with two friends from out of town and the pleasure was all ours.

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  35. SallyW

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Most everything was tasty. At this time of year (December) it is best to avoid the fresh fruit, it was not very good! The roast beef was overdone and dry! Make sure you go hungry because there is a lot to eat!

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  36. Tracy

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed another fabulous brunch at Ventana yesterday! A great way to say good bye to 2023! The food was really good, view is beautiful, but most importantly, the service was excellent! Thanks Phil and staff!

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  37. CaseyB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food at Ventana is amazing. We did the breakfast brunch. My favorite part is the quesadilla bar, the tortillas are homemade and fresh! All the food I’ve eaten at the buffet has been very delicious!

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  38. AngelaK

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Neil was our waiter and he was great. Amazing views. Always good food.

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  39. LauraS

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous sweeping views and amazing food! I will be back! Get a reservation.

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  40. Juliang

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Waited half an hour after our reservation to be seated. Food made up for the issues with timing.

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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 4.6 stars by 2999 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 32 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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