Ventana Grill

4.6
1649 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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Central Coast
65 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

surrpisngly tasty food selections. we tried two new dishes and last month we di the same. happy to say glad we;ve given you another chance, after a year !!!! maybe you got a new chef???

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

This restaurant is top notch in every way. Superb service and high quality, consistently exceptional food!!!!!

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OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good from your food to your staff. Thanks so much.

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

Valentines weekend getaway

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bartenders and our server were wonderful! This is my favorite resturaunt and I wish I lived in the same town as it.

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KT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Not the best time we’ve had here, even with a reservation we had to wait about 30+ minutes. Our waiter wasn’t the best either. The food is always good though. We’ll be back again.

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NC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Boring food, atmosphere. I was expecting more grilled type food with the restaurant name.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day. Perfect views & service. We arrived early, and never felt rushed in order turn tables on such a busy nite. Always great food, service and views to die for!

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DE
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic view of course and well prepared, tasty food. The dining room is fairly quiet and roomy. They could probably fit more tables into the space, but they don't and that heightens the experience.

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MJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance, great drinks, good food but a tad spendy for what it is. Waittress was sweet and helpful but did stumble on our cocktails. Unrivaled views and just beautiful throughout.

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J
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chef and staff never disappoint. Our second time with Kaitlin as our server and she is always super attentive and this time made my dinner choice - exceptional decision!

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the calamari starter and it was done perfectly, crispy and tender. The wedge salad was the best wedge salad I think I've had. With avocado, candied pecans and red pear it was a surprise of flavor. My wife had the Pipian sea bass and it was soft like butter and so good. The pork chop was seared on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. One of the better meals I've had. Of course the Ventana mudslide desert is just over the top!

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A
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

this was our first time going to ventana grill & it was amazing! We ended up going during lunch I believe because the menu was mostly lunch plates. The view was gorgeous, you were able to leave your table and walk to the balcony, which was nice. Our waiter was super patient with us as we were waiting for the rest of the people from our party, as well as always making sure we were okay with refills. 10/10 would recommend to a friend

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DM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Make sure you get a table facing the ocean. I makes all the difference.

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MH
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at Ventana Grill. We sat by the window, the specials were good, and the server was friendly. Love that place!!

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n
Los Angeles
111 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the view at sunset is spectacular. the Pumkinseed crusted Seabass was out of this world wonderful. the service was very good and i would recommend this place if your in the area

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DF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Ate here twice on our trip to Pismo. The food was excellently prepared and served , and you felt comfortably full when leaving. Loved the dark chocolate fondue.

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AC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience at. Ventana was 1st class. The wait staff was courteous and very aware. The food was cooked perfectly and tasted amazing. Will be going back for sure

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CR
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I have always liked Ventana Grill, so when my sister's birthday came up I made 1:00 reservations with you. I specifically told the reservationist that I wanted the round corner booth. She said she would make a note of this. When we arrived at 1:00 two people had just been seated in the booth and were eating their soup. They moved and let us sit there, but we were told by the staff that they were not happy and felt intimidated. Also, a large group of older ladies (12?) were seated right by us and were quite noisy. The experience was unfortunate and made me feel like not coming back. The waiter was fine and so was the food and the view!

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AH
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, atmosphere and service. Thank you Sergio for taking care of us!

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JM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was amazing! Service was good but slow. They did bring a dessert plate for my husband since it was his birthday. However, it was the buffet so I am not sure they do a dessert plate on regular days.

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VM
San Joaquin
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal with excellent friendly service!

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G
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I don't know whether your symbol for noise means high = good, or high = noisy. It was overly noisy...other than that, the ambience and view was excellent.

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LO
San Francisco
84 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent lunch -- very good food, very good value, attentive service, nice atmosphere, ocean view. What's not to like?

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LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Must have the clam appetizer. The sauce was amazing!

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t
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The view from the Ventana Grill is spectacular. The ambiance nice and the food is good but not great. We were there for lunch so it was not very full. The sound level was fine but not sure what it would be if the restaurant was full. There are lots of hard surfaces. We would return and would recommend it for the view.

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JA
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we stay in Pismo Beach we always go to Ventana Grill, the food is delicious, the view of the ocean is wonderful, great service. What more can you ask for! We love it.

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Music was to loud. Had to rase your voice to be heard.

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C
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was fantastic. Noise level not bad even though the dining room was full. Food tasted good, but my/our issue was the amount of salt/sodium used in prep. Got home and became VERY dehydrated. Rely on the food itself and proper spices, but skip the salt.

The wait staff was responsive, gracious and helpful .

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N
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent nachos and fish tacos. Great bar drinks. The ocean view is fantastic.

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AN
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot with amazing views! Definitely will be back!

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PS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great lace to eat with an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean. The food is 2nd to none. The staff was very helpful and attentive.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite spot in Pismo Beach. Great seafood selections and the view is breathtaking!

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TB
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date spot! Jimmy was a great server and made our night really special. Definitely try to get a window seat if you can.

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JT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I WAS SURPRISED THAT THE HAPPY HOUR ENDS @ 5:00 P.M. ON A THURSDAY NIGHT.
THEY WERE STINGY ON PROVIDING THE TORTILLAS PRIOR TO DINNER. HAD TO ASK TWICE.

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WS
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Lovely place to go for dinner. We had cocktails before dinner. Very nice server. Somehow we felt that when paid for the drinks the bar manager was going to take the tip. We tipped the server cash. In the dining room we had a bottle for corking. The server asked if wanted appetizers, we said we were ready to have our bottle open, 2 glasses and some water and then we would order dinner. He said OK, but went on to other tables and did not bring our glasses, nor did he open our bottle. He finally came back and asked us again if we wanted appetizers. Once again we said we wanted our bottle opened and 2 glasses.
He went to get the glasses and opened the bottle. He forgot the water. Now we are ready to order and reminded him we wanted water. No water. We flagged another server, who brought us water. Somehow this server was not focused or not listening.. We like this place, food is wonderful. The servers need to be more accommodating.

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BF
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience in all aspects! Food and drink was great and reasonably priced! Waiter was fantastic! Had a wonderful time!

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EH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our only concern was the noise level in the restaurant Sunday evening. It was difficult to have a conversation at our table.

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T
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fantastic evening. Was able to spend my birthday with the people I cherish and having great service and food to go along with that.

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JR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The setting of this dining room is quite impressive and the restaurant is ocean side, so high scores for ambiance. Unfortunately, we found the food just wasn’t all that great. The staff also decided to begin cleaning their industrial grill at the peak of dinner service around 8:30pm. The grill is in the middle of the restaurant and the entire place filled with smoke.

Nice looking venue but probably wouldn’t recommend it to others.

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