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Ventana Grill, St Pismo, CA

Ventana Grill

4.4
4.4
2627 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

7:30 PM


Booked 30 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 2,627 people are saying

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • California Central Coast

    Scenic View

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fanciest dinner I ever had and delicious as well! The view was beautiful as well.
  2. S

    Slochel

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As locals, this is one of our favorite restaurants. This review is for our experience 8/4/2022. The food is good. The view is amazing, the service could not have been better. Our server Mattie was fantastic, as was the busboy working the entire floor. We didn't get his name, but he had dark curly hair and a silver earing. He not only was attentive to all of the diners, getting whatever extras they needed to enjoy their meals, and superb at clearing plates without being obtrusive, he was constantly walking through the dinning room looking for where he was needed. He was the busboy of every waitperson's dream. The Ventana Grill has never disappointed us.
  3. JW

    JohnW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The location is lovely and relaxing, but we were (4) very disappointed in our food. Looking forward to a great fish dinner we found ours to be dry and tasteless. Views were great and service was friendly.
  4. MS

    MichaelS

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    The views and food are great. The service was very slow. I would go go back and recommend this place.
  5. KE

    KatieE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just went here for our 3rd wedding anniversary. Christy was amazing!!! She gave the best service, so friendy and nice. We started off with cocktails and got the smoke on the water and the fresca. My husband wished the smoke on the water had more of a smokey flavor to it, but was still tasty. I loved the Fresca. Then we got the calamari app. Hands down the best calamari I've had. It's was so light and crispy. For entrees we ordered the Al pastor and the seafood penne pasta. Both were to die for. Highly recommend. Second round drinks we got the Mexican Manhattan which my husband loved and I got the hibiscus cocktail which was great. Thank you again to Christy that made our experience wonderful.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My mother and I had an awesome experience. We were there to celebrate her 89th birthday, they gave us a nice window seat and her a free dessert. The food was very tasty and the service excellent.
  7. D

    Dissappointed

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Everything started out fantastic. Food was outstanding. For some reason a snobby couple behind us complained about something and our server lost all all contact with us. It took so long for her to come to us that I ordered the desert to go and left a short tip. Humiliating on my 15 year anniversary. Pay attention to everyone and as a result, the tip could be massive. I usually tip above 30%. I hope the snobby couple behind us got everything they needed with 2 servers as we got none. We won’t be back. Thanks for bumming my wife out.
  8. RD

    RealtorDonna

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A local recommended this place, so we decided we'd go on our last night in Pismo. We couldn't get a reservation until 8:30, but we went early to have drinks in the bar. The specialty cocktail list is impressive! I had the Coconut Mojito, and it was amazing. My sister had the Sparkling Pom, which was also good. When it was time for us to be seated, the hostess took us all the way over to the other side of the restaurant that looked like an addition and felt like a cafeteria and tried to seat us in the back corner. My sister immediately spoke up and said she wasn't satisfied with that location, and we asked to be moved. While walking back to have her find us another table, I spotted a booth right on the window that was vacant. I know there were only two of us, but at 8:30 at night, why not seat people with reservation at one of the good seats? I see this time and time again that restaurants want to seat two women alone in an out of the way spot. Why do they do this?? When we finally got to our beautiful booth, we ordered the sopas, which were definitely not authentic and had too much pico de gallo on them. For our entrees, I order the halibut and sister ordered the seafood pasta. Both meals were delicious and very filling. The server was a very young girl who couldn't even serve us wine, so we had an entire night of "no problem" every time we said thank you. She was nice enough, though. They also didn't have the wine we ordered that was on their list, which is very minimal. I'd probably dine here again if I ever go back to Pismo.
  9. AR

    AliciaR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful view, relaxed yet nice atmosphere. Food was wonderful! Service was polite and helpful. A little on the slow side waited 20 minutes for our flan. But wonderful experience over all.
  10. AN

    ANelson

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food with nice size portions and the mud pie was amazing! We requested a window booth and the views were beautiful. Loved everything we ordered. Brought a bottle of wine with us and the corkage fee was resasonable, $15. Definately will be back!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    The views were amazing, the food was pretty good, but the service fell short. Unfortunately, we sat for 15 minutes waiting for our server. I had to walk up to the waiters station to ask who our server was. A server from another area quickly assisted and saved us from giving service just one star. Our server finally came and brought our tortillas but the food quickly arrived after. We never heard the specials, we weren’t offered desserts, we were just handed the bill.
  12. o

    outstanding

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great views and food was great ! Enjoyed while on vacation with teenagers.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Overall a poor experience, with poor service and food
  14. SM

    SherieMB

    Tahoe

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ventana Grill was FABULOUS as usual!! It was crowded but it is summer!
  15. TV

    TameraV

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just absolutely fabulous.
  16. M

    Mago

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ventana was recommended by friend w/family in Santa Maria I am so happy he did My husband & I had the morjajete & it was delicious & the portion was large. In addition complimentary had made tortillas w/salsas & rice & beans were served We enjoyed the experience so much - good service decor - we went back a 2nd nite
  17. LF

    LouiseF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Next door to our hotel and the reviews were good. Service good and friendly, lovely ambiance, ventana nachos great to share for four of us and food good. Tempted to book again but only here one more night so venturing elsewhere
  18. MM

    MrsMike

    Tucson

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This visit was so much better than our previous visit…even starting with the hostess. But we really enjoyed the evening.
  19. JA

    JAAAMS

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view, good food, wonderful service
  20. g

    goodbob

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had the pleasure to enjoy the fabulous Wedge Salad - could not have been better! We also had the See Bass Veracruz - fish was perfectly done and the squash was also made to perfection - not too soft & not too hard -& the spicing of of the sauce was a nice balance . Service was excellent - attentive but not intrusive
  21. JR

    JudyR

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Gorgeous view
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    The food was not great
  23. RP

    RichardP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great location and good ambience. The food was excellent and our sever, Christy, was simply the best
  24. MR

    MarkR

    Miami

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    At 7:30 PM my wife and I checked in with the hostess for our 8pm reservation. We made an 8:00 reservation so we could watch the sunset while we dined. Hostess told us they would text when our table was ready. We bought a drink at the bar and waited outside. At 8:05 I went back to the hostess and asked about our table and was advised by the hostess they had given it to another guest accidentally as the other guest and I have the same common first name. We missed the sunset while we waited for the next available table. This, of course, was very disappointing. Our server, Christi, was GREAT and we were enjoying our dining experience (sans the sunset) until our entrees arrived by way of the dedicated server (not Christi). My steak and vegetable plate was cold. Not warm, cold. My wife's pasta plate was warm/cool on top and hotter at the bottom. It was obvious our plates sat out for an extended period of time. Again, very disappointing. My wife and I have enjoyed dining here many times including a group surprise birthday party for my wife last year. This will be our first poor food experience but the 2nd time they have fouled up our reservation after checking in. The first time they just said sorry that they had "forgot" our reservation while we sat in the bar waiting. We waited almost 45 minutes past our reservation time on that occasion. Both times, no service recovery attempt was made. We hope this review will help the restaurant tighten up their check in processes and food delivery process as we enjoy the venue although we have other ocean front dining options in the area.
  25. b

    bdaygirl

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Have eaten at Ventana many, many times and their chopped salad was always the best. They have chosen to add poblanos chiles and while tasty, they overpower what used to be a very healthy, wonderful salad. 😕
  26. r

    rjmcmm

    San Joaquin

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting with amazing cuisine. The Halibut ceviche is unmatched!!
  27. HW

    HenryW

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great dinner and wonderful service. I have reviewed in the past, service was always slow, sometimes had to estimate or bill and leave cash. Kaylee was amazing and she had only been there 2 weeks. I hope the rest of the staff will learn from her!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our visit was a birthday dinner. They reserved a corner table with a fabulous view of the ocean and the mesmerizing birds in flight. Martini superb, food so delicious we ate every bite- all extremely fresh and perfectly prepared. Wonderful complimentary ice cream for my birthday candle. Our waitress Crystal was upbeat with a great sense of humor. A very memorable evening without any moment that wasn’t delightful.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Worst service. Appetizers arrived w entrees. Server disappeared for the majority of the dinner. Steak came out hard as a rock. Ended up not getting my dinner in time. Rest of the group finished before my dinner was served. Poor management. Not recommended.
  30. S

    Steph

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good experience with a fantastic location overlooking the ocean. Prices were a bit high but it’s located in a tourist area so that was somewhat expected. Flavor food with many good choices. Service was average.
  31. HD

    HappyDog

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I made reservations for our anniversary dinner online. I called the morning of to confirm and ask that we be by a window for our special night. Not only did they have a table for us, the hostess saw that we would be sandwiched between two large families and moved us to a better location! We started at the bar for a cocktail and an appetizer, halibut ceviche, very nice. Bar tenders were very friendly and our server was great! We had the tiger prawns and the seafood pasta. Both were delicious and super fresh. My only comment about the pasta was that our server said it was on the "lighter side" of a cream sauce, but it was pretty darn rich. But that's just me and happens all the time. Rich or not, it was full of seafood and wonderful! I highly recommend this restaurant on all levels!
  32. SV

    SteveV

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were at Ventana to celebrate my birthday. Everything was great as expected due to past visits. Jeff was a very attentive server. The food was great from the fresh tortillas to my chimichurri steak.
  33. EP

    EstevanP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Jeff was super amazing and the service was quick! I never received my dinner so quickly. Dinner and drinks were delicious.
  34. SB

    StevenB

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for dinner & drinks with an ocean view! Perfect date night spot and was Perfect for celebrating my girlfriends birthday! Would definitely go back!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Service was inexperienced, slow and there were several mistakes.
  36. CB

    CherylB

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We both enjoyed our meals very much. We love the atmosphere and the service was great!
  37. JM

    JosephM

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very fine experience
  38. BH

    BusterH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The OpenTable menu did not match the restaurant menu
  39. DL

    DonnaL

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Our waiter was great Our steaks were served well done, not what we ordered. Our guests doesn't send food back, so their food experience wasnt good.
  40. LG

    LoveGoodFood

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently good food, always tasty and fresh. Great service. Great cocktails. Gorgeous views.

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 2627 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 30 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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