Ventana Grill

4.6
1553 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Latin American, American
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Hours of operation
Mon–Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(805) 773-0000
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 1553 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.7
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DR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter Danny was excellent!! He was very attentive and professional. It was my birthday and I felt very special. He went out of his way to make the evening perfct!

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

Visited mid- week in early December for lunch. I ordered chicken enchiladas, but I'm quite certain what I got were beef. I did not return the meal, as I did not want a delay or upset to the rest of our table. The waiter never stopped by to ask how things were or if we needed anything else. I was disappointed that the homemade tortillas are not served at lunch. Wouldn't bother returning except we always do just for the view when we have out of town company.

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AR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

We celebrated a Birtyday With a group of 4 . Promptly seated with a nice window table overlooking the ocean . An assistant took our drink and appetizer orders as the server was backed up with others . Server came and apologized and took our orders which arrived promptly
The 4 meals were perfectly cooked with amazing flavors . Everyone was happy and we will return

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

We had our ladies luncheon here and it was outstanding. Food was excellent, wait staff awesome, easy access on/off the freeway, sufficient parking and great bar scene.

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BS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding place. Food is great and the service is even better. Would definitely recommend for special occasions or even just a quick dinner!

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WA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ventana is known for its view at sunset. But the food is primarily upscale Mexican, with other choices as well. Dinner begins with a complimentary three tortillas, with three salsas of varying heat. I has a flat iron steak with a delicious chimichurri sauce, accompanied by summer squash, rice and beans. My wife had a very tasty burger. The margaritas were excellent. The ambience is clean and restful. Reserve early to get seating by a window.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was great. Our server Brandi was so amazing and super efficient. Will definitely try to request her next time we are in.

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RB
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friends get together

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Rib eye steak was amazing

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DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We travel through Pismo Beach several times per hear. We never miss a chance attending their Sunday brunch. Happy hour is also amazing. We recommend it highly!

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EF
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Ventana Grill for my dad's birthday last year and returned again this year! Again, you didn't disappoint! The food was fantastic and our server was tops!! We love Ventana!!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was great, the food was amazing and the view was spectacular. Our server was friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. Great experience

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N
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ocean view. Food is great and staff are very attentive. Our favorite place for lunch.

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S
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding each and every time.
The food, presentation, service and of course the location/view are well worth the price and drive.

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t
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food & view. Ashleigh was graet as our server

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J
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite when in Pismo Beach. Menu is interesting and different, specials are always good and the service is exceptional - special thanks to Kaitlin on this visit.

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FC
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ventana Grill is one of our very favorite places. It has almost everything: great food, great service and a spectacular view. Our most recent visit was to celebrate our 23d anniversary. My wife had delicious halibut tacos. I had my fave, fish and chips. The food did not disappoint at all. It was a clear, sunny day - perfect for a window table. Our server, Christian, was excellent - personable, attentive, not intrusive, and helpful. It can be difficult to get a window table, but all tables have a nice view of the spectacular Pacific Ocean and the great coastline.

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DB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place!Nice ambiance and good food!

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CW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

VG is one of our top 2 local restaurants. The view which includes whales, porpoise, nesting sea birds, pelicans in flight etc is spectacular and unmatched on the central coast. The menu provides a nice variety and desert is exceptional...do not miss the mud pie...made in house or the rasberry chocolate mousse. Careing, friendly staff !

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AR
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

My complaint was the quickness of the service...TOO quick!! We had just sat down with our drinks, and we were served our soup. Not even finished with soup, and out came main course. Felt like we were being rushed in and out in order to turn the table. Server needs to communicate better with kitchen, do not rush customer!!!!

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B
San Joaquin
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and bring friends and family here for the unique food style.
We brought my daughter for the first time and she loved it as we knew she would!!

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GS
London
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Pasta with seafood - wow! (Should be seafood with pasta....)

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TA
Western NC
38 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had the corner window booth, marine layer was in thick, but views were still spectacular.

We both had the halibut tacos, requested corn tortillas, very clean and authentic. Jimmy our server was excellent and attentive. Hostess was a delight. All positive. Would absolutely return.

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SO
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Decent food, nothing too great especially for vegetarians. Booked through open table mostly for sunset view but didn't give us a window booth even though 2 were open when we showed up. This is inspite of me asking prior day if we would have that booth if we showed up on time.

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AC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Appetizers were good but paid 50 for beef Wellington that was flat out inedible. Stick with the Mexican inspired menu.

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PM
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very delicious dinner. Our server was excellent 👍👍
The bartender was excellent as well. Will definitely be back when we once again visit Pismo Beach.

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MA
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has a great view of the ocean. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable about items on the menu. The food was fantastic.

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p
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ventana Grill is always a beautiful place, especially to take out of town friends. Interesting menu!

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OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We asked for a table near the windows and we were accommodated with no issues. Food was amazing and the service was over the top! Great experience

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was very special. The drinks were delicious the food was excellent.

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SS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience the food was tasty and different and exciting in our server was wonderful !!!

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SB
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Shell/Pismo area.

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S
Central Coast
28 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Once again, a terrific lunch. I am "hooked" on the clams in the delicious poblano/mushroom broth; and my friend had the GIANT burrito, of which she took most home for another 3-meals! Ventana does it up right: service was good without being intrusive, the "El Jefe" margarita was superb, and of course the view was FAB! Highly recommended!

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SC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for any occasion. Very accommodating, great staff and excellent menu! Love this place!

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RH
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been to Ventana Grill many times since it opened. The dinners are not as good as they were in the beginning. The menu is pretty much the same and but not prepared as well. Lunchesare better and the menu is is better.

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PA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Eat here twice a year when passing through, always enjoy.

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BO
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A first timer. We were seated promptly. Server was very friendly and helpful. Food was perfectly cooked as ordered. I highly recommend for a special dinner out. Will definitely be returning.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious! Service is superb! View is amazing! Enjoyed a wonderful dinner with kids ans family.

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CR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a favorite of my wife and I. The view is amazing and the food and service are better than any other restaurant we have been to between Lompoc and Paso Robles. It is best to get a reservation than to walk in as the wait can be lengthy. They have always seated us immediately or within minutes of our reservation. If you have a group of four or more they will have you wait until at least half of your group arrives before seating as it is very popular for dinner, so that is reasonable. Sunset dining is tough during weeknights in the late fall and winter months as the Sun sets early, so try a Saturday or Sunday evening for the beautiful sunsets. You can bring one bottle of your own wine for two to three people or one bottle per three people in larger groups without a corkage fee; but they do have an excellent Wine List.

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M
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. The waitress was great as well as the food. The best meal there yet. We were promptly seated in a nice booth. Great birthday meal.

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