Ventana Grill

4.7
1926 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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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good view and food when you are having a family dinner during your travel. Liked a sunset view from window seat!

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

Very nice background live music during a wonderful Sunday brunch.
Highly recommend.

AY
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and can't wait to get back. Visit SLO 3 times a tear and will be back in October. Our waitress was the best ever and great table, cliff view. None better. Was my 60th birthday and was brought a yummy desert. Great night. Thanks, Ventana.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very nice place with beautiful views and a great ambience however the menu was very limited and some of the food was lacking flavor. The Clam chowder was also very delicious as well as the bread that came with it. The lobster Mac & cheese was absolutely outstanding!! Adding the bacon made it even better! The calamari was good. The filet mignon itself was very good however the potatoes were a bit odd and the asparagus was absolutely horrible! It had absolutely ZERO flavor and was chard on a grill and was very undercooked and left a very poor taste in our mouths. The bar drinks were also subpar at best. I ordered a Moscow Mule and what I was brought was definitely not that! I don’t know what it was but it was absolutely horrid! The service was good and attentive. Overall it was a nice place with decent food but didn’t feel that it was worth the price! I would go back for the clam chowder and Mac & cheese.

g
Central Coast
57 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Especially noisy today, maybe because the end of summer is close or because we were fogged in, so no gorgeous view to distract us all. Food and service were the usual - excellent! Thoughtfully planned menu items, different and delicious, with fresh ingredients. Always a great meal here.

m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat near the window overlooking beautiful ocean. The location of the restaurant was great. The staff was friendly. We ordered appetizer and main dish for lunch and it was a lot of food.

MF
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Apparently the Ventana Grill is all about the view of the Pacific, but the night we went we were fogged in. But my dinner was delicious (sea bass crusted with sesame seeds) with a generous helping of spinach. That is a big thumbs up for me because so many restaurants don’t do well with vegetables. We ordered tuna tartare as an appetizer to share, and it was HUGE — we couldn’t finish it — but delicious. Even though we were seated in a back room away from the buzziness of the bar and seats overlooking the ocean, our waiter was attentive. I would return if in the area and I would recommend the Ventana Grill.

AB
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Fabulous food but we had chosen this restaurant for my husband’s 50th Birthday and although reminding them three times (twice through email and once on the phone on the actual day) they did nothing special for him. We had to take the waitress to one side and ask for something to mark it. They did, but reluctantly. A small bowl of ice cream with a candle in it.
Unfortunately it was a very cold and foggy evening so no sunset for us... so it wasn’t anything special.
Very pricey for what was a lack lustre evening.
A bit disappointed

c
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a good meal as I eat here with visitors every month.
The Filet Mignon was slightly overcooked this time.
The risotto special was excellent
The mocajete was very good
The desserts were great

F
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with stunning view. Good services and tasty food. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who travel to Pismo beach.

LG
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, fresh food, great service, and spectacular ocean view. Highly recommended.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect

VK
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food in a beautiful setting with awesome sunset views! Make a reservation for a sunset seating- this place is popular! Good cocktails, too but overall our server was a little distracted. The warm corn tortillas with cinnamon butter and trio of dipping sauces was a delicious alternative to the usual bread and butter. My shrimp al ajillo was really tasty and my husband loved his grilled vegetable enchiladas. Casual ambiance with killer views and a happening lounge!

L
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner and excellent service as always.

R
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at La Ventana many times and have never been disappointed. We live 160 miles away so we don't get there as often as we would like. Our last visit earlier this week was for our 59th anniversary. The dinner was great, we were seated in a very lovely booth with a great ocean view. Having Dan as our server made our evening perfect. He is fine young man with a great personality and treated us in a manner that made us feel special.

PL
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

It's rare when a restaurant can offer both a spectacular view, well prepared food, and reasonable prices. I know cost is subjective, and what's reasonable to one person is unreasonable to another, but for a $100 for a meal for two including a few alcoholic drinks, appetizers, mains and desert, that's reasonable in my book given a fast-food meal for two often costs $20 and up.

We had the tuna tartar and corn quesadilla for appetizers, shrimp/scallops for mains, and flan for desert. Food is very well prepared, good quality, and tasty. I especially appreciated the cream sauce that served as a base for the bacon infused spinach that came with the main. Everything was seasoned well, and the portions were relatively large. In fact, I'd say the appetizers were too large for just one person and obviously meant to be shared.

The view? Stunning of course, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the late afternoon as the sun began to set.

I've visited Ventanta's on three occasions and the service/food has been consistent over the 12-month time span. It's my go-to spot when visiting Pismo Beach, especially because of the Jalepeno Margaritas!

HD
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an early dinner reservation, and requested a table in the main dining area that would accommodate a scooter for our handicapped brother. The servers and other staff were helpful, patient and polite. The food was excellent as well.

K
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recommend Ventana Grill to everyone we know...we love this place!

DZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Ventana a few times and we have always enjoyed our food and the atmosphere is amazing. We look forward to returning soon!

s
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wanted to take my boyfriend here for our anniversary dinner and I'm so glad I did. I had no problems booking a reservation on a Saturday night a week before, and the timing worked out perfectly because we got there early enough to see the sunset, and had a table right by the window to view the sunset. The service was amazing, the food was amazing, and overall a great experience to celebrate a special occasion. We really appreciated that they brought out a complimentary bowl of ice cream for us for our anniversary since we were too full to order dessert (which I never turn down dessert!). Thank you Ventana Grill for spectacular service!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great restaurant, beautiful view.

c
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, beautiful view

OP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always spot on! Our favorite place to meet with friends monthly!

a
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

waiter, Marcus, patient, accurate....nice smile, pleasant

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CW
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are local people and visit Ventana Grill several times a month! Right now you can watch the whales breaching and the pelicans are back in town soaring in Ventana,s incredible coastal view. When we have company Ventanna is our go to place. The staff is also GREAT! Zack was our server this last visit and he is awesome! There is a very nice selection of food choices and nightly specials....but save room for the Ice Cream Cake/Pie that is made in the restaurant every day....best desert in town!

LB
London
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Possibly the best sunset I have ever witnessed.

j
Central Coast
42 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy Ventana Grill. The food is terrific with many gluten free options. Love the shrimp and scallops, but had the mahi mahi this time, which was great. Appreciate the corn tortilla bread option that is a perfect option for those of us gluten free.

Service is always good, but this last time, Dan was exceptional. Really knew the menu and did a great job recognizing our special occasion. The only thing lacking is service here that happens almost every time is the hosts always seem distracted even if there is no one waiting. This time the young lady was busy taking to a server when we arrived and we had to wait for her to finish the conversation before she even recognized us. There really needs to be more attention paid to training the first contact people to be more customer focused.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Wish the service was better. Our waiter didn’t seem to care that we were there. Never bothered to ask if we wanted drinks refilled. Had to ask another waitress for water that our waiter never brought. We watched other tables with upbeat servers that were very attentive. Kind of ruined the meal.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Sadly we had reservation but we seated at an undesirable table while two window tables sat empty

v
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Open view ocean....no deck so not dog friendly. Good service and food. Parking provided.

JG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in Pismo. Cannot get a better view.

MV
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and excellent service. We were a group of women that went for a moms night out and after spending nearly over $400 the bartender told us to keep it down. Not the best place if you want to laugh and have a good time but the service from our waiter and the food was fantastic!

PB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good overall & we are locals who visit often with out of town guests.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Reunion dinner.

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GS
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service, good value and great views. Will visit again.

DP
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heather and management were wonderful to work with setting up my reservation. I received excellent service!

OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely view, great bar and varied menu, excellent service.

T
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted to enjoy a good meal by myself while enjoying such a beautiful backdrop. The server named Ayelin (sic) did a wonderful job. Keep up the good work. My only gripe though it wasn’t make or break was the salmon was slightly over cooked to my liking. Everything else was spectacular.

MM
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my bestie there for lunch, first time for both of us and it was amazing! Table by the window with such a incredible view. Food, service and everything perfect. I tried the surf and turf salad and my friend tried the wedge salad, we also shared the shrimp cocktail. Wonderful!
See you soon!!

B
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

With our open table reservation we were seated immeditely and at a window table as requested. My food was very spicey . I will choose something different next time. Maybe little symbales could describe spicyness.

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