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Ventana Grill, St Pismo, CA
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Ventana Grill

4.6
4.6
2751 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 23 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 2,751 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Great for scenic views

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  1. J

    Janang

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding staff!! manager and Ashley 👍🏼💯 Beautiful ocean view especially at sunset
  2. BB

    BethB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    It was very busy and it appeared. You needed an additional bartender and additional servers. There were lots of empty tables and I could only attribute that to the lack of servers since it’s difficult to get a reservation.
  3. BD

    BobbiD

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ashley was our server. She was so kind and welcoming. Very attentive. The food was delicious and fresh.
  4. f

    frustratedfoodie

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The food was just okay. The tortillas made on the spot were good, though. We got great service, though. We went by early to see about outdoor seating, and they didn’t have it (not surprising—it was cold and windy), though they did say we could get take-out and sit on their deck. We didn’t want to sit outside under those circumstances, so the hostess booked our table by a window that could be opened while we were there, which was a great accommodation. When we got there, our server was very helpful and attentive.
  5. P

    Pianoman

    Hawaii

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal with different takes on Mexican dishes that were very appealing - and all that while overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean - what a romantic location!!
  6. SC

    SassyCal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed my husband's birthday dinner -- comfortable, great food and a most wonderful waiter. April was attentive and even caught that my non alcoholic cosmo had accidentally been made with alcohol before she actually served it. Sea bass, filet mignon, dessert: all wonderful.
  7. VL

    VictorL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time we visit Pismo we always make sure to stop and eat at Ventana! Great food great service! Amazing view of the ocean! Definitely recommend this place!
  8. K

    Katrina

    Orange County

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    There were four of us and we all had the special, sea bass. Was Ok, not as good as when I had the halibut. My husband and I shared a wedge salad and it could have had more blue cheese dressing. We also shared a mud pie for desert which was pretty go. We will definitely come back.
  9. AG

    AlisonG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place! Wish I remembered our servers name but he couldn’t have been nicer! Perfect balance of presence and responsiveness with leaving us alone to enjoy our evening. Thank you Ventana Grill! It is our third time there and you never disappoint! It is now a must for every time we come to Pismo Beach. ❤️
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    New Year’s Eve celebration was fun until the power went out. We were only able to receive half our order since we had not ordered our entrees yet. Not the restaurant’s fault, but it would have been a nice gesture if they would have brought us more tortillas, or offered us a slice of free pie to offset our meal on New Years.
  11. MS

    MarkS

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and drinks! Service was friendly. Tequila list is extensive.
  12. DG

    DeborahG

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The shrimp cocktail is full of shrimp in a tasty coulis with tortilla chips to scoop it all up! Delicious! Fish & chips were crispy and hot!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The iceberg lettuce wedge was fabulous And the shrimp steak dish was perfect The waitress was kind And the views are as good as it gets
  14. BJ

    BobJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wanted to say what GREAT service we had from Brianna! Amazing personality, as well as service throughout. Keep her! Bob & Cindy
  15. s

    stevem

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had our Christmas Eve family dinner Everything was great
  16. JV

    JoeyV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing. Staff was incredible. Very attentive, polite and professional. Everything seemed under control and the guests around us all seemed happy. Would definitely recommend.
  17. TG

    TanyaG

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ventana serves consistently excellent meals and great service. We are locals, and this is one of our favorite places. The quality of the ingredients is apparent. This is one of just a few restaurants that serves amazing nachos as well as amazing seafood. I wish more of their lunch menu items were available for dinner, but that's a tiny critique. The view is amazing if you are there during the daytime!
  18. c

    cafoxxyy47

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite of all restaurants. We always have the same meal and love it! We always have the fabulous clam chowder with the little garlic parmesan toast and fish and chips. The fish and chips is the best I have had it anywhere. The service is impeccable and the view is to die for. This is a place that has grown to be our favorite over the years. Everything here is delicious!
  19. LF

    LindaF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service was excellent great view of the ocean.
  20. RB

    RoelB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view, delicious food and excellent service. Worth it.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall1food5service5ambience5
    I do not understand why this place does not let us make a reservation for anything more than 4 people? This is ridiculous!
  22. S

    Special

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ventana Grill is often our choice for special occasions. There is a variety of excellent meals to choose. The setting has sweeping open views with birds and wildlife. Service is always excellent. Ventana Grill is also a great place for dates. My husband and I go as a getaway. Courteous service. Atmosphere conducive to conversation. Beautiful scenery.
  23. SE

    StephenE

    Orange County

    103 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a lovely place to dine, but make sure you have a reservation. We showed up earlier this year without one and had to wait almost an hour for a table. This time, we had a reservation. We were seated in a booth with a terrific view of the ocean beyond. Ashley gave us excellent, attentive service. We started with a generous shrimp cocktail, easily enough for two, and cocktails. My entree was the salmon, which was excellently prepared and presented. Dessert was mango sorbet.
  24. R

    Randy

    Sacramento

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent meal. My wife had seafood pasta (very good) and I had the pork chop (outstanding)….full of flavors and absolutely delicious. Margaritas topped the meal off!
  25. RH

    RoseH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was so easy to make reservations through Open Table. Our table was ready as soon as we arrived. Our server was pleasant and attentive. Our food was excellent. We’re looking forward to our next visit.
  26. TT

    TeresaT

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always good service, great food and beautiful ocean views.
  27. H

    Hodak

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was very nice. Food was delicious
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunset view over the ocean. Amazing food outstanding service. Made a perfect date night!
  29. KC

    KeithC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We ate early, like old people, because we wanted to see the sunset from our table. That worked out perfectly! It’s a beautiful restaurant with a commanding ocean view high on a bluff. My Sweetheart ordered Seabass and I had the flat iron steak. Sorry to report out that the Seabass was not great. Some of it was good but there was a portion of it that was just soggy and yuck. My flat iron steak was quite good. The service, for the most part, was quite good. It got a little slow after the meal, waiting for dessert to arrive, and then the check, but nothing really to complain about. Overall, it was a nice experience, and I will gladly go back again, but will not be ordering the Seabass. There are so many other succulent choices to try!
  30. KL

    KelleyL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Table was filthy. Food was nor very good. I ate maybe 5 bites of my steak salad. Expensive for the low quality food. Staff was in shorts and sweatshirts tied around waist. I will not be returning.
  31. TN

    TraceyN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food, good service with a great view. So easy to get to on our way up the coast. Will keep coming back.
  32. TN

    TraceyN

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    View and ambience is wonderful. Food is very good especially considering location/view/value. We will continue to come when we are in the area.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Overall experience was good but was not blown away
  34. SK

    SondraK

    Sacramento

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always our favorite restaurant in Pismo Beach. The halibut that I had was amazing in presentation and taste. We will be back.
  35. D

    Diane

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Great views, really good chowder, entrees were ok.
  36. AK

    AnnK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here at a friend’s suggestion and had a great experience. Halibut and sea bass were done to perfection. Service was warmly attentive without being intrusive. Look forward to returning.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Very disappointing. Chimichurri steak was ok. Came with cold vegetables and no rice. Waiter said rice was still being prepared, but we shouldn’t worry because it’s “complimentary” anyway, so what’s the big deal, basically. We did not ask to see the manager but he came over and was no more helpful. Even without that, I would look elsewhere for a nice dinner. Perhaps the view at lunch makes up for the mediocre everything at high prices, but dinner offers no such bonus. The entire experience was a disappointment. The acoustics are not good. Just a cacophony.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just wonderful
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Birthday celebration let down. No birthday desert or song 😔 I watched everyone around us with a different server get a birthday desert and a birthday song but our server did nothing, not just for the birthday but also for everything else. Straws? I will bring some right out, never came, ketchup? I will bring it right out, never came…. And when we asked for them again she kept saying oh nobody brought that out for you I will get it right now and never came back. Tried to order something else because I didn’t like my entree and I was told the kitchen is closed so you can’t order anything else. My reservation was at 8:30 the only time slot left, they called me the day of and changed my time because they close at 8pm??? Confused? Yes. But I went along with the time they offered me at 7:45 then they close the kitchen and I couldn’t order a different entree I explained I was not happy with the meal and I was not looking for anything for free and I would pay for the other entree and still was told no the kitchen is closed. I did like the chips and salsa, that was not complimentary we had to pay for them. I enjoyed my drink also. I feel like if your in a hurry to close right on time you should cut off your reservations early and not have incorrect reservation times on open table. We also witnessed a couple at the hostess station complaining the waitress never returned to their table and wanted to pay the check so could leave. We ended up with the same waitress that came to give them their check, so we made sure to be rest with our complete order when she came to the table drinks appetizer and entrees in hopes that would help, but it still didn’t. The food was not great either I had the enchiladas and they were stuffed with chicken pot pie ingredients cream of chicken with chicken chunks and a ton of peas every bite had at least 6 peas in it. PEAS in chicken suizas enchiladas never have I ever.
  40. L

    Lovetocook101

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Things I enjoyed: the Corn Dusted Calamari and Steak & Shrimp Molcajete were delicious. The Sea Bass Veracruz was good but not as good as the other 2 items. I know it sounds petty but it's odd that they started us off with 2 flour tortillas and 1 corn for 2 people and then had to pay for more corn tortillas. They were freshly made & very good, but it was really odd. They brought you yummy salsas & cinnamon butter but not enough tortillas to enjoy them all. So, we paid for more corn tortillas, yet they did not mention the Steak & Shrimp Molcajete comes with corn tortillas...I don't mean to gripe, but it did bug me. Otherwise, the location is great to watch the sunset and the drinks were also pretty good. We had the Mexican Manhattan, just a tiny bit on the sweet side but not too much and we also had the Rica-Rita.

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 2751 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 23 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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