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The Restaurant at Ventana

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48123 Highway 1, Ventana Inn & Spa, Big Sur, CA 93920-9538
18316674242
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7:30 am - 10:30 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 10:30 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: The Restaurant at Ventana is situated 1200 feet above the rugged Big Sur...
The Restaurant at Ventana is situated 1200 feet above the rugged Big Sur coast with views of the Pacific Ocean. The culinary team is lead by Executive Chef Paul Corsentino, who uses only the freshest, organic ingredients to create simple cuisine with vibrant flavors. His menus are driven by his commitment to supporting the local farming community. Chef Corsentino's experience is brought to life in each daily menu he creates. Chef and his team are known for daring and diverse foods with inventive recipes both comforting and decadent, offering something for every palate. A locally inspired, sommelier selected wine list offers many options for food and wine pairings. Seasonal cocktails and California craft beers are available to enjoy in the cozy lounge area or outdoors next to the grand fireplace.
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    Very good
  • 42
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  • 16
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Island of fog, good lunch

During our lunch at Big Sur, we drove up to the Ventana Inn since Nepenthe looked totally overcrowded. Indeed it was very pleasant and serene over there, with potentially gorgeous views, however the cliff appeared to be an island of fog in an otherwise sunny sitescape. Food was refined and good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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The Hague, The Netherlands
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

While the view is beautiful (and actually the interior of the restaurant is as well), the ambiance in the outside area is lacking, as is the view from the tables. We arrived earlier and had a drink on the lower terrace, which provides a beautiful view of the water, but the cushions were very dirty and the umbrellas at every... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

During our lunch at Big Sur, we drove up to the Ventana Inn since Nepenthe looked totally overcrowded. Indeed it was very pleasant and serene over there, with potentially gorgeous views, however the cliff appeared to be an island of fog in an otherwise sunny sitescape. Food was refined and good, service very fast and prices not unreasonable, certainly not... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We had lunch at the Ventana restaurant during our visit of Big Sur. The restaurant is up near the resort and has nice but distant ocean views. The service and food were great. It is probably somewhat pricier than the restaurants which are directly on highway 1, but the Ventana was not at all crowded, had plenty of parking and... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We will be making our 28th visit over 27 years to The Ventana, going back to the late 80's, and have lost count of our many times we have eaten at the Restaurant at Ventana. While management and chef's have changed thruout the years, our favorite servers, Richard & Juan are still there, I think from the beginning. We will... More 

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Napa, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

My wife and I had eaten here 15 years ago on our honeymoon. We decided to do the same and were very happy that we did. The special menu at $75.00 per person is a good value with great selections for the four courses. My only complaint would be the duck which was rather bitter. The service was outstanding.

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Salinas, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Beautiful views of the Big Sur Coast from this upscale restaurant - which has a very relaxing and casual feel to it. Unhurried pace with great service. Lunch was good and in line with prices in the area. Dinner is more upscale. It was warm enough to sit on the patio as I ate, look at the view- as well... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Stellar service. Tried to hunt down the hostess after our meal to line up our ride back to where we were staying. Never found her.

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Hermosa Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Loved the Cabin ambiance mixed with the upscale" wine country feel" The food is presented beautifully as well as being prepared with great flavors. I like the healthy choices on the menu & even had room for" Banoffe" pie for desert

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Tarzana, CA
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Good service, good food; a high end restaurant designed to have a more casual feel than most "fine dinning" establishments. I thought the food was better than the restaurant at Post Ranch, but the view at Ventana Inn is not on a cliff overlooking the ocean but was still quite beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

As a guest of Ventana we had breakfast there each morning of our stay. Well trained waitstaff, excellent food and a great view should you choose to eat outside. Recommended!

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Additional Information about The Restaurant at Ventana

Address: 48123 Highway 1, Ventana Inn & Spa, Big Sur, CA 93920-9538
Phone Number: 18316674242
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:30 am - 10:30 am  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Monday 7:30 am - 10:30 am  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 7:30 am - 10:30 am  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am - 10:30 am  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Thursday 7:30 am - 10:30 am  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 10:30 am  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday 7:30 am - 10:30 am  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 35 - 75
Cuisine: American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 48123 Highway 1, Ventana Inn & Spa, Big Sur, CA 93920-9538
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
  • Phone Number: 18316674242

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35 - 75
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view

Description

The Restaurant at Ventana is situated 1200 feet above the rugged Big Sur coast with views of the Pacific Ocean. The culinary team is lead by Executive Chef Paul Corsentino, who uses only the freshest, organic ingredients to create simple cuisine with vibrant flavors. His menus are driven by his commitment to supporting the local farming community. Chef Corsentino's experience is brought to life in each daily menu he creates. Chef and his team are known for daring and diverse foods with inventive recipes both comforting and decadent, offering something for every palate. A locally inspired, sommelier selected wine list offers many options for food and wine pairings. Seasonal cocktails and California craft beers are available to enjoy in the cozy lounge area or outdoors next to the grand fireplace.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 10:30 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 10:30 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 10:30 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 10:30 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 10:30 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 10:30 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 10:30 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?