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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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, 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
  • 45
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  • 16
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Setting For Romantic Dining

This place is our personal most romantic place for dinner or lunch in the Big Sur area. Setting cannot be beat for outdoor dining with a sweeping view southward over the Pacific Ocean. Indoor dining atmosphere (chic-rustic) is also cozy and romantic with a stone fireplace. Although pricey, food is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
travelswithbob21
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Cameron Park, California
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Romantic
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Cameron Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This place is our personal most romantic place for dinner or lunch in the Big Sur area. Setting cannot be beat for outdoor dining with a sweeping view southward over the Pacific Ocean. Indoor dining atmosphere (chic-rustic) is also cozy and romantic with a stone fireplace. Although pricey, food is extremely good and very well-presented, and staff is very friendly... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We were looking forward to lunch at Ventana. The service was choppy, the food preparation was slow and the food really left something to be desired. My Caesar Salad was quite weak. Soup unremarkable.

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Wailea, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Fabulous food from appetizer to dessert.Beautiful atmosphere ,wonderful service,staff that really aimed to please beautiful views.Flawless

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The food was exquisite and the view was breathtaking. We had dinner her one evening, room service one morning and breakfast here the next day. In all three instances we were thoroughly impressed by the flavor and presentation of the food.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I ordered their $19 burger and ordered it well(don't want pink in a burger) but this was dry. My daughters falafel wrap was just ok. My daughters $27 steak frites was ordered medium rare. It arrived well done. I called over the waiter and said she ordered her steak medium rare and he said oh that's well done. The manager... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I remember when they built the place in the 1970's; when they had 'Dollar Movie Night' outside. So it was with much anticipation that I returned to the restaurant with my sons and a friend in late July of this year for a birthday. The food was not so good, but we did not complain. The view was worth it.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

While the restaurant does not allow animals we were traveling with a Beagle named Molly and did not want to leave her in the car. I inquired if the server would allow us to bring Molly to an outside area near the entrance of the restaurant. It was a nice area that appeared to be used as part of the... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We stayed at the Ventana during our honeymoon ten years ago. We also married in a nearby park. We returned to Big Sur this year for our anniversary and to have dinner at The Ventana. The views from their patio overlooking the Pacific as just as spectacular as ever. Get there at hour before sunset and enjoy the quiet and... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We were blessed to have breakfasts at the restaurant every morning, and a wonderful mid-week tasting menu on a glorious, starry skied evening. Excellent service, delicious food ... perfection.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I had the "Fish of the day"... OMG! Just delicious! Great food and a wonderfull ocean view. If you are in Big Sur you HAVE to go and have a meal here!

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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: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Romantic

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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