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The Restaurant at Ventana Inn

48123 Highway 1, Ventana Inn & Spa, Big Sur, CA 93920-9538
+1 831-667-2331
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Ranked #3 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $35 - $75
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Californian
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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.
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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Food is excellent!! Must do. The menu changes weekly, which as a hotel guest it would be nice if they did this more often.

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Los Gatos, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We tried again, and were disappointed again. This time, we didn't have very high expectations, because of earlier disappointments. The first course, which was a salmon concoction, could be described as a complete disaster. Three small pieces of salmon in a sea of acidity. The tastes are muddled and the seasoning misses the mark. There should be salt and pepper... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Possibly the best pork chop I've had. Great ambiance, wonderful staff. Only had dinner here once while staying at Ventana, but I'd highly recommend having a meal here. The breakfast was also excellent.

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Palos Verdes
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66 reviews 66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

The menu at the restaurant has evolved since our first visit thirty years ago. The menu is one that could be found in the finest restaurants of Beverly Hills, New York or Paris. The staff whom we have personally known for many decades are efficient, friendly and most accommodating to a diners needs and preferences. I highly recommend the Ventana... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

My husband and I shared the tasting menu. It was plenty of food for both of us. The Celery Risotto was incredible as was the Pear Tartine for dessert

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Los Angeles, California
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279 reviews 279 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Atmosphere to die for. This restaurant attached to the Ventana Inn Resort is amazing for it's views and the quiet and peaceful ambiance it presents. The food and service are quite good too but what makes this a must stop when driving highway 1 is the incredible views and the calmness of having a lunch in such an astounding setting.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The food was very good, the staff friendly and efficient and great company. Wonderful views of the coast line.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I have not stayed here, but I've eaten at their restaurant many times. Just great. The Inn looks awesome, as well!!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Ordered pre-fixe menu option, which was well priced. Quality of ingredients was excellent and each dish was well prepared. Service was attentive and casual.

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Bocas del Toro, Panama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

A warm fall day and a late lunch at Ventana, can't get better than this! As other reviewers have pointed out, it's pricey but consider where you are. The wait staff were friendly and attentive. We live an hour up the coast and will return.

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Additional Information about The Restaurant at Ventana Inn

Address: 48123 Highway 1, Ventana Inn & Spa, Big Sur, CA 93920-9538
Phone Number: +1 831-667-2331
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 35 - 75
Cuisine: Californian

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