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All 20 Big Sur Restaurants

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 #4 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $35 - $75
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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Honolulu, Hawaii
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113 reviews 113 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

We stopped here just to have a drink and see the view. It is absolutely beautiful and the bloody Mary's were great. Next time we'll have to stop for lunch or dinner. Also, not as crowded as nepenthe.

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Santa Monica, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Really all I can say is wow!! My husband and I decided to do the 4-course dinner for $75 which is a GREAT deal for all that you get and the quality of the food. It goes without saying that our meal was unreal. The service was also spectacular. Our waiter was very busy but he made time after our... More 

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

My best friend got married in Big Sur in October last year and I wanted to organise a dinner for the night before the wedding for all the ladies. Because we were travelling over from the UK, I had to do all of the planning via email. All the staff that I communicated with regarding my booking were extremely helpful... More 

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

A spectacular day on the West Coast called for a drive to Ventana and we were not disappointed. Lunch started with a signature cocktail you must try the White Linen. A great new twist on a Caesar salad made with local baby gem lettuce, yummy. A fresh well balanced poki salad. All this with a magnificent view of the mighty... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Just a great place to mellow out on their deck . low key folks ,easy going mood . Awesome view .Great drinks

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This visit to Ventana was for drinks and to sit outside on the patio, it was a gorgeous winter day in Big Sur, warm and clear blue skies. It has been a couple of years since our last visit, this is a lovely property and worth the drive to visit. Now about our drinks...we were warmly greeted and while my... More 

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Hoboken, New Jersey
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I ate the swordfish and it was delicious. When I came home, I was sick the entire night! We called them to tell them and they offered another meal for us but I could not eat a thing. I puked the entire evening and it was an awful experience! Service was okay, but the actual grounds were BEAUTIFUL!

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Boothbay, Maine, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We had dinner at The Restaurant at Ventana Inn during our anniversary trip to California. The restaurant was lovely and we were seated in a lower room that was very intimate. The tasting menu ($75) was interesting and our choices were delicious, particularly the grilled octopus. I was disappointed that the portions were incredibly small! When I saw tasting menu... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This is a large restaurant with seating both inside and out. The food is quite simple but well prepared and served with style. Breakfast was buffet style but good cooked options. You can drive up almost to the door but walking from the rooms is quite a long way at night.

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New York City, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The restaurant itself is very attractive. The wait staff is fine. The hostesses are clueless...seemed like they might be the owners overly entitled nieces. Food is expensive and small portions.Limited menu, which is ok if there is something you like on it. Dishes were a bit hit and miss. Excellent pear and parsnip soup, although it had to be sent... More 

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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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