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The Restaurant at Ventana Inn

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48123 Highway 1, Ventana Inn & Spa, Big Sur, CA 93920-9538
+1 831-667-2331
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 194
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  • 96
    Very good
  • 39
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  • 16
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  • 10
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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
Very relaxing, wonderful food!

We had a wonderful and very relaxing dinner at the Restaurant after our long drive to Big Sur. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. Our server was particularly wonderful; very helpful with choosing dishes. He made the experience wonderful. We did the four course dinner which is definitely... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
SarahHennessy
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Santa Monica, California
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We had a wonderful and very relaxing dinner at the Restaurant after our long drive to Big Sur. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. Our server was particularly wonderful; very helpful with choosing dishes. He made the experience wonderful. We did the four course dinner which is definitely worth it- a little expensive, but the food was very good.... More 

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Santa Ynez, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Oh SOOOOO good! Food is a little fancy but not "chef centric". Everything is delicious and beautifully presented. Chef Paul new it was a special occasion and made us something off the menu that was fabulous! We chose the Ventana restaurant over the Stone Pine restaurant for our celebration. Slew had been to both. And although the view is awesome... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Friends highly recommended that we stop for lunch at Nepenthe while we were traveling through Big Sur during our recent trip to the San Francisco area. However, when we arrived at Nepenthe, not only were both the upper and lower parking lots full, there were people sitting in their cars waiting for a parking spot. We had absolutely no intentions... More 

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Hudson, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner with my family at Ventana. Food and service were excellent. The views from the some of the tables inside the restaurant and from the outdoor patio adds to overall experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Very pleasant experience having lunch on the large patio of Ventana.The food is very good and the service very good.Chairs at tables are not the most comfortable,however the rest of the experience was well above average.

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Laguna Niguel, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

When you stay at the resort, there is a private path that you walk from the house or suite that takes you into the wilderness, it is only about 1/4 mile but it is a leaf lined path that winds around the small valley. You feel real local when you get the restaurant. The dinner menu changes with the seasons,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Scrumptious breakfasts, the best sticky buns ever! Dinner was on point and well heated for the cool summer nights.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

They offer an incredible selection of fresh juices, fresh fruits and berries. All of the muffins, breads and croissants were freshly baked! Yum! Delicious scrambled eggs and a nice breakfast menu in addition to the buffet offered. We loved it! We came here twice!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015 via mobile

I actually visited ventana in 2013. For months I have been trying to remember what the place was called. Im from uk and i visited california for a road trip from San fran to LA along the highway 1. We just happened to stop at the ventana inn for lunch and I remember it being literally one of my favourite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The quality of good coupled with the freshness and originality is wonderful, then you add the view, the deck, patio, you can't go wrong.

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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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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: +1 831-667-2331

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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
7:00 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

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