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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 #2 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Los Angeles, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Off of hwy 1 , up in a hill . Has indoor and outdoor seating . View was ok , just when you go you have to swat flies . It is outdoors . Now the ribs were good and my chicken sandwich was good also . Service stood out , I was very pleased with the service . Value... More

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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88 reviews 88 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Closed to a wedding on a Saturday night, the main hotel restaurant is nicely set and has a limited California style menu. Food is fair and expensive. Not worth the price.

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Walnut Creek, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We had lunch on two successive days. The swordfish was exceptional , while the Cubano sandwich was a misfire of meats and flavors. The second day we opted for the truly grilled hamburgers. The clue was no cheese was offered. While pricey the burgers were perfectly cooked and stood by themselves, altho my wife had to have her Grey Poupon.... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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71 reviews 71 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

stayed as guest and place was very good except for dinner. Lunch better, but for high price, and fair service, would go to other location before coming back this location. The space was nice, but not many people each night when we eat, and the food and service was average. Expect to pay $75.00 per person without alcohol. The chef... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. Service was outstanding!! The food is amazing, the menu is price fixe, with great choices for the four course. Food is fresh and well prepared. We celebrated an anniversary 40th and birthday. A special night, made perfect by great food and service.

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Carmel, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

With so many great restaurant choices in Carmel including the Le Bicyclette, Vescuvios, Flahertys, Little Napoli, Casanova and Mundaka why venture 20 miles down the coast on a windy road to Big Sur? One reason; the Restaurant at Ventana Inn. The setting is non pareil with a backdrop of the golden Santa Lucia mountains and a breathtaking view of the... More

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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159 reviews 159 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

There are about three excellent restaurants in a Big Sur California. Ventana Inn restaurant is located on the mountain side of Highway One and is one of the three best restaurants. First, the placement and location of Ventana is excellent, the architecture is stunning, and the placement of fireplaces and the smell of natural wood smoke in the outdoor setting... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 via mobile

From a 2 week holiday in California, all four members of my family voted it one of their favourite parts. We were looking for a quick stop for food whilst driving along the Pacific Coast Highway and decided to go the Ventana after it came up on the map. After being sat at our table with an absolutely stunning view... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We were staying at Post Ranch Inn on our honeymoon and even though the hotel is amazing, we were hugely disappointed by the poor service and cold food we experienced at Sierra Mar, with it being the evening, they didn't even have the view to compensate! (However, the breakfast there is incredible.) So, after the disastrous meal the evening before... More

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Wynnewood, PA
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68 reviews 68 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We traveled across the street from Post Ranch one evening to try out the Restaurant at Ventana. We got lazy last year and just stayed in our room, but staying at PRI much longer this time we adventured out to other places this time. The restaurant doesn't seem that large up front, but once you enter you can tell it's... More

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