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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 #5 of 20 restaurants in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $35 - $50
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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tacoma
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My family live in Big Sur in summer and eat on the spectacular terrace at Ventana several times each year. It is our favorite spot. Today we had a long, leisurely and very enjoyable lunch, despite that the food was somewhat of a disappointment and the service erratic. The food was not as good as on previous visits and seemed... More

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Big Sur, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Lunch with family. They have a new chef and a new improved menu -- lots of great choices. A little pricey, but the view is worth a lot. (Sit outside if weather permits) Enjoyed their current artwork - local scenes by a local artist.

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Ron B, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana Inn, responded to this review

Our team thanks you for providing such kind words regarding the meal you enjoyed at Ventana. We are very proud of Chef Paul and the cuisine he is providing to our guests. We attempt to offer the best ingredients possible at a good value. The local artist you mentioned is Erin Gaffill. Our team looks forward to serving you again... More

London
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I think for the quality of the food and the location this is good value for money. The choices of wine and beer by the glass were good too and the staff were very professional and helpful. We went for the four course tasting menu. There are two reasons why I gave four rather than five for this review. Firstly... More

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Ron B, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana Inn, responded to this review

We appreciate your feedback regarding your recent dining experience. It is great to hear that you were happy with the many beverage selections we offer. While we are not a vegetarian restaurant we do attempt to offer guests a variety of options that will satisfy. Our culinary team is always open to accommodate requests based on dietary needs and personal... More

Clinton
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The food was delicious, and the atmosphere on the nicely landscaped patio was relaxing. Unfortunately the wonderful mountain-top ocean view we expected was blocked by fog. . . But the view of the nearby mountains almost made up for it. Our waiter was very attentive.We enjoyed the salmon cakes and the barbecued ribs.

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Ron B, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind feedback regarding your recent dining experience. It is great to hear the cuisine was to your liking. We hope to serve you again and will make sure you get a beautiful sunny day during your next visit! Ron Boehm Director of Bars and Restaurants More

Carmel, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Enjoyed a leisurely drive up the coast and stopped off at Ventana for a late lunch. The menu looked different than what I remembered. Pros: Can not beat the location and the views out in The patio. Deserts are hand crafted and delicious. The creme brûlée and the three small scoops of ice cream with berries and a touch of... More

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Santa Paula, California, United States
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72 reviews 72 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Stopped in at Ventana again on another trip up north to visit U.C. Berkeley. We always try to take Hwy 1 at least one way so we can catch lunch at Ventana. We were seated at a table right on the beach side edge, with beautiful views out across the ocean. The day was beautiful and the fog had cleared... More

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Ron B, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana Inn, responded to this review

We are thrilled that you had such a great afternoon with us. The pasta dish is a long time recipe from our Chef. It is his interpretation of how noodles should be, but it sounds like he is not alone. "THE" Big Sur Burger as we like to call it has grown in popularity over the summer. It is a... More

Atascadero, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The restaurant at Ventana has been a favorite for many years due to the beautiful location and the quality of the dining experience which is only enhanced by the wonderful staff. A recent dinner to celebrate an anniversary was very enjoyable, as always, and we will be returning soon.

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San Francisco, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We had hoped to get into the Pine Inn but we had no reservations. They directed us to the Ventana and I can say we were very pleased. No waiting, although outside seating was closed due to an event - we had too much sun anyways. Food was great, wait staff was great. They appear to have a very good... More

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New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

My GF and I stayed at the Ventana Hotel and had a really nice stroll to dinner through the grounds. I would walk to dinner if you are staying there. Dinner is pricey, be prepared to spend $100-$150 per person with tip. it could get more expensive if you get a bottle of wine. We were wined out from 4... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

What a pleasant experience to have Sunday lunch on the patio.The day was gorgeous and the salad one of the best I have had anywhere.When driving down HWY 1 you must make this a stop.

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Ron B, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana Inn, responded to this review

So nice to see the great comments regarding your recent visit to the restaurant It is our goal to always be the best everyday and provide exceptional experiences for our guests. We hope to provide you many more days like this in the future. Kind Regards Ron Boehm Director of Bars and Restaurants Ventana Big Sur More

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