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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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Scenic view

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  • 171
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  • 89
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A World of its Own

Ventana is secluded, up above the Coast Highway near Big Sur. On a sunny day, the view of the Pacific, framed by the the scrub on the coastal hills and the hazy sky is breathtaking. The restaurant is largely outdoors, the building is a rugged timber lodge that you walk through to get to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
Edward S
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New Jersey
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Ventana is secluded, up above the Coast Highway near Big Sur. On a sunny day, the view of the Pacific, framed by the the scrub on the coastal hills and the hazy sky is breathtaking. The restaurant is largely outdoors, the building is a rugged timber lodge that you walk through to get to the outdoor terraces. The food is... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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165 reviews 165 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

There is a winding driveway up to the restaurant from the road. Follow the signs and keep going up. The entrance to the restaurant is very nice. The lovely smell of jasmine hits you right away. There is a cool large pendulum and a shop on your way in. The shop didn't smell so good and I wasn't at all... More 

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Clayton, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We dined here for lunch. The view is great on a clear day which we had. Service was very helpful and friendly. For lunch I had a Big Sur burger which with French Frys was wonderful. My wife ordered the chicken sandwich. Sadly the chicken had not been tenderized properly and it was very chewy. We returned it and were... More 

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Alamo, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

My husband and I stayed at the Ventana Inn and decided to have our first dinner in town at the hotel restaurant. The dinner menu was a fixed menu with several dining options, however, you could order alacarte as well. They focus the menu on the organic/farm-to-table fare which is great but some of the dishes I had sounded very... More 

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San Carlos, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We live in Carmel Valley and have gone to Ventana for so many special occasions.The patio view is utterley astounding here, so beautiful you are instantly transported by its beauty.Undortunately they are, in my opinion, losing their attention to detail.We came by late afternoon, ordered two glasses of Chardonnay with the intention of whiling away and hour in bliss.The wine... More 

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Nathrop, Colorado
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

My wife and I stopped for lunch at Ventana while on a drive up the coast to Monterrey. The location is absolutely spectacular and the atmosphere of the restaurant, both indoors and out, is very pleasant. The food was good, although it seemed to me like they were trying just a bit too hard to be different. My wife's Chicken... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

After a long day along the winding road we ended up at this gorgeous place! We absolutely loved it! The food was great, the view outstanding!

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San Francisco, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We visited this restaurant the day after valentine's day--the service was great, food was excellent (we had the pork chop, CA farm egg & lamb with pappardelle). Cocktails on the patio with breathtaking sunset views set the mood perfectly. I'd go back again and again.

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Los Angeles, California
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312 reviews 312 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
384 helpful votes 384 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

But it still seems to be subject to growing pains. We go way back with this restaurant, some 10 + years, when we would dine here because it was on the premises and we did not feel like getting into the car and driving up/down Hwy 1 in the dark. The food was marginal. Fast forward following the fire and... More 

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Scotts Valley, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We have gone to Ventana thru chef changes but have seen no dropoff in quality or service. My wife and I often split the 4 course chef's menu which is no problem. The flavors of the various dishes served here match anything we have had in Europe.

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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: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?