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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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Hours:
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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Visitor rating
  • 171
    Excellent
  • 84
    Very good
  • 36
    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
Great food and great views

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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313 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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
383 helpful votes 383 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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Manhattan Beach
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

breakfast outside was so peaceful and relaxing. Very good selection for a free breakfast, fruit, bagels, danish, cereal, etc... Walk to the restaurant from the hotel is lovely. Dinner is pricey but food was very good.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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120 reviews 120 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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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United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
71 reviews 71 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 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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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?