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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 #3 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $35 - $75
Hours:
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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Uxbridge, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Idyllic outdoor setting, with spectacular views, excellent food, and attentive, polite service. It doesn't get any better than this!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We had an amazing evening at Ventana's Restaurant in Big Sur this past weekend. We dined on the patio overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We chose the pre-fixe menu vs. ala cart... great selections and everyone's meal came out perfectly. It was a memorable evening. The all of the selections were unique, beautifully presented, good size without being overwhelming. The corn... More

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Berkeley, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

The food was lovely, priced in the range of other restaurants in the area. The staff was friendly, accommodating, and plentiful. Oh, and then there is the VIEW!

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Los Angeles, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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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89 reviews 89 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 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
130 helpful votes 130 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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