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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 #4 of 20 restaurants in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $35 - $50
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 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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Wynnewood, PA
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67 reviews 67 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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46 reviews 46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

While visiting Carmel, we drove down the beautiful California coast to have lunch at Ventana Inn in Big Sur. Looks like a great place to stay; peaceful and serene on the Pacific Coast cliffs. We sat outdoors for lunch with what would have been a breathtaking view, if not for the fog. Even though they were busy, we had several... More

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San Jose, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

After hiking the Andrew Molera Bluffs hike that afternoon, my husband and I treated ourselves to a wonderful cocktail and spectacular view at Ventana. Couldn't have been a better choice. The staff was very forthcoming in directing us to the lower deck where cocktails (no food) are served. Very relaxing, quiet after a long hike. Next time we will stay... More

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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We had breakfast, lunch and 2 dinners here while we were staying in at the hotel Ventana Inn for 2 nights. The food is truly excellent - our best meal of our West of US trip altogether (including San Fran, Vegas, Yosemite, LA!). The only let down is the staff really - the reception staff as you arrive at the... More

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Colleyville, Texas
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134 reviews 134 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We ate dinner outside and had a great dinner. The menu has a nice selection and the service was excellent. The wine list is very good. I think it is a very good restaurant, but Sierra Mar across the street is better but also more expensive.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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172 reviews 172 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Ventana is located on a hill high above the ocean and route 1. You will not just happen by this place, put it in your GPS and go there. The building and grounds are very nice. Enjoy the sweeping view of the ocean from your table on the patio. We split several appetizers as our lunch. The Babaganoush (10) was... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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76 reviews 76 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We ate lunch here with my in-laws and my children. Beautiful resturant. We felt ignored by our wait staff. They were actually almost rude. The lettuce wraps were very good. My wine pour was the smallest I've had In years and the kids burgers were very dry and our bill was outrageous. I'm having a hard time giving this place... More

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Melbourne
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46 reviews 46 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We ate here one night whilst staying at the Post Ranch Inn. We sat inside as it was a bit of a cool night. The meal was delicious and the service was top notch. The only down side was that I read that the crème brulee was to die for. I found it not so nice - quite lumpy with... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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82 reviews 82 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We went to the Ventana for lunch and drinks on the patio outside. First, the staff at the restaurant is so laid back and nice. Lunch is so relaxed and you can stay as long as you want. The food is excellent! Oysters ($3.50 each) are fresh. The pulled chicken sandwich ($16) was very good. The bill will be up... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We are a family of 5 and we at lunch at Ventana. The view is amazing and the food was VERY good. The setting is beautiful and very peaceful. The servers were all very friendly (somewhat unique in this area of California). Definitely go here if you are in the area.

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