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The Restaurant at Ventana Inn

48123 Highway 1, Ventana Inn & Spa, Big Sur, CA 93920-9538
831-667-2331
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Ranked #4 of 20 restaurants in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $35 - $50
Cuisines: Californian
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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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 NEW

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 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

Boston, Massachusetts
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Expensive, but you have to once. We enjoyed one of the best meals we've ever had which included fish and lots of fresh, beautifully prepared vegetables and salads

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

We appreciate the wonderful feedback regarding your recent dining experience. Sorry to hear that you feel our restaurant is not a good value. Our chef and culinary team take pride in utilizing only the best products available no matter the cost to ensure a fresh and delicious finished product for our guests. We hope to see you again in the... More

San Luis Obispo, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The Restaurant at Ventana has consistently presented the most conscientiously sourced and prepared food on the Big Sur coast for years, although it just traded its longtime chef with New York City, receiving Paul Corsentino, who did not disappoint at our recent visit. The names alone swell your tastebuds, and my partner and I tried the four-course tasting menu for... More

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

We are so grateful for the positive feedback you provided regarding your recent visit. Chef Paul is certainly taking the restaurant to a new level of excellence with his creative cuisine. Our service philosophy is just as you described. Real people being themselves yet maintaining a professional approach in providing a memorable experience for our guests. Our team looks forward... More

New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We stayed at the resort, so out of convenience figured we'd just eat at the hotel. Given the resort, we should have known the restaurant would be just as nice. It was one of my most memorable meals. We sat on the patio - this is a must. The views are amazing and the area was mosquito free! Unless it... More

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

We appreciate the kind words regarding your experience while dining with us. So glad you were able to enjoy the outdoor venue and take in the beautiful sights and sounds of Ventana. Our team looks forward to your next visit! Sincerely Ron Boehm Director of Bars and Restaurants Ventana Big Sur More

Los Angeles, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

A spacious, gracious dining venue providing excellent in-resort dining offering a seasonal 4-course Tasting Menu for $70, which you really should order (but whose selections may also be ordered a la carte.), especially after whipping up a hearty appetite from your discovery nature walk of the resort's expansive secluded, arboreal premises, inhaling the brisk air breezing in from the adjacent... More

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Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
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122 reviews 122 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

The service was a little iffy, waiters kept forgetting things and we had to ask for things like water and bread, but it was still very good, and the food was fresh and tasty. Lovely views across the pacific.

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

Hello We thank you for your kind feedback. Our apology for the unfortunate circumstances regarding missing some of the service points. We will use this as a way to improve ourselves for the future. Glad to hear you enjoyed the food prepared by our culinary team. Hope to see you again soon. Regards- Ron Boehm, Director of Food and Beverage More

Atlanta
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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

As we (two couples on a CA vacation) were staying across the road at the Post Ranch Inn, we decided that dinner for night number two should be here. (Dined at Sierra Mar on night number one with mixed reviews.) We chose to dine on the outdoor patio and surprising to us all (not quite sure why the surprise) we... More

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

Our team appreciates the wonderful feedback that you provided regarding your recent dining experience. Glad you got to experience the ambiance of the outdoor terrace. Even better to hear the menu choices were enjoyed by all. We look forward to your next visit upon your return to Big Sur! Kind Regards- Ron Boehm, Director of Food and Beverage More

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