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Ventana Grill

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Mexican, American, Latin, Seafood, Spanish
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2575 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
+1 805-773-0000
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Discover the cool, coastal world of Ventana Grill and experience our...
Discover the cool, coastal world of Ventana Grill and experience our unique coastal fusion cuisine, unlike any other. With an atmosphere that channels the four elements, Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach immerses guests in the enchanting pleasures of the natural world.
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  • 79
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  • 14
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Amazing view good food

We were served by Lydia - she's a star ! Great service Food was good and the views are amazing but I knocked a star off because the calamari was cold and sent back plus we didn't get our chicken wing starter. Lydia had the calamari re cooked The comp corn tortilla and sauces were to die... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
MarcBRS
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Bristol England
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Scenic view
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
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Bristol England
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We were served by Lydia - she's a star ! Great service Food was good and the views are amazing but I knocked a star off because the calamari was cold and sent back plus we didn't get our chicken wing starter. Lydia had the calamari re cooked The comp corn tortilla and sauces were to die for. Cost wise... More 

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arroyo grande, ca
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

My wife and I have eaten here on several occasions. This time we were entertaining out of town guests and decided to treat them to one of the most spectacular views the Central Coast has to offer. We called ahead to make reservations, but were told they were very busy and were not taking any more reservations. If were willing... More 

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Lafayette, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Decent food, lots of choices, good drinks, AMAZING view. Worth the wait, but do get a reservation if you can.

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Darren S, Owner at Ventana Grill, responded to this review

From our menu variety to our view, I'm happy to hear you enjoy everything, Vicki! You're right -- that beautiful Pacific Ocean of ours is seriously breathtaking. Hope to see you again soon! Until next time, Darren Smith, Owner More 

Scottsdale, Arizona
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87 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Went here for my 2nd time and the views are simply stunning. Sit outside on the surrounding balcony and watch the sunset. The food is nice as well. This last visit I had the crab encrusted red snapper.

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Darren S, Owner at Ventana Grill, responded to this review

I'm happy you decided to visit us again! I really appreciate your compliments on our views and our food. Great call on the red snapper -- that's an awesome choice. Hope to see you again soon! Best, Darren Smith, Owner More 

St. Louis, MO
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144 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

I wanted to give a poor rating, but felt that I was compelled to at least give an average rating, since the food was actually very tasty and the view was outstanding as well. But the overall experience was so greatly affected by the seating fiasco that that's what we all (four) remember the most. We must have had the... More 

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Darren S, Owner at Ventana Grill, responded to this review

I'd like to start by personally apologizing for your disappointment with the service. It's absolutely never our intent to make you feel offended or uncomfortable, and that's not our standard of service. I understand you traveled quite some distance, so it's really a shame that your experience wasn't top notch. I'd really love to resolve this for you, so if... More 

California
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Ventana has everything to make it the perfect restaurant but for the several times I have been there I just can't get into it. The menu is unappealing and to be honest I think it's so popular because all the hipster like to hang out there. The food is okay but not great and what makes it enjoyable is going... More 

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Darren S, Owner at Ventana Grill, responded to this review

I have to admit, Chuck, it's a shame that you're not a fan of what we do. We use the freshest ingredients and almost all of our dishes have been created in-house, so I'm deeply sorry to hear that your meal has never been up to par. We're always looking for ways to improve, so if you'd like to discuss... More 

Tokyo, Japan
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67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

If you're going for drinks and the view, by all means enjoy-just find somewhere else to eat. My meal was overcooked and my wife's just the opposite-shrimp are not supposed to be served rare! Add spotty service, and it was not the birthday dinner we were looking for 😔

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Darren S, Owner at Ventana Grill, responded to this review

It's wonderful that you enjoyed your drinks and the view, but it's a shame to read about your meals. I can assure you, we use the freshest ingredients and cook each dish for the optimal amount of time, so I'd like to personally apologize if this wasn't reflected in the dishes you ordered. I know we're better than what you... More 

Redlands, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 NEW

Good food and pleasant service. Reservations accepted but not required unless you must have a window seat. Bill was higher than we'd normally spend, but most of the restaurants in the area seem on the pricy side compared to comparable restaurants in other places.

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Darren S, Owner at Ventana Grill, responded to this review

I'm happy to hear you enjoyed our food and the service! That said, we use the freshest ingredients, so all of our dishes are priced accordingly. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope we'll see you the next time you're in town! All my best, Darren Smith, Owner More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 NEW

Chowder was great, but we had to wait two hours! Call and put your name in! We spent the time watching an otter play, a whale flap its tail, and the sun set!

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Darren S, Owner at Ventana Grill, responded to this review

The whales and the otters are quite the attraction, so I'm happy you were able to enjoy that! It's a shame to read about your wait time, but it's wonderful that you enjoyed the chowder. I hope we'll see you the next time you're in the area! Best, Darren Smith, Owner More 

El Segundo, CA
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Since it was the closest, we walked to this restaurant. The wait was very long and the service was slow. I enjoyed the salmon special of the evening, but our dining experience suffered from a very loud table next to us. Oh well, had to try it once.

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Darren S, Owner at Ventana Grill, responded to this review

I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the salmon, Joey, but it's a shame that the rest of your meal wasn't up to par. We're always looking for ways to improve, so I appreciate the feedback about the service. I know we're better than what you experienced, so I hope you can give us another shot in the future, and we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2575 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Pismo Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 805-773-0000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 35
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American, Latin, Seafood, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Scenic view, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene

Description

Discover the cool, coastal world of Ventana Grill and experience our unique coastal fusion cuisine, unlike any other. With an atmosphere that channels the four elements, Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach immerses guests in the enchanting pleasures of the natural world.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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