Went here for Chrismas Eve dinner (Post Ranch was 'Guests Only' but based on my dinner there last year, I wasn't exactly let down by not having to pay their prices or deal with their mismatched staff and overwrought cooking...anyway, at Ventana, the pretentions were gone). So glad to see a small bar serving food to locals having fun and we were glad to have been trying this place. The guy at the front desk seemed a little new but showed us to a table right away. There seem to be 3 separate dining rooms; we were in a smallish one, with a fireplace, against the far wall and next to a window (after dark, I'm not sure which is the preferred dining room since there's no view). The set menu sounded nice, but I think some of the dishes fell short: I had the short rib agnolotti which were clearly house made but the sauce could have been better - and better presented. A (tasty) brown sauce poured on, with strange bits of beets in it - I've seen better plates. Bread was subpar (sad considering the spectacular local Big Sur Bakery down the road). My preferred dessert was sold out by the time I got around to ordering it but the server replaced it with something I enjoyed. Service was quality but lackluster. Definately would rather be try this again than Sierra Mar though.
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