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“Excellent meal in the Big Sur” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Restaurant at Ventana Inn

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
Price range: $35 - $75
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.
Atascadero, California
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13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Excellent meal in the Big Sur”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

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.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great food, good service, and nice views”
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 wine list (didn't try it myself). Would definitely recommend.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Great food, amazing stars :)”
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 days in Sonoma and a wedding before that so we stuck to a couple of cocktails.

However, the prix fix menu was awesome. It was a four course meal for around $75 and all of the ingredients in the meal were delicious. . Our second and third dishes were delightful entree sized dishes that were both complex and well portioned. By the time our dessert came along we were both happy and very full. However, dessert was so good we polished that off too.

After dinner, we walked outside and the stars from the patio are amazing. Take a minute and walk somewhere dark, let your eyes adjust and then look up. Its really amazing, this is all of big sur, but it is nice to end a meal looking up at a star filled sky.

I would definitely eat here again.

Visited June 2014
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Gorgeous view and excellent food”
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.

Visited June 2014
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Ron B, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana Inn, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
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
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Boston, Massachusetts
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Best food on the Big Sur Coast”
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

Visited June 2014
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Ron B, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana Inn, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
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 future.

Ron Boehm
Director of Bars and Restaurants
Ventana Big Sur
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