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“Super Food & a Better View” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ventana Grill, Pismo Beach

Ventana Grill, Pismo Beach
2575 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
+1 805-773-0000
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Ranked #2 of 90 Restaurants in Pismo Beach
Price range: $10 - $35
Cuisines: American, Latin, Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Arroyo Grande, California
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52 restaurant reviews
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166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
“Super Food & a Better View”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

We had dinner with friends in the Ventana Grill, which might have one of the best shoreline views of anywhere we've ever visited. The restaurant is perched on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean near Shell and Pismo Beaches. The décor is modern and pleasant and there is a nice bar for people waiting for their tables. We had a reservation so there was no delay in being seated.

The menu is a fairly short affair (just a couple of pages) but the food on the menus is wonderfully prepared. I had a salmon dish that was just superb, another guest had the sea bass (which he said was excellent) and two diners had salads. All of the food was expertly prepared and the service we received was very good.

This is definitely a place to which we will return, if not for the excellent food then for the seaviews from the outer tables.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Extraordinary!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

This place is amazing. Booked an evening meal for our first night in Pismo in advance, having read reviews. Arrived very tired and still 'jet-lagged' after flying to LA via Paris from Manchester, then driving to Pismo. Service, food, views and warm welcome were among the best we have ever experienced. Booked the amazing Sunday Brunch and had the same wonderful service and kindness. The complimentary Bloody Mary custom-adjusted to our taste...nothing too much trouble.
Booked for our last night/anniversary meal and again had a great evening. The home-cooked beans are fabulous! Also the fish...WOW!

Our son and his family went on our recommendation and also loved it.

We went 3 times in 6 days and all three vivits were memorable and special. GO, and enjoy. I defy you not to!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Inventive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Inventive Latin influenced California cuisine with outstanding views of the Pacific Coast.

Poblano steamed clams are a good value only complaint is some broken pieces of shell. Clever use of chipotle chili and the incorporation of button mushrooms

Fresh house made tortillas. You can see the tortillas being made as you walk to the dining area. Those tortillas are served to you within minutes of completion.

Avocado leaf encrusted yellowfin is excellent pairing it with mango salsa and basmati rice; a brilliant combination of flavors, colors and textures.

Fried plantains is wonderful and scrumptious adaptation of bananas foster

Visited June 2013
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North Bellmore, New York
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“Great Food ...Great Views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The menu was extensive, salads were fresh and delicious with large portions;
Disliked the waiting for a table.. over 1hr on a Saturday night even with a reservation. I suggest you leave early to beat the dinner crowd.

Visited June 2013
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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“Upscale Mexican Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This was a great find in Pismo Beach. The restaurant sits on the beach and it a classy place. The food is upscale Mexican with sea food I think being the best choice on their menu. This is not your typical Mexican food place since no waiter I saw were Mexican but the food was very good.

Visited September 2013
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