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The Restaurant at Ventana

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48123 Highway 1, Ventana Inn & Spa, Big Sur, CA 93920-9538
18316674242
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7:30 am - 10:30 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 10:30 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Mckinney, TX
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127 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We all had a very enjoyable lunch here on a Sunday afternoon. Food arrival seemed a little slow but it was damn tasty. Would like to try more of their dishes.. Really liked their burger here. Beautiful views.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was treated to five course tasting menu here for a special birthday. It was in a superb location. We looked out over the Pacific st one side and the redwoods behind at the other. All the courses tasted sublime although we both confessed to being disappointed in the White chocolate ginger sponge pudding, preferring more sponge and less white chocolate.... More 

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Washington, DC
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In the summer, Big Sur is crowded - even on a Monday. Luckily we had reservations and as soon as we turned off the highway and started our climb up the hill, we knew we were in for a treat. We ate outside on a perfect sunny day - the terrace was lovely and the Pacific Ocean was eye candy.... More 

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Thank dcmb
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our first time dining here! It was Tuesday at 6:30pm with no reservation in July and they easily accommodated us inside with a spectacular view of the patio and ocean sunset! Attentive service, creative presentation and outstanding tasting food was our experience per the tasting menu with the wine pairing add/on. Understated simple elegance was the atmosphere! This was a... More 

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Thank Beth F
Orange, California
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196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had stayed at the inn years ago and were in the area for the weekend. We decided to drive up and have breakfast at the inn. Unfortunately, although the views are still spectacular, that is where the similarities from our first visit ended. We tried to sit outside, but they apparently were having a bee and hornet problem. They... More 

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Thank Samndjsdad
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove down the coast and were going to have lunch at Nephente but their power was out, so we came here. Pricey but probably worth it if you could eat outside on the lovely terrace with s fireplace and presumably great view. I had the mussels that were good. Service was average. If I were back this way, I... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner here, and Lionel, our server, was excellent. The tomato salad was fresh and flavorful and the octopus was outstanding. We stayed at Ventana and has breakfast there every morning, and we really enjoyed the breakfasts.

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Thank Traveler123020
Los Gatos, CA
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really wish I did not have to issue this update. I've been staying at Ventana for thirty years and it has, until recently, been an oasis, with great, personalized service and a wonderful atmosphere. The change in ownership has hit this institution hard. It is not the same. It is more expensive now with less service and at times,... More 

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Thank Kevin M
Newtown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Probably one of my favorite meals of all time. Definitely worth every penny and worth a visit even if you're not staying in the resort.

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Thank Heather M
New York City, New York
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Coming from a restaurant that prides itself on being so good, it did not nearly hit that standard it set. Granted, the view was spectacular and the service was excellent. However, the food was a real disappointment. Everything was nicely presented on the dish but none of the flavors were interesting, some of the dishes were mislabeled or just not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$35 - $75
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 10:30 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 10:30 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 10:30 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 10:30 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 10:30 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 10:30 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 10:30 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 48123 Highway 1, Ventana Inn & Spa, Big Sur, CA 93920-9538
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
  • Phone Number: 18316674242
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.

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