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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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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What I love about this restaurant is the serenity. It is peaceful, quiet, and has a billion dollar view. The food- equally amazing. It's unique menu, fresh ingredients, and lovely presentation all make for a great meal. I've eaten here every time I'm in Big Sur. What I find is that I can eat at a little roadhouse and have... More 

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1 Thank Ashley E
Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for visiting the Restaurant at Ventana, and for sharing your commentaries with all Trip Advisor users, we are pleased to read that our work in the restaurant is been of your liking, a good guest review is the best award we could all have. Thank you for sharing and we hope to host you again at... More 

Mckinney, TX
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138 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for visiting Ventana Restaurant, we are glad to know that your dining experience was of your liking, thank you for choosing us, we look forward to host you again. More 

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 4 weeks 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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Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for choosing Ventana, we are glad to hear that our food and service was of your liking, we are looking forward to host you again and surprise you with our chef creations. More 

Washington, DC
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

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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Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for visiting Ventana Restaurant, we are glad to know that your dining experience was of your liking, thank you for choosing us, we look forward to host you again. More 

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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 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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Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for visiting the Restaurant at Ventana, and for sharing your commentaries with all Trip Advisor users, we are pleased to read that our work in the restaurant is been of your liking, a good guest review is the best award we could all have. Thank you for sharing and we hope to host you again at... More 

Orange, California
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442 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

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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Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your commentaries, we will take each one into our consideration, and use them to develop actions plans to resolved the problems you experienced in your last visit. We can guarantee you that you will taste the difference in your next visit. More 

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134 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 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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Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for visiting the Restaurant at Ventana, and for sharing your commentaries with all Trip Advisor users, we are pleased to read that our work in the restaurant is been of your liking, a good guest review is the best award we could all have. Thank you for sharing and we hope to host you again at... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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95 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 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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Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for visiting the Restaurant at Ventana, and for sharing your commentaries with all Trip Advisor users, we are pleased to read that our work in the restaurant is been of your liking, a good guest review is the best award we could all have. Thank you for sharing and we hope to host you again at... More 

Los Gatos, CA
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 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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Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your commentaries, we will take each one into our consideration, and use them to develop actions plans to resolved the problems you experienced in your last visit. We can guarantee you that you will taste the difference in your next visit. More 

Newtown, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

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
Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for visiting the Restaurant at Ventana, and for sharing your commentaries with all Trip Advisor users, we are pleased to read that our work in the restaurant is been of your liking, a good guest review is the best award we could all have. Thank you for sharing and we hope to host you again at... 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 Options
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
Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?