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“Lovely meal at a reasonable price” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Restaurant at Ventana

The Restaurant at Ventana
48123 Highway 1, Ventana Inn & Spa, Big Sur, CA 93920-9538
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Ranked #4 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $75
Cuisines: American, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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.
Falkirk, Scotland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Lovely meal at a reasonable price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Enjoyed our meal - great food, great service, great wine and was pleasantly suprised at the value for money.

Visited October 2012
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“Amazing view with the best sweet potato fries”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012 via mobile

We dropped in for lunch on the advice of a tourist information advisor (who goes herself when she gets a day off). Fantastic advice. It wasn't busy as the day started with fog. Be warned the staff said it can get very busy on clear sunny days - but I would wait for a table. The food was full of flavour

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Austin, Texas
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“Not worth it”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012 via mobile

First I have to say the service was amazing. The problem is for 68 bucks a person you get frozen food ! I ordered the shrimp for an appetizer and sea bass for dinner and they were both previously frozen and soggy. The presentation was beautiful, but the food was unfortunately not good. My husband had the pork chop that was much better, but we decided Nepenthe had a better view and great food for much less money. We heard great things about the bakery and if you want to drop 300 bucks on dinner for 2 (without drinks) post ranch was raved about from others staying at Ventana.
Although the food was more like a 2, the restaurant is beautiful and the staff is great. It would be a wonderful place to go for drinks and maybe an appetizer.

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“nice touch to our anniversary trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

We were staying at the Inn so we made reservations and were not disappointed. Great menu with delicioulsy prepared food. We would recommend this to guests not staying at the Inn as well.

Visited September 2012
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Los Gatos, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Endless Views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Traveling thru Big Sur offers several spots to dine but I love Ventana Inn for lunch. Sitting outside on their patio on a clear and sunny day cannot be beat. The panoramic views are amazing and the food is excellent. Start with an appetizer of calamari and a glass of white wine as you pour over the menu for your entree. I have tried several different items and have always been pleased. The service is just as great as food. It's worth the drive!

Visited October 2012
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