Ventana Inn enjoys a dramatic location overlooking the coastline of Big Sur, and the restaurant takes full advantage of the setting, with spectacular views from well laid-out tables both inside and out. The menu is limited but creative, and the food is very good (not fabulous), but the portions are quite precious for the prices charged: when we visited, the amuse-bouce was a few grains of tuna tartare covering barely a third of a small teaspoon; the risotto appetizer was excellent, but literally the size of one ice-cream scoop, and the filet was quite good and well-prepared, but not more than 6-7 ounces (for $35). The service was very good, and the wine list somewhat limited and overpriced.
Given the limited alternatives nearby and the spectacular location, the restaurant is certainly worth a stop, if not a detour.
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