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“Great place, complementing the hotel.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Restaurant at Ventana

The Restaurant at Ventana
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Ranked #5 of 22 Restaurants in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $75
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, 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.
Carmel Valley, California
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4 reviews
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“Great place, complementing the hotel.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Beautiful location, great food, very good service. Only drawback is price, but you get what you pay for

  • Visited August 2013
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Carmel, California
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great spot, porr value”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

I had dinner there with my family this evening. Dining on the terrace is really nice on a warm evening but unfortunately the prices were ridiculous for the food quality. This i very disappointing because we have been loyal visitors for many years, but it seems they have really cranked up their prices without the quality or quantity to justify them. I don't mind paying extra for great food, but this was poor value for money. Sadly, we will have to find a new favorite in Big Sur.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
“One of the worst meals I've ever had.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

Our meal was horrible from beginning to end. My ricotta gnocchi was the worst I've ever had. Our waiter never checked back on us or asked how our meal was. Highly over priced and over rated.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jackson3255
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New Jersey
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“beautiful view...good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

we had lunch here while in the big sur area....view was beautiful, food was very good and the staff was wonderful!!

Visited August 2013
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Miami, Florida
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

This gem is up on the mountain top, we had no issue getting a perfect table outside by the cliff. The service was great, food was right on and the wine was perfect,. A great place with lots of room and less people. A must stop for lunch or dinner ...

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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