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“Very nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Ventana Grill

Ventana Grill
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Ranked #3 of 103 Restaurants in Pismo Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $35
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Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Discover the cool, coastal world of Ventana Grill and experience our unique coastal fusion cuisine, unlike any other. With an atmosphere that channels the four elements, Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach immerses guests in the enchanting pleasures of the natural world.
Hadleigh, United Kingdom
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187 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Very nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

Lovely place with a real buzz. Food was Mexican style and very tasty. We had a drink at the bar while waiting for our table. Good service even when it was packed.

Visited September 2012
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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“Eventually excellent”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012 via mobile

This was our second attempt at dining at the Ventana the first having ended with our walking out after being asked to wait for 60 minutes (and agreeing) but then not being able to get a drink at the bar for 15 mins. This is a busy place that in our opinion is understaffed. We can understand the frustration of previous reviewers because from our waiting point seated at the bar vacant tables were visible throughout our wait. You'll have to resign yourselves to the wait and make what you can of it. The views are spectacular and the atmosphere in the place not at all bad.

Our meal once seated was excellent. Polly went for the clam chowder and I opted for the calamari. Both super starters with bags of flavour. For mains Polly went for the key lime chicken and myself the shrimp/scallop combo. Both were full of flavour and made with the freshest of ingredients. The atmosphere in the dining area was chilled and relaxed. A real Californian dining experience.

If you can cope with the waiting make this a place to visit. The views are spectacular and the food non too shabby either.

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Santa Maria, California
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83 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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“Nice for lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

Went for lunch a few times with friends here. The views are lovely, even on a foggy socked in afternoon you can still see the waves crashing along the cliffs below. Sometimes you can even see seals playing out there. The food is good and of course the views are great. Good prices too for a sit down lunch.

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Montreal
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“Mexican/California fusion flair, very good!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

Beautiful setting with water views, well located, nice barr area for happy hour drinks, family restaurant, excellent service, very affordable.

Visited September 2012
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San Francisco, California
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62 reviews
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“Classic California Dining Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

This place is awesome! It seems like a very popular place for tourists, as it is ideally situated on the California coast, but even a native Californian will appreciate the beauty of this restaurant. The bar is beautiful, and we had delicious margaritas. Even though we went after sunset, we still took our drinks outside to the beautiful outdoor patio while we waited for our table. The food is a little on the expensive side, but not bad if you order "family style". We ordered the chili wings, sopas, and tacos, along with 6 cocktails (2/person), and it worked out to about $45/person. The service was top notch--after our taxi cab fell through, our waiter was gracious enough to give us a ride back to our place! All in all, when I visit the Central Coast again, I would like to revisit Ventana Grill.

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