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The Restaurant at Ventana

48123 Highway 1, Ventana Inn & Spa, Big Sur, CA 93920-9538
+1 831-667-4242
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Overview
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“tasting menu” (17 reviews)
“pork chop” (7 reviews)
“burger” (26 reviews)
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All hours
CUISINES
American, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
48123 Highway 1, Ventana Inn & Spa, Big Sur, CA 93920-9538
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1 - 10 of 488 reviews

Reviewed 23 March 2017

Great restaurant overall, with a beautiful view of Big Sur Oceanside. It's entrance is located on the side of Highway 01 and you can see why its called Ventana: its a hill climb up to the top, where the restaurant is located. Its a must...More

Thank mlo123321
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is such a sweet Big Sur spot for dining. Delightful staff and delicious food and wine. I love the fireplace area near the bar and the beautiful outside space to watch the sun set.

Thank Erinrafa2014
Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2017

Dear Erinrafa2014 Thank you for your review, we look forward to host you again in our just renovated restaurant. Best Regards MF

Reviewed 17 January 2017

I can't say enough good things about the Chef and his passion and attention to detail in his craft. Simply brilliant.

Thank Shannon O
Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2017

Dear Shannon O Thank you for your review, we look forward to host you again at the restaurant. Best Regards MF

Reviewed 4 January 2017

We took our visitors here after a drive down the 17 mile stretch. It was the perfect lunch - great meal, lovely views, and perfect service. It was sunny - but we were perfectly shaded under the umbrellas.

Thank Sri O
Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2017

Dear Sri O Thank you for sharing your Ventana Experience with all the users!! We look forward to host you again! Best Regards MF

Reviewed 3 January 2017

We stayed in Big Sur over Christmas and wanted a fancy dinner. There was no a la carte, so had to go with the whole shabang. I am not a huge eater so for me, to get appetizer, main course and desert was just too...More

Thank Anialw13
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Anyone who knows me, is aware that my favorite spot on earth is the back deck at neighboring Nepenthe, I stop there on all my frequent trips up and down the central coast. This weekend the coast was INSANE! I've never seen this many people...More

Thank MuirBeach
Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2016

Dear MuirBeach Thank you for visiting us at the restaurant at Ventana, it was a pleasure to host you!! we look forward to host you back again in your next trip. Best Regards MF

Reviewed 17 December 2016

Pro's - great views overlooking the ocean. Wine list for California wines is outstanding, but pricey. Service was great. The downside - the food is only average. We had the lobster pasta with very little lobster. The rest of the food was just not memorable.

Thank costaricagregg
Reviewed 17 December 2016

This is probably hands down my favorite go to spot in Big Sur. They have an excellent chef who creates healthy and colorful meals, that being said I need to be honest and point out that the menu has been completely updated and so have...More

Thank Kathryn O
Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2016

Dear Kathryn O Thank you for this wonderful review! We look forward to host you again at the restaurant! Best Regards MF

Reviewed 15 December 2016

This dining experience was superb; perfect atmosphere; knowledgeable waitpeople; food done to perfection with excellent wine; couldn't afford every week but worth a special evening.

Thank Robert S
Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2016

Dear Robert S Thank you for choosing us and for your preference, we are glad that everything was of your liking, we look forward to host you again! Best Regards MF

Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Only fair to separate my experience from the spa and the restaurant My expectation of the restaurant was that it would meet the spa experience. We arrived for the Thanksgiving weekend and had made reservation for the prix fixe thanksgiving dinner at ventana. Everybody that...More

Thank Trenchcoatkitties
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$35 - US$75
Meals
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours
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
View, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
07:30 - 10:30
18:00 - 21:00
23:30 - 16:30
Monday
07:30 - 10:30
18:00 - 21:00
23:30 - 16:30
Tuesday
07:30 - 10:30
18:00 - 21:00
23:30 - 16:30
Wednesday
07:30 - 10:30
18:00 - 21:00
23:30 - 16:30
Thursday
07:30 - 10:30
18:00 - 21:00
23:30 - 16:30
Friday
07:30 - 10:30
18:00 - 21:00
23:30 - 16:30
Saturday
07:30 - 10:30
18:00 - 21:00
23:30 - 16:30
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: +1 831-667-4242
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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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