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The Restaurant at Ventana

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48123 Highway 1, Ventana Inn & Spa, Big Sur, CA 93920-9538
+1 831-667-4242
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07:30 - 10:30
18:00 - 21:00
23:30 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 10:30
18:00 - 21:00
23:30 - 16:30
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Fortaleza, CE
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 go if you're located near Big Sur, California.

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Thank mlo123321
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 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.

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Thank Erinrafa2014
Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this review

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

Atherton, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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.

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Thank Shannon O
Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this review

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

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6 reviews
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.

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Thank Sri O
Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this review

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

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 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 much. My daughter selected the white Hawaiian shrimp for an appetizer, it was yummy. Her... More 

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Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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 on Highway One in Mid Winter even over the holidays. Nepenthe was impossible. What to... More 

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Thank MuirBeach
Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this review

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 More 

san francisco
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190 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
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.

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Thank costaricagregg
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41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 the prices...WAY up. So for most of the people visiting...they are already anticipating Big Sur/Resort... More 

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Thank Kathryn O
Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this review

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

Marin County, California
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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.

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Thank Robert S
Ventana M, Manager at The Restaurant at Ventana, responded to this review

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 More 

Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 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 works the restaurant is there to please, attentive and polite. They made the dining experience... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 35 - USD 75
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, 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, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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
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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