Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach

Being the Past President of the Rotary Club of Pismo Beach/Five Cities that has met for a decade in the beautiful banquet room downstairs at the now Ventana Grill, our little group of 60+ members had the unusual opportunity to watch the current management go through an extensive remodel of what had become a slightly shabby establishment.

While it always had the breathtaking views, now the restaurant is of a caliber to aptly frame that view in a beautiful atmosphere. Natural woods, stone walls with niches for candles and glass bars that seem to glow all create an entrance worthy of the location.

And you might be wondering if the food lives up to the display — which very often is not the case. The answer is a resounding yes! Amazing Latin-inspired concoctions paired with fresh seafood and the most amazing hand-made tortillas.

The fact that they don’t charge a corkage fee tops my list of positive points. However if you are in the mood for cocktail, the Ventini or Ventana View are both fun and inventive “specialty” drinks that are fresh and yummy. Don’t worry, there is a fully stocked bar.

From the appetizer menu you absolutely cannot miss the Shrimp Cocktail, Poblano Steamed Clams or the new “Corn Dusted Crisp Calamari” that doesn’t have the greasy, bland taste of many calamari dishes.

A fantastic, fresh salad that is perfect for lunch is the Sauteed Sea Scallop Salad with sliced diver scallops, chipotle (fresh) tortilla strips, lemon-cotija cheese, romaine lettuce and a light red-caesar dressing.

Now let’s tuck in to the main course: My husband and I would argue our favorites on this front. Mine would be the Crab Encrusted Mahi Mahi with a red crab and potato crust, carrot ribbons, creamed spinach and apple bacon. His would be the 8 oz. Natural Flat Iron Chimichurri Steak with a Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce and Summer Squash Assortment — although truth be told, he would take any of their steak or pork chop options as they are all scrumptious.

To be quite honest, between client lunches and dinners or drinks with friends we have not been disappointed after Compass Health deftly took the reins and transformed this tired restaurant in a premier location into the current wonderful culinary experience worthy of this perch over the Pacific.

Last but not least, as the icing on this proverbial cake, the staff are lovely, warm and just the right amount of attentive. And don’t let them get away without offering you at taste of the divine “ending” — the Ibarra Chocolate Fondue featuring churros, passion fruit, bananas, strawberries and — yes folks — marshmallows!

Ventana Grill

(805) 773-0000
2575 Price Street
Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Ashlea Boyer

Ashlea Boyer: Is a native of Pismo Beach, having moved here from South Lake Tahoe when she was just four years old. An Alumni of Arroyo Grande High School, she then attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, graduating with a degree in English Literature. After college, she spent 5 successful years working her way up to Management Editor of a national fitness magazine in Southern California, working for two of the three largest West Coast publishing houses. Ashlea return to the Central Coast for her wedding and stayed raise her family. She joined the family business in 2004 and began leading the Pismo Beach Homes Team with her Mother, Kathi Foster in real estate. Ashlea has been a leading real estate agent in the Pismo Beach area for 10 years, and has developed a strong client following in the area based on her dedication to our community and outstanding customer service. Our team, The Pismo Beach Homes Team, has been awarded the Quadruple Gold level awards consistently over the past 5 years with Keller Williams Realty. She has been named more than once as the "Agent of the Quarter". In 2011, Ashlea was presented with the "Top 20 Under 40" award by the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation for my professional excellence and profound commitment to the community. Ashlea lives in Arroyo Grande, California with her husband and son and she enjoy running on the beach, volunteering, pilates, snowboarding and the occasional scuba diving. She's active in many industry, community service and non-profit organizations and serves on the board of the Rotary Club of Pismo Beach, the Clark Center for the Performing Arts, and other community non-profit organizations. 

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