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Ventana Grill

Pismo Beach , CA
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LOCATION

2575 Price Street
Pismo Beach, CA US 93448 (map)

PHONE

805-773-0000

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
2009
When was your venue last renovated?
2009
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Hotel, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Coastal, Glamorous, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
150
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
0
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
65
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Wendy
Wedding:
9/20/2013
3.2/5.0
Really good food the chef was amazing communication with the coordinator could have been better but over all nice to work with a bit pricey though for what we asked for
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Dori
Wedding:
8/17/2013
4.8/5.0
This place is amazing for weddings! The girls that help you figure out all the details were so helpful and easy to work with! Most def a great place to get married if you are looking for amazing pictures!
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Kathryn
Wedding:
11/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Excellent venue, great staff, perfect choice! We highly recommend!
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Jaimie
Wedding:
10/27/2012
5.0/5.0
This has to be the absolute most beautiful place to have a wedding!!! The scenery is out of this world!!! We made the 2 hr trip and so did 32 of our guest to be married here and we would do it a million times over! We were married at the gazebo on a cliff over the Pacific Ocean and then had our reception in the Sunset Room in the Ventana Grill where our guest got to watch the sunset as we had dinner. Our cordinaters Lindsey and Chantel did an amazing job putting everything together and were so helpful with giving us a prefered vendors list since we were from out of town. Our Waiters and Hosts that night treated us so great! The waiter kept saying it was my day and would help me first and was there for whatever I needed! The food is out of this world delicious! One of our starters was Clam Chowder and it was the best clam chowder I have ever tasted! All of our guest are still talking about how beautiful our wedding was and how smooth and perfect everything went. Having the best possible weather you ask for that weekend did help out alot as well! Ventana Grill definitely made our wedding a day we will never forget, nor will our Guest! Thank you Ventana Grill for making my day so perfect!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.0/5.0
The venue has a beautiful view
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suzieQ
Wedding:
10/15/2011
4.5/5.0
Although there had been some changes in the events staff during the planning of my wedding you would not have known it. The change was so smooth with Ashley the new events person. She was actually a lot better to work with that the previous staff who you could tell were burnt out. Ashley dealt with all of our questions and even made sure the event went smoothly the day of. Later another young lady joined her Stacie and they both made our day absolutely fantastic I could not have imagined it any better. The views were spectacular, the room , the food, the guests it was just a memorable evening.
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Vanessa
Wedding:
10/8/2011
4.0/5.0
I actually didn't have my event at the Ventana Grill but used their events department for our ceremony site which is at the Shore Cliffs Best Western. I checked out A LOT of venues on the coast of California for our wedding and this spot is the most INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL place ever!!! It is this amazing cliff over the ocean, with a gazebo and grass area that will blow your mind. My guests could not believe where we were. The Ventana Grill will set the ceremony up, reserve the site assist with running the ceremony itself. If you you want to get married on the ocean, then this is the place!!! The photos are amazing and I cannot say enough about the view!!! INCREDIBLE!!!
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Erin
Wedding:
8/20/2011
4.6/5.0
My wife and I loved having our wedding reception at the Ventana. The view is absolutely amazing and our guests were awed by the sunset view. The room downstairs is private from the rest of the restaurant and has a 270 degree view. Unbelievable!

When we first booked The Ventana, Jennifer and Mary were our points of contact. We had more interaction with Jennifer and she was really good. Special thanks to Mary for setting up a great food tasting.
We had a little snag when we called back a few weeks later only to find out that Mary and Jennifer had moved on and were replaced by "Ashley." It was a little rocky getting back on track but Ashley did outstanding job picking up where the others left off.

The only other snafu was that our setup time the day before the ceremony was cancelled because the wedding prior to ours booked more time. Although it was a pain and to her credit, Ashley met our setup crew at 7am the morning of the ceremony to get final details sorted out.

The actual event was flawless and so enjoyable.
The food was even better than expected... so good.

We would definitely recommend The Ventana!
- Joel & Erin
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CZ4EVR
Wedding:
7/30/2011
2.4/5.0
Where should we start…let’s see, go somewhere else! The best thing about this venue is the location. It is absolutely amazing! We couldn’t find a better one for our Wedding Ceremony and Reception. However, the Event Staff is absolutely a mess. Perhaps once they get themselves in order this will be the premier location on the Central Coast for a wedding, but we recommend extreme caution if you’re considering this place. And reading old reviews from the last couple years, it seems like they have a track record of un-organization missed responsibilities despite having replaced staff again and again. Unfortunately, the same occurred during our involvement with them. The first meeting went well with the original Event Personal, Jennifer. She was pleasant and seemed to be very accommodative, offering to “throw in” this and that, later we determined it seemed to be merely to get us to sign on with them. The subsequent meetings seemed to bring out the true colors with Jennifer and her partner Mary. Jennifer no longer seemed to be so accommodating and instead the things she offered seemed to disappear unless we wanted to pay for them. Her partner Mary was extremely unorganized and over all very scattered. She scribbled notes on scratch paper and had to be reminded several times about details we had already gone over with great detail. They both dodged any type of assistance to us again and again, and would instead put responsibilities back on us that should have been theirs. They were unwilling to provide feedback regarding the coordination of our wedding even though the aspects included their location and arrangement. Then, about 2 ½ weeks before our wedding, they both quit, now imagine how that made us feel. And we didn’t find out by being notified by Ventana, or the managing company Compass Health. We found out after not receiving any response from our phone calls and emails. We had to stake out at Ventana and hound a restaurant manager in order to get any answers. At first we were told they were out due to personal and medical issues. After pressing a bit because the story sounded foul, they confessed that the two had quit because they were not happy. So perhaps their attitude was due to their dealings with management, either way they should not have transferred their discontent to us and we still found them to be horribly unorganized and unprofessional. We were assigned to another person, Ashly, who we really liked and assured us things would get back on track as she would be the one handling our event going forward. Then a few days later we could not get a hold of her and found out that she went on a vacation that had been scheduled for some time. She never told us that she had a vacation scheduled but instead assured us it would be her who would be running our event. Once again, the management never notified us about this, we had to find out through our own means. Then we were passed onto a couple new people who would ask the same questions again and again even though we provided very organized typed documents and spreadsheets with the various details and information that they needed, several times even. The 2 ½ weeks leading up to our wedding were very stressful because of all disruptions in personnel at Ventana/Compass Health. After working with some new people for a few days, we AGAIN were contacted by yet more different people who now were apparently handling our event and who were asking many of the same previously answered questions. We dealt with approximately 7 different people in the last 2 ½ weeks, and we say approximate because it was hard to keep track and 7 is all we could say for sure. We did not meet the two staff members that were actually present and in charge the day of our event until the rehearsal the day before. Even then one of them was inclined to again ask some very basic questions. Finally, being totally past fed up at this point, we snapped at them and they backed off. Luckily we hired Brittany’s Bridal Bliss early enough in the process that she was able to fully manage our event. If not for her the day would have gone extremely different in the wrong direction we’re sure of it. We had our Ceremony space allotted to us for 2 hours, no one was allowed to be on the grounds except our attendees and wedding party. However, minutes after the ceremony while we were in hiding so our guests could make their way to the reception, another wedding party from a completely different location swept in and started taking pictures at our site. The Ventana/Compass Health staff was nowhere to be found. We had to personally go down there with our Planner and ask them to move along since we needed the area for pictures. The Compass Health Manager did compensate us monetarily and waive the cost for the Ceremony Site as a way to apologize for our troubles so that did help. But we would not recommend this venue unless you can be sure that their Event Coordinators are locked in and have a great grasp on what needs to be done for such an important event. The wait staff seemed to be average. The bar tender was really good and on it, especially with our request to not allow shots. He upheld our specific requests and did not back down to persistent guests unless we approved. There was, however, a tip bucket placed on the bar counter and after the reception we got the bill and saw that 20% gratuity was already included so we were not happy at all about that. If we would have known that 20% gratuity was automatically included we would have had the tip bucket put away to save our guests from feeling inclined to paying additional tips. I’m sure it was in the contract and we missed it so be aware of that situation. Also, be cautious about the “complimentary” linens. We found some of them to be in tough shape, stains, marks, errors in the sewing, stuff like that. Lastly, the beef selection that we were given was NOT the same as what we had at our tasting. At our tasting there was an exquisite beef roast of some sort that you could cut through with your fork and melted in your mouth. We were served tri-tip. It was okay, but it was tri-tip and it wasn’t what we sampled. Their menu has since changed so I’m not sure what’s offered at this point. The moral of the story, make sure and GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING and really trust your gut as to if this is the right place for you. Ventana/Compass Health has a long way to go from how our event was handled so if the location means that much to you, hire Brittany’s Bridal Bliss to manage the event and tell the Ventana/Compass Health Event Staff to stand aside and just make sure they do what they’re supposed to do.
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Lorirohde
Wedding:
5/7/2011
5.0/5.0
The Ventana Grill and it's staff were amazing. The view is spectacular and all our guests could not stop commenting on how good the food was. Mary and Jennifer helped to make our special day perfect. Thank you so much for all your help
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msmistymisty
Wedding:
4/25/2010
3.6/5.0
My venue became the Ventana Grill when the original venue was bought out after I had a contract and paid the deposit, so I was stuck. The transition made communication very difficult (I never received any notice when Ventana fired all of the original employees, and they didn't close the old staff's email accounts). When I did connect with the new staff, Lizz, the coordinator was very helpful. There was plenty of room for miscommunication though, like when her assistant said my rehersal time was only "penciled in" and they were going to move me, or when the same asistant showed up to direct my rehersal without ever having spoken with me, thereby confusing me and all my guests and contradicting what I was telling my wedding party. The food, however, was fabulous. Liz assured me that the food would be fantastic and she was true to her word (my original tasting was with the former company and I lived too far to come [and assume the travel expense] for another). Built right on the ocean cliff with full panaramic windows on three sides, the views are breathtaking, and the renovations well done. I think with time to get their act together, your money is well worth spent here if you love the ocean.
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