Shoals Restaurant at the Cliff House Inn

6602 Old Pacific Coast Hwy, Ventura CA 93001
$$ Seafood Recommended Editor's Pick Private Room View Outdoor Seating

While culinary temptations beckon from Santa Barbara to Ventura, some of the area's finest dining takes place right at The Shoals Restaurant.
The innovative cuisine features the freshest of seasonal American ingredients, its flavors, and textures matched only by the beauty of its presentation. The Shoals presents an ever-changing menu specializing in fresh local seafood and produce and offers both indoor or alfresco seating beside the blue Pacific. And for those special business meetings and banquets, the Shoals provides an unforgettable venue.

The Shoals is open Wed-Sun for dinner and almost every day for lunch, with brunch available on Saturdays and Sundays. The Lunch and Dinner is presently closed Mondays and Tuesdays but we are planning to expand our hours soon.

Reservations

Booking Notes:

Please respect required mask requirements inside when waiting for or walking to a table. Masks are presently not required but are recommended outdoors.

Business Info

  • Address: 6602 Old Pacific Coast Hwy, Ventura CA 93001
  • Cross Street: Breakers Way
  • Location: Ventura County | Ventura
  • Cuisine: American | Asian | California | Contemporary | Mediterranean | Mexican | Seafood | Steak | Sunday Brunch |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Fine Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual Elegant
  • Meals Served: Brunch | Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Street | Private Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | Diners Club |
  • Corkage Fee: 20.00 | Champagne: $25
  • Phone: (805) 652-1381
  • Features: Ocean View, Hotel Dining, Sunday Brunch, Organic Ingredients, Outdoor Seating, Private Room, Takeout Available, Happy Hours, Personal Wines Allowed, Lounge / Bar, Free Wi-Fi,
  • Occasion: Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Celebrity Spotting, Date Night,

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Shoals Restaurant at the Cliff House Inn - Shoals Restaurant

Events & Special Hours

Valentine's Dinner
Feb. 14, 2022 Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Tuesday
Dinner 5 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday
Lunch - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 11:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Dinner - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Valid between: Dec. 9, 2020 - Aug. 12, 2022
Thursday
Lunch - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 11:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Dinner - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Valid between: Dec. 3, 2020 - Sept. 15, 2022
Friday
Lunch - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 11:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Dinner - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday
Brunch - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dinner - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Sunday
Brunch - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dinner - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

F.A.Q.s

Frequently Asked Questions
We are conforming to CDC, California Health Department and Ventura County Health Department requirements and recommendations. Contactless temperature may be taken upon entry. We ask customers to respect social distancing and wear face covering indoors.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.78 out of 5 stars based on 1272 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 22, 2022
Cecelia T.
The only good soup you make is your French onion Your vegetable soup is terrible.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 6/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 07, 2022
Sandra G.
The mahi mahi was delicious ! I would recommend it.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 01, 2022
Linda F.
Great food, great friendly service. Excellent experience

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 30, 2021
Laraine E.
This restaurant had great service and a nice variety of options. The location was beautiful.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Nov 29, 2021
Benjamin S.
What a great place for a brunch. Everything was perfect including our waitress.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Nov 20, 2021
Debbie J.
Beautiful ocean views, great service, excellent food.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Nov 16, 2021
Colleen M.
PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE A THING ITS WONDERFUL! I TELL ALL MY FRIENDS ❤️

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 12, 2021
Kelly L.
Beautiful scenery, delicious food, wonderful service. I highly recommend.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Nov 11, 2021
Lynn B.
This is a gem of a restaurant. We ate outdoors in November! Next to the Pacific Ocean! Our salads were delicious, and the wait staff was attentive.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 07, 2021
Debbie S.
Love dinner, it is always fun and romantic;)

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 18, 2021
Steve A.
Great meal, great view!!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 13, 2021
JENNIFER S.
Enjoyed a beautiful sunset. Swordfish special was delicious, and Jessica our server was awesome!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 12, 2021
John S.
Simply amazing

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 02, 2021
Brandy M.
Never let down. Predictably always the best destination.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Oct 02, 2021
Bret G.
Excellent dining experience. Kudos to the Chef. The food was amazing. Service was great.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 25, 2021
Susanna C.
Always a delight to go to the Shoals!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Sep 25, 2021
Suzette G.
Our waitress was terrific. Food delicious!!! Highly recommended

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 24, 2021
Ruth B.
Perfect setting! Delicious food! Love it!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Sep 23, 2021
Francis B.
We loved the food, service and ambiance. Will be back!!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 20, 2021
Liz M.
entree arrived too fast - just as appetizer was getting finished

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 20, 2021
Taylor P.
Wow! I was super impressed with the food, ambiance, and service. One of the best meals I have had in a while.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 19, 2021
Mike L.
Maybe some cushions for the chairs outdoors would be nice

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Sep 13, 2021
Peggy K.
Always a wonderful getaway brunch . Nice to be on the ocean

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 13, 2021
Maria C.
Our table was excellent location Our server was extremely attentive Our food was exceptional Loved our first time there

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 12, 2021
Andy C.
The Shoals restaurant provides the beach-front view for their outdoor dinner. It is right outside of the Rincon Island at 70 degree in September. Perfect place to relax and enjoy the dinner.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 10, 2021
Jordan L.
Great…as always !

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 06, 2021
Terri W.
Very enjoyable dinner, delicious food with a beautiful view & great service as always.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 04, 2021
Mike P.
Very enjoyable meal and great service! Views are amazing!!!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 30, 2021
Mary A.
Excellent food and service! Beautiful outdoor setting! The staff managed to find a table for us in little time despite our being late for our reservation due to traffic issues. Everyone was so accommodating. Loved the entire experience!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 28, 2021
Fernando C.
The Best Restaurant in all of Ventura County!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 25, 2021
Dylan B.
Amazing! Can't beat the stunning, sexy seaside location. Great service. Especially Ms. Romy. Rack of lamb dinner and chicken enchilada lunch are both sensational. Great deserts. Awesome spot!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Aug 22, 2021
Steven U.
The best place ever! Food, view, service --- Awesome!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 22, 2021
Stacey B.
The Shoals Restaurant really made my Mom & I feel special celebrating our birthdays. We loved the special desserts they gave both of us too! The food was delicious and sitting outside by the ocean was fabulous! We were surprised at how reasonable the prices were considering how good the food was, and the setting! We can't wait to come back again!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 22, 2021
Robbin I.
Fabulous lunch all around l- food, venue and lovely server

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 21, 2021
Christina G.
Most beautiful outdoor setting.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 17, 2021
Virginia P.
Always a pleasure to have dinner at the Shoals. You cannot beat the location.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 15, 2021
DENISE L.
Loved it…need to remember to go back for other special occasions or a Sunday brunch

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 5/10
Aug 11, 2021
Brooke P.
What a little gem! I had the seafood cioppino and it was EXCELLENT. tge menu was not huge, but if you're in the mood for seafood id highly recommend. I’m originally from Maryland and very picky about my seafood, but this was excellent! The ambiance kind of reminded me of old school Oahu, a little dated but retro and cool with an awesome view. The menu was definitely on the pricey side, but for the view and the seafood it seemed fair.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 07, 2021
Leslie T.
I forgot my doggy bag, but the server managed to get it to me before I reached my car, so thank you!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 07, 2021
Michi H.
The food is surprisingly good, although first glimpse of the hotel is too old fashion but it grows on us, overall the ambiance is wonderful, great experience!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 06, 2021
Caroline A.
It was WONDERFUL and the combination of everything made the evening worth the rather steep pricing but overall...I'd do it again in a snap!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 06, 2021
Kaleigh W.
Love the food. Waitstaff and view. Best way to spend lunch while on vacation. Heck even not on vacation this is a great place.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 05, 2021
Martha J.
Food is excellent. Love seating outside watching the dolphins go by. Ambiance is perfect.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 03, 2021
stuart g.
Always great! Food, ambiance, service! Wonderful dining experience!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 8/10
Aug 03, 2021
Chuck C.
Really enjoyed lunch and dinner. Compliments to the chef. Have told all my friends about this place.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 31, 2021
Eunice Y.
They need to hire more people as there were three people serving during lunch time. The guy who led us to the table was a bit rude and I'm glad he was not our main server.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 31, 2021
Serge M.
Our group gathers at the Shoals on a monthly basis and each time we receive excellent professional and friendly service by Donna and anyone who attends our table. It is extremely enjoyable dining there.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 27, 2021
NUE D.
The food would be rated as a 10, but the lobster bisque was OK. It taste more tomatoes, lack of seasoning and no favor of the lobster. I've had better bisque. Everything else was delicious. We love this place and would definitely take the kids next time.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 26, 2021
Teri S.
Everything is always great

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 25, 2021
Mark L.
I know your having staging issues. But all of them were quite pleasant. Nice experience.