Shoals Restaurant at the Cliff House Inn

6602 Old Pacific Coast Hwy, Ventura CA 93001

$25 - $50 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.

Booking Notes:

Social distancing and face coverings required. Parties of 6 or more must be from the same household and family (according to Ventura County Health).

Reservations


  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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  Business Hours

Reservations Available

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Lunch - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 11:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.  
Dinner - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  
Thursday
Lunch - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 11:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.  
Dinner - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  
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 have made staff and procedure modifications consistent with the Calif. and Ventura County Health recommendations. We ask customers to respect social distancing and wear face covering. We only allow parties sitting together from the same household.

Customer Reviews & Ratings

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 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
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Value: 10/10
Jul 26, 2021
Teri S.
Everything is always great

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambiance: 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.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 24, 2021
Erica V.
We first enjoyed a dinner at The Shoals restaurant the night after our wedding in 2018. We have been there for each of our anniversaries and hope to for the years to come! We love everything about The Shoals!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 24, 2021
JAMES D.
We absolutely love Shoals restaurant. We discovered it on our trip down the coast last summer. We loved it so much we came back again this year. The place is magical! Amazing food and service, but best of all is the setting and the view!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 23, 2021
Pam T.
Everything about the evening was great but it would have been good to know that to reach the restaurant area required going down stairs. Two people in our party have difficulty navigating stairs.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 17, 2021
Suzy H.
No improvement needed for lunch. The Hispanic male who organizes, assists with everything, runs the show, is fabulous !!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 16, 2021
Pam P.
Service was great food was excellent great place to dine after relaxing at sea cliff inn

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 15, 2021
Gerald O.
First rimenat this place. A perfect evening!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Jul 14, 2021
Aynah A.
The view from on the beach is to die for and the food is excellent. Shoals is definitely one of our favorite restaurants in Ventura. A really special place.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 13, 2021
Jeff K.
Great view, great service and even better food

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 11, 2021
Jane M.
Absolutely outstanding! The food, service, ambiance are simply stellar. My spouse had the cioppino - it was flavourful and chock full of seafood and I had the scallops which were perfectly cooked, on top of a lovely risotto and served with fresh asparagus. The service was terrific and everything was very well timed. If we lived closer we would frequent the Shoals Restaurant on a regular basis.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 09, 2021
Sherry R.
Love the ambiance of this beach setting. Good food and friendly staff.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 05, 2021
James P.
They canceled our reservation

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jul 04, 2021
Sue M.
Such a beautiful setting. Good food, attentive servers. We had a wonderful time and will return again.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 02, 2021
Shannon N.
Wonderful experience all around and our waitress Romy was great.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jun 18, 2021
John P.
Diana was a perfect hostess. She watched for our Special Anniversary table space we yearn & return to every June 26th. When it opened she did Jer magic so we could relive our lives together through the same picture perfect view we cherish. The Inn is getting old but so are we. Charm & CHARMING... LIKE MY QUEEN Prince Charming 2021

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 18, 2021
Karen S.
I’ve gone to the Shoals for years; it was wonderful!!!! Don’t change a thing. Perfect afternoon. Quaint, simple and full of character.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 17, 2021
Sally Z.
Restaurant busy on this 80 degree beach day on the ocean❣ The outdoor coastal dining is the best. All tables full as people start to venture out after the pandemic. Service very good considering the crowd. Staff was attentive and really hustling to keep customers happy. Food is excellent❣ This place is truly a favorite

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 30, 2021
Huston H.
I had Filet mignon it was a very generous cut and cooked perfectly it was like butter. The view was amazing as always staff long time employees we love them. Some very odd sea birds nesting above in a palm kept us entertained we love the shoals a gem period.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 28, 2021
Wynn K.
I'm hesitant to say how pleasant our experience was for fear of making it too popular. Extraordinary

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 28, 2021
ROBERT B.
As always we enjoy the restaurant and the staff makes the night truly a fun experience. The Shoals is a go to when we have quests.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 21, 2021
Mary T.
Amazing food and service with an unparalleled view.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 17, 2021
Molly G.
This place is such a gem! The view is absolutely incredible, as well as the view of the pool, the outdoor seating/lights, and food is DELICIOUS! I always look forward to coming here.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 16, 2021
Mark P.
The Shoals is fantastic! My wife and I went there for our 10th anniversary and had the cioppino and also the scallops with lobster sage risotto. Both were some of the best food we have ever eaten, and we are quite picky (not snobby, just picky) with the quality of the food we eat. The service was spot on. Our server was personable and attentive without being a constant presence. It’s like we were taken care of without having to ask for anything. The setting could not be better. How can you go wrong with being right on the edge overlooking the ocean? HIGHLY suggested to eat here.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 11, 2021
Brenda K.
Beautiful setting. Great service!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 9/10
May 02, 2021
Gina B.
The food was great and the setting is second to none. Just perfect!! As was the staff. They were attentive, kind and just great! 10 out of 10! Will definitely be back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
Apr 25, 2021
Marianne K.
Scallops were outstanding, as was the salmon with dill. Calamari appetizer also was very good. This is a fine spot with a view that can't be beaten.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 14, 2021
RENEE R.
Love this place !! Delicious food, amazing view and wonderful service.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 14, 2021
Michele D.
Great place. Great views, relaxing.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 03, 2021
Craig N.
Always an amazing experience.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 01, 2021
Ana Maria d.
We went to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary and it was great, the view is astonished, the food delicious and the waiting time acceptable. I

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 20, 2021
Lauren B.
We love having brunch at The Shoals. The food is always good and service is good too. We noticed they are trying to fix up the place a little and that is appreciated.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 15, 2021
Karen G.
You can’t always judge a book by its cover. We were pleasantly surprised everything was great! The reviews are trustworthy.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 18, 2021
Dean P.
Food was fantastic! A great post Valentines evening.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Feb 08, 2021
Disa G.
Absolutely perfect dinning! We enjoyed and will be back soon.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 08, 2020
FRANCISCO M.
An amazing experience! And such wonderful staff!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 04, 2020
Sally Z.
Beautiful location, pleasant and attentive servers, and good food with nice portions at a fair price. One of my all time favorites❣

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Dec 02, 2020
Kala R.
Beautiful spot! Excellent service Excellent food What are you waiting for?

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Dec 02, 2020
Sam C.
Excellent Food! Excellent service! Very romantic

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Dec 01, 2020
Janet R.
Excellent service! Excellent food! Very Covid safe environment!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 30, 2020
Alison J.
Enjoyed everything about our visit to the restaurant! Food was delicious, our service was great and the view was amazing! Couldn’t ask for a more beautiful day!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 12, 2020
Gary M.
Table Agent did not make the reservation! When I called to confirm our reservations , they had NO record of it! Thank goodness I called to "confirm" The restaurant and food is wonderful, as is the setting.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Nov 10, 2020
Mary T.
Great food, service, and view. We’ll be back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 03, 2020
Michelle R.
Lovely place with great food and a beautiful view can’t beat that

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 02, 2020
Monica R.
La atencion de su personal fue lo mas que Excelente, acompañado del lugar fue increible.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 31, 2020
Kate R.
Loved it!!!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 28, 2020
Robert B.
Very nice! Especially The ambience, food and service. we were camping nearby at Rincon Parkway it's a nice change from having a dinner in your motorhome! this is our second time here and have to say we enjoyed it just as much as the first time our two servers were excellent especially considering they were getting very busy!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 20, 2020
Alex V.
Excellent food, very scenic dining with great service

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 15, 2020
Nancy R.
We enjoyed our lunch outside overlooking the Pacific ocean. Felt like we were in vacation even though we live nearby.