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 Tuesday-Sunday for dinner and Wednesday-Friday for lunch, with brunch available on Saturdays and Sundays. The Lunch and Dinner is presently closed Mondays and Tuesdays but we hope to expand our hours soon.

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 | 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 |
  • Corkage Fee: 25.00 | Champagne: $30
  • Phone: (805) 652-1381
  • Features: Ocean View, Hotel Dining, Sunday Brunch, Organic Ingredients, Outdoor Seating, Private Room, Takeout Available, Personal Wines Allowed, 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
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Lunch - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Dinner - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 4:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Thursday
Lunch - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Dinner - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 4:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Friday
Lunch - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Dinner - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday
Brunch - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dinner - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Sunday
Brunch - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dinner - INSIDE & OUTSIDE DINING 4:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.8 out of 5 stars based on 2178 votes

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 02, 2022
Sam C.
Everything was PERFECT!!!! Great food, Great atmosphere, and Great service!!

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 10, 2022
Leopold G.
Beautiful setting at the ocean, especially at sunset. Friendly and efficient server. Tasty, well-prepared food. A bit pricey, but worth the experience.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 10, 2022
Rocky C.
We stayed at the Cliff House Motel and completely enjoyed the excellent dinner. The server was very helpful too

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 10, 2022
Jennifer S.
The service was impeccable the food was delicious. It was outdoor dining on top of the ocean which was even better. My waitress was very cheery and detail orientated.

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Nov 04, 2022
Julie A.
Excellent experience every time we come. We drive 80 plus miles for a Shoalsburger. It is absolutely the best burger with delicious garlic fries.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 10, 2022
Junes Z.
Fantastic !!

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Oct 07, 2022
Kristina L.
Shoals never disappoints. We had lunch out by the pool listening tot he waves crash, and dinner inside overlooking the ocean. The food was amazing, calamari and pesto pasta we excellent. We will continue to come again and again.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 02, 2022
Jahlana C.
The pesto chicken pasta was amazing! Only thing I would Recommend would be an update to the bathrooms downstairs by the pool

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 30, 2022
Caren A.
Fabulous dinner. Thank you.

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Sep 29, 2022
Curt H.
GREAT location once you traverse the 101 construction. Beachfront dining at a very reasonable price. Food was very very good too. We'll be back!!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 27, 2022
Kathi F.
One of my favorite places for a lingering lunch! Food is always excellent, service is sublime and you can’t beat the view from the patio.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 24, 2022
Deborah O.
The atmosphere, service and food at the Shoals restaurant are all exceptional! Every meal I have had there has been outstanding and the views and ambience cannot be matched! Awesome place! I ate every meal there during my recent stay and will do the same when I return next year.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 23, 2022
mary b.
A wonderful experience! Great friendly staff and wonderful food

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Sep 20, 2022
Karen B.
Love this restaurant -- live nearby and come often. Only complaint is I wish they served some of their more casual lunch items during dinner. but never had a bad meal :) And their servers are wonderful

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 16, 2022
Dawn F.
Aside from a couple assertive seagulls, our family birthday dinner was spectacular! Excellent food, perfect weather, great staff. Thank you! We will be back, and will tell others.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 14, 2022
Doug Q.
Outstanding! Excellent food! Best outdoor dining anywhere!

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Sep 10, 2022
Christopher G.
Great food, great service, and the weather last night was absolutely perfect!

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Sep 08, 2022
Joe P.
Everything I imagined after recommendation from family and friends.

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Sep 07, 2022
pamela S.
Wonderful, wonderful food..... the best. great service, friendly, hard working people. enjoyed immensely.

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Sep 02, 2022
Ed K.
A lovely setting for a romantic dinner at sunset overlooking the Pacific. Food, service, and atmosphere could not be better.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 30, 2022
Marta W.
Great food, beautiful venue, kid and dog friendly. Everything was enjoyable.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 29, 2022
Bonnie E.
outstanding in every way

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Aug 25, 2022
Carol B.
It was the best dining experience. Can’t wait to come back!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 22, 2022
Joel R.
Adrianna was the most accommodating and helpful server. From the initial seating where my wife who has a hearing issue and needed a quiet table to her continued service throughout the dining experience, she was the greatest. My apologies for the lateness of this feedback.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 20, 2022
Monika C.
We love the Shoals. Never disappoints.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 18, 2022
Barbara M.
My favorite seaside restaurant. Always an amazing view. Food is great.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 15, 2022
Debby J.
Great food! Love this place!

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Aug 15, 2022
Denise S.
We’ve been coming here for years it has the best food, my favorite is the salmon and for dessert the banana reef! You can’t beat sitting outside enjoying the ocean views!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 13, 2022
Faye W.
Loved it, sat outside and the food was amazing!

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Aug 12, 2022
Janie F.
Your chef and our waitress were/are Amazing!!!! Love!!

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Aug 07, 2022
Debby H.
We went to celebrate my birthday and everything was perfect! A hidden gem with a spectacular view!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 05, 2022
Melissa R.
Great food! Fantastic staff! Perfect!

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Aug 05, 2022
Caryn P.
We loved our experience! Staff is friendly and food outstanding. I’m not sure you could get a better view!

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Aug 04, 2022
Alfred V.
Very good and welcoming restaurant!!

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Aug 03, 2022
Maria M.
awesome!

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Jul 31, 2022
Anne R.
We loved your restaurant. The food and service were great and the views were amazing. We enjoyed our anniversary dinner immensely!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 29, 2022
Jen G.
It was such a special place and the staff let us have our own time to enjoy catching up with each other. The burger and fries was REALLY good, and I consider myself an expert : - ) I cannot wait to go back!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 26, 2022
Patrick P.
Excellent food, the service was extraordinary, and the ambience is everything California seashore has to offer. Good value as well. We'll keep coming back!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 24, 2022
Jesus C.
Everyone and everything was really great. My only discomfort is that we were above the kitchen fan or exhaust or something and it vibrated the floor and was loud. Otherwise, we love the experience.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 18, 2022
Mary L.
Definitely worth our 1 1/2 hour drive. Always makes me feel like I'm on vacation. Waitress was wonderful!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 08, 2022
Barbara S.
A unique environment for a long overdue lunch. It has been many years since I was there and I was very pleased it was the same wonderful as it always been

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
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Value: 6/10
Jul 07, 2022
Jeffrey R.
Superb!! I have been coming to The Shosls for over 10 years, always a wonderful experience. I brought a friend I hadn't seen in 60 years. He was really impressed. Thank you

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 05, 2022
Michael B.
Had a perfect brunch experience for our 40th anniversary at The Shoals. Enjoyed perfect weather, a beautiful ocean view complete with dolphins, and great food sharing an organic greens salad, huervos rancheros, and french toast stuffed with cream cheese. Could not have been a more enjoyable way to celebrate.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 02, 2022
Jinny W.
Beautiful beachside setting, our favorite for a special birthday lunch. Food was a notch above pre-pandemic: lovely experience!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 30, 2022
John C.
The service is excellent, waiters/waitressess all professional and friendly. My wife and I really enjoy our visit to the shoals restaurant; the setting/seating is top rate, a real jem! The menu has all we need and is excellent for flavor and value!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 28, 2022
Joan K.
The wait staff and food was just lovely. We had the Sunday brunch menu which was great.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 26, 2022
Juliet M.
We eat out a lot and the Shoals provided a lovely experience. We will definitely return. The servers were excellent and attentive. We had the Calamari and caprese salad both were delicious. The special Local wild fresh sea bass was perfect. And we shared a flourless chocolate cake. Everything was so so good. And the ambiance could be more lovely next to a beautiful pool and the ocean.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 25, 2022
Sylvia M.
Always good food and friendly service!

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Jun 25, 2022
Aaron A.
Great for lunch

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Jun 23, 2022
Yvonne P.
It's was a pleasant experience to share with our family. Good food, great view perfect weather. Adriana was always kind and thoughtful. She even offered coffee to us after she forgot to bring it with dessert. We will be back. Thank you so much for making my husband's Father's Day so special.