Ventana Grand Cafe
We'd eaten here before, and been impressed, but this time I was less convinced. The room is large and spacious, with typical hotel decor and a large seating area outside, which would be lovely in high summer.
The crispy duck with cress and beanshoots starter was good, but the salmon fishcakewas a disappointment. The flavour was fine, but there was no crunch to the coating and it was swimming in a so-so spinach and sorrel sauce.
For mains we had the pork three ways which, other than the parsnip puree, was a hit. The fish and chips were also good, and a finer dish than the name suggests. But the lemon ricotta and asparagus risotto was a let down. I was slightly concern the lemon might overpower the dish — but there was no fear of that, there was so little it was almost non-existant. The asparagus was equally sparse, if it hadn't been for the odd identifiable piece you would not have known it was there — either at the time of eating, or afterwards (if you know what I mean.) The texture was odd, more ricotta than risotto, and overall although the flavours were reasonably appetising they did not live up to the description on the menu.
The side salad we ordered came with dressing on the side, but as this consisted of a thick vinegar topped with an insipid looking oil which was impossible to mix in the small serving dish we were forced to decant some onto a plate so we could mix and pour it over the salad. The small bowl the salad was served in was stylish, but did not lend itself to tossing the leaves to dress them.
We passed on puddings, so can't comment.
The staff were attentive, without hovering and the wine list provided a reasonable selection by the glass.
Perhaps the chef was having an off day, or maybe we just made some poor choices, but overall it was OK rather than excellent
When I booked I was asked if it was special occasion I said Birthday, it also asked any special requests again i asked for window table. When we arrived nothing was mentioned about either comment so I feel it is a waste of time asking these questions. The staff were not rude but feel they need training in people skills as there was no interaction at all with the customer
The food was very average. We will not be returning which is a shame as the Hotel is very well decorated and furnished and in a fabulous position .
The Ventana is always a pleasurable experience with excellent food and excellent service.
Arrived and restaurant had no record of our booking so I showed them the confirmation email and they seated us. But, the people with us did not like the menu choices or prices so we left without ordering.
An excellent, very comfortable dining experience with very good service. Perfect on a rainy day!
I had booked an afternoon tea in advance online and also called the hotel to confirm. So I was not happy when we arrived in the restaurant to be told that they weren’t sure if we were having dinner or afternoon tea! We waited quite a long time for our food, almost half an hour, so not happy with the service. We both had different pots of tea which had been labelled incorrectly. We could not fault the food as it was delicious and plentiful.
There was not much ambiance as there was nobody else around us.
Offer you posted on this site Not available July - Sept ! ! However the meal we chose was very good.
The food was overall good but Yorkshire pudding was stone cold and hard.lamb was slightly over too. otherwise a great meal
Good service and beautiful dining room. Lovely place to eat.
Service very good and efficient.
A suggestion would be to vary the menu and perhaps not have as much choice.
A good evening had by all four of us.
Sadly after many visits this was our last. Poor service. It took so long to get our food to us and they tried to say it was because it was so busy. The
restaurant wasnt even half full!
Great lunch. I'd not been for a couple of years. It didn't disappoint. We really enjoyed it!
Nice restaurant, gorgeous oysters and food. Staff were very good .
This is out favourite restaurant ever , the food is outstanding with and excellent choice. The service is always excellent with a great atmosphere
Well what can I say. The staff the food were fantastic will be back when I visited Bournemouth again. Xxx
Good deal on the menu with an unadvertised two for one on mains from Sunday evening until end of Friday lunch at 2pm. We both had duck which was exquisite. Could have come with slightly more vegetables but still good as was.
Very disappointed with food and service, previously was really good.
The service was very slow and staff didn't seem to know what they were doing, busy talking to each other so hard to attract attention.
The food was also disappointing, my scallops were small and luke warm and my pork very dry and not enjoyable, my husband enjoyed his oysters and trio of fish but even that had shrunk in size since last visit.
When we arrived there was nice background music playing but even that stopped halfway through and never started up again.
Such a shame, we have always enjoyed our previous visits to Ventana.
Great food and lovely service. Great location and free parking for restaurant users.
Excellent food, Wonderful staff, fantastic art deco restaurant!!
Came here with my girlfriend over the Easter weekend . Good menu, friendly and attentive staff.
Food good as well as wine . Could not fault
Good food in lovely surrounds food excellent the only small problem was the noise and movement from the party going
We dined before the Elvis theme night and arrived early. We were quickly shown to our table and our drinks order was taken quickly, although there was some small delay in the arrival of our drinks. Our waitress was friendly and helpful. The food was excellent.
Food was excellent quality and value for money. Beautiful surroundings. Staff were friendly and very professional. I took my Mum for a birthday lunch and she loved it. We saw the cream teas and afternoon teas come out which looked amazing. Definitely will return. My parents are looking to go to one of their show evenings.
Excellent food, presentation and service. Cannot be faulted.
Food very good and staff friendly and helpful. However, service very slow. We arrived at 13.35 and left at 15.50.
The quality of the food and service was exceptional. My favourite place to dine when in Bournemouth.
Enjoyed a very good Sunday Lunch
Have often used the Ventana and, whenever we have introduced guests, they have always been very satisfied.
A really lovely meal for Valentine’s Day, gifted by Red Letter Days. Food cooked very well and it was delicious. Only thing I noticed was other tables were given palate cleansers and chocolates, which we were not! Only little things but would have really finished it off for us (and not made us feel left out!)
Absolutely stunning. The food was incredible and service was quick and efficient. The decor was tasteful and finished to a high standard.
Would highly recommend!
Gorgeous food in a very chic restaurant. Have been a few times and never been let down. Really recommend.
I was not impressed with my roast if the day, it was only like warm, so think maybe you should take this off the menu. Other food I have had has always been of a paletablebtemperature, although my friend has since told me that her food that she had the previous Monday was also only tepid. Not good recommendation
This restaurant is one of my favourites in the area, and being local to The Overcliff I visit on regular basis. I am just looking for an excuse to stay at the Cumberland Hotel.
Both fixed and a la carte menus offered good choice at reasonable cost. The food, service and ambience were excellent.
Very quiet on that particular day
Friendly yet polite service,good food served unobtrusively and promptly Also checked we were happy with meals.
Overall good birthday treat for my granddaughter
Again a lovely meal with friends, it is now becoming an annual event, as well as the occasional visit throughout the year.
A very pleasant experience with good attentive service. The food was delicious and enjoyed by all three of us at this Sunday Lunch. The cocktails before lunch were delicious.
My husband and I had a fantastic meal here. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The amount of food that was served was just right.
Great restaurant and a beautiful setting. Food very good but service a bit slow
Booked this restaurant based on TripAdvisor rating. Saturday night so expected it to be busy but on arrival drinks took 10 minutes to arrive. Waitress was very unsure of menu options. When it arrived the food was of acceptable quality but not worth the high prices of the establishment. Wait between courses was excessive and when asked for the bill it took 20 minutes and a reminder to arrive. Will not be returning.
We come from west London to stay at your hotel as we love everything about it. Fab food great service too. Highly recommend
We regularly have Sunday Lunch here and have never been disappointed which we cannot say for other more expensive venues. Very Good food, attentive service and location are the keys to the success of this East Cliff gem.