Sea Venture

It's not often that a local restaurant reinvents itself for the better, but when Chef Paul Novak came out of Seattle with 21 years of experience and sophistication, he brought Sea Venture's flavor to new heights.

Let me tell you about the excellent 5 course dinner we had on Friday night. It started with an amazing bistro plate. The attention to detail was prevalent in this delicious appetizer. It featured almonds that were roasted and infused with fresh candied orange peels, rosemary, and olive oil. The dish also featured artichoke hearts, roasted garlic, and memorable roasted bell peppers, bell pepper spread, and goat cheese all beautifully plated with thinly sliced toasted bread.

Next up were the mixed field greens featuring sweet juicy pairs, a generous helping of blue cheese, and tender baby greens. This is a salad that I will order again and again.

Then the bouillabaisse was served. It was surprisingly delicate as the calamari was very tender and the mussels and clams were so well married in this gentle broth. Mild, delicious, and satisfying.

The lobster that I ordered was cooked perfectly and presented with elegance. The tiny baby potatoes, young and crisp green beans, as well as fresh sweet corn were a delicious compliment. I must say that I cannot recall better lobster - it was so tender and sweet!

Finally dessert: the Mexican flan with caramel melted silkily in my mouth; the peach cobbler, served in a little baking dish, had a fluffy, buttery crust, and is by far one of the best desserts I have ever enjoyed.

The delicious food paired with the friendly service and the view of the coastline makes for dining that is perfectly elegant. So don't just take my word for it, see for yourself. Plan to enjoy one of the best dinner in Pismo Beach at the Sea Venture Resort!