The Sur House at Ventana Inn

48123 Highway 1, Big Sur (831) 667-2331, ventanainn.com

The newly redone Ventana at Big Sur – now renamed The Sur House – is just as breathtaking as ever, with a menu to match the steep and stunning ocean view. Perched up high in natural surroundings, enjoy souped-up classic dinner options and a glass of bubbly with an unbeatable view of the deep Pacific (unless you choose to dine indoors, where beautiful wooden walls do make one feel as though they may be inside a tree). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served, inspired by talented Executive Chef Paul Corsentino.