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“By The Sea, by the Sea, by the Beautiful Sea...”

Shoals Restaurant at The Cliff House Inn
Ranked #26 of 475 Restaurants in Ventura
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 30 - US$ 50
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 1 August 2018

The Shoals is hands-down the most wonderful place to enjoy an afternoon or a moonlit evening with waves crashing a few feet from your table. Last time I met friends for lunch we watched dolphins frolic as we had meal. The food can be hit or miss but you sure cannot beat the location. The pasta dish was a bit overcooked, salads fine, delicious scallops and fish dishes. And their signature dessert quite good too. The atmosphere is the thing here. Location, location, location!

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

The restaurant sits under an old over priced beat up hotel. The view of the ocean is great if you don't mind looking over the hotel pool. The menu is very small, over priced & not very good. Would not recommend this place.

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

I ordered Fish and Chips , it was just ok as the cod was (which I found out after ordering) locally caught and I'm used to Alaskan. It may be just my preference and not another's so I don't want to deter anyone from ordering it.
My sister ordered Seared Ahi and that was pretty darn good. Cousin ordered Cioppino and I dipped bread in it which was also very good .
So overall it's a hit or miss with the menu selections
Wonderful service and views which were excellent for the group photos we took

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

Eating on the Cliff above the Ocean and watching dolphins swim by what more could you ask for. Oh just maybe the most outstanding reasonably priced meal too. The ambiance, the staff, the fresh ocean air all comes with amazing food. I can’t stress enough how lunch here is the most pleasant experience on the Ventura Coast. We have driven by this restaurant for years, but when we finally stopped to actually eat lunch we were so happy we did. Since then we have probably had lunch here at least 20 times and it has become our go to place to just recharge and breathe...

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

The rooms are old with beat up linen on worn out mattresses. The floors are creaky. The showers are cheap, stained old tubs that drain poorly.
There is no ventilation in the rooms other than an old floor fan and the windows or the front door if you dont mind mosquitoes. The place isnt close to anything & the restaurant downstairs servers no more than 4 items a night. Not the best quality and the prices are very high.
Finally if for any reason you are asked to leave due to weather, fire or water, they will not refund your stay even if you have the skill to stay a little longer to help fix a potential disaster. In a nut shell the place is tourist trap!

Date of visit: December 2017
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