In the past, I've considered the restaurant in the SeaVenture Hotel in Pismo to be a hidden gem. But, I stopped by for dinner while traveling down the coast last week and found it.... lacking. I wasn't very hungry so opted for a couple of items off the 'small plates' side of the menu. Only available in the bar or the patio. I opted for the patio and enjoyed a nice sunset. Also had a tasty 'martini' of some sort with lemon/citrus vodka and champagne. Tasty, but why is every vodka-based drink these days called a martini?
My real disappointment was with the food. I had steamed mussels which were small and fairly bland. The broth was thin and tasteless. I also had the seared ahi which was refrigerator cold. As if they sear off a bunch ahead of time, and serve it straight out of the chiller. How much longer, or how much more effort would it be to cook to order? Flavor was good, but the temperature was a surprise.
I've had meals there before and been very satisfied. Was it an off night? Did I order the wrong things? Has quality declined over the last couple of years?
Where should I have gone for dinner w/in walking distance of the Pismo pier?