Don’t Miss Our Portuguese Pairing Dinner! Wednesday, Aug 27th, 7-9pm! Book Reservations!

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Book Reservations for Our Moroccan Pairing Dinner, Weds. 8/20 @7pm

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Our 1st Place Award for “Best Food” at the Ventura Fair Competition!

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Come in this Weekend and Try Our New Menu!

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Join Us this Weekend! Also Don’t Miss Our Chinese Paring Dinner next Wednesday!

 

 

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Don’t Miss Our Oyster Pairing Dinner! Wednesday, July 23rd, 7-9pm! Book Reservations!

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Don’t Miss Our Thai Food Pairing Dinner on Wednesday! 7/16 7-9pm

5 Courses and 5 Drinks for Only $29 per person!

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Join us on the 4th of July!

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Don’t Miss Our Sushi, Sake & Wine Pairing Dinner! Weds. July 2nd, 7-9pm!

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Don’t Miss Our Zinfandel Tasting Event This Wednesday! 6/25 from 7-9pm

Try 5 Zinfandels and 3 Courses for only $25 per person

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Our Latest Review in the VC Reporter

Peirano’s Restaurant  
204 E. Main St.
Ventura
648-4853
$6-$38

Before handing me the Buddha Spirit cocktail, the server at Peirano’s Restaurant apologized that they had run low on ginger syrup. I tried the drink and thought it was good as it was — plenty strong, the lemon and ginger flavors mingled with the vodka nicely, and the mint garnish made every sip refreshing.

Not three minutes later, however, the bartender came back to say she’d found more ginger syrup and wanted to correct my drink. I took her up on her offer to re-shake it, and after the addition the drink took on a sweet warmth that brought it full circle. My companion pointed over my shoulder and the bartender was waiting below for my approval; I gave a sincere thumbs-up.

Throughout the rest of our meal, the entire staff of Peirano’s Restaurant displayed this pride in their work — a genuine concern for their customers’ enjoyment. When I saw the menu online, I knew that they were aiming to be among the top-tier restaurants in Ventura County, and it’s obvious after visiting that they are well on their way.

It helps that the location is fantastic. Located in the historic Peirano’s Market Building (which formerly housed Jonathan’s), it’s right across the street from the San Buenaventura Mission. But after entering Peirano’s you feel completely transported. The beautiful wooden bar, aged brick walls, colored glass and artwork evoking Mediterranean coasts create a pleasant tension between feeling elsewhere yet looking out at the mission, which is so quintessentially Ventura.

While the Peirano’s building lends the restaurant the ability to feel hip without trying too hard, the quality of the service and food are products of sharp attention to detail. Just after settling into our seats, a basket of amber-toasted bread and rosemary olive oil were on the table before we could even look up to admire the vines snaking through the veranda above. The manager then checked in to see if we had any questions about the menu.

When our appetizer hit the table we were wonder-struck. Many say that a person eats with the eyes first, and with that in mind the tuna tataki was a favorite even before we ruined it with our forks. Thin slices of sunburst-purple watermelon radishes were arrayed around a generous mound of sashimi-grade yellowfin tuna, which was topped with yozu caviar and dressed with red miso vinaigrette.

The flavors were light and not forceful, with the red miso vinaigrette giving a delicate, earthy saltiness. Getting a slice of the cucumber soaked in mirin (a sweet form of sake) was a sweet and tangy treat, and the watermelon radish was really effective for palate cleansing before going back for more.

After our first course was whisked away, the manager checked back again to see if we’d enjoyed everything. Our server was very on-the-ball when she took it upon herself to make sure the wine we’d brought ($15 corkage) breathed while our entrees were being readied. She said our food would be out in 10 minutes; it came in seven.

My companion ordered the crusted salmon, and when it came a sharp pang of envy hit me in the stomach. Partly from the smell, but mainly from the gorgeous golden-orange caramelization that ran around the edges of the oven-roasted filet, a sign of careful execution. The muhammara crust was more a spread over the top than a crust, but this Syrian concoction of roasted pepper, black walnut and pomegranate molasses was a delicious balance of nutty richness against the sweet and tart pomegranate.

I got over my salmon-envy as soon as a simple twist of my fork freed the first bite from the braised short ribs I ordered, which were cooked in Rioja wine with organic acaí berries, cherries and root vegetables. This felt like a fun take on a French approach to this unglamorous cut of meat. The acaí became incorporated into the sauce and the cherries provided a welcome bright presence, making for a tasty and complex brown sauce that was a nice twist on the traditional continental flavored sauces usually served with this cut.

The dessert menu might be the last remnant of the fact that they opened less than a year ago. Among the four choices available that evening, the server recommended the molten dark chocolate cake with the mandarin-orange sorbet. While there was nothing to dislike about the cake or sorbet, it seemed that the dessert section has yet to get the same attention that the rest of the menu has.

On our way to our car, a cook fresh off the clock heard us raving about the salmon. “You enjoyed the salmon?” he asked. “I made that!” Obviously happy that his efforts were appreciated, I left thinking about the attentiveness I noticed all night. This restaurant is clearly here to play its A-game, and I’m guessing by the lively Saturday night crowd and my experience that it will soon be noted as a jewel not only of downtown Ventura, but of all Ventura County.

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Check out our St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Beer Tasting and Events!

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Don’t Miss Our Greek Food, Wine & Spirits Pairing Dinner, Wed. Nov. 6th, 7-9pm.!

Get 5 Great Greek Courses and 5 Great Drinks for one Great Price! Book Reservations call 805.648.4853 – See the Menu Below

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Don’t Miss Our Asian Fusion, Wine & Sake Pairing Dinner, Wednesday Nov. 13th 7-9pm!

Get 5 Great Asian Fusion Courses and 5 Great Drinks for one Great Price! Reservations Still Available, call 805.648.4853

 

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Don’t Miss Our Bourbon & Southern Comfort Dinner Pairing Event! Wed Nov. 20th 7-9pm

For More Information on Tuesday Night Tango Dancing, Please visit www.quantumtango.net

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Don’t Miss Our Zaca Mesa Wine Maker’s Pairing Dinner Event! Wed Dec. 11th 7-9pm!

Get 5 Great Wines and 5 Great Course for one Great Price!
Book Reservations, call 805.648.4853

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Don’t Miss Our Scotch Pairing Dinner Event! Wed Dec. 18th 7-9pm.

Try 5 Scotch Whiskeys along with 5 Great Courses for one Great Price. Book Reservations Early, call 805.648.4853 – See Menu Below

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Don’t Miss Our Lunch & Dinner Specials This Weekend!

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Don’t Miss Our Tequila Pairing Dinner Event This Wednesday, Jan. 8th 7-9pm!

Try 5 Tequilas along with 5 Great Courses for one Great Price. Book Reservations Early, call 805.648.4853 – See the menu below

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Our Pasta & Wine Pairing Dinner, Wednesday, Jan. 15th 7-9pm! Book Reservations, Call 805.648.4853

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Don’t Miss Our Spanish Tapas & Wine Pairing Event Wed. Jan 22nd, 7-9pm!

Try 6 Great Spanish Tapas along with 4 Great Wines for Only $25 Per Person.
Book Reservations, call 805.648.4853 See Menu Below

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Our German Food & Beer Pairing Event! 7-9pm. Only $20 Per Person!

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Our Valentine’s Day Dinner Special Event!

Featuring Live Jazz Music & Stand-up Comedy
To Book Comedy Reservations, please visit www.venturacomedy.com

And Don’t Miss Our Live Music This Weekend!

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Don’t Miss Our Cocktails & Flat Bread Pairing, Wednesday, Feb 19th, from 7-9pm!

Try 3 Great Cocktails & 3 Flat Bread Creations for only $25 per person. Book Reservations, call 805.648.4853 or Reserve Online

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Don’t Miss Our Mediterranean Food & Wine Pairing Dinner, Wednesday Feb 26th, 7-9pm!

And Our Live Music Lineup for this weekend Featuring Tony Ybarra Tonight, along with Flamenco Dancer Mercedes Ibarra!

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Come in for Our Dinner Specials & Live Music This Weekend!

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Don’t Miss Our British Food & Beer Pairing Dinner Event! Wednesday, March 5th, 7-9pm

Try 5 Traditional British Courses Paired with 5 British Beers & Ciders for Only $25 Per Person! Book Reservations, Call 805.648.4853

 

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Don’t Miss Our Portuguese Food & Wine Pairing Dinner Event! Wednesday, March 12th, 7-9pm

And Don’t Miss Shawn Jones This Friday, March 7th at 7pm!

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Don’t Miss Our Irish Food & Beer Pairing Dinner! Wednesday, March 19th, 7-9pm!

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Don’t Miss Our Sicilian Food & Wine Pairing Dinner. Wednesday, March 26th, 7-9pm. Featuring Guest Chef Ken Ken Calascione

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Don’t Miss Our Live Music This Weekend!

Join us this Friday at 7pm for Ruben Estrada & Friends with Special Guests!
Book Reservations, call 805.648.4853

 

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Don’t Miss Our French Food & Wine Pairing Dinner! Wednesday April 2nd, 7-9pm

Try 5 Great French Courses Paired with 5 Great French Wines from the Bordeaux Region!

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Join Us for Our Weekend Music!

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Don’t Miss Our Martinis & Tacos Pairing Dinner! Wednesday April 9th, 7-9pm

Try 5 Great Tacos & 5 Great Martinis for only $30 Per Person! Book Reservations.

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Don’t Miss Our Pasta & Wine 5 Course Pairing Dinner! Wednesday Apr 16th, 7-9pm

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Join Us for Easter Sunday Featuring a Special Menu!

And Our Catalonian Pairing Dinner Next Wednesday!

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Don’t Miss Our 4 Course Vegan Pairing Dinner Wednesday Apr 30th, 7-9pm!

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Don’t Miss Our Lebanese Pairing Dinner Event! Wednesday May 14th, 7-9pm!

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Join Us for Memorial Day Weekend!

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Don’t Miss Our African Pairing Dinner Wednesday June 11th, 7-9pm

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Don’t Miss Our Red & White Wine Blends Tasting Event Tomorrow, Weds. May 28th! 7-9pm

Try 5 Wines + Appetizers for Only $20 Per Person! Book Reservations!

 

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Come in and Try our Specials This Weekend!

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Don’t Miss our Belgian Beer Tasting Event! Weds, June 4th, 7-9pm

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Don’t Miss Our Father’s Day Brunch Buffet & Weekend Specials

Also Book Reservations for Our African Pairing Dinner, Weds. 6/11 from 7-9pm

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Don’t Miss Our Caribbean Food & Rum Pairing Dinner. 6/18 7-9pm

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Come in and try our Lunch & Dinner Specials this Weekend!

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