THE FACES OF MARISOL Restaurant
eat, drink and be merry…
Maybe you’ve seen it when you drove through Pismo Beach on California State Highway 101, the beautiful, oceanfront Cliffs Resort hotel and its restaurant and bar Marisol. The Spanish name “Marisol” translates to “Sea” (mar) and “Sun” (sol) and what other name could be more fitting for this Central Coast hot spot? With panoramic views of the Pacific and the beautiful coastline that surrounds, at Marisol, the visual experience alone is enough to create a line of people that extends out the door, all who are waiting for a table. But there’s a whole-lot-more to enjoy about this place than just the appeal of what meets the eye. With a colorful team of professionals on staff, all contributing their unique talents, Marisol is not just a great place to eat. It’s an “experience” that pleases all of your senses.
chef de cuisine
Victor Flores began his culinary career at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort at the age of 19. He thrived in the fast-paced atmosphere and discovered his passion for the culinary arts. Victor’s superiors quickly recognized his aptitude for greater culinary skills and readily promoted him through the kitchen ranks.
As Chef de Cuisine, Victor is responsible for the Marisol menu concepts and execution where he showcases the best of local, sustainable produce, meat and seafood. Raised in a farming family, Chef Victor developed an early appreciation for not only for the ingredients of a delicious meal, but also for the people that grow and cultivate them.
Chef Victor’s passion for food extends from his roots, where he continually explores new and unique flavor pairings by preparing meals for family and friends. Outside of the kitchen, Chef Victor takes full advantage of the beauty of the Central Coast and enjoys his time outdoors hiking, exercising or relaxing at the beach.
Ever since she can remember, Rising Star Pastry Chef Jeniece Grimshaw has been a lover of all things sweet. Born and raised in Northern California, as a young child Grimshaw rode the apron strings of her mom – an accomplished home baker who made everything from scratch. It was only a matter of time until she realized her interest in food extended way beyond the kitchen, so Grimshaw enrolled in culinary school in Sacramento, California, and after years of refining her palate and honing her skills, she fell head over heels into baking and cake decorating.Eventually Grimshaw decided it was time to broaden her culinary vocabulary and make a move outside of the city limits to California’s beautiful central coast. It is here where she has gained recognition as a leading sugar artist and baker at Novo Restaurant and Big Sky Café in San Luis Obispo as well as Splash Café in Pismo Beach.
“It’s no secret that I have a serious sweet tooth, but what most people don’t know is my passion for music and anything that makes me laugh” says Grimshaw. If you don’t find her in the kitchen, she’s probably visiting the local record store sifting through vinyl or at the comedy house enjoying a good stand-up on stage.
In her new role at Marisol, Jeniece will oversee the pastry program with creative freedom to introduce her vision. Jeniece will also cater pastries and desserts for all events hosted at The Cliffs Resort. Please join us in welcoming the newest face of Marisol – Jeniece Grimshaw!
Central Coast native, Amanda Gill is the Wine Director of the Marisol Restaurant at the Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach, California. She is responsible for managing wine inventory and menus for the hotel and restaurant as well as tailoring specific food and wine pairings for weekly dinner menus in coordination with Chef de Cuisine.
After graduating from Saint Mary’s College in 2012, Amanda returned home to Edna Valley where she began work at Tolosa Winery. During her time there, Amanda learned about the wine growing regions throughout the Central Coast.
Amanda attributes her ever-growing love of wine to her experiences traveling abroad visiting wine producing regions around the world. Amanda strives to extend the same hospitality by sharing her knowledge of locally grown wines with all guests who travel to the Cliffs Resort.
maitre’ d | social director
You probably know David Kline, Maitre’ D and Social Director at Marisol, but if you don’t, you should. His ability to remember names is astonishing, so don’t be surprised if he greets you personally. He knows everything about what’s happening in the area and participates in just about every local activity. But be forewarned – if you run in to him at Marisol, he just might talk you in to joining him.
Open 7-days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Marisol at The Cliffs Resort is a great place to go for an intimate dinner, a casual lunch, evening cocktails, happy hour appetizers or Sunday brunch.
2757 Shell Beach Road Pismo Beach 93449 | 805.773.2511 | 805.773.5000