Best Ventura Restaurants

Here's Our Favorite Eateries in Ventura


Cafe Fiore Restaurant and Martini Bar

Our favorite restaurant in Ventura! Café Fiore is located in the heart of downtown Ventura across the street from the Bella Maggiore Inn. The menu features many mouth-watering dishes. My personal favorite is Agnolotti di Pollo e Spinaci al Marsal (homemade ravioli stuffed with savory roasted chicken... Read more

Anacapa Brewery

Good micro-brew, yes, but don't be fooled, the tasty original menu here is just as good a reason why we love to come here, plus a fun, lively atmosphere.
472 E. Main Street

71 Palm Restaurant

At 71 Palm Restaurant, Chef Didier prepares local farm to table French-American brasserie style fare. Located in the historic seaside town of Ventura, guests enjoy casual elegant dining in this family owned and operated historic 1910 landmark cottage, adjacent to Mission San Buenaventura... Read more

Paradise Pantry

Charlene's Urban Tapas and Wine Bar
While the Paradise Pantry is a fabulous wine bar with incredibly delicious cheeses, cured meats, pickles, fruits and hand-made chocolates, it's also an eatery with the most delicious gourmet sandwiches in town, or anywhere!
222 E. Main St.
(805) 641-9440

Cafe Zack

The atmosphere in this converted little house is cozy, charming, elegant yet unassuming. But the insanely delicious food is what makes Cafe Zack one of the best gourmet restaurants in town . Reservations highly reccomended.
1095 E. Thompson Blvd
(805) 643-9445

The Taj Cafe

The tasty dishes here will make your mouth sing! If you're new to Indian cuisine, let the staff help you through the menu for a match to your tastes. Cozy atmoshpere, the front window cubbies are very romantic.
574 E. Main Street
(805) 652-1521

Capriccio Italian Restaurant
capriccio italian restaurant
A local favorite. Consistanty good Italian fare with nice presentation, moderately priced, good service, nice environment. Reservations reccomended on weekends.
298 E. Main Street
(805) 643-7115

Maria Bonita

The only upscale Mexican restaurant in Ventura and features the best Mole' dishes in town. The place is small, cozy and decorated with wall art as colorful as the dishes they serve. Depending on how spicy you like your food, you can choose from a few different moles... Read more

The Busy Bee Café

One of Ventura’s oldies but goodies, this diner has been a fixture on Main Street since 1963. Already a favorite meeting place for downtown merchants, the owners created mass appeal once they decided to embrace a time when a good meal meant a burger, fries and a shake. They tossed a juke box in... Read more

Nature's Grill

One of our favorite lunch spots. Everything on the menu at Nature's Grill is delicious, healthy and easy on the wallet, and the atmosphere is casual and lively.
566 E. Main Street
(805) 643-7855

Cafe Nouveau
Cafe Nouveau Restaurant
One of our favorite weekend breakfast spots, epecially outside in the garden patio on a beautiful day.  The food is very tasty, and Fido is welcome too.
1497 E. Thompson Blvd
(805) 648-1422

Spencer Makenzie’s Fish Company

Not far from downtown’s Main Street you’ll find a small seafood restaurant in a boat-shaped building. Lucky for us, owner John Karayan had a dream of opening a budget friendly quality seafood restaurant and has dedicated the last 20 years perfecting unique... Read more


Andria’s Seafood Restaurant and Market

This local favorite isn’t fancy, but the tasty food is well worth the line out the door (that’s me at the end of line, not minding the wait). For twenty years Andria’s has been serving healthy portions of fresh, quality seafood caught by local fisherman. Everything on the menu is scrumptious. Personally, I can never resist a cup of clam chowder.... Read more

The Greek at the Harbor
This is the only Ventura restaurant where you can experience authentic Greek food while professional belly-dancers entertain you. The restaurant is located along the waterfront so outside dining is pleasurable and fun! Reservations are highly recommended, especially on weekend evenings.
1583 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 101
(805) 650-5350


Cappelletti Trattoria
Just steps away from the beach and features tasty genuine Italian dishes at reasonable prices. The ambiance is cozy, very casual and friendly. We like to enjoy the evening ocean breeze and enjoy a glass a wine with our dinner in the heated patio.
1141 South Seaward Ave
(805) 643-3644

Spasso Cucina Italiana
Spasso Cucina Italiana
The original and tasty dishes here feature freshly made pasta, and the service is excellent. Another reason Seaward Village is becoming a dining destination in Ventura.
1140 S. Seaward Ave.
(805) 643-2777

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Other Visitor's Favorite Ventura Restaurants

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Mimi's Cafe 
Mimi's Cafe on Thompson Blvd in the Pacific View Mall lot has good prices and an interesting menu. In addition you can sign up online and get a free entree …

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Bier Brats Custom Hot Dogs and beer Hall 
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Cuernavaca Restaurant 
This is a Mexican food restaurant in old Ventura. The burrito is huge and delicious, as well as the sopes. They have carne al pastor which is a bit hard …

Cafe Noveou  
This restaurant is in an old cottage house off of thompson blvd. it has many rooms to dine in and a very beautiful outdoor patio area with a fountain. …

Social Tap 
Great beer selection, delicious burgers and tacos!! Perfect place to watch sporting events without being an overbearing sports bar. Love the location …

Top Hat Burger Palace 
Top Hat Burger Palace which for 50 years was located on the corner of Oak Street and Main has moved to the corner of Catalina and Main, across from Ventura …


Lure Fish House on California 
Outstanding in every way; terrific appetizers, oyster bar, entrees, fun and upbeat ambiance, friendly efficient service. Very popular and beautiful bar! …

71 Palm 
Wow, what can I say? One of our favorite restaurants in town. My wife and I have been coming here for over ten years and are never disappointed. Great …

Been there many times. Casual steak and burger bar with huge draft beer selection. Much of the usual stuff, plus some exotic items like buffalo, elk …

Lalo's Fast Food (Mexican Food) 
Lalo's Fast Food is located on Ventura Ave just before you get to Stanley Blvd heading North on Ventura Ave. They have been in business for over 10years …

This fantastic Thai restaurant has been in Ventura at the same location for over 30 years. Although recently there have been a plethora of Thai restaurants …

Taste: 5 Atmosphere: 5 Service: 5 Value: 5 I went their last night and I left with the biggest smile i cant wait to go back the short ribs were amazing …

Andria's Seafood 
Taste: 5 Atmosphere: 3 Service: 5 Value: 4 When I am in the mood for fried fish this is where I go. The fish and chips is a great value and always …

Mary's Secret Garden  
Gourmet Vegan - Mary is an extraordinary Chef and the food is indescribably delicious, fresh and even meat eaters marvel at her various veggie burgers, …

Maria Bonita 
The Mole' dishes (3 kinds - spicy, mild and sweet) are sooo good, I don't even know how any of the other dishes taste. I can't seem to bring myself to …

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