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71 Palm
71 Palm

71 Palm Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.71palm.com
  • Phone: (805) 653-7222
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday -Saturday: 5:00pm - close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, American
  • Executive Chef: Didier Poirier
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private parking lot in rear of restaurant.
A word from 71 Palm
At 71 Palm, Chef Didier prepares French American comfort food using the freshest locally farmed ingredients. Located in the historic seaside town of Ventura, guests enjoy casual elegant dining in this pet friendly charming 1910 historic landmark craftsman cottage.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "71 Palm was a great dining experience. The servers were friendly and attentive, the ambiance was great, and the food was AMAZING! It is a little more on the pricey side, but well worth every penny. We were very satisfied and will definitely be back for more!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Dog friendly! They even have a special dog menu. Such a beautiful setting and wonderful food....."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We ate at 71 Palm recently and everything was excellent. The owner served us himself. The caprese salad and lobster bisque starters were delicious. My rack of lamb and my husband's pork loin were tender and perfectly cooked. We ordered wine by the glass to enjoy 2 different wines with the courses. Floating island was light and not too sweet for dessert."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "A must for dinner when in Ventura. Always reliable with great food, drinks, and service. Didier makes it a place where you feel welcome with personal service."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Our granddaughters devoured their beautiful & melt-in-your-mouth Floating Island desserts. How nice to have this choice for dessert & it was better than one we ate in Paris! The chef prepared perfect lamb chops for me."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "71 Palm is still great after all these years. The Plat du Jour is the way to go - an amazing value and classic dishes. The petite filet is also good and cooked PERFECTLY. The rice on the side was uninspired, but that would be my only complaint."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "It was a good experience, the food was very good and the service top notch. All the customers seemed to be having a good time. Expect a pleasant albeit pricey experience. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary dinner here, and hoped it would be good based on other reviews. It was pretty fantastic! It is very quaint inside, smaller than pictures might appear. We were seated in a corner in front of a bay window with the windows open, and a lovely Ventura ocean breeze coming in. It was quiet, as it was Thursday evening at 6:30pm, and only one other table inside was occupied. Other people showed up during our stay, but it did remain quiet. The food was fantastic, from beginning to end, and was rich, tasty, and full of flavor, as we expected from high quality French cuisine. Our server (Tommaso) was professional, police, and offered impeccable service. We highly recommend this restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "A disappointing dining experience though perhaps our expectations were too high for Mother’s Day. The owner and staff were clearly stressed. There was no greeting, just “we’ll be with you in a few minutes.” In our reservation we had requested a table on the patio but were told when we arrived that the “downstairs staff” was overwhelmed. Our seat upstairs was reasonable though we waited quite awhile for service. Server Veronica was very nice. Expensive drinks. Salad was warm, soup was barely warm. Entrees were good quality and well-prepared though lukewarm when served. We walked past the owner, hostess and at least two servers as we left with no acknowledgement from them whatsoever. It was worth the try but we’ll probably not be going back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Made Mother's Day special with super service and excellent food."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Beautiful presentation and great tasting food. I had the pork chop with spinach & roasted garlic. Another guest had the fillet, and another a fish special. Everyone really enjoyed the food and we all split a piece of the flour less chocolate cake. I would definitely go back again. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Our special birthday celebration was perfect at 71 Palm. Bread arrived with dinner rather than ahead of time...but no big deal. Food was delicious, service was great."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The food, service and ambiance were wonderful! Loved, loved, loved the chocolate martini! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I ordered one of the speciasl, the Tilapia with mushroom sauce. ..simply delicious. So was the leek soup and flourless chocolate cake with ganache....actually the cake was amazing!!!!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Our family decided to try this restaurant because we had never had french food before. It was WAY overpriced for what you get. On top of that, it wasn't even very good. We were nice and tipped our waitress 20% even though we didn't like it particularly. We won't return. Sorry. All thumbs down."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Not the kind of meal I eat very often. Rich Sauces. Heavy meats. French Fries. But it was pretty good. The service was outstanding. The old house, with fire place going, was comfortable on a rainy night. A nice option."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food is simply excellent. 71 Palm consistently serves fine dining."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We dined for Valentine's Day and the set menu, offered in three seatings, was satisfying and service was handled well despite the pressure of the night and a full house."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Special menu that was short, but well thought out. The food was excellent and the service was great! With our reservation, there was about a four minute wait, which shows attention to detail,"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Had a great dinner at the earliest of their three seatings (all fully booked). Steaks were delicious and cooked just the way we wanted them. The flourless chocolate cake finished the meal wonderfully. This restaurant never disappoints."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was our first time at this cute little house on the hill. The food was excellent and the historic landmark-turned-restaurant had a nice intimate atmosphere. The tables for two are a bit close together for our taste. It was a very busy night so it took awhile to get drinks and be waited on but all-in-all, we enjoyed the evening and may return again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I went on Valentine's day; while the menu was very small, the food was delicious. The meal was served quickly, which can be taken as good or bad depending on your mood and plans. Service was rushed and seemed a little thin, as it was valentines day, although I only had my drink refilled once, otherwise I had to refill my own water. While I will probably not return on a busy day, I will definitely come back on a less busy day, as the food was delicious."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Portions too small, should have included dinner roll, veg, and individual dessert for the price. Granted it was a valentines day dinner special but $ 55 per person was rather pricey . Had an assembly line feel."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food quality is good and so as the service. the only thing I didn't like is too cozy very small table good thing we sat outside patio. It's pet friendly but they didn't have a menu for our dog maybe because of the occasion."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Was looking for a quiet comfortable dinner in Ventura and 71 palm turned out to be the perfect fit. Nice combination of French and california dishes from oysters for appetizers, fresh fish for entrees and crepes for dessert. Everyone was quite pleasant and the eveening was a success."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "It was nice to see that 71 Palm hasn't lost its charm, since all of us that went had not been in some time. The food was delicious. Great place to celebrate a special occasion."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "If you haven't been here, you're missing out on one of Ventura's fine dining gems and outstanding wine list. The service is only comparable to the creations of Chef Didier. But please don't bother him at the bar...that's our seat on Saturday night. -Marc and Angie"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We spend a lot of time in France and love it, but when we just want a little French experience we go to 71 Palm. Didier's warm welcome, a little chat in French, some great French food, and we are back in Paris for the evening. We're big and!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Fairly low key, very good food, with daily specials. Nice setting, in an old victorian house. We did not see the upstairs. What really made it stand out was the excellent service. Our waitpreson and helper were very attentive without being overbearing. Food came promptly, but it was clear that we were free to linger over drinks, coffee etc. We had not been to this restaurant for several years, but now we will put it on our list of regulars, They even crumbed the table. I haven't seen that done in a long time."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Arrived for the 7pm New Year's eve seating, table for 5 was ready when we arrived - confusion within the staff (busy with the 5pm seating leaving and the 7pm seating arriving). Once seated we waited 10 minutes before we were offered drinks or water. We spent that time going over the menu and ordered when the waitress came for our drink order. Drinks and water arrived promptly followed by appetizers. We then waited near an hour for our food. The meal arrived and was excellent. We were offered desert and ordered a couple with coffee, the waitress stating it could take 10 minutes for the lava cake. A member of our group heard the wait staff telling a 9pm seating client that their table was not ready because people ordered cake..."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We were very disappointed. The owner, Didier literally jacked up the prices to ridiculous. We were shocked. The worst part about it was that the food was less than mediocre. WAY WORSE than his everyday menu.My chicken was so dry I thought an amateur made it! The cocktails were $16 bucks each!!!!!!! Why do restaurants do this to their loyal patrons? It was sad. We almost got up and left. We will never eat there again. I can't understand the greed. If you are going to stick it to people, then at least have VERY memorable food!!!!! GEEEZ!!!!!!!! We left feeling very sad and bent over, so to speak."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We dined here over the Christmas holiday (4 people) and will not return unless they make signifcant changes. The menu selection is decent but the food is marginal considering we ordered 4 separate dishes and nobody experienced a knockout dish. I don't like to slam any local business and suggest you read reviews on several sites before you make a choice. My only real complaint is the staff is very unprofessional and when paying $30+ for a dish I expect the wait staff to be well trained and efficient. I can't remember the last place I visited where the staff would reach across in front of our faces to deliver or retreive dishes. No uniforms for staff and not impressed by people wearing tennis shoes when I dress for a dining experience."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Few foodies would rate Ventura, California as a hotbed of great or even imaginative cuisine. We have a few food trucks, a few authentic Mexican restaurants, one notably hip restaurant in downtown—not naming names, but more famous for decor than food—and well, a few odds and ends and that's about it. Alone, 71 Palm stands out as THE restaurant for fine food in the city. Located in a beautifully restored Craftsman house on a hill in downtown, inside is homey and pleasant. Service is unobtrusive and superb. The crab cakes were heavenly, my rack of lamb gorgeously crusted & impossibly tender. All six in our party raved about their dishes. The apple tatin with caramel, amazing. Thank you, Chef Didier, for elevating our town with your excellence."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "71 Palm is a throwback to the days of having a nice, civilized dinner in a pretty white linen tablecloth atmosphere. The service is professional, the food very good-some dishes better than others but all consistently good, and a good a fair priced wine list. 71 Palm is in an old house and is decorated very tastefully for Christmas-just enough to convey the holiday spirit without going overboard. Saturday night was our first visit and I'm sure we'll be returning."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Professional and amiable but not fake "friendly" service, warm ambience, specials menu -- super. Christmas decor a nice touch, lthough early. Moderate noise level was from diners conversing, much better than blaring music. Appetizers (lobster bisque; haricot vert) great; main courses (osso buco [special] and strip steak, rare, cab-gorgon sauce) awesome. Problem- dessert: Crepes nutella a la mode delicious, but tiramisu gloppy / poorly presented. Price a little high for high class bistro food. Because of the price my wife would not recommend, but she liked everything else. I agree about the price being slightly high, but still recommend. (four AND A HALF stars for the food) Overall, a lovely and delicious time."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "71 Palm is one of my favorite restaurants in Ventura County. The atmosphere is most pleasant. Upstairs dining room is better for groups; down stairs preferable for couples or parties of four. The menu is varied with a decidedly French flair. Having a parking lot behind the charming Craftsman structure is a definite bonus. And BTW the food is consistently noteworthy."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Two couples for dinner. Everyone enjoyed there food with good service. The soups were outstanding, so was the floating island desert."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Advertised as French American Cuisine, but the food did not live up to the billing. Crab cake had a broken shell in it. Steaks were over cooked. Sauces just didn't seem up to par to other French restaurants I've dined at. Just OK, but with a price that should have delivered exceptional dinning."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "We had a great dinner, everyone had something different and everyone was extremely pleased. Our entire party plans to come back again. We were not rushed, and the meal was paced perfectly."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "We've been here 3 times now (only for dinner). During our last visit, the person in charge (who also served as bartender) was super strict about the presentation and quality of the food. I noticed that he personally inspected every plate before it went out to a table. Strict? Maybe. But he was professional and polite (even to his staff). And we were served perfect food by an attentive staff. The ambience is also great. It used to be an elegant cottage in the early 1900's and is now, of course, a restaurant. This gives it a very "homely" feel, almost as if you're visiting someone's house for dinner. A great place to take someone for a nice occasion if you're looking for something different."
    Dined on 11/9/2013