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Cafe Fiore
Cafe Fiore

Cafe Fiore Details

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.cafefiore.net
  • Email: ventura@cafefiore.net
  • Phone: (805) 653-1266
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Giulio Landi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Cater your office or house party with full service catering with our party planner, MaryJane Fendler. We can set up from the smallest of affairs to larger events with full service catering, including on site chef, servers and bartenders. Our menu is made to accommodate any type of cuisine desired.
    We can set up all the small details, from the florist to the band. Our website displays preset menus that can be added to or changed at your discretion.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Mary Jane Felder (818) 399-3113
  • Entertainment: Cafe Fiore brings back the old standards every Tuesday night with our famous Jazz nite. We display an eclectic play list of bands, ranging from Latin guitarist, reggae, and top 40 bands so you can dance the night away.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Santa Clara
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Located directly behind Cafe Fiore is a 4 story parking lot, free of charge.
A word from Cafe Fiore
Located in historic downtown Ventura, just blocks from the beach. Our comfortable booths have loose pillow seating which gives the restaurant a warm and delightful atmosphere. Come sit by the warm fireplace or have a seat at our fully stocked bar and sip some of our most innovative cocktails or some of our 40 martinis. Our traditional Southern Italian cooking is made with old world recipes. We take pride in giving our utmost service to our diners and to make everyone feel like family. If patio dining is what you are looking for, try our covered heated patio that feels like you are in a Tuscan villa or try our expanded patio and sit in our private cabanas and enjoy the fireplace and the spinning sounds of the hottest DJ's. Look on our website for fun events, like our summer cigar dinners, wine tasting events and our annual picnic and movie in the park. We look forward to serving you! Cheers and Bon AppetiContinued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
Diner Reviews
  • "Everything about Cafe Fiore is done well. The food is simply outstanding. I have been here 3 times and have tried 3 varieties of pizza, 2 pastas, and multiple desserts and drinks. Everything has been not just good but great. It is my favorite place now."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We had a get together here with a group of friends from out of town. This place is easy to find, it has a lot of group tables and the food is great! I highly reccommend the New Zealand salmon"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Food was very good. Server was not very pleasant. She seemed impatient when we took our time discussing wines. She did offer samples and was knowledgeable about the wine. Menu extensive and everyone at our table enjoyed their food choice."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My husband and I decided to spend our 20th Anniversary in Ventura. I found reviews on Café Fiore online and I must say, we were not disappointed! The food was amazing! The ambience was just right...casual but nice ( we didn't want formal ), comfortable. The service was good and our server even surprised us with a sparkling dessert! We will be back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Our favorite in Ventura. Excellent food and great service."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Celebrated my boyfriends Birthday. I asked a question via opentable and was surprised to get a call from the hostess to notify me that they actually had it. The day of, I called and asked if they could write on the dessert plate "Happy Birthday." Based on past comments I ordered the Carpaccio and requested extra slices of meat so we could share the appetizer. It was fresh and the greens gave it an earthy taste. He had a the ribeye, great quality of meat and I ordered the osso buco. For dessert they brought the menu and I turned it down. My waiter looked at me and nodded. Shortly after our beautiful dessert came with a candle and it said Happy Birthday in chocolate sauce on the plate! I paid for the dessert but it was well worth it!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We were there for a business lunch. Service was excellent and attentive. We had the table for several hours after the meal and the staff was very good about leaving us to our discussions."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We found this restaurant as a stopover on our way to Pismo Beach. The food was so fabulous with such an interesting menu that we will make sure we return"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We met our client who was driving down from from Silicon Valley, and us from Agoura Hills. Needed to find a place in Ventura that was comfortable, casual , quiet enough to talk and wouldn't mind us hanging out for hours... The food was good, the service was great and we felt that we didn't need to rush out. Will definitely go again!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food and the fine service. I also had a very nice reasonable class of white wine."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We are up the road in Santa Barbara and have a very good choice of fine restaurants to pick from. Still we find ourselves heading down to Ventura because of this gem. NO disappointments. One time a bit heavy handed with the salt but corrected immediately with no fuss."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The ambience was fantastic for our celebration and the wine list had a plethora of regions to choose from in reds and whites. I chose an Amarone to celebrate with a girlfriend for her Birthday and it was a mouthful of flavor and paired very well with the food. I chose the Beef Carpaccio which could have had a bit more beef (for my taste) so they accomodated upon request to shave a bit more for me. The other girls chose various salads with Grilled Salmon but I must say I will always get the Carpaccio as it was as good as I experienced in Italy with Arugula and shaved Parmesean and a drizzle of an amazing dressing to give it a lemony compliment with caper it was fantastic! It was an overall delightful experience and I reccomend it highly!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "High quality food & prep. A bit rich and not as flavorful as Sicilian type cooking. Most folks will like."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We go to Cafe Fiore for dinner to celebrate a birthday or special occasion. When weather permits (most of the time in Ventura) we sit outside on the patio. Every time we've eaten at CF, the food has been excellent. No complaints there. But, ambience and noise level vary. Typically it's nice -- from intimately quiet to acceptably moderate. Recently on the patio a nearby patron was yapping much louder than she needed to, but I think she felt she needed to overcome live music pouring from the Treehouse plus other music coming from the PA. Needless to say, it was sonic distraction for us. Fortunately not our typical experience. Service last time was perfect, but other times has felt overbearing and interruptive with too many check-in visits."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We have been here twice. Oth times the food has been very good. We will come again. We like that it isn't too loud."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Been here countless times, always for dinner. Great food and good service keep me coming back. Met with friends for lunch this week and while they enjoyed their salads (Cobb and Salmon) I made a big miss by selecting the salad with calamari and crab. It was unappealing, bland in taste, and a fairly small bowl of over-dressed ordinary greens and soggy fried calamari. I'm not sure where the crab was. There WERE some bits of grey-colored flesh (nothing like crab meat) that I avoided. Fortunately, I was wise to order the sausage and mushroom pizza as appetizer for the table to share--it is always excellent. Tried the white sangria (made with champagne) and enjoyed it even more than the red. I'll be back but never for this dreadful salad."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Expected a typical Italian restaurant, but there was lots of variety and different entrees."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It was a very pleasant experience. The only thing that I have a concern about is the length of time it took to get our food. It was too long. Other than that, it was great."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Fabulous dinner beginning with the lobster bisque and salads...Superb pastas...rounded off with to die for desserts - warm, heavenly donuts and an out of this world turtle sundae. Excellent service. A bit pricey but good value for a California restaurant. Thank you for a glorious evening, Cafe Fiore!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Dined with friends on Friday evening and we all thoroughly enjoyed our dinner . . . not to mention great cocktails! As always, great service, the right music and a local crowd. One of our local faves!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The ambience and food was great. The main salad dishes were weak so I wouldn't chose that but the other dishes were to die for. The service for a party of 8 on a Thursday night was slow.We got there at 6 and wasn't served until 7:30 pm, we were starving. We did get bread, two kinds one soft and one you could crack your tooth on. Yummy spread for the bread. I would go again and make sure I order appetizers. It would be on my favorite list."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I've come to Café Fiore a copule of times And the service is great and so is the food."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "This was a birthday dinner for my better half. So disappointed The service was just ok. The food awful, tasteless appitizers and The main course wasn't appealing and tasted terriable. We haven't been here in awhile but knew it would be great For a celebration. We were wrong."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "This is my favorite restaurant in Ventura. The is very good. The service is excellent. Good ambiance. I feel welcomed when I arrive. It reminds me of all the good restaurants back home in LA."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Excellent house Martini, Lavender Martini a bit too sweet. Ceasar salad no big deal. Mushroom & sausage pizza was good. Have had better. Lobster tail pasta was ok. Will go back to try other items on menu. Really liked the bar scene. Thurston Howell III"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Wonderful food; not a conversation restaurant. There was a live band which was great for the bar scene; not so much for the diners. Hard to talk or have a romantic evening. If you were there for the drinking and music it was fantastic!a"
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "My family of five met in Ventura to accommodate those of us living in Camarillo and Santa Babara... good ambiance, and great food! Also, we appreciated the friendly service. Dinner didn't disappoint, and dessert was delicious! We'll definetely be back."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "We requested a half circle booth for 3 people when we got there (early) there was a booth, BUT it was reserved. We ended up in a tiny booth by the kitchen! They play favorites."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I took my husband to Café Fiore for his birthday. We enjoyed the food and the service, and although the restaurant had many customers, the noise level was low. AND service was fast and friendly (but not rushed). We thoroughly enjoyed the experience."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "All three of us ordered a different entree and were pleased -- the osso buco was exceptional. The ravioli stuffed with lobster were exceptional. Service was pleasant, but could have been a bit more attentive. We would definitely return. They have a large menu with many interesting choices. Ventura does not have another restuarant of this caliber."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "The food is light and delicious. Will be back again"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "I love the fun, inviting atmosphere of this restaurant. Our server was very knowledgeable and extremely accommodating to all of our needs. I eat at this restaurant about once a month and it never disappoints me."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Somewhat rushed and pasta not quite cooked properly. I like a place where the server is the same person that takes your order."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "We came to listen to the band that was playing that night and were seated in the patio section. We were pleasantly surprised at how comfortable and cozy it was. We were able to have dinner conversation and listen to the music without either one being a distraction from the other. Our dinner was delicious as well. Looking forward to returning soon!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We were a party of six. We ordered two appetizers the carpacchio was very good but the calamari was somehow double salted and was almost not edible. Two of the party ordered lasagna and was served with a crust that was almost burnt. The noodles seemed overcooked and a bit mushy and not very tasty. The other dishes in the party were very good. I guess we just had a bad lasagna day."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We had a very enjoyable dinner at Cafe Fiore. Making reservations online was a bonus. I had the risotto with porcini mushrooms and chicken. Very tasty. And the mint chip bonbon for dessert was yummy too. I would definitely return to this wonderful italien restaurant."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Great food, service and ambiance. Definitely a do over"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We came here about 2 years ago and loved it so much we came back to celebrate our 4 year anniversary. Unfortunately unlike last year there was no dancing in the outside patio like we remembered from last year. We were excited to dance after dinner but we found a dead atmosphere in the patio at 10 pm on Saturday . Other than that, Everything else was great ."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "The food and the drink were superb. The service was great. Pat, although a short timer, was extremely pleasant to work with."
    Dined on 11/6/2013