Cafe Fiore
Cafe Fiore

Cafe Fiore

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.cafefiore.net/
  • Phone: 8056531266x
  • 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 8183993113x
  • 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 Appeti
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Cafe Fiore reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (19)special occasion (19)neighborhood gem (17)romantic (16)notable wine list (13)great for outdoor dining (12)good for groups (10)vibrant bar scene (10)great for lunch (10)hot spot (5)late-night find (4)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I would highly recommend this restaurant as it surpassed any expectations I had, as we traveled from Pasadena, I chose it sight unseen. I had left the lid of my glass there and they had it for me. The people were very friendly and the food was to die for. I am going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DiogenesVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    On a recent trip to Ventura, my wife, adult son, and I dined at Café Fiore; now, while we enjoy bistro bustle, this restaurant was over the top...uber-loud patrons and a loud (though good) jazz combo. Regarding the food, our collective issue involved the dressings/sauces. My wife's plain old meatballs and spaghetti was marred by an acidic tomato gravy (my son's pasta had the same problem). My appetizer featured an overly strong honey mustard dressing. I did like the "Italian salsa" provided for dipping bread. If you like a high energy, "in" place, you will probably like the Café Fiore. For a relaxing meal at the end of a long week, try elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oops
    Kaleihiwaokamaluhia
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My Osso Bucca was quite different than I have ever had before and I really enjoyed it, but my husband's Spaghetti and Meatballs looked like it came out if a can. He said that it did not taste as horrible as it looked, but it really had no flavor. The dish is his baseline to test all Italian restaurants the first time we eat there.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good interesting menu
    Andy
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Varied menu, mostly Italian. Great choices. We had a chicken and pasta dish and an outstanding ceasar salad
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cafe Fiore
    Lobicho
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great place, we ordered the osso buco, raviolis, spaguetti fruti di mare, and de ricotta salad...good food not great Live music... Great bar... Overall a good place to enjoy a night...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Edie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Very disappointed. I previously lived in SoCal and visited this restaurant often. The food was not nearly as good as I remember and by the look of the empty tables others seem to agree. When I arrived they had no record of my reservations. Was give a table I was very unhappy with and asked to be sat at another empty table - she replied that table is reserved for someone with reservations. I will not be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Coastal Gem
    bfjetsetterVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    It is a pleasure to find authentic Italian cuisine in Ventura. The menu has enough variety to please every palate and the selection of Italian wines is very carefully and skillfully chosen. The prices are fair and the quality of the food is high. The service was friendly and relaxed. The location is within walking distance of many hotels and attractions, therefore quite convenient. I enjoyed my experience at Fiore very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Delightful Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was a special birthday lunch. Both of our meals were exceptional. Service was a perfect. Would return again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great visit
    Great
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This was for our anniversary and it was very very nice. The food and service was great as usual.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Italian Meal
    MomLovesFoodVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We loved the ambience as soon as we entered & we were not disappointed. The food was absolutely wonderful! There were 6 in our party & we enjoyed all different kinds of menu items - ravioli, pizza, risotto, spaghetti... it was all absolutely delightful! They had a nice array of daily specials, a wonderful wine list as well as yummy cocktails. Despite the fact that they were busy, the service was attentive. We enjoyed it & would love to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun to sit outside
    marcy
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    enjoyed sitting on patio which had a nice breeze on a hot day. lovely lunch of tortellacci. very good service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a favorite
    debabo
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in Southern California. I eat here anytime I am in the area. The ambiance is great and the food wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great choice
    TEKSAVY
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great food, awesome wine, cool atmosphere, waitress a little weak/poor timing though very accommodating, support staff on top of it helped make up for waitress. Lots of booths with some tables and available outdoor dining. Great choice..enjoy it, we did!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place!
    dvnoneVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We loved the food, martini's and atmosphere. Live music and dancing rounded off our evening. Next time we are in the area we know where to get great Italian food and drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafoodfoodie
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I normally love the food but this time it was mediocre. I have the linguine al mar and didn't have much seafood in my portion. However, one of the people I was with had 2 times as many clams, muscles and shrimp... We counted. Really disappointed in my portion for 24.00. Also, I know we went on a Sunday and the wine inventory comes on Tuesday, but they were out of three different bottles we had chosen. Maybe that was just a coincidence, but we weren't choosing cheap bottles.... Hopefully the restaraunt will see the gaps in inventory and next time when we go ready to drop money in vino they are prepared...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I was glad that we were seated in the back. The live music was too loud to enjoy a conversation with the person next to you. The food was good but not exceptional. Our server never came back to see how everything was going so instead of ordering another drink I finished my water. Our appetizer was two large not "jumbo" shrimp on a bed of polenta and spinach. Goor but not worth $15.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Fiore
    foodie
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Food and Martinis were exceptional. The service was great and we would visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for big groups not for romance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food was good server was nice. I didn't like the fact that I requested a romantic table for me and my wife and ended up sharing a booth with complete strangers..it made for an awkward night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jtanda4
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food was excellent, wine was superb and service was outstanding. Our server/waitress was especially nice, very informative and very attentive to our needs
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never had a bad meal here.
    John
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Great place to eat. The employees are all friendly. the service is excellent, and the food is is delicious. If you are going here, I strongly suggest you make reservations. The tables go fast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 462 reviews are from the Cafe Fiore reviews archive.
  • Skipped dinner, too noisy
    DaveMH
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    A long planned birthday celebration ended after drinks because the live band playing was way too loud for this small restaurant. It was a Wednesday night at 6:30 and while I'm sure the music brings in people who want to sit at the bar, drink and scream at each other to be heard, it was certainly not a pleasant experience for those of us who'd hoped to visit over dinner. We were in the far corner of the room and could not have a conversation without yelling. Had the entertainment been a nice pianist or even a small combo playing at a more appropriate level for the space, it would have been lovely. But they were playing at a level more suited for a concert venue.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food
    Adri
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Bread and tomato sauce -- they were both very good The steak special -- scalloped potatoes and grilled beets were delicious! The steak was ok. Chicken pesto wheat pasta -- was good. Just what I needed pre-marathon
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    Happy2dine
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    This is a wonderful place for lunch and dinner. Food is really good. We found this restaurant on late one evening after seeing a movie, it was packed, we sat at the huge wooden U shaped bar, ordered our food and had a great time. I've been back several times and its always good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    grubbing247
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food was great! Not much more to say. Loved it. WILL be coming back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Abevila2013VIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Midweek dinner, waied 15-20 just to have are ordrr taken, the food was poor and cold.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a Great Place
    OjaiGourmand
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    When there's too long a wait for the new and popular Lure Fish House next door, Cafe Fiore is always a good fall-back. (Or first choice!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great meal
    cday12345VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I ordered the Pizza con salsiccia e funghi (sausage and mushrooms), which sounds mundane but was superb. To do the basics extremely well is the mark of a great restaurant. I will keep coming back as often as I can!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had a gift certificate and we decided to spend our anniversary dinner with you. We have been here before and had a lovely dinner. The server we had Noel was very sweet. I was surprised that we were able to get a reservation for 5:00 on a Saturday. I had tried several times before without any luck. Anyway, lovely dinner and lovely time.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Outstanding
    cday12345VIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easy gathering
    Cmnutree
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointed
    Nass
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Our favorite in Ventura. Excellent food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time/Birthday Celebration
    Goartangel
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meeting was a success !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous find!
    Scof1VIP
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were there for a business
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food and Service on a Sunday
    marcia
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We enjoyed the food and the fine service. I also had a very nice reasonable class of white wine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Becoming a regular,
    Bourbaki
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NOEL DID A GREAT JOB IN SERVING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    NOEL DID A GREAT JOB IN SERVING US OUT ON THE PATIO. IT WAS LIKE HAVING A PRIVATE BANQUET ROOM. WE HAD THE PATIO TO OURSELVES AND THE MEAL WAS OUTSTANDING. IT WAS OUR 4TH TIME VISITING YOUR RESTAURANT AND WE WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK. THANK YOU FOR A GREAT TIME!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.