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Cafe Navarre
Cafe Navarre

Cafe Navarre Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafenavarre.co
  • Phone: (574) 968-8101
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm -10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: European, American
  • Executive Chef: Mathew Jay
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Cafe Navarre has 3 private dining rooms available with seating capacity from 14 to 24 in each room.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cafe Navarre
Cafe Navarre, located in downtown South Bend, is the newest hot spot as a restaurant and bar. As a locally owned establishment, Cafe Navarre strives for excellence in producing, and serving, the finest in cuisine. Established in the former American Trust bank building, Cafe Navarre is an architectural masterpiece, incorporating both vintage charm and modern styles. Our cuisine is varied with an emphasis on Mediterranean with an American twist.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a wonderful dinner celebrating an ND win and our daughter' engagement. The service was fabulous and the service exceptional for a large group."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Had lunch here for the first time. Menu not extensive but all items were tempting"
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "We have been to Café Navarre several times and have never been disappointed. The food and service is top notch."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "We had the pleasure of hosting my parents 60th wedding anniversary celebration at Cafe Navarre. It was the perfect dining experience; not too loud, great food, beautiful ambiance, and attentive service. I highly recommend the duck and the heirloom tomato salad! We will be back!!!"
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "Had the privilege to sneak in a quick lunch date with my wife and chose Cafe Navarre downtown. Could not have chose a better place to eat, relax, and visit. Once again they exceeded our expectations. I recommend CN to all of our friends."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Waiter fantastic along with the good and wine list."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Four of us enjoyed cafe Navarre. We started at the exchange whiskey bar, also a Navarre establishment, for cocktails, and walked a block for dinner. Waitress was attentive and helpful. Wedge salad, with Boston lettuce, was a great change from iceberg. It was wonderful. Entres were wexceptional. We will return soon."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Seated us next to the kitchen which was disappointing. Seafood entre was quite small for the price."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "A new chef at a Cafe Naverre has made this the place to go. The taste and presentation have made this almost as good as most of Chicago,s finest. If you haven't been there for awhile, give it a try. The pork belly with watermelon app. was perfectly seared and the pastastios added that extra depth of flavor. The duck salad with the fried cheese ball was a hit."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "A very good restaurant that focuses on a diverse ala carte continental menu. Located in an old bank, the arched ceilings can cause some noise concerns at peak periods so not recommended for those seeking quiet ambiance. Food is always first rate but the ala carte approach will not be kind to your wallet. Service is generally attentive & adequate. Solid wine & bar menu. In their 3 year history, I have not had any bad meals served to me or my guests."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Group of 5 . The bread by the new bread baker is great. The wedge salad and mushroom soup are always wonderful as starters. 3 of 5 had the salmon, and it was delicious. The pork chop was outstanding. And the filet as well. Dessert was decadent. Shouldn't have done that. But oh well, that's why we work out, right? Cesar was our waiter and he is superb. Ambience is so fun. Another great night at Cafe Navarre."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The real strength of this restaurant is its menu. It is not trying to be simply a steaks and chops restaurant. There is a very strong emphasis on fresh and lively flavors. On this last visit, the menu featured an outstanding short rib served with polenta and patty pan squash. My rack of lamb arrived cooked precisely to order and had a nice char from the grill. I'm really pleased to see the direction this restaurant is going. It is going to be one of South Bend's top restaurants."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I do realize there was a lot going on downtown and it was crowded. But, from the time we entered the door we felt as if we were just another group to deal with. I felt the seating was cramped and food was overpriced. I have been here several times in the past and I am sorry to say it does not have the same ambivalence it had in the beginning."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We arrived at six and had our food by 620. It was great. Each of our dinners were cooked perfectly. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "If there is a better restaurant in South Bend I have not found it. 5 of us ate there recently, with steaks, seafood, and chicken dishes ordered. Every entrée was delicious, with the seafood being the best plates on the table. Service was efficient. The design of the restaurant funnels noise from the bar area into the dining area, so it's not the ideal place for a quiet romantic meal."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The first time we ate there it was great. But we were less than wowed this time. The Burrata starter was as if the Burrata capsule had been deflated since very little of the yummy creamy cheese was inside. That disappointment set the tone for a kinda lack luster meal for each my husband and myself. Our friends seemed somewhat pleased."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Went here for dinner based on previous reviews. We were in South Bend for a wedding and Cafe Navarre was within walking distance from our hotel so thought we'd give it ago and we're glad we did. The service was wonderful and the food superb. We started off with special martinis. To start our gastronomical experience we chose the Pork Belly to share which was perfectly cooked, so tender our mouths were watering. We then shared a Lettuce Wedge Salad, delicious. Entrees were the Chioppini for myself which was full of seafood cooked to perfection and my wife had the beef short ribs, so tendor and flavorful. Dessert, a cheesecake with Michigan cherries, to die for! Great atmosphere and the entire staff superb. Would go back"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Always usually a first choice for us. Had a group of 8 and had private room upstairs, which is nice."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This was our first visit. We enjoyed every bite. Service was great. Each item on the plate was prepared to perfection. We had the Chilean Sea Bass and the Kurobuta Pork Chop. Very pleasant atmosphere conducive to intimate conversation where we were seated indoors, kind of in an alcove. We will be back!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This a very good restaurant. The food is inventive and the selection of food items is wide and varied. The service is attentive, smart and prompt. The management wants to please its patrons on every level. The restaurant is as good as, or better than, any similar establishment one would find in a bigger city."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I always enjoy my meal at Cafe Navarre and Wang is the man! Give that man a promotion! My wife and I have really enjoyed coming here over the past few years. South Bend was a hard transition coming from new orleans to the palate but Navarre always stood for a good meal in a nice environment. I have moved away and I really appreciate the congratulatory piece of cake the other night, anytime I am in town I will always come back. If we play ND I will do a team meal at Navarre and call in advance. Thanks, Alexander J. Stone"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Had a reservation for 8/1/14 at 7:30pm. Seated promptly outdoors, the service was excellent, the food was outstanding and the place was vibrant. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys excellent food with great atmosphere. I have been here a number of times and every dish I've tried has not disappointed. David"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Food & Service was great for us five....very tight table spacing & difficult to hear each other."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Excellent all the way around - food and service in particular"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I have been coming to South Bend on business for five years. This is the best place I have ever found for dinner. I hosted 3 of my friends visiting from Alaska (at the last minute) and we thoroughly enjoyed it"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "As one of our favorite restaurants in the area, we go here frequently and always have great food. This time was good but not as good as usual - lamb was not very flavorful and just warm. Service was not as good as usual but good, poured own wine, not uncommon for this area, but uncommon at Cafe."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I'd say that Cafe Navarre has become an institution, but there's nothing staid about it. The changing menu is always an embarrassment of riches."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We love going to Cafe Navarre. The wine list is extensive, the drinks are intriguing and the food doesn't disappoint. The service is on point, quick and full of knowledge. It's a nice place for a special occasion, special night or just a drink."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We have been to Cafe Navarre at least 10 times and all other experiences have been great."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Café Navarre is my favorite South Bend restaurant. I have never had a bad meal. Both the food and the presentation are superb, and the waitstaff are friendly and accommodating."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Second time is not the charm. After a great visit,we were eager to return. Service (Natalie) was outstanding. Food was good-but was not hot when it arrived at the table. The special was halibut-pretty expensive but just an average piece of fish-dry and a little overcooked and not very hot. Cioppino was also not very hot. This is not an inexpensive dinner so we expect better. We will return (thanks to Natalie) with high expectations."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food and service is amazing, one of our favorite places."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Liked the ambiance but thought the food was not outstanding for as fine a restaurant we expected this to be. The vegan pasta dish was quite heavy with oil and the tomato broth of the seafood stew was a bit salty. However, my flat iron steak was cooked perfectly and the watermelon gazpacho was good too. One of our group of three friends said they would go back. The service was good without being overly intrusive. Even though the ratings I gave were favorable I would not recommend to a friend because the prices were not reflected in the quality."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I've dine a number of times here and I have always been very happy with the restaurant, food, service however this particular night it lacked all those wonderful qualities. The service was extremely slow, my fish entrée was 1/3 less the size of those at my table who order the same entrée, the food was like warm & the legumes served with the enter were hard & tough, & I was not the only one with slow service I was in the restroom at 7:20 and a woman was going to the same show and still did not have her dinner."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Terrific adult atmosphere away from the noise of restaurants where noise can disrupt fine dining and conversation."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Awesome dining experience, went to celebrate anniversary, very pleasant, service amazing& food was great."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Kudos to Navarre for their support of Restaurant Week!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Excellent food, service in an upscale retrofitted historic building in downtown South Bend. Interesting menu items , lovely presentation. A little pricey for our usual night out but restaurant week is a good time to try it. For Special occasions.. Also lunch is affordable."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Have eaten there many times and as always, food was excellent and service was very good."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Dinner was great. The steak was outstanding. The whole place is beautiful. We will come again."
    Dined on 6/28/2014