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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Upon a recommendation from two sources, we were first time diners here with another couple. Pleasant atmosphere, we had great service; the noise level was not loud so we were able to enjoy conversation with each other without raising our voices. The building itself has great architectural features that are not found in many restaurants today. Highly recommend Cafe Navarre for a relaxing evening with delicious food and comfortable atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "They do not honor the advertised $33 for dinner for two that is offered during Restaurant Week."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Went there for restaurant week. Upgraded to the filet and it was cooked perfectly. The apple tart for desert was excellent"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Cafe Navarre is my number one dining choice in downtown South Bend. Good food, well presented but not pretentious. Prices are reasonable. I wouldn't call the menu innovative or exciting, but there's something for everyone and it's all done well."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Enhanced by being restaurant week so great prices. Food was wonderful - salmon and walleye - cooked perfectly with great accompanying sides. If you have not tried this restaurant you are missing a great local experience."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I have dined at Cafe Navarre on many occasions and have mostly been pleased. However, on this most recent visit I was very disappointed in the service and the food was not quite up to their usual standards. I know it was restaurant week, but I don't feel that is an excuse for poor service and sub-par food. We were there to celebrate my niece's 16th birthday and, being a teenager, she is pretty picky about her food. In the past when I've dined with her there we've been able to get the burger, which is on the lunch menu, for dinner and have always been accommodated. On this occasion, the waitress responded with an emphatic "Absolutely not! It's restaurant week, there's just no way." I was very turned off by her reaction. The meal was just ok."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "For entertaining guests, it's either Sorin's, LaSalle Grille, or Cafe Navarre."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "As always the food is excellent - I always recommend Cafe` Navarre"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We have eaten there several times and consider it one of best in area. However this last visit was a disaster. We were seated next to a foursome of which one gentleman was a salesman who talked non-stop pitching a guy across from him such that it was like he was sitting at our table. Drinks were great, the French Onion soup was excellent, but then our entrees were served before we got a salad. Both salads arrived and they were actually warm not cool/crispy. We both ordered a flank steak and it was almost raw, a bit chewy and instead of traditional sliced appearance was shriveled up and gnarly in appearance. Other than snafu with salads the waitress was wonderful. We just asked for the bill at that point but they comped it all."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We have been to Cafe Navarre a number of times, but were somewhat disappointed with our recent visit. We had reservations, which they were unable to bring up when we got there. I'm assuming because they could not find our reservation, they seated us at a two top banquette near the back of the restaurant. (It was early and there were many booths and other tables available.) During our meal our server came out to dust the other end of our banquette, as well as the ledge above it, leaving us to wonder what we might be sitting in. It was downtown restaurant week, but the menu did not have anything new or seasonal on it. I guess we have come to expect much more from Cafe Navarre because previous visits have been much more satisfying."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Three of the entrees were exceptional. The 4th, the sausage pasta was not. The sausage was dry and the flavor ordinary."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I had 5 guests from out of town, and they all complimented the restaurant. Food, service, ambience ..... all very, very nice."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I Dine and lunch at Navarre frequently because I am local. Generally, I enjoy the experience but this was surprisingly boring food with startlingly poor service. From the wait, to the tasteless sandwich/salad and on to the old cold coffee it was all rather sad and by the end our service person....who could remember nothing we said....became laughable. It was inexpensive but in the end I could have gotten much better food and service almost anywhere."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The restaurant is located in a remodeled vintage bank building from the 1920s. It's a very cool, urban environment that is great for dates and special occasions. The service staff was friendly, knowledgable, and attentive. The food was very good and the prices were reasonable."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "First time to the restaurant. Was wonderful. Soups (mushroom and french onion), entrees (filet and cioppino) and dessert were all terrific. Can't wait to go back. Our waitress, Lori, made the night special. What a gem they have with her. Very informative, very friendly, attentive, made us feel VERY comfortable and special."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Food was bland and not served at proper temp. Entree was subbed without my or servers knowledge kitchen ran out of amberjack but told no one"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Visited specifically for one dish on the menu. When ordered at 7, was told they might be out as they had a large group before us. Waiter checked and luckily he was able to put a hold on one. He also had to check on the second menu item to see if there was any left, which there was. Ordered extra bread, which never was delivered. When explained one person was paying bill for two couples, he took checks to make into one bill. When he returned, he only had check for one couple. He was relieved when we told him the bill was incomplete."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Every visit to the Cafe Navarre has been special. this was a special occasion and everyone in my party raved about the food and service. Our server and manager went out of their way. A few more choices on the menu may have been nice but I have never had a bad meal or compromised service at this restaurant. Without a doubt the best choice in downtown South Bend to dine!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Loved having lunch here with my aunt. We used to know this place when it was a bank, and we could catch the bus home on the south side of the building. Liked the transformation very much and noted the use of the offices above for a more private dining experience. Big windows let in light during the day and "city light" at night. Food and service were fantastic. Wine list is good with the usual national wine selections. Could be updated with more regional choices (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, NY (Long Island) on a trial basis to see if customers are interested in more choices. Good bartenders; helpful hostess. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "My wife and I were celebrating our 30th anniversary and were looking for a unique spot to enjoy a nice quiet meal. We knew of Cafe Navarre, but had never been there as we don't get downtown often. Our dining experience was exceptional. I ventured out of my eating norms and tried the lamb and my wife had a mixed seafood dish. We finished our meal with cheesecake and flourless chocolate cake, and we both were quite pleased. Our food server, Jordan, was very good and helped guide us through our dinner and dessert questions. We will be back, and would recommend Cafe Navarre to anybody for any occasion."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "For all connoisseurs of really delicious food, the Cafe Navarre will make you very happy! From your main course with awesome side dishes, to the unique salads and tempting desserts, you won't be disappointed! It is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, or just enjoy an evening out with good friends."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We sat outside and had a great dinner with good service. We will definitely spend some of our summer evenings enjoying the patio! The wine list is above average and the cocktails are wonderful! Sean (bartender) can make a really good mixed drink, no matter what you are in the mood for."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I loved that the menu offered local in season items. The wine list was exceptional. I went with a group of 6 friends and we all really enjoyed it. I had the salmon and loved it ! I look forward to dining there in the future and would like to try the outside seating next time."
    Dined on 6/6/2014