Cafe Navarre
Cafe Navarre

Cafe Navarre

  • 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: Eamonn McParland
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Cafe Navarre reviews from OpenTable diners
168 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (99)fit for foodies (95)good for groups (58)romantic (54)neighborhood gem (49)great for lunch (48)notable wine list (44)hot spot (34)vibrant bar scene (28)great for outdoor dining (20)late-night find (15)scenic view (7)great for brunch (4)Show More
  • Another Great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Another post-ND game dinner at Cafe Navarre, and we were not disappointed. We have enjoyed the venue, the food and the service a number of times and will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place in downtown South Bend
    regulardinerVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    My wife and I went for a nice dinner on a Friday night. The place was full and energetic. We were sat way, way in the back of this long narrow space. We both had the Navvarre salad and it was very good and not too big or small. My wife had the special fish and enjoyed it. I has the special Manhattan which was very interesting and good and had the Octopus and Scallops with Pork Belly. Both were good but I've had better Octopus.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Irish lost, but Cafe Navarre was a winner!
    WendyBN
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Delicious food for a variety of tastes. Some food was locally sourced, which is a huge plus for us. Definitely more expensive than a basic dinner, but we were taking our niece out for a nice, off-campus meal, and it fit the bill!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good, service still a problem
    SBFoodie
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I visited Café Navarre several times since it's opening. Weather has been a lot that has changed at this restaurant, the one constant is the service. I've never been terribly impressed.The food is good, but the staff make only a meager attempt to explore your needs.bottom line: there's a better place to eat about a block and a half away.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food
    Michianafoodies
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This was our first time here and we were very impressed! From the soups, all the way through to the desserts, the food has to be the best in the area for dinner. We like to go out and try new restaurants on a regular basis and this one is definitely at the top of the food chain! The flavorful food is very similar to Thyme of Grace in Mishawaka, which is an amazing little gem that is only open for lunch. The service was prompt, efficient and friendly. We will very definitely return here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodmomVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I was suprrised at how bad the service was given that the food was amazing. We waited almost 20 minutes before anyone even came and greeted our table, other than that the food was stellar, the venue was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Patricia
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I wanted to provide a special opportunity for my visiting friends and myself to enjoy a lovely dinner in a beautiful environment. The food was good but not truly extraordinary. I like my special occasion restaurants to be significantly better than my own cooking. This was somewhat better. The wine list was good; the service was good. The desserts were mediocre. Although I had been led to believe that this might be the best restaurant in South Bend, I'm not sure that I agree with that opinion. It was very good, but not ultimately worth the price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    kimmysue
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We have eaten at Cafe Navarre for our anniversary the last three years. Outstanding in every aspect. The food was delicious, the service was awesome. We had a great table with a good view of downtown. We will go back again! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kevin
    CatSkan
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Our waiter Kevin was exceptional. Attentive, interactive, go with the flow kind of guy. Enjoyable service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    briant9570
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Another enjoyable business lunch at Cafe Navarre. Definitely tops on my list for clients, friends, and family dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for Business Lunch!
    Electric1921
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Nice place to meet for lunch and conduct business at the same time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My wife took me here for my birthday and the dinner and service were exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pre-show spot
    SML23
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Service was excellent and fast. Food was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This restaurant was exceptionally good. It's sad to say but we are food snobs having lived in Chicago and LA so we have very high food expectations. This place met all our needs. We had exceptional service, the drinks and wine list where great and the food was phenomenal. I would definitely return here if I'm back in the South Bend area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I've been to the restaurant two times now and have gotten a different meal each time. The food is amazing and is a nice change in terms of what foods are offered. The staff is extremely friendly and responsive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SqueekyWheel
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We have dined at Cafe Navarre on numerous occasions, so we HAVE experienced excellent service from this establishment. This past Friday night was not the norm. explanation of our experience. We arrived were seated, no menues. The waiter came to take our beverage order (no water on the table) The menues came while he was taking our beverage order,we ask (jokingly) what we were to do with the butter on the table, knowing that in the past the bread was brought shortly after being seated. The beverages came the coffee ordered was lukewarm. On occasion my husband asks for an extra item,the reply was he did not know if that was possible and there would be an upcharge. This was not a problem in the past. We were disappointed to say the least.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience!
    JschwartzVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    When choosing a place to bring clients, friends, or the special night out with a spouse, this has to be one of the top choices in South Bend. Excellent food and plated like artwork.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mdislander
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our dining experience at Cafe Navarre was a satisfying conclusion to an enjoyable football weekend. We each ordered something different from the very interesting menu and were all pleased with our selections. Our server was quite welcoming and attentive on a very busy evening and our party of 5 were all favorably impressed with Cafe Navarre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a fun night!
    jazzguy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Excellent service, extensive wine list with something for everyone, beautiful presentation, service friendly and attentive, never bothersome... All in all, our experience at Cafe Navarre was fun, delicious, and now it's one of our favorite places! You will not be disappointed - it's our second time here, and the experience has been truly wonderful both times. It's one of the many reasons we look forward to returning to South Bend!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ND Game Stop
    PFMJC
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Never disappoints.....highly recommended. Great place, food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very happy with dining experience.
    ND59
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Most enjoyable. My friends were visiting from Memphis, Tenn., and were quite impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner
    Neighborhood2
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The Bada Bing and tart tasting cocktail made with Rye whiskey were considered a hit. Something interesting to start the evening off. On the short ribs dish, the puree was too airy, certainly a light tasting accent but the term accent suggests zest or flavor, not fluff. Against the flavor of the meat it fell short. The Cioppino was great and dividing the dish for two servings was considerate. It was great to have both the variety of seafood items with each prepared well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice, but under cooked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    the only complaint was my filet was undercooked. I didn't return it because I was with a client, but choked it down because I paid $40 for it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Game night dining
    jsailorVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    After a football day in the rain, the warmth and flavors of Café Navarre were a delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This is our second visit to this restaurant. Our food and service was terrific. The foie gras was so delicious. Our server was on top of everything and provided excellent care throughout our dining experience. We'll definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Every Visit!
    WishIwereAfoodCritic
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I have eaten at Cafe Navarre many times and I have never been disappointed with the food or the service. My visits have included solo, with adult friends, with a group and with my grown children. Each visit provided impeccable service and the most delicious fresh, seasonal dishes in the South Bend area. Some feel it's pricey but I prefer to purchase quality food in appropriate sizes over an all-you-can-eat buffet. The bartenders are especially knowledgeable and friendly. I've found a new favorite red wine thanks to the recommendation of one of them. The Wild Mushroom soup is not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    ThePunditVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    They do their best to take excellent care of you! Avoid the tables upstairs along the railing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continues a Favorite
    CDDiningVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had the walleye special which was outstanding- spicy with tons of flavor. Service was good as usual.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy but good food
    food4life
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went for my husband's birthday. We were seated promptly and the server was attentive without hovering. The order that food was delivered was a little odd to us (appetizer, then soup, then salad), but our table was never crowded because it was delivered too promptly. Each dish followed the other only after the table was cleared, which was fantastic! We got to take our time and never felt rushed. When we waited longer than for the previous dishes (though not terribly long either), the server informed us that the chef wanted to apologize for the wait and we got dessert on the house. Points off for being so loud that we couldn't hear our server sometimes and reducing the intimacy of our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More Vegetarian/Vegan Needed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    So happy that Cafe Navarre has always offered a vegan entree. Thank you! However, it would be a better experience for my vegetarian and vegan group if there was also a vegetarian entree. The vegetarian entree could contain cream, butter or cheese. But the cheese should NOT contain animal rennet (which is actually from a dead calf's stomach). There should also should be one vegan and one vegetarian offering under both Soups and Small Plates (again, dairy and cheese would be OK in the vegetarian options if the cheese was labeled "no animal rennet"). Cafe Navarre is the only restaurant in town with a specifically vegan entree, and it would be great if you could extend the vegan/vegetarian offerings to the entire menu. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    While a bit on the pricey side, the food was delicious and the service was well executed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply the Best Of it's Class
    BusyTraveller
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This visit was to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. My wife and I chose Cafe Navarre because we knew we would be well taken care of and they did not disappoint. When we arrived, we were greeted by the hostess and quickly seated in a quiet location. Our waitress was awesome in that she was the right blend of friendliness, helpfulness and attentiveness. She made our evening quite enjoyable. Our meals were prepared perfectly and arrived perfectly timed after we finished our salads. As an unexpected delight, they provided us with a complimentary dessert which was decadently wonderful. All in all, I cannot place any higher recommendation for anyone seeking the best dining experience in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Good food and service. Nice atmosphere but be sure to specify if you want to sit in the dining room and not in the bar area since they consider them the same. The bar area feels more casual and may not be what you were hoping for to celebrate a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Notable Navarre
    NoName
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Cafe Navarre is fast becoming a favorite special occasion place for my wife and me. Excellent food, preparation & presentation.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So grateful to have found this gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    An overall delight-- being regular guests from Chicago, we enjoy the relaxed, yet refined, aspect. New chef is added value
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We usually have a very fine experience at Cafe Navarre. Wednesday night was not one of them. The restaurant was extremely loud-I couldn't hear the person across the table from me--and the service was poor.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delish!
    Geistie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The standard menu items and daily specials at Cafe Navarre do not disappoint. Everything is flavorful and interesting to the palette. We had a delicious salmon, a perfectly cooked pork chop, bright salads, and even tried a seasonal apple chowder soup that turned out to be quite a surprise. Cafe Navarre is a great choice for a group dinner or more private evening. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a new waiter - very poor.
    mhardy
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Thank God that Cezar jumped in and helped out. We never saw our new young male waiter again after he dropped off our food. Not the service I have come to expect from Cafe Navarre. Luckily, the food was excellent as usual.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Evening
    Familyof5
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were celebrating our anniversary and everything was great! My husband always has the filet-mignon, which they always cook perfectly. I had the salmon and heirloom tomato salad which was very tasty. The salmon was very fresh. They even surprised us with a candle in the dessert. Also I always finish the meal with the chocolate problem. It's not to be missed. Delicious! Then we went to the bar to finish the night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another South Bend find
    artstraveler
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    South Bend is a well-kept secret. Considered a sleepy town, it, in fact, boasts some very nice restaurants. Cafe Navarre s perhaps the most popular, combining a great ambiance that is both elegant and welcoming with excellent food. The menu has some first-class items that are always reliable, like the Wild Mushroom Soup and the Navarre Salad. The fish of the day is always stupendous. It will not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic