Cafe Navarre
Cafe Navarre

Cafe Navarre

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafenavarre.co/
  • Phone: 5749688101x
  • 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
167 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (115)fit for foodies (99)romantic (62)great for lunch (50)neighborhood gem (47)notable wine list (45)good for groups (43)great for outdoor dining (30)hot spot (23)vibrant bar scene (22)late-night find (13)great for brunch (6)scenic view (6)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Noisy but good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • 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
  • Worth a journey
    Traveler
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The menu changes regularly and is always interesting. The ingredients are fresh. The food is carefully and creatively prepared. Our meals were excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just a great place to eat
    Wiser
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Thank-you Service and food is excellent. Reasonable lunch pricing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a place to enjoy over and over
    dinintravelworkman
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The ambiance is consistent but uniquely changing with seasons and varies with weather and time of day because of the tremendous grand windows that have big impact on the two story space. What a gem
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CK2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great menu and I'd rate the food among the best I've had. Service was just OK, and though there were plenty of tables in the more attractive open area of the restaurant we were seated in a back room and our request for an alternate table was denied. Ordering was rushed and the waiter returned to our table 3 times to take our order before even serving us the drinks we had ordered. Our main courses arrived before we had finished either our appetizers or our drinks. I'll go back, but I'll be prepared for battle!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful for Lunch
    Kitty
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great place to make a reservation for lunch when you want something special in your work day. Fast service and wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kudos to Navarre
    ThePunditVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Great address for vegans and vegetarians while catering to omnivores. Nice outside seating also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The place to be in the Bend
    dinintravelworkman
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The food, service and ambiance are unparalleled in the region. the value proposition is fantastic overall and the range of 2 tops of friends meeting to high powered business lunch or dinners all blending well is a testament to the place. the vibe and atmosphere after dinner is really cool too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carroll
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Afternoon delight
    Domer1968VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Had lunch here for the first time. Menu not extensive but all items were tempting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Lcogs
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We have been to Café Navarre several times and have never been disappointed. The food and service is top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 60th Anniversary Celebration
    Jamie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good choice
    ThePunditVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Excellent restaurant in downtown South Bend with a creative menu. Nice terrace seating. Very thoughtful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch Spot
    briant9570
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very friendly waiter w/ great food
    rosecitygal
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Waiter fantastic along with the good and wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Navarre is a gem
    Nancy
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nitti
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Seated us next to the kitchen which was disappointing. Seafood entre was quite small for the price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good.
    Greenwood
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fine Dining in South Bend
    BigDogVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful night at Cafe Navarre
    Americanpie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent menu
    Figaro14VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disapointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    MotherDuder
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South Bend's Best
    AZFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second time not a charm
    Marie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Navarre delicious
    Dobusgoestodine
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    ChattiVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dining experience
    datenitediners
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real find
    MasqueVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate