About 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.

101 N. Michigan St
South Bend, IN 46601
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, French

Hours of Operation:


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

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm -10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11am-2pm brunch 4:00pm - 9:00pm dinner

Cross Street:
Washington

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(574) 968-8101

Website:
http://www.cafenavarre.co/

Parking Details:
There are several parking spaces along the corner of Michigan, Washington, as well as a parking garage along the corner of Colfax and Main Street.

Executive Chef:
Donte Shaw

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cafe Navarre Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (43)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Good for a Date (30)
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Romantic (28)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Business Meals (19)
Worth the Drive (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Cozy (15)
Fun (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Great for Lunch (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Authentic (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Casual (8)
Healthy (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Seasonal (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Great Beer (5)
Scenic View (5)
People Watching (4)
Vegan (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Detroit)·Dined 3 days ago

Valentine’s Day dinner. It was awesome as always!

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·Dined 3 days ago

Waiter was rude and inattentive. It went as far as asking for the drink order and abruptly walking away before anything could be said, and coming back minutes later. Soup was amazing, however steak had to be sent back as it was not cooked to order. Date night was truly ruined due to this experience. Waste of money.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 3 days ago

We went to dinner there for a late Valentine's celebration.
We missed being able to sit in a booth for cozy effect, but it was ok.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 3 days ago

Food and service was fantastic! I had made reservations and we were seated right by the kitchen which was not very classy as I had higher expectations for this type of restaurant as the divider did not drown out the noise. Definitely would go back but would request a better seating area.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy
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·Dined 3 days ago

Our server was unfriendly and detached until or meal was almost over and then he started joking with us probably to get a good tip. I had the duck a l'orange. I'm not well versed in duck dishes but wanted to try it. The server asked if I was all right with it being medium. Not knowing that you could cook duck differently I said yes. The breast was too raw inside to my liking. I had them take the breast pieces back and cook longer. I felt the wing and the leg were done to my liking. The breasts came back cooked more so I could eat it but it tasted very salty now. I also never tasted any orange flavor in the sauce. I would come back and try again though. My husband's chilian sea bass was good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined 4 days ago

Had a wonderful experience! Great food, but definitely a bit overpriced. Perfect for a special occasion!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Went to Café Navarre for dinner the Friday of Junior Parents Weekend at Notre Dame. We started with 6 people, and had a late addition. They accommodated our change graciously and without any issues. We had a fantastic table upstairs with great views outside and of the lower floor of the restaurant. The servers were wonderful, and food and beverages were delivered at a great pace. Everyone raved about their meals--perfectly prepared! We ranged from vegetarian through pasta and seafood to meat and potatoes, and everything was expertly done. Great beer and wine selection, and the cocktails were also delicious. It was our 2nd time there, we'll definitely be back.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Indiana)·Dined 7 days ago

I had the Bison Filet with Lobster Rissotto and it was one of the best meals that I have ever had. The Bison was the Star.
The service was quick without feeling rushed.
I will eat here in the future, and recommend Cafe Navare to all.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Tapas
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 (Indiana)·Dined 7 days ago

Service was excellent, attentive waiter.Crab cakes we're cold, chicken was extremely dry.Ambience was good.A lot of money for a very average meal.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 7 days ago

As always, fantastic food, great service and always just an outstanding experience.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 13, 2018

First time at venue. Reminds me of Berghoff downtown Chicago with its dark wood decor and the waiters attire. Food was good especially pumpkin soup. Brought wife for Valentine Day outing. Expensive to hit often but nice for special occasions. Waiter was very attentive and had good stories.

Tags: Scenic View, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on February 10, 2018

A pleasant evening with my wife over good food and good service. What's not to like?

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was not great! Ambiance & service were excellent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Love the steak. The place is great. We eat here almost every week.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

There were four of us dining before going to the theater. We all ended up getting the same fish special and sharing an appetizer. The food was delicious and hands down the best dinner I’ve had in months. We will plan on returning with more friends.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Very accommodating service. Speedy service for dinner before a show at Morris.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Awesome! We had a delightful celebration of my mother’s 80th birthday. Best duck I’ve ever had! We’ll be back. Brad Davick

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

I took a group of my son’s 6 friends out for dinner. We took advantage of the restaurant week menu which was superb! All of the entrees were perfectly cooked and the desserts were just fabulous!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

It was a great experience all things told. The service was a bit slow, but the food was amazing.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Went for restaurant week, so good price for food. Otherwise I think this place is too pricey for the atmosphere you get. Not a good place to go and have a quiet conversation over a nice meal.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Love the environment. The mushroom soup is the best I have had. Don't skip the desserts.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Steak was prepared perfectly. Corn bread polenta outstanding. Other guests: couscous/shrimp awesome, salmon delicious. WIne was fine. Will return soon.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 2, 2018

With the selection we made, we were allowed 1 appetizer, 1 entree and 1 dessert or, 2 appetizers and 1 entree.
We chose 2 appetizers and 1 entree but only got 1 appetizer. All the waitress could offer to fix the problem was carryout appetizer or dessert. Since we were on our way to see a music act, we were unable to take the offer which means we got stuck for full price.
Food was excellent, our waitress was excellent except for the dinner snafu and the place is a nice place to have dinner. Would have rated much higher had it not been for the screw up on our orders.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The Caesar Salad was a bit weak on flavor (without any meat) since I am eating an all plant based diet. Probably needed additional dressing, which I could have requested.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We had the best service that we have gotten in a LONG time! Our server's name was Ficret and he made our dinning experience an absolute pleasure! Not to mention all of his co-workers seems to pitch in and nothing that was ready to be discarded stayed on our table for more than a few second.
The food was an absolute delight as well. My fiancé's steak was perfectly cooked, my osso bucco fell right off the bone, and the chocolate hazelnut cake I got was to die for!
Overall, one of the best dinning experiences I've had in a long time!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food great service just and all around great place

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was over priced, service was horrible, worst South Bend dining experience

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We had a a great meal and the Upper Manhattan cocktail is very good. Our server seemed to be a bit distracted but made up for it by taking off some wine glass orders and a dessert.

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Casual, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The food was fabulous. Wonderful drinks, excellent service and comfortable seating. It was a pleasant experience from start to finish.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 25, 2018

food is good, but compare to its pricey tags. I don't think it deserve much praise. I am not going for the second time.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Delightful ladies night out! Food is delicious and of great quality. Service was outstanding!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Good meal. Service very friendly and helpful dealing with specific food allergies. Without been intrusive. Service from waitstaff the way it should be.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Over the years their food has been improving. Saturday evenings meal was very nice. Good presentation and great taste.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Dinner before theater tonight which looked forward to the new menu at Navarre. We were quickly sat, then waited for a while before being greeted by our server. Ordered wine since we had plenty of time to pick a suitable bottle - Navarre has a good wine list. Tried the new grilled octopus and squid appetizer and scallops - both tasted very good but the fish was over cooked in both dishes. Had to ask for bread after receiving the appetizers - this is normally delivered right after greeting and water is delivered to the table. I tried the lobster pot pie for dinner which ok, did not have a creamy sauce and small lobster tail was crammed into the cup instead of being cut into pieces and cooked with veggies and sauce - this made it awkward to cut and eat (crust was tasty if not a bit over cooked). I do not recommend this dish as overpriced and did not meet my taste expectations. My wife had the shrimp arriabbiata pasta which she described as excellent with exception the shrimp was over cooked like our appetizers. Overcooked fish was a shock for us at Cafe Navarre as they have always had perfect fish dishes. Server was not attentive, we had to ask for everything, including a new glass of water as after drinking 1/3 of my initial glass I noted the glass was very dirty with caked on food or drink (not a pleasant experience); server simply took the glass and returned with a new one, no apology or explanation which is unacceptable for a restaurant of this caliber (I can understand this happening, but expect an apology an a minimum). We love Cafe Navarre, but we were a bit disappointed with this experience.

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Love Cafe Navarre! The food and service never disappoint!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had dinner at Cafe Navarre on New Year’s Eve to celebrate our anniversary, which I shared on the Open Table reservation form. No mention of it at all by the hostess or wait staff, and we were rushed through our dinner. The entrees were brought out while we still had our salad and soup. The waitress said something about needing to get our entrees in before a large party that came in after us, but they hadn’t even ordered yet. The food was quite good, but our overall experience was disappointing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was great. Wine and drink variety was acceptable, maybe a few more high quality French wines and cognac. The real issue is price., everything is a la carte. Paying upper $30-$40 for an entree that does not include salad or vegetable selection in this area is pricy. I paid $148.00 for a two person meal. That is what I would expect to pay in a top Chicago restaurant, not South Bend, In.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Fun, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was exceptional. Service was Average.
It was our Anniversary and When I booked the reservation it was noted. However the restaurant never acknowledged it at all.
Very Dissapointing!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great place. Been there several times. First time upstsirs. We had a party of seven and we sat upstairs in a semi-private room. It did not have quite as happening vibe as the main level but was very nice. Service was very attentive. Wine wad fairly priced. Food was great. Best place in South Bend for fine dining.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I'm worried that the ownership is getting comfortable with their place in town as the quality continues to decrease year after year. My most recent visit the lettuce was wilted but served anyways and two of our party had their steaks over done while one had it underdone. Their dessert options are also no longer special or unique (bring back the flourless chocolate cake!). The whole thing is becoming rote and stale and the food quality over my last several visits has been diminished. Bring back the upscale dining and feel.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic
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