Cafe Navarre

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$31 to $50
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American
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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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated promptly. Service was quick and friendly. Drink selection was excellent. Food was first rate - good portion sizes, high quality and well prepared. This is the best restaurant in downtown South Bend - without a doubt.

PR
Richmond
208 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 6 of us in our party and we all enjoyed our meals. I was surprised when one person ordered the beet salad and it looked so different than what i had at lunch. The waiter stated that many food items are done differently at lunch than at dinner. I would have gotten it if I knew it wouldn't have the creamy dressing I had at lunch. Seems strange to me. I had the cauliflower entree and it was wonderful. The only negative I have is the price of wines. I think $11 is quite high for a glass of wine. It would be great if the restaurant carried a lower price house wine at about $7/glass. But we will definitely come back next time we are in town.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My steak was a little dry and over cooked but the fish and seafood was delicious.

b
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going here for years, whenever we are in South Bend. It never disappoints. We thought the menu was better then ever.

GI
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went there two nights in a row. Great waiter Caesar! Good food and perfect martini.

MR
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wine. Delicious small plates! Would definitely go back and would recommend.

PR
Richmond
208 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the creamy wild mushroom soup as our starter. I had the beet salad which was good but my dining partner had the blistered salad which was even better. I'm getting that one next time!

MM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food tasted excellent. My only complaint is that my son's dish had a couple spoiled mussels in it. I told the waitress, but got no response. I realize that this can happen to the food and can't be totally eliminated, but I am disappointed with the response.

j
Des Moines
53 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We love going to Cafe Navarre after a Notre Dame game. The energy in the restaurant is great, and the food and service are good and consistent. We will go again.

AN
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit each trip to South bend, and enjoy this restaurant very much.

CT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Have had many fun evenings in this restaurant in the past but our recent experience was subpar. We were exceptionally rushed, we had 2 wait staff that doubled up on everything from welcoming us, to order taking , to checking in, to clearing the table, to billing us, it was exhausting and very frustrating. I don't think we had 5 uninterrupted mins without one of the staff being present at the table. This was so disruptive to our evening.

RN
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I celebrated our 32nd Anniversary on Thursday evening at Cafe Navarre on the recommendation of a long-time coworker. We enjoyed it very much. Parking was close and easy. We arrived late for our reservation, but we’re given a friendly greeting and were immediately seated. Our server was excellent. He gave nice explanations of the specials and helped us with our questions. All courses were prompt and delicious. The place was quite full and a bit noisy for our liking, but we could still converse without a problem. It was charming to learn of the building’s history as a bank. We will return (for special occasions).

v
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food. I had sea trout which was fresh (in Indiana) and well prepared. Also the mushroom soup was excellent. Highly recommended.

BC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place to celebrate relationships or family events. Service was gracious, attentive, and the presentation of food was great.

e
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Server was a little slow, but friendly. Overall, food was disappointing compared to most times I’ve come for lunch. My companions salad dressing was over-salted while my salmon was bland and a little greasy. We still enjoyed ourselves, as usual.

S
Indiana
23 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought out of town guests and they were delighted with the ambiance, service and food. Thanks for a delightful evening.

MJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Other than our bottle of Malbec served chilled and our server proceeding to line up our wine glasses in a row on the table and then emptying the whole bottle into our 3 glasses the dining experience was fine.

MF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Cafe Navarre. The food is consistently good. We had the pleasure of meeting the GM who helped us with a wine selection. Waitstaff is friendly and attentive. Always a good experience!

LP
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and the evening was delightful. Food was outstanding. Service was outstanding.
Little pricey but worth it. Our table had allergy restrictions which they accommodated and served fantastic food. We will return.

C
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very good overall. Service was exceptionally slow.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on September 18, 2019

We are glad you had a good overall experience with us! We apologize for the slow service you received. Our management team is addressing this issue. We hope to see you again soon!

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BD
Orlando
125 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Always a solid performer with respect to food quality. On this night our server, Jen, was excellent and went out of her way to make our evening special. On this night the kitchen seemed to be unusually slow in the food delivery.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic, the ambience was impeccable. The majestic beauty of the old style architecture was wonderful.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We look forward to your next visit!

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HS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I nice dining option in South Bend. The restaurant is located in an old bank building and is beautiful inside. I've sat on both levels, but prefer the first floor for the best environment. The food was decilious and the service was attentive.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thank you so much for the review! We are happy to hear that you've enjoyed your visits with us! Sound like you're a regular! Looking forward to seeing you soon! Cheers!

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DD
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great Food!

Waitress seemed rushed for what was initially a relatively slower time at the restaurant (6:00 on a Thursday). Like she wanted us to get out and turnover the table.

Never brought us bread she indicated was coming.....we were able to get it to go (with a gasp from the waitress at dinner's end when we requested).
Brought bottle of wine about 18 seconds after our dinner drinks....
Instant soup....(really!!)

I finally asked her to just slow down please - we could not eat that fast!

Just to make clear the food was excellent, and we would go back, but service was for some reason "RUSHED".

The prices are OK, but probably about 10% over what one might expect in travels for such a place. (South Bend is nice,, but still not New York, Tokyo, Seattle, London, etc.)

Cafe Navarre
Responded on September 18, 2019

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us! We are sorry our server was rushing you. We hope to see you again soon, but this time in a more relaxed manner. Cheers!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Impressed my out of town guests.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thank you for choosing us! We are glad you and your guests enjoyed your visit! We hope to see you again soon! Cheers!

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J
Grand Rapids
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with grandchildren

Cafe Navarre
Responded on September 18, 2019

Jake, thank you for choosing us for a special meal with your grandchildren! We hope to be the spot to go to for your next family outing! See you soon!

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MD
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining at Cafe Navarre. Wonderful food and great atmosphere!

Cafe Navarre
Responded on September 15, 2019

Mark, thank you for the review! We are happy to hear that you enjoy dining with us! We look forward to your next visit!

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KL
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Ambiance is great, beautiful architecture
Food was delicious and well prepared, cocktails just as yummy
Nice wine list

Service was okay, wait staff wasn’t completely familiar with the menu or specials, forgot a salad I ordered, but offered a free dessert for the trouble.

We will definitely be back for another try!

Cafe Navarre
Responded on September 18, 2019

Kelli, thank you so much for the review! We are glad you enjoyed our food and wine list! We look forward to your next visit!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We were greeted by a very young pair of hostesses. It was a lukewarm greeting. We’d made the reservation a long time ago.

When the gal took us to our table, in the middle of the restaurant, we asked for a booth. There were a few empty booths. She said No, they’re reserved by people that are coming in an hour. We were annoyed but chose another table in a quiet corner of the restaurant. The people next to us had a wobbly table and asked to be moved to a booth. They were moved to a booth. We were pretty mad.

The food was good and our waitress was lovely. But nobody came around with any sort of apology or explanation. We won’t go back

OT
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Cesar, could not have been more attentive. He pampered us without hovering. Our meals were beautifully served and the flavors were amazing. We had the salmon and the fish of the day which was Halibut. Highly recommend this restaurant for a special meal out.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thank you so much for your review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us! We will pass your compliments on to Cesar! We hope to see you again soon! Cheers!

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SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my anniversary. Our waitress was phenomenal! They gave us green champagne and cheesecake.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on September 15, 2019

Stefanie, thank you so much for choosing us to help celebrate such a special day! We are so glad to hear that you had such a great experience with us. Cheers!

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OT
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Cafe Navarre for lunch meetings. The service is quick, food is great and reasonably priced and the atmosphere is conducive to conversations.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on September 7, 2019

We are glad to hear that we are your pick for lunch meetings! We hope to see you again soon!

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LK
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Love Cafe Navarre but the service was lousy this visit and their was a fowl odor near the front bar, smelled like sewage.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on September 7, 2019

We are so sorry to hear that your last experience with us was not up to par. Our management is addressing the concerns you have addressed. We hope to see you again soon.

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O
New England
53 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Trout was cooked perfectly, and a nice light sauce. It’s a creative menu in a lovely setting.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on September 7, 2019

We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed our trout dish! We like it too! We hope to see you again soon! Cheers!

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WD
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is five star especially with their known specalities. We have never had had service , drinks or food here, always has been excellent.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on September 7, 2019

Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear that you have had great experiences with us! We look forward to your next visit!

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J
London
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the nicest restaurants in South Bend. The ambiance and decor are great, as this building was an old bank. It's a beautiful structure inside. The food is always good, but expect to pay more than you would in your typical South Bend eatery. This last time we went, it was quite busy and our server didn't notice that we had sat, so we waited a bit. They couldn't apologize enough and brought us some complimentary desserts, which were also great. The food is always beautifully presented and very tasty, and the portions are solid. I love their fairly decent craft beer selections and their wine list is also quite extensive.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on September 7, 2019

Thank you for your review! We are glad that you enjoy our food and ambiance! We hope to see you again soon! Cheers!

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RZ
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and ambiance were excellent. All of us enjoyed our meals and the waiter did a good job of taking care of us while letting us do our business. We will be back.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on September 7, 2019

We are happy to hear that you had a great experience with us! We look forward to your next visit! Thank you!

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j
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded my expectations

Cafe Navarre
Responded on September 7, 2019

Thank you! Hope to see you soon!

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s
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been twice now on trips to South Bend. Wonderful upscale food in a trendy, big city setting. The service is top notch. Honestly, a surprisingly excellent place that could do well in a big city with lots of other competition, yet it is in the small community of South Bend. I highly recommend it.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on September 7, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are honored to hear that you choose to dine with us when you are in town. We hope to see you again next time you are here! Best to you!

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WS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We each ordered the small plate dinners. The portion size was just right. The wild mushroom soup was the best I’ve had, and the scallops ordered by my husband were equally as delicious. The service could not have been better. We highly recommend this restaurant.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on September 7, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our mushroom soup and scallop dish! We hope to see you again soon! Cheers!

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