Cafe Navarre

4.6
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1570 Reviews
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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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Indiana
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We came for lunch today for an informal best friends holiday celebration, myself and three of my girlfriends. All of us frequently dine here. I was surprised to find chorizo in my beat salad, some thing I have ordered countless times. Our server was gracious and remade my meal. I did find it odd that both hostesses, or managers, I’m sorry that I’m unsure of their position, were wearing athletic leggings with cropped sweaters.

P
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to have lunch in downtown. Location is convenient. The staff are efficient, affable and very attentive to the diners.

OT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience for a birthday meal.

s
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the total experience. Food was excellent, waitress (Heather) was very friendly, informed and helpful with advice. Had monkfish that was excellent and 2 different wines that went well. Very pleased.

O
New England
54 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mushroom soup, trout...delicious!

Cafe Navarre
Responded on December 2, 2019

Thank you for the review! We love our mushroom soup, too! Hope to see you soon!

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JW
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Navarre was an awesome spot in old bank with nice decor. Food and service was excellent with steak and fish cooked just right.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on December 2, 2019

Thank you, Jamey! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us! We look forward to your next visit!

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JF
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Setting is lovely and we dined outside on a comfortable evening. The food however did not match the ambiance. Bland flavors and overcooked octopus were some of the low-highlights. Classic case of a great location with mediocre food.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on December 2, 2019

Jim, we are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience with us. We strive to have exceptional food and service. Clearly, we have missed the mark. Our management is addressing the issues that you have brought up. Thank you again, and our sincere apologies.

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S
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Our server was wonderful.
The food was just ok.
Not much of a wow for the money as far as taste went, not much flavor and the shrimp was awful, but the presentation was nice.
The food seemed comprable to what I could get at a chain and it is not a vegan friendly menu.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on December 2, 2019

Shelly, thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you received wonderful service. We are sorry that you did not enjoy your meal. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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I
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Been here 3 times. Great space and vibe. Very good service. Thoughtful and interesting menu. The food just doesn’t live up to the billing. It ‘s ok at best. 3.5 stars.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on December 2, 2019

Thank you for your review. We are always looking for ways we can better serve our guests. We hope to see you again soon!

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PF
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn’t been back in a few years but was a regular when my daughter attended ND. They have not missed a beat. Food is excellent and only outdone by service and friendliness of the Staff. Wine Steward is highly knowledgeable and affable. Had dinner both Friday and Sat. nights ....waitress on Sat night was exceptional.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on December 2, 2019

Welcome back! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your evenings with us! We look forward to your next visit!

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TA
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Awesome service staff, very attentive to all customers.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on December 2, 2019

Thank you, Ted! We hope to see you soon!

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CB
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ceasar was a wonderful waiter. They brought a surprise birthday treat for one of our guests. Food was fabulous with a wide variety of offerings form small plates to full dinners. Will definitely go again when in South Bend.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on December 2, 2019

Thank you for your review! We look forward to seeing you next time you are in town! Cheers!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything was wonderful. Especially the server. Her timing was impeccable.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on December 2, 2019

We are happy to hear that you had a wonderful visit with us! We hope to see you soon!

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AM
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were visiting from out of town, and Michele delivered an exceptional dining experience! Also, the bar manager deserves a shout-out - cocktail menu was outstanding!

Cafe Navarre
Responded on December 2, 2019

Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear that you chose to spend your evening with us. We will send your compliments along to our staff. We hope you stop in next time you are in town!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Small table and even smaller portions

PH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious! I loved my steak.

S
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had been to Cafe Navarre twice before and wanted to take my spouse.
She enjoyed our time and food and experience very much. As did I.
Great service, great food, love the atmosphere and location.
Excellent place to go or return if out and about in downtown South Bend.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on December 2, 2019

We are glad to hear that you and your wife enjoyed your evening with us! We hope to see you both again soon! Cheers!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had, we had a nice table for two in the balcony, very cozy and chic at the same time. The scallops were as tender as butter and the wild mushroom soup is indescribably good! My fiancé had the cauliflower and asparagus with a vegan Demi glaze, also very very good. We shall return!

Cafe Navarre
Responded on December 2, 2019

We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your dinner with us! Our mushroom soup is one of our favorites, too! We look forward to your next visit!

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DO
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and just a 3 minute walk to the Morris Performance Hall.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on December 2, 2019

Thank you for your review! Hope to see you before the next event at the Morris!

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GM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time

RP
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was great, even though it was a very busy evening. The food was wonderful and our waiter
was outstanding. We will be back, often. Loved our evening.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on December 2, 2019

Ray, thank you so much for your review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us! We hope to see you again soon! Cheers!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Good except a bit noiser than preferred. Didn’t care for pork chop side dish.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you for the review! We hope to see you soon!

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t
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner before the show

Cafe Navarre
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you! We hope to see you before the next show!

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VS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff! What a great way to end the day to spend time with a great meal. You won't be disappointed.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on December 2, 2019

Thank you so much for your review, Victor! We look forward to your next visit!

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GD
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great beginning before the Morris! Perfect location , waitress very accommodating, excellent food choices.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on October 28, 2019

Grant, thank you for your review! We are happy to hear you had a great experience with us. We hope to see you before the next show! Cheers!

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J
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Professional service environment and private.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you! We hope to see you soon!

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere were all great

Cafe Navarre
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you so much! We look forward to your next visit!

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f
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good whitefish sandwich with beans.
Nice, friendly and fast service.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on October 18, 2019

We are glad you enjoyed our whitefish sandwich! See you soon!

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E
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really good French Onion Soup, entrees were also very good. Nice place

Cafe Navarre
Responded on October 18, 2019

Thank you, Emma! We are glad you like our French Onion Soup. We do, too! We hope to see you soon!

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on October 18, 2019

Thank you so much for your review! We are so happy that you had a great experience with us! We hope to see you again soon!

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PR
Richmond
212 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on October 18, 2019

Thank you for your review, Pam! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us! We look forward to your next visit! Cheers!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

Cafe Navarre
Responded on October 18, 2019

Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the fish and seafood dishes on our menu! We hope to see you again soon!

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b
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Cafe Navarre
Responded on October 18, 2019

Thank you for choosing to visit us when you are in town! We are happy to hear you enjoyed our new menu! We look forward to your next visit!

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GI
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

MR
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PR
Richmond
212 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Cafe Navarre
Responded on October 18, 2019

Thank you for your review, Pam! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our mushroom soup and blistered salad! We love those, too! We look forward to your next visit!

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MM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on October 18, 2019

We apologize for the service you experienced during your last visit. We strive to have excellent food and exceptional service. Clearly, we have missed the mark. Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. Our sincerest apologies.

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j
Des Moines
53 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on October 18, 2019

Thank you for joining us after the game! We are glad you enjoyed your experience! We hope to see you soon! Cheers!

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AN
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Cafe Navarre
Responded on October 18, 2019

Thank you for the review, Andrew! We are so happy to hear that we are a favorite stop while you are in town! We look forward to your next visit!

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CT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

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.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on October 18, 2019

We apologize for your most recent experience with us. We strive to have excellent service and we have clearly missed the mark. Our management team is addressing this issue. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Our sincerest apologies.

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