Cafe Navarre

4.8
1950 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Specializing in modern American cuisine, fresh seafood, and USDA prime steaks, Cafe Navarre is celebrating its 9th year in historic downtown South Bend. Located in a historic building in the heart of our city with the fusion of Old World architecture, natural light, and the contemporary furnishings. Join us for dinner or enjoy a cocktail in our bar or on our outdoor patio.

As a locally owned establishment, we strive for excellence in producing and serving the finest cuisine. We are excited to provide you with top-shelf service, world-class recipes, as well as local and fresh ingredients. Every part of your experience at Cafe Navarre is important to us, right down to the last detail.

Café Navarre brings you modern American cuisine with European influences, distinguished by its simplicity, flavor, and respect for ingredients. Cafe Navarre offers fresh seafood and steaks, along with dishes created with seasonal elements from local farms that are unmistakable in flavor and quality.

Support Cafe Navarre during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1950 people are saying
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Amp1960
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious fresh food, excellent service, relaxing atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They went above and beyond with service, bringing out a dessert for the birthday girl! The food was delicious as well. Can’t wait to go back!

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TeresaG
Denver
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A previous review by me has been posted! This place is a gem in south Bend! The food is amazing!

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Faith
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The waiter interrupted our conversation several times (5?) to ask if we needed anything. Quite annoying. Better to train them to pause and watch nonverbals to see if we were needing anything--more like French waiters.

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TimF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Navarre is a wonderful place for special occasions, Have been there several times, never had a bad experience. 2 years in a row for my wife's Birthday and this year they even had a Birthday card for her signed by the entire staff, very nice touch.

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vipPamR
Richmond
254 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the lamb shank and the sea trout. The caesar salad was fresh and plentiful. We also had the peaches and cream dessert. It was full of fresh peaches, cream and sorbet. Yummy!

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AndreaC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clean and upbeat atmosphere. Great ambiance and the food was great. Will come back if I am in the area.

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DawnP
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent everything. The food was fantastic and the restaurant was beautiful and very clean.

If we ever go back to Notre Dame we will definitely re-visit this place!

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vipShelby
Nashville
26 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant in South Bend. Food and service were outstanding!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating at Cafe Navarre and it was spectacular. John was amazing - honestly made the experience as great as it could be. From suggestions to making sure our glasses were full at all times, John was great. The food was spectacular - wild mushroom soup was the best I’ve had. Came back for drinks the next night after such a great experience - bar tender was great as well! One of the best birthday dinners I’ve ever had!

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KennethV
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Remarkably good food and service, as sophisticated as anything we have had in nyc where we live or Paris, London, Rome where we often visit.

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PeggyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and served perfectly. Service was wonderful and very helpful.
Would return to restaurant when in
town

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic in every way. Thank you!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice anniversary celebration, complete with a signed card wishing us a happy anniversary

TJ
vipTJ82
Indiana
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the nicest dining choices in the area. Tabels are well spaced apart so you can actually have a conversation and service is outstanding. The walleye and salmon were both very good as was the gnocchi, the gazpacho soup and the navarre salad.

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ExperiencedDiners
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They closed early.

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PatriciaB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

the food was fantastic. definitely will be returning soon! it was nice to see unusual items on the menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Amazing food and ambiance!
The host, Gabi, is lovely! Definitely coming back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding meal. All three of us loved every one of our food choices. High quality food and lovely presentation. Crabcakes, salmon and chocolate ganache dessert were were especially yummy. Service was great without being overbearing.
The prices are a bit high, but definitely worth it for this high level dining experience. Visiting Notre Dame from Chicago- will definitely return to Cafe Navarre next time we’re in South Bend.

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Anne
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice way to decompress after 2 hot and sweaty days of college drop off

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EJLaszlo
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The maitre de was exceptional at handling some last minute timing issues. A true professional

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beat restaurant in South Bend! Great food and service!

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TomV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall a solid meal. First course Gaspacho and Beet Salad were 5 stars and got out hops up. Entrees (pork loin, salmon) and the side of Brussel sprouts were only okay. Nothing super special. Wait staff was prompt and attentive. Ambience and noise level were both good. Would love to go back some day and try other entrees to confirm 4 vs 5 stars.

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JerriG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We brought our daughters to dinner to celebrate 2nd snd 4th years at ND!

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GinaM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Upon confirming the reservation they asked what the special occasion was and I stated that it was my birthday. Upon arrival and during dining, my birthday was not acknowledged.

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vipGoodsteak
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thought it was best meal she has had in months.

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EJG05
St. Louis
30 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good. Some of the diners missed the old menu which contained seafood risotto.

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KayK
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect!! Spent our 52nd Anniversary dinner here. Ordered French Onion soup for our appetizer and Filet Mignon for dinner. The filet was perfect and taste was delicious! I always or my steak of any kind Well- Done. The filet had no pink inside and was still juicy, not dry. Wonderful flavor!!! The best I have ever had! The meal came with mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy, and vegetable side dish, which was great! The atmosphere was very elegant and staff very polite and helpful!! The meals were quite pricy, but for a special occasion well worth the visit for dining! I would recommend for a special occasion!

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CoupleNLove
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food, we love our special dinner dates here!

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Nina
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! Dessert (ganache) was just ok. Excellent service.

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Micah
Indiana
28 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place for a date. Sat outside, had perfect service, and wonderful food.

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vipVidaL
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and food

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BradC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a great experience as always. We will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 45th anniversary and enjoyed everything about the evening. The food was very good and well presented. The staff was friendly and attentive. An overall enjoyable experience.

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EdReed
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The pork tenderloin was incredible, as was the steak. The staff were excellent and the experience was memorable!

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JamieL
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great time as always! We definitely need to go more oftern.

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DaveB
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! The atmosphere and feel are nice-casual to dressy, service was upbeat and friendly. We sampled several items and loved them all!

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went during restaurant week and did order off the special menu. We did add an extra appetizer and I ordered a side of Brussels Sprouts with my meal. The appetizer didn’t come out as planned and they had to bring out later. I never did get my sprouts.

The manager came to our table a couple of times and apologized. I wasn’t upset, but I did appreciate the note of concern. They corrected the bill and comped us a round of drinks.

The food was excellent as always. The service was attentive. Just a couple of little misses but it won’t keep us away.

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CarolynB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cafe Navarre, just perfect! The service, food and environment were exactly as I remembered them to be! I have been away from South Bend for several years and have just returned to town and this lovely restaurant. Thank you for a wonderful meal and a reminder of what true Fine Dining is all about!

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vipDebS
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Navarre in South Bend is one of my favorite places to eat at every time I travel to IN. It is perfect for business meals, or special celebrations! Their food it delicious, and I have enjoyed every meal during (my) 5 different visits since 2019. I even (accidentally) booked during Restaurant Week this year, and the service and food was excellent!! And their wait-staff are delightful!! Warmly engaging, knowledgeable about menu changes and discreetly attentive during the meal without being overly intrusive.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cafe Navarre using the Order Online button. Cafe Navarre also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (574) 968-8101.

Cafe Navarre is rated 4.8 stars by 1950 OpenTable diners.

Cafe Navarre does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://navarre.securetree.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.