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Cafe Navarre, South Bend, IN

Cafe Navarre

4.8
4.8
2140 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Specializing in modern American cuisine, fresh seafood, and USDA prime steaks, Cafe Navarre is celebrating its 10th year in historic downtown South Bend. Located in a bank 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.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (574) 968-8101

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chris Janowsky

  • Private party facilities

    Cafe Navarre has 3 private dining rooms available with seating capacity from 14 to 24 in each room.

  • Neighborhood

    South Bend

  • Cross street

    Washington

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • South Bend

    Best Overall

  • South Bend

    Best Food

  • South Bend

    Best Service

  • South Bend

    Best Ambiance

  • South Bend

    Best Value

  • South Bend

    Fit for Foodies

  • South Bend

    Romantic

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    Special Occasion

  • South Bend

    Most Booked

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  1. k

    karen49

    Naples

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Menu included small plate & salad options that were perfect for teens who also enjoyed the mocktails & house bread. Waiter, Josh, was very patient too.
  2. RS

    RachaelS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was amazing! Our streaks were under cooked but they were so nice and fixed our food and gave us a free a desert even though we told them it was not Necessary. They were so friendly as well
  3. EL

    EdwinaL

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the experience was exceptional.
  4. BP

    BeatrizP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was exquisite! I had the monkfish for main and soup of the day as appetizer. The chocolate dessert was to die for. A great restaurant in any league.
  5. JB

    JenB

    Greensboro

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing as always. We had the monkfish dish which was truly the best we have ever had. The wine list is great. But the best was the service. Our server Josh was so gracious and inviting. He helped us make great selections and was very prepared with his knowledge of wine and the menu. We had a great experience!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous restaurant with amazing service! If Josh is your waiter, LISTEN TO HIM!! All of the things he recommended were incredible - bone marrow small plate, wild mushroom soup, passionfruit cheesecake, to highlight a few. We really enjoyed our time at Cafe Navarre!
  7. A

    Anthony

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best 5 Star experience you can get for the money. My fiancé and I went for our anniversary dinner. I don’t leave long reviews at all but this was just too good. We had 3 signature cocktails - 2 nice glasses of wine - an appetizer - a kale salad - 2 entrées - and dessert!! All came back around $150 I was blown away. I was expecting over $200 maybe $225 easy after everything. The drinks were incredible and the food was top notch. The Cod Fritters were sensational, especially with the salmon tarter sauce underneath that made everything taste incredible. Fiancé had the kale salad and loved it with the goat cheese. Highly recommend getting the Duck Risotto, I was in awe of the flavors that came from the pesto in the dish and the duck was cooked just perfectly. My fiancé doesn’t like dark meet and she wanted to almost trade dishes! She on the other hand got the Salmon which she said was the best clean cut of cooked salmon she’s had in quite a long time. She also said the carrot purée underneath was next level with the cut of fish. As the night went on it felt like everything kept getting better. The flavors of every dish and drink mixed with the experience as time went on is why I was surprised it was under $200. The service is outstanding - you need to book a table here.
  8. RA

    RobinA

    Indiana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I’ve been to Cafe NaVarre many times but last nights meal was probably one of the best ones I’ve ever had!
  9. TV

    TinaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Would definitely choose cafe Navarre for our next special occasion.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was good as always and we were quickly seated. But I was disappointed in the new sauce served on the salmon. Really thick with a strong butter taste and a little greasy. I prefer the previous sauce I will try something else on my next visit. all the other guests in my party said their food was good.
  11. DS

    DavidS

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We both had fish. Perfectly prepared! The service was excellent.
  12. N

    Nicky

    Indiana

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We had the Pork Belly and the Gnocchi for starers and they were very good, especially the pork belly. We had two orders of the Menu Cod and one Osso Bucco. Both guests loved the Cod. I liked the Osso Buco very much. It was fall off the bone tender and on a bd of risotto. Our service was very good up until we were served out main course. Then our server disappeared for over 20 minutes and it got to the pint where the bartender came from the bar to finish out our service. I don't know the circumstances, but it was strange. Overall, it was a very good dinner and we will be back.
  13. FS

    1FSH1

    Kansas City

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I used to frequently travel on business to South Bend 4-6 years ago. Cafe Navarre was my go to place with great food , service, and vibe. I was in town again this weekend for a wedding and took my family there, having raved about the place to them. The only thing that’s changed in the 4 years I’ve been gone is the menu. The food, service and vibe are still great. We had a wonderful time. In my view, I always thought Navarre was much, much better than that snooty LaSalle Grill, where we were very rudely treated by the host/sommelier at the time a few years ago. Never went back. Didn’t need to because of Cafe Navarre.
  14. T

    Tdaj

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful anniversary spot! My spouse had "the best steak he's ever eaten," and I was very happy with the vegetarian offerings. Our server Josh was very friendly and efficient.
  15. CM

    ClaudiaM

    Anchorage

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was great, filet mignon and chicken with Spätzle in paprika sauce were delicious, Brussels sprouts and their cheese cake soo good. Best part they do have illy expresso, which we found our many good restaurants don't and we love that.
  16. C

    Christine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All wait staff were great! Food never disappoints. The music is also a plus.
  17. J

    Jeff

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the Salmon and the Filet, both were outstanding.
  18. DM

    DanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fantastic, the food was delicious!! Great Evening celebrating Birthdays!!
  19. C

    Caroline

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday Celebration made extra special by Navarre Staff, signed card & decadent dessert. This had been only my 2nd visit here and Josh made the experience superb. His exquisite knowledge of the menu & wines was impressive, attention to every dining need and fun conversation made the night memorable. Total satisfaction indeed!
  20. DH

    DominikH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique plates, nice atmosphere good wines, inside outside seating options
  21. MG

    MidwestGirl

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Overrated and overpriced, but service was friendly.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Josh was fantastic! He was informative and engaging! Superb service! Josh informed us of their sister restaurants and we look forward to visiting them!
  23. AZ

    ArtZ

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and incredible flavor for the meal itself!
  24. JK

    JackieK

    Grand Rapids

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service; great wine selection! Easy access.
  25. JF

    JamesF

    Naples

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Prince provided excellent service answering all of our inquiries. The salmon and monkfish were delicious as were the salads which we ordered.
  26. C

    Corey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were here to celebrate our son’s 20th birthday. Service was exceptional and food was amazing! Can’t wait to come back and celebrate another birthday or just an evening out!
  27. FS

    FredS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, our waiter was outstanding! The attention to detail would be hard to duplicate. Great way to observe our 53rd wedding anniversary!
  28. k

    keiths

    Washington DC

    51 reviews

    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very enjoyable dinner eating outside. The food was excellent. AJ was our server and provided some very good recommendations. Service was excellent…Food was excellent. Thank you for an enjoyable evening.
  29. M

    Miguel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service by Prince. It's always a pleasure eating here.
  30. DH

    DeborahH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was great. Ambiance was great and ser ice was great! Will definitely go again when I am in the area.
  31. MD

    MoDo

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice meal with family. Great service and nice atmosphere.
  32. L

    Lawton

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a delightful restaurant in downtown South Bend. It is in a former bank building. The bar is very attractive, and the service was excellent. We asked for a booth. I would suggest that you do so. The food was delicious, and the presentation was excellent. Staff was very helpful and friendly.
  33. CM

    CarlaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have a great culinary experience! And the staff was very professional
  34. u

    unkljee

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Reliably one of the best meals in South Bend. Wine list is also exceptional. Steaks were cooked perfectly.
  35. G

    Green

    Indiana

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was quick and friendly. The Navarre salad and beet salad had wonderful taste combinations and the portions were generous. Both main entrees were beautifully presented. The Monkfish Thermidor with lobster mornay was so tasty, and my companion, who rarely finishes a dish, ate every bite of the Faroe Island Salmon. It was so nice to enjoy a beautiful meal in an elegant restaurant with great service.
  36. P

    Pine

    Philadelphia

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Beautiful space. Great service. Most food was delicious. Tuna appetizer didn’t have much taste and Caesar salad was way overdressed. Otherwise fabulous
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classy comfortable downtown dining. Love the menu variety - lots of luscious options. The rye Manhattan up was one of the best. Always great drinks. Our waitress was perfection.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible experience. The bartender was a master at his craft, we aren’t usually big craft drink fans either. We ordered the gnocchi small and bone marrow small plates, and my husband ordered the culotte entree and I ordered the salmon and substituted the black forbidden rice. All good was a 10/10. Absolutely impeccable experience.
  39. k

    kelli

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superior food and service by Josh. Everything was perfect on both occasions. If in South Bend do not miss the opportunity to dine here.
  40. k

    kelli

    Dallas

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cod fritters app delish. Monkfish was excellent. Josh was great as a server.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cafe Navarre using the Order Online button. Cafe Navarre also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now. 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 2140 OpenTable diners.

Cafe Navarre does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Cafe Navarre

101 N. Michigan St South Bend, IN 46601

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Washington

  • Neighborhood

    South Bend

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chris Janowsky

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (574) 968-8101

  • Private party facilities

    Cafe Navarre has 3 private dining rooms available with seating capacity from 14 to 24 in each room.

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