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Cafe Navarre, South Bend, IN

Cafe Navarre

4.8
4.8
2324 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

7:00 PM


Booked 41 times today

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Other options

  • Order online

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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What 2,324 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Bend

    Best Overall

  • South Bend

    Best Food

  • South Bend

    Best Service

  • South Bend

    Best Ambiance

  • South Bend

    Best Value

  • South Bend

    Good for business meals

  • South Bend

    Good for groups

  • South Bend

    Neighborhood gem

  • South Bend

    Great for fine wines

  • South Bend

    Romantic

  • South Bend

    Good for special occasions

  • South Bend

    Lively

  • South Bend

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Prompt service, yet didn’t feel rushed to finish our meal and make room for the next diners.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!
  3. B

    Bigby

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and drink were very good. The restaurant was busy but the quality was maintained. Our server was excellent. He was vigilant and served each course as we completed the previous one, yet we did not feel that we were pressured. We will certainly return to Cafe Navarre.
  4. BS

    BarbaraS

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have never been disappointed at Cafe Navarre. Our server John was pleasant and knowledgeable about the food and wine choices .
  5. JR

    JoleneR

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants in South Bend. Our meal was fantastic! Our server was John who was attentive, nice and very knowledgeable about the menu. Highly recommend!
  6. TC

    TomC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Prince, was the perfect blend of professional and kind!
  7. JG

    JohnG

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and Lois provided the best service we've had in a very long time!
  8. SM

    SandraM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined at Cafe Navarre last evening for the first time. We were celebrating our son-in-law's birthday. We were a party of six and our server was Jordan. We had a wonderful dining experience. The food was wonderful, the steaks were cooked exactly as requested, and Jordan's service was just outstanding. When we arrived, there was already a birthday card at our table for our son-in-law. Jordan never hovered over us but was always there when we were ready to change courses or a wine glass needed refilling. My husband ordered a bottle of wine for our table, and one item he commented on was that he appreciated the fact that when Jordan delivered the wine, he, of course, poured a small amount for my husband to taste, but he did not pour a full serving of wine for my husband as he noticed that he already had a manhattan he was working on. When my husband finished his cocktail, Jordan was right there to pour a glass of wine for him. We moved to Indiana from Chicago to be closer to family. We have never had a better dining experience than last evening. We currently live in Carmel, but we will be making more trips to South Bend to enjoy the service, ambiance, and fine food at Cafe Navarre. Thank you, Jordan, for a wonderful evening.
  9. HC

    HannahC

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service! This was our first time here. The building so SO cool and there is nothing like it in the area. Menu was full of too many good options. I got the Amish Chicken and my husband got the filet, both were good perfectly and the sauce with the dishes were to die for! Also, very good wine selection.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate upstairs which was great but the tables are to close together. The party behind us were very loud since we were celebrating my wifes birthday.
  11. G

    Gangsteroflove

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food quite good. Service was fair but it was quite busy
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal. Excellent service. Great wine list
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The mushroom soup is to die for and the service is always friendly and prompt.
  14. BZ

    BobZ

    Charleston

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great mushroom soup, loved the bone in chop and rossetto. Great cocktails too.
  15. FL

    FoodLover

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic and the service excellent. The short rib was one of the best I have ever eaten.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Waited 15-20mins just to get water's but besides that my son and I enjoyed ourselves for our mother/son date
  17. CH

    CHRISTINET

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a nice quiet table in the loft that over looked the large dining room. The food was enjoyed by everyone in our party of four and we had the nicest waitress (Morgan). It was a great way to celebrate a birthday!
  18. KJ

    KenJ629

    Mobile

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    First visit to Cafe Navarre with out of town foodies and we were all very satisfied. Great ambience and service as expected for a high end restaurant. Appetizers were good with mussels being excellent and calamari too rubbery. Main courses were better. Ladies both had the striped bass and loved it. Pork chop was huge and cooked perfectly with mashed potatoes subbed in without issue. My grilled shrimp on bed of risotto with sun dried tomatoes and pine nuts was exceptional. Apple berry crisp and tiramisu cheesecake were both top notch. Rather pricey but a great special event kind of place. Fine dining in South Bend.👍
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for dinner for my husband‘s birthday. We had the mussels as an appetizer, which were delicious! There were three of us, and we each ordered a different entrée. The braised shortrib was absolutely dynamite, the half chicken, and the bolognese were also fabulous! Highly recommend this restaurant ⭐️
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    They food was very good and the service was excellent.
  21. D

    Dawn

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We so enjoyed our entire meal, everything was delicious! Heather was perfection, delightful, and knew the menu. The drinks were wonderful as well. Will be back and hopefully soon!
  22. J

    Jennifer

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great experience
  23. MM

    MartinM

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere, it was not crowded when we went on a weeknight. Interesting and well presented dishes. Loved the beet salad, ricotta gnocchi, steak frites. Excellent cocktails too.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first experience and I absolutely had a magnificent time. I would recommend anyone. It was phenomenal. Absolutely my best experience so far in South Bend the Chefs and staff were incredible.
  25. KE

    KayElDee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely love Cafe Navarre. We stumbled upon it 3 years ago when our anniversary reservation at another place fell through. We loved our experience at Navarre so much, tho, that we have gone back every year since then for our anniversary! We've always loved it and constantly recommend it to everyone ❤️
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    NYE- great meal!
  27. JM

    JimM

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Salmon and Pork Chop were excellent. Preparation of both was perfect. Server, Jordan, was attentive and engaging. He made us comfortable and elevated our enjoyment of the evening.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal, as well as the service by our server Prince, was great!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Thanks for a great date night experience.
  30. CB

    ChristianB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious. I would seriously recommend the shrimp.
  31. TS

    TomS

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there for a fine dining holiday dinner with family. We were not disappointed. The staff was friendly, helpful, and on top of things. The food was excellent.
  32. DS

    DarinS

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Would definitely recommend, perfect setting for Christmas eve family dinner!!
  33. P

    Patty

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere for our Christmas Eve dinner. Our server made excellent suggestions for wine choice and graciously took our substitutions for the side dish offered with our meals. We were looking forward to trying the Kobe beef but neither of us cared for the flavor or texture. Since it was our first time tasting it, it may just be our personal preferences. Our desserts were both superb and they surprised us with glasses of champagne to celebrate our anniversary. We always enjoy our visits to Cafe Navarre and will definitely return.
  34. BM

    BMBB

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was top notch!
  35. W

    Wife

    Indiana

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints!
  36. BS

    BobS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always have a small plate and salad after a performance at theater, very comfortable and good food and service
  37. KL

    KellieL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, service and atmosphere. Perfect for a fancier evening out!
  38. j

    jimf

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good, top notch service and the food is also good. Would love to see an updated menu.
  39. JC

    JeremyC

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good meal,service was spot on. Would highly recommend.
  40. MD

    MichaelD

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Abigail our server was outstanding! Very attentive and very helpful!!

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 takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (574) 968-8101.

Cafe Navarre is rated 4.8 stars by 2324 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 41 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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