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Cafe Navarre, South Bend, IN

Cafe Navarre

4.9
4.9
2604 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 50 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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 2,604 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Indiana

    Best Overall

  • Indiana

    Best Service

  • Indiana

    Best Ambiance

  • Indiana

    American

  • 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

    Healthy

  • South Bend

    Hot spot

  • South Bend

    Great for fine wines

  • South Bend

    Romantic

  • South Bend

    Good for special occasions

  • South Bend

    Lively

  • South Bend

    American

  • South Bend

    Most Booked

2,596 Reviews
  1. PatrickM

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was first-rate and cocktails were delicious. Food was solid. Great adaptive reuse.

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  2. Bigby

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding. Menu was very good yet food was a bit too salty for several of our choices. This will not prevent our next outing to the Cafe. By the way, the drinks were very good.

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  3. ErinB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, service was wonderful and food was delicious. Will definitely return again!

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  4. MarkM

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The crab cake is one of the best appetizers in town -- and interestingly different from the standard "Maryland" crab cake. The cheesecake "flavor of the month" was excellent and the medallions entre was quite good.

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  5. Robert

    Indiana

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We appreciate Cafe Navarre and take many of our visitors and faculty there for a nice dinner and good impression. Thank you for always working with us to charge the meal to our account, making it less awkward for a professor to entertain a prospective new faculty member.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Autumn provided us great service. Never had to wait for anything.

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  7. momtofourboys

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I think they have improved in the last year or two!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service wonderful atmosphere great food very enjoyable experience

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  9. JenniferJ

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, server was fantastic—once the small room was full with very loud people near us it was difficult to talk though. Water was over chlorinated.

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  10. RToF

    St. Louis

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Expensive, but worth the price paid.

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  11. JamesM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an early (5:00) reservation. We were seated right away in a nice quiet table for two upstairs. Visited for ND Junior Parents Weekend, and both my son and I had the steak frites. Fantastic preparation and we both enjoyed the meal very much. Services is ultra-attentive. A little too much, perhaps. We had to stop our conversation repeatedly as the staff (between the busboy and waitress) asked 3 times in a matter of 10 minutes if they could take our plates. We were there less than an hour and there were empty tables, so it's not like we were preventing other diners from being seated. I would still definitely return, and the overall experience was fantastic. Just maybe ease back a little bit on the "attentiveness."

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  12. MattD

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, drinks, and service were both outstanding. I had the Noir, a twist on a whisky sour made with scotch instead of bourbon and a fig syrup. The wild mushroom soup was phenomenal. Perfect winter dish. Our server Taylor was top notch. She was extremely attentive and was one of the best servers we’ve ever had. We’ll definitely be back

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such good service, amazing server, top notch food, the dungeons crab risotto was amazing. Filet tasted like butter it was amazing. And the spanish octopus was amazing as well.

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  14. ErinB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Foo was delicious! Chef made a special visit to our table because he was a personal friend of mine. Will be returning. Excited to return.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Move over Lasalle Grill, Cafe Navarre is the Best high end restaurant in South Bend. I will be referring all of my out of town clients to Cafe Navarre.

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  16. JoyceW

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our oyster appetizers were very tasty but very small. As always the signature hazelnut mushroom soup was delicious but very rich. Our fish entrees were very good and the sauce on my dorade was colorful and tasty. The cookies and single rose that came with the check were a nice touch.

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  17. VladimirL

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, food and service. Highly Recommend!

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  18. BHHS61

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I thought my Irish Whiskey on the rocks was not a "Good" pour. My wife steak had no flavor and the green beans looked small, gravy had no flavor. She liked her Old Fashion. My Ceasar salad dressing had not flavor.

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  19. KeithM

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food choices were varied. I had the bolonaise, and it was delicious, accompanied by a Caesar salad. The portions were generous, and the service was excellent

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  20. Bige2424

    Indiana

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time.. our waitress was fantastic.. enjoyed our evening

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food took a long time to come out. Very good but very long

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  22. JackW

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reception was great and overall fantastic experience. First time dining at Cafe Navarre and I am definitely going back! They even provided a complimentary drink for my anniversary dinner.

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  23. JohnR

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was out of this world! They had a 3 course specialwhich was so good menu was outstanding! Our server was great!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Autumn, was amazing! Along with the service, the food was great and the atmosphere was enjoyable.

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  25. ColinR

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant was extremely crowded due to South Bend Restaurant Week, but our server, Autumn, did a wonderful job and checked on us numerous times to make sure we had everything we needed at all times.

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  26. JB789

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food, service, and space. The best in south bend.

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  27. ScottH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food , great service, noisy due to high ceilings.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere. Would highly recommend.

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  29. Jennifer

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal! The mushroom soup is amazing! Great atmosphere. Our favorite local restaurant.

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  30. TamiB

    Indiana

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual Cafe Navarre served us a delicious meal with outstanding service. My husbands steak was over cooked and they replaced the entire meal and discounted it. The second steak he received was prepared perfectly. The service was exceptional.

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  31. Miguel

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food at reasonable prices. The service is always outstanding!

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  32. ZaiT

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service is always so amazing 🤩 I love coming here!!

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  33. MRW85

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was tasty, as were the drinks. We ordered off the special menu and were pleasantly surprised.

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  34. JohnL

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This has become our go-to place in South Bend. Drinks, starters, soups, salads, desserts are all right on point; a dinner of salad and their signature mushroom soup would do just fine. Entrees are not as consistently fabulous and are pricey.

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  35. PhillipS

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fantastic experience as usual. The food never disappoints and the new Genesis mule was an excellent new drink.

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  36. leamalone00

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent. Our server Chastity was experienced, helpful and hard working.

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  37. DanM

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal and the service was excellent!!

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  38. TomS

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I thought the portions of the meal were greatly reduced. Don't know if it was due to restaurant week or if this is where the owners are trending with the menu selections. Otherwise all was fine.

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  39. PattiP

    Naples

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappointed!!! Cafe Navarre is one of my favorite restaurants…..great food, service and ambiance♥️

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  40. ZaiT

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Charity was AMAZING as always!!! The service was phenomenal and I love coming here for dinner. The espresso martinis are to die for.

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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 4.9 stars by 2604 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 50 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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