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Cafe Navarre, South Bend, IN

Cafe Navarre

4.8
4.8
2652 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Specializing in modern American cuisine, fresh seafood, and USDA prime steaks, Cafe Navarre is celebrating its 12th 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 32 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 2,652 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Indiana

    Best Service

  • 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

    Great for fine wines

  • South Bend

    Romantic

  • South Bend

    Good for special occasions

  • South Bend

    Lively

  • South Bend

    Most Booked

2,652 Reviews
  1. EricA

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My waiter was awesome and very helpful when it came to ordering food. I will definitely go back there again. However, please bring back the chocolate cake!

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  2. HighlandMomof4

    Minneapolis

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We waited quite a while for the hostess to return to the stand and seat us. No greeting was offered. We simply mentioned we were party three, and she took us to a table. Did not speak. Took us quite a while to get a server to the table as well. No water on the table. the server was quite attentive throughout the meal, however. Ordered a bottle of wine and it took a long time to get that such that all the members of the table had already consumed the rest of their beverages. One member of our party ordered a steak medium and it was very medium rare! Disappointing.

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  3. hockeydude68

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about our dining experience was phenomenal. Top notch service and exceptional food in both quality and taste. Best Veal Marsala I have ever had, hands down.

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  4. RyanM

    Indiana

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy cafe Navarre. The service and food were both exceptional.

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  5. JenniferV

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious dinner; mushroom soup was a 10 as was the pork chop. We will be back!

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  6. AmyP

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was friendly and prompt. Tina answered all our questions about the menu in an appealing descriptive manner. My daughter and I split the crab cake appetizer, we each had our own entrees, and everything was delicious and satisfying. This was our second time there and we will definitely return.

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  7. ErinB

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great except the pork chop…which I’ve ordered a couple times in the past. This time, it was like what you get at a grocery store. Kinda disappointing. Not as thick and meaty and juicy as times before. Not the right cut. Flat.

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  8. Mobedog

    Chicago

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Its been about 4 years since dining at Cafe Navarre. Food was excellent. Prices reasonable. Service was a bit slow. Bartender was overwhelmed and seemed a bit moody. Overall good experience.

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  9. JeffB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Autumn the server was awesome, particularly with kids

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  10. LynnetteT

    Houston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Maggie was 5-star server who immediately elevated my cocktail by adding an ingredient I felt was missing. She was attentive to us, informative of menu items and food service wait times, and her friendly demeanor made us feel very comfortable.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great experience. We were celebrating our anniversary and the took the time to sign a Happy Anniversary card for us. Every one was very kind and congratulated us. The waitress took very good care of us. Food was amazing. We chose the right to celebrate!

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  12. lace715

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe Navarre never disappoints. The service was on top of it as always. Dirty dishes were promptly carted away and drinks were refilled almost as we set down the glass. Our food was amazing. There was plenty of time in between courses to eat each course before the next course arrived. We did not feel rushed at all and still had an enjoyable experience. The staff is very friendly and you could see the managers walking around making sure everything was running smoothly. We will return again.

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  13. michaelr

    Tampa

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful dinner with friends. We were seated upstairs. Ambiance ok up there. My walleye was terrific. Friends ordered the spaghetti and meatballs. Very good but regular portion was too large. Smaller portion was available but waiter discouraged ordering. Service was attentive and friendly.

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  14. DavidC

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing! The service was over-the-top, we had a great experience!

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  15. JamesP

    Indiana

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I had a wonderful time before the theater.Food was wonderful and are server was outstanding.Good job guys!!

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  16. Beth

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect location for family Easter brunch. Menu had a variety that made everyone happy. Kids loved the mocktail options. They are already asking if we can go back next year.

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  17. TamiH

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food & impeccable service. John was a fantastic server!

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  18. CarlaP

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely brunch and wonderful service . We always come back

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  19. Lindsholl

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for Easter brunch. Overall, the food and drinks were excellent. The cinnamon rolls were delicious. There were a couple of things I would tweak. The quiche was a bit too loose for me but the taste was good. Less milk would help. The waffle for the chicken and waffles was pretty dense. We prefer a fluffier waffle especially with how big the piece of chicken is on top. The salmon and bagel looked pretty basic. My son didn’t complain but def could use a better plating and a little more salmon. We will return to cafe Navarre next time we are visiting south bend. Service and food have been consistently decent.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It made easer perfect! The brunch menu was OUTSTANDING!

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  21. MichaelW

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful time for our Easter Brunch. The atmosphere was perfect and made the occasion seem amazingly special.

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  22. Matthewk

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Nashville hot chicken and waffle was amazing! I’d eat that anytime of day. Hope it can find its way onto the daily menu. Great brunch all around.

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  23. Drkight

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First of all, it was a lovely building and the restaurant was beautiful. Very upscale feel. I cannot say enough good things about our waiter Cesar. He was so nice and very helpful with his menu advice. Wife had the wedge salad and filet and both were excellent. I had the wild mushroom soup which was so delicious and the best pork chop I have ever eaten in my life! Dessert was vanilla crème brûlée which was a great way to end the meal. Top notch all around!!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great food is always the best & service is unmatched.

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  25. MaggieW

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Rachel was great---professional, helpful and informative . The chef was very accommodating. Food was quite good. Love that the pasta is house-made, but I wish there were more pasta options for vegetarians/vegans. I always have a good experience at Cafe Navarre :)

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cesar was as nice, helpful and professional as one can expect. Food also great and we enjoyed our meal. Thank you

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  27. NotaYelper

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the food to the service, we continue to come back for that and much more. Autumn took great care of us, was timely & helpful with the questions we had! Look forward to eating here again.

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  28. BeMo

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were both excellent. We were attending a show that evening and concerned about having enough time. However, we had no need to worry as they accommodated our schedule perfectly.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal as usual. We love this place. Highly recommend. Our server Autumn was fantastic.

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  30. Matty

    Hawaii

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing. One of the best for fine dining in South Bend.

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  31. David

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a date. Had dinner here before going to the Morris as it’s a short walk away.

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  32. NotaYelper

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Maddi was very attentive and made sure that we were in good shape with being overly involved. Their new pastas were delicious and definitely a must-try. Great service, great food, and great ambience.

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  33. CT104

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    On Saturday I returned, after just four days, with my wife to celebrate our anniversary. I had booked a table on the second level because I really like the atmosphere. At the entrance, however, the waiter takes us to a table in front of the bar area with high chairs. The atmosphere was completely different and was further annoying due to the strong air conditioning coming right on our table. My wife ordered the duck, the same dish my son had ordered a few days earlier. She has received a very small plate and poorly presented, absolutely not up to the standard for a restaurant of this category and with these prices. I instead order a crab risotto which was good but overcooked, very overcooked. For two years we have considered this restaurant a point of reference and I am very sorry when these carelessness occur because they ruin the image of the best restaurant in the area. I will return but I hope that certain events are not repeated given that the structure, the organization and the chefs are absolutely capable of providing impeccable service.

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  34. TCDining

    Chicago

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience and service. All the food is excellent

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  35. Nick

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s a guaranteed quality meal. We come here a few times a month and the consistency is great.

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  36. ZacharyG

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an amazing experience! Fantastic restaurant

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, excellent service! Prince, our waiter, was knowledgeable and efficient. The staff was attentive and we had a wonderful evening.

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  38. CT104

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Last night I returned with my wife and son to Cafe Navarre. We are Italian and have been living in this area for two years. It was once again an incredible experience. The dishes were perfect. I had the tagliatelle Bolognese and they were truly incredible. It felt like being in Italy. Excellent wine with great selection. Heartfelt congratulations to the owner and the entire organization. This restaurant is worth a stop not only for those who live nearby but also a trip for residents in the surrounding areas

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best restaurant in 50 miles. The Mrs and I enjoy every meal we have here. Such a treat to have a real chef executing at such a high level.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service! Quiet and very pretty ambiance

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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 2652 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 32 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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