Cafe Navarre

4.7
1890 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 1890 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JefferyB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good meal. Great Service. Love the atmosphere of the old bank building.

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FrankM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The service was slow, which was surprising for a Tuesday @ 7 PM and the restaurant not being full; the Mai Tai I ordered took 15 minutes. Ordering appetizers didn't occur until at least 30 minutes after we'd been seated; the server just was not around. The octopus appetizer was too small, even by small-plate standard; I'd guess it was 2 oz or less, a very small arm. The server's assistant, though, was quite pleasant and brought us more bread right when we asked. There were no specials, which seemed unusual. The salmon was dry, and the waiter knew it without my telling him because he offered to bring more sauce without my asking about it. Even my dad was not impressed with the food, and he almost never complains about such issues. Maybe it was an off night for them?

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Heidi
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Great service, food and drinks! We celebrated our wedding anniversary!

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JenniferK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Out server John was so much fun and so good and the manager Matt was so nice and kept coming to check on us. The food was delicious and I’m really picky and I would give the restaurant outstanding review overall. Definitely try this restaurant when you’re in south bend. Very nice. Try to get John as your server. You won’t be disappointed with this wonderful restaurant

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luv2dine
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A bit pricey but excellent food, presentation, and service.

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SaryGue
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had efficient, friendly service, with personal wishes for our anniversary!
Our dinner was superb. Cafe Navarre has always been a very special, first class dining experience for us!

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vipJoanne
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and service!! Food was very good.
Portions of appetizers were small and limited choice. Drinks are great. Definitely will go again!

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Greg
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience, from the food to the ambiance. Friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff. Love it here.

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vipPamelaB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Kimmy was awesome. She had two section & worked so hard. Wonderful dinner.

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KarynD
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to dinner at Cafe Navarre to celebrate our anniversary. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was delicious! It was a great evening.

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vipMarilynG
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice waiter! Service wonderful, food great! Mixed cocktails were the best!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great. Waitress had both inside and outside tables to care for. he did the best she could I under the circumstances.

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DavidS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was wonderful. We enjoyed a nice variety of foods, service was fast & friendly and the ambiance was quiet & inviting.

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Enjoydiningout
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, nice wine list. Pork chop and scallops excellent, but a few side veggies would have been a nice complement.

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vipSuburbanSublime
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous family dinner celebrating our daughter’s graduation. It was the perfect place to relax and dine. Everything was stellar from cocktails to dessert.

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RonP
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We chose to dine outside! Looking inside, it did look very nice!! The service and food was outstanding. One of the best filet's that I have ever eaten!!! My wife had fantastic scallops.

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vipLizR
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a celebratory dinner. Food is always fresh. Had the Pasta with Shrimp and Vodka sauce - delicious!! Make sure you order extra bread rolls for the sauce!!

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OpenTable Diner
Fayetteville
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Law Graduation

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ToddK
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation

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vipMmss
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service, delicious food. A perfect place to celebrate a special occasion.

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SusanK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Navarre was the perfect place to celebrate a birthday. They made it special & recognized the occasion. Kim was an outstanding server. The food & drinks were delicious. I would definitely recommend Cafe Navarre to anyone looking for a great meal or celebrating an occasion!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice

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Catherine
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner after a long year of confinement at home!

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StephenA
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We return to Cafe Navarre because of excellent food and consistent experience.

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Greenwood
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in South Bend. My only wish is that they change their menu more often. I like to try new things. Still excellent!

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vipTomM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was a bit slow but understandable given the pandemic. Soup should have been hotter and crab cake were delicious but on the cooler side .

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Drew
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Staff is amazing and very friendly. But the food is overpriced for how it taste My 5 year old could cook better food no flavor at all

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated promptly. Waiter was extremely friendly and checked on us frequently. I had one of the best steaks I ever had in my life. My father, mother, and wife were all impressed with their meals as well. This was a truly wonderful Mother's Day experience. Being from Chicago, I have experienced several great restaurants, and I would put Cafe Navarre in the ring w/ any of restaurants I've experienced in my hometown.

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vipBillO
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The food excellent , our server was brand new but did a excellent job . The high top table we sat at we were cramped in they are to close to walls in corner ones . Kills the total ambiance when 3 people feel cramped in a 4 top. Two very important parts oh the dining experience that are crucial the greeting which was good and the closing . Our server closed our meal perfectly and then as we passed the hosts and some employees at the front host stand as we were leaving at the hosts and employees were in a friendly conversations as they looked directly at us they kept talking away and didn’t even acknowledge our presence not one said good bye, thank you or we hope you visit us again , nothing we were definitely ignored and that’s a shame for the money spent to support this local business it ended in a rude experience for my family on Mother’s Day

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vipToulaB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently celebrated our son’s graduation and the staff here were amazing! They accommodated the addition of guests and handled everyone’s orders with ease. The food was delicious as well, would definitely return!

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LindaM
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice ambiance. Food a little high for what you get, but makes a nice splurge for a special event.

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PumpkinM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I truly enjoyed myself for my birthday, thank you to the amazing staff for going out their way to make my night spectacular ☺️

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hareshp
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Navarre management was helping coordinate from a distance our daughter's 19th birthday with close friends. They were quick responsive and accomdating. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience and always super tasty food.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. We enjoyed all of our dishes

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Marla
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food although the service wasn’t very attentive.

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JohnZ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food not up to par. Lukewarm soup. More limited entree choices. Poorly cooked and prepared fish. Dry desert. Usually five stars. This night only three.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Terrible food prep. Our group ordered 4 prime steaks. The medium rare steak was literally raw and not even warm in the center. The 3 other steaks that were supposed to be “medium” were rare. The one fish order was also under cooked. Sent them back and when they were returned they were better but still undercooked. Service was uncomfortable. This meal was way overpriced for what was delivered. We had an underwhelming dinner here several years ago and thought we would try it again. Mistake.

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Eddie
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and great service. Can’t go wrong @ cafe Navarro

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MarkW
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

My wife and I started our experience by having the waiter spill soup on our table, the seat of our booth and on my wife. He wiped the table but expected my wife to wipe the bench. No apology was offered. He then wiped the rim of the bowl and served the rest of the soup to my wife. He said, “if you want more soup let me know”. The food was exquisite and excellent. We enjoy Cafe Navarre as we have been many times. But the unexpected lack of normal service and start of our evening with the waiter led to a very poor dining experience.

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LindaG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, great food. Enjoyable experience. Would definitely do again.

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 4.7 stars by 1890 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.