Cafe Navarre

4.6
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1644 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Cafe Navarre, located in downtown South Bend, is the newest hot spot as a restaurant and bar. As a locally owned establishment, Cafe Navarre strives for excellence in producing, and serving, the finest in cuisine. Established in the former American Trust bank building, Cafe Navarre is an architectural masterpiece, incorporating both vintage charm and modern styles. Our cuisine is varied with an emphasis on Mediterranean with an American twist.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best restaurant meal we have had.

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great dinner and were happy to be eating “out” again. The food, service, and atmosphere was great and very enjoyable. The staff went above and beyond to make you feel comfortable dining out in their establishment. Thank you!

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MarilynG
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place! Service was great and the food was to die for! A really beautiful place, will definitely go back!

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JeffE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and ambiance. Service was outstanding!

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HaroldB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Glad they are open again!!

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irish
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so wonderful to go to a restaurant that was open cheerful and very accessible during this virus season. They took all the precautions they needed and still gave an exceptional experience. I would not hesitate to go here again

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AmberS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite the current situation and the recent re-opening, they had it completely under control. Service was great and the food was amazing. Always a personal favorite for whatever occasion. I was glad to be back !!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place to have dinner. The server (Jordan) was outstanding and food was delightful. I had 1/2 doz oysters and lobster bouillabaisse. My wife had French onion gratinee and filet she said the favor was unbelievable and it could have been cut with a butter knife. This was our first visit and we will return.

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Melissa
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service. Nice dining experience.

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TroyT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing nice and fresh. Service was quick and friendly. Highly recommended

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TonyA
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the mushroom soup. The service was very good.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on April 30, 2020

Thank you, Tony! Our mushroom soup is our favorite, too! Stay safe and be well!

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SherryP
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We attend for special events, occasions or just because. Always the best of everything!

Cafe Navarre
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for your review, Sherry! We love to be a part of special events. We look forward to your next visit!

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MJRY
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner experience at Cafe Navarre. We chose to have dinner there before attending an event at the Morris Performing Arts Center. It was a perfect location and the menu had a nice variety of choices. Our server, Curtis, was excellent.
We will definitely dine there again.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for your review! We are so glad that you chose to dine with us before your event at the Morris. We hope to see you again soon!

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DianeA
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We went on the night the Lion King was in town so the place was packed and the noise level louder than normal. The service was a bit slower than normal as well. As is the norm, however, the food was excellent and our waiter outstanding!

Cafe Navarre
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thank you, Diane! We are glad that you enjoyed your dinner with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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ThomasK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were excellent. Wait staff was attentive. View was wonderful. Although very busy, they got us in and out in time for our show, without feeling rushed. A downtown jewel

Cafe Navarre
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thank you for dining with us before your show! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal. We hope to see you before the next show. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is not an "Every Week" place for us to eat, but for a special occasion, like our anniversary, it was outstanding. Since it was our first time there, our expectations were very high based on reviews. The staff and food exceeded our very high expectations. The menu was somewhat small, but there was not a single thing on it that we did not want to order. We ended up with the seafood pasta and the beef medallions. They were both the best we have ever had. The wine selection by the glass was extensive and our almost random selections were excellent. My wife and I both look forward to returning the next time we are in South Bend.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thank you for your review! We are so happy that we exceeded your expectations. We strive for excellence and we are glad to hear that we delivered. We look forward to your next visit! Cheers!

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AndyS
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere, and service! Price is about right for restaurant of this caliber.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thank you, Andy! We are glad that you enjoyed your experience with us! We hope to see you again soon!

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SarahW
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get environment and the food was delicious. The chairs on the taller tables were a bit high for me and my partner as we are shorter people.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipBruceK
Indiana
30 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We have been to Cafe Navarre numerous times and the setting and service has always been excellent. The food does not seem to have the quality it once had. The pork belly was dry and the scallop appetizer seemed a little under cooked. The entrees were ok but the steak was ordered rare and it came out middle rare at best.
Maybe an off night for us or for Cafe Navarre. We will certainly be back and hope our expectations are exceeded next time.

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RogerN
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food excellent experience would totally book again

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2IUGRADSMAMA
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We sat at the very back of the restaurant facing the wall while two faced out. So one side of the table had a great view!

Cafe Navarre
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again soon.

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MarcusC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Awkward.

When we walked in the door, we received a look of “what are you doing here?” When I mentioned that we had a reservation, there was a great deal of “jockeying” behind the podium. We could overhear the whispered discussion about changing the table, and we were led to the back of the restaurant next to the kitchen door.

As the only African-American couple in the restaurant, we were all too familiar with this treatment. Nevertheless, we were determined to enjoy our evening. The wine selection was excellent, and the service we received after being seated was exceptional. The fish was a little over-cooked. Still, being seated out of sight next to the busy kitchen door ruined our experience.

We will not be back.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 25, 2020

My name is David Bordelon, General Manager at Café Navarre. I want to personally apologize for the issues with you being greeted, and sat, on your past visit, and thank you for taking the time to write this review. I have discussed your comments with our entire service, and management team, so that this type of incidence does not happen to any guest in the future. I am hoping to speak with you personally, at your leisure. Please feel free to contact me directly at david@cafenavarre.co

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WalterT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Cesar was instrumental in ensuring we had a great experience. His knowledge of the menu and suggestions of for changing the side dishes for the entree's allowed us to try dishes we might have passed on. His wine recommendation was exactly what we were looking for. The food was excellent and support wait staff was attentive to our table need. Definitely coming back again.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thank you, Walter! We are so happy that you had a great meal with us. We will pass your compliments on to Cesar. We are glad that he helped to enhance your dining experience. We look forward to your next visit!

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jcindayton
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in South Bend for a concert and decided to get dinner before the event. We were able to find a reservation with Cafe Navarre easily and we were not disappointed! The food was wonderful and the service excellent! We hope to return to South Bend again soon - and we will be sure to dine at Cafe Navarre again!!

Cafe Navarre
Responded on April 30, 2020

Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you next time you are in town!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing service and fantastic food

Cafe Navarre
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thank you! We hope to see you soon!

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vipRDCPA
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our parents for their anniversary. We had been before, they had not. Everyone started with mushroom soup. This is the best soup ever and the must have item on the menu. After enjoying that, we got our entrees, 2 short ribs, one beef medallions and one branzino. The short ribs were extremely tender and delicious. The medallions have a Roquefort cream and thyme potatoes, a wonderful dish, and lastly the pan seared European sea bass. This is new to the menu and a wonderful addition it is. Served over whipped sweet potatoes, the outside had a light crisp and the inside was perfectly cooked. Overall, a successful night. Sorry, no dessert, too full.
Our server, Ryne, took excellent care of us. I highly recommend this place!

Cafe Navarre
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thank you for sharing your parents' anniversary with us! We are honored to have been a part of such a special celebration. We are glad to hear that you all enjoyed your meal with us. We have added quite a few new dishes to our menu recently and we are happy that you enjoyed the branzino! We will pass your compliments on to Ryne. We hope to see you again soon!

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Karenm
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was attentive and pleasant. Took great care of our special night.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thank you for your review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us. We look forward to your next visit!

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CaroleeD
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful time!!

Cafe Navarre
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thank you for your review! We hope to see you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunchtime service was speedy and friendly without being overbearing. Salads were delicious.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your lunch with us. Cheers!

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MelissaF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food. Went for Valentine's day and it was great

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thank you, Melissa! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your Valentine's Day dinner with us. We look forward to your next visit!

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vipPatW
Chicago
86 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Host at front door was not customer friendly. Acted like we were bothering him to seat us to our table. Felt like he was leading a funeral march to our table. He was not gracious, appreciative of our coming in that evening...just a bother to him to seat us. Otherwise, food and service were very good.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thank you for your review. We apologize for your initial greeting. We always want to make sure that our guests feel welcome and are greeted with a kind and friendly face. We are sorry we missed the mark with this. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the rest of your experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipThePundit
Chicago
230 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent address in South Bend Indiana. Vegan options. Very nice decor with soaring ceiling. Excellent and professional service.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thank you so much for your review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to your next visit!

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EllenS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated upstairs and received great timely service. The last time we were seated up there the service was slow but this time was much improved. I was also very impressed with the fish special which was also better than the last time. We had a great experience and will go back again and again.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you had a great experience with us and you enjoyed our fish special. We look forward to your next visit!

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DustinS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Pork Belly appetizer was the highlight of the night. Caesar salad was poor. The stuffed pepper was tasteful, but unfulfilling. The beef medallions were decent, but definitely not worth the price tag. The service was great, wonderful atmosphere, but the food was just, OK.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 17, 2020

We are sorry to hear that your meal with us was not up to par. We strive to have exceptional food and we clearly missed the mark. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Our sincerest apologies.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with my boyfriend for Valentines Day this year and the food,service, and scenery were amazing.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you so much! We are glad you enjoyed your Valentine's Day dinner with us! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to eat on Valentines weekend for 5 years now. The staff and food are always great. Jo at the bar is outstanding. See you all next year!!

Chris and Karen Poggendorf

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you for making us a Valentine's Day tradition! We are honored! We look forward to your next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the Valentine's special of surf and turf. Everything was delightful. The bread pudding wasn't our favorite though.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 17, 2020

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our Valentine's Day surf and turf! Thank you for joining us. We hope to see you again soon!

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TonyO
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great restaurant. Food is outstanding. Perfect for a date night or business lunch

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you, Tony! We hope to see you soon!

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vipHelen
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our son for a pre-Valetine’s dinner and cafe navarre never disappoints! We love the ambience of the old bank building’s beautiful setting! My short ribs were cooked to perfection!!! We will be back again! The only downside was they couldn’t find my open table reservation!!!

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 17, 2020

Helen, thank you so much for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your pre-Valentine's dinner with us. We look forward to your next visit! Cheers!

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vipCiciC
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was to celebrate both Valentine’s Day and a birthday. The staff were very attentive, seating us at one of the best tables upstairs by the window. The food was fantastic - the best roast potatoes I’ve ever had, delicious meat medallions with a great sauce and a wonderful apple flavored creme brûlée. Very memorable. I’ll go back!

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you for celebrating Valentine's Day and a birthday with us! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience. Our apple creme brûlée is one of our new favorites! We look forward to your next visit!

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Cafe Navarre is rated 4.6 stars by 1644 OpenTable diners.

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