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About Cafe Navarre
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.
South Bend, IN 46601
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm -10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11am-2pm brunch 4:00pm - 9:00pm dinner
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Cafe Navarre Ratings and Reviews
Great atmosphere.. very clean.. staff was very professional and overall helpful. Best steak I've had in years! Appetizer list had not traditional favorites, which was somewhat disappointing. We ordered the Bone Marrow, That was a one and only time we'll do that....
The biggest complaint I had was being seated by the emergency exit which was VERY cold!!
We left full, and happy.. In plenty of time for the show at the Morris.
First of all, I must say that our server was excellent. All the staff was attentive during the meal. Our ahi tuna appetizer was very good, as was our salad. Unfortunately, my “filet” was awful. It seemed like an inferior cut of meat as it was tough to cut and to chew. My husband swapped his Osso Bucco with me, which was just ok. He also was disappointed in the $39 filet. Will be careful choosing an entree here. Might be best off sticking to the appetizers and salads.
My wife didn’t like the menu so we didn’t go there very often. This time she said it was a improved menu so she said we would return more often. The ambiance is always nice and we are always treated well by the staff. Thanks for a wonderful evening. We will be back.
This is an OK downtown South Bend restaurant. I have been twice now, and I cannot rate it higher than 3 stars. I must admit, however, the ambience is good, and the space is awesome!
What we ordered: the Wedge Salad, the Roasted Beet Salad, the Navarre Salad, the French Onion Soup, the Sweet Potato Gnocchi, the New York Strip, and the Duck L'Orange.
The good: the wine recommendation from the drink specialist, the Sweet Potato Gnocchi (very good but a little too cool), the Wedge Salad (excellent), the French Onion Soup (very good), and the bread.
The bad: the New York Strip (not tender and tough to cut) and the Duck L'Orange (rubbery). Also, they didn't bring us the right salads at first (not the end of the world).
The ugly: the service--it wasn't necessarily slow, but it was just lackluster. I observed the servers struggle to find out who ordered what at the bar. A server walked right by my table with my soup and asked the tables around me. Some staff delivered plates to my table without using a tray. (And more...)
Bottom line: Ok, maybe good (at best). I'd probably recommend that a friend make the trip to Ruth’s Chris instead.
We really love the ambiance - creative use of an old bank building. Our favorite location is the balcony overlooking the main floor. It was my wife's birthday and despite the fact that they had two large groups in the upstairs rooms they were kind enough to honor our request to be seated on the balcony. Service was attentive and very friendly. The manager stopped by the table to assure that everything was to our liking. I had sea bass that was truly delicious. Rather than an entree my wife had several appetizers that she really enjoyed - amazing (her word) wild mushroom soup, great crab cocktail and delicious steak tartare. She always likes to have steak tartare when available at a restaurant (very hard to find these days). Our meal, the service and the beautiful old bank made a special occasion even more special.
We went here on a Monday night for my wife's birthday. We were taken back upon arrival because the bar was full on a Monday and the restaurant didn't have a pleasant aroma. I asked our server what was going on and she stated it was a business networking group and they were being served a scallop and mussels cassoulet. Once I told her that it wasn't a welcoming aroma, they were very attentive and took care of this quickly. That was the start to a great experience and meal. To start, we had the wild mushroom soup. This soup is part of the reason we decided to come back and it did not disappoint. This is a delicious soup and a specialty of the house. We had the braised short rib and the grilled salmon. The salmon was possibly the highest quality salmon I have had in the Midwest. The braised short-rib was also very good. We both loved our meals. We were too full for dessert so no rating on that. I would highly recommend this for a special occasion.
This was our first visit and it definitely won’t be our last! Server was attentive to all of our needs and knowledgeable about the menu. Our pork belly appetizer and rare tuna appetizer were outstanding. Meals were well seasoned and delicious as well. Restaurant is vibrant yet quiet enough to converse easily. A very enjoyable evening!!
The menu that was on open table app was not the menu provided when we sat down. Waitress said entire menu changed. Wouldn't have chose this restaurant based on the current menu.
Took 1 hour for dinners to come out with only 1 of 4 of us has simply a soup, no appetizers ordered.
Awesome evening. Food and service are always great. Only complaint is that the split Pork chop we went there for was no longer offered even though it was still on the online menu. Waitress said the online menu is so out of date. Um, update it.
Still love the place though.
In South Bend from California for the USC/Notre Dame game. This restaurant was recommended by friends. It hit my three must haves; atmosphere, great food and excellent service. Highly recommend the mushroom soup...lived up to its hipe. My husband loved the pork belly starter and said his Manhattan was the best he ever had. Had dessert, salted caramel cheesecake, and after dinner drinks at the bar. The service was excellent there too. Here's the pork belly.
We made the mistake of going on a football weekend, so it was much noisier than usual. We were seated in a small room with a large table of extremely loud people. Our host told us there were no other tables, but our server managed to come up with another one for us that was still noisy but not totally impossible. The food was good, but I wish there were some more interesting vegetarian options. The mushroom soup and the bread are outstanding. Our server was excellent.
In the past week, I have had brunch, lunch and dinner at Cafe Navarre and, as always, it has been terrific! The food is outstanding (particularly the new brunch menu), the service is friendly, and the bar is fun and welcoming. It is a great place to eat downtown, and has been since they opened.
Excellent food as always - salmon and halibut dishes were outstanding - CN never over cooks the fish like so many other places. Like sometimes happens, the service was not great and not what is expected of this venue. Rarely saw the server and poured our wine much of the time. This does not dull our attraction to one of our favorite restaurants.
We came into town from Indianapolis for a concert at Morris Performance Theater.
What a find this place was. the food was superb, I would make the drive again just to eat there. I am almost a vegan and the menu had great options. The server offered to speak to the chef to accommodate in case I did not find a plate that I could eat. we sat outside and a lovely warm fall night. it was a most enjoyable evening.
I go to an expensive restaurant for good food (#1). Everything else follows for me. Cafe Navarre has good service, good ambiance, good drinks and, in my opinion-so-so to lousy food. They try to be fancy and semi exotic and fail very badly while still trying to support high pricing. Another local restaurant that catered very successfully to the same clientele was Pat’s Pub, another was The Loft. They both served excellent simple food, had great service and a reasonably good ambiance. Both were great until their last day with both closing for the same reason -death of the owner. Not one local restauranteur has seen fit to follow where they left off with similiar food, drink and service with commensurate pricing. Why not? Brown Sanders
We recently ate at Cafe Navarre over a football weekend at Notre Dame.
We have eaten there three other evenings in the past year.
The food has always been wonderful! However this Friday evening it was not as remarkable as it has been on previous occasions. We were disappointed in the food, which is normally excellent. The service remains good and the ambiance is lovely.
Hopefully the next time we choose to eat there, it will live up to its previous standards.
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