Cafe Navarre

4.8
1806 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 1806 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.9
service
4.8
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
JZ
JanelZ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family was pleased with everything about our visit.

S
Skhrph
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and atmosphere!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upon arriving at this quaint downtown restaurant we were greeted by a friendly gentleman named Nick. He escorted us upstairs to a very quiet balcony table. Very nice atmosphere , Which allowed us to view the dining room from up there and see out the large picture windows to the street. The building was quite exquisite with the architecture. It was brought to our attention by our waiter Ryan that it was a old bank building.
Ryan brought us a great wine list to look over and went over some things with us and we ordered a drink order. Later Ryan came back with some of the finest rolls I’ve had. The nicely swirled light whipped butter with little bit of a pesto oil around it was absolutely delicious. We then proceeded to a small plate of homemade pasta pillows with mushrooms, browned butter etc . It literally melted in our mouths. Amazing. Ryan was very attentive and we decided to split NAVARRE Salad -baby greens, green apple, bleu cheese, candied walnut, white balsamic. Very nice refreshing salad and Ryan split it on two plates for us. My husband got the lobster risotto and that was just perfectly prepared the lobster melted in his mouth. I got the grilled Ribeye steak , which was delicious and it came with some of the most amazing potatoes that I’ve ever had -Crunchy on the outside melt in your mouth tender on the inside. For dessert we got the crème brûlée and some kind of special apple tart which was very beautifully displayed with the crust cut in thin slices.
I told the waiter that this was probably the best meal We have had in years. I asked him about the chef because I needed to find out who was behind these amazing presentations and flavors. Ryan told me the chef is only 23 and his name is Chris.
Chris you are a culinary genius & if I didn’t live in Rochester Hills, Michigan I would eat there everyday. Can you please open a cafe in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

M
Megan123
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was excellent! Highly recommend for an upscale night out. Especially recommend the short rib dish and Navarre salad!

JD
JuliaD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was amazing- perfect balance of experience and chill. So impressed with the menu- it was hard to choose- every entree looked so good. Agnolotti, seafood and steak all perfectly seasoned and cooked. Can’t wait to go back!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

I made a reservation about 4 weeks in advance asking for a booth on our reservation instead they seated us by the kitchen which I didn’t like yes the booths were all taken when we were there but I thought making a reservation ahead of time I could get a booth. The food was delicious! I would definitely go back!

SA
StephenA
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentines Day menu had some old favorites (mushroom soup, Caesar salad, salmon entree) plus a variety of other options. The small plate ahi tuna was excellent. We were gifted with excellent service and a celebratory long stem red rose.

Z
Zach
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The scallops were good. The fillet was burned on the outside like it was seared too much. I think I'll just go to the vine in elkhart next time or just cook for myself and pay less for better. For $120 I expected better

BI
BrandonI
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Probably the best chicken I have ever had.
We will for sure go back

CK
ChrisK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great dinner place in downtown South Bend. Has been around for years and seemingly is surviving the pandemic so I'd like to patronize them when I can. Had a great dinner this last weekend.

KH
KarenH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely a great visit from start to finish! Service was prompt and friendly. Food came out quickly and was prepared to our specifications. Excellent drink/wine selection. We will return!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious. I got the lobster risotto and oh my goshhhh, every bite was absolutely fantastic. We live in MI, and I’d drive back down solely to eat there again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always prepared perfectly. The cocktail with rye, chai bitters and absinthe was amazing!

RT
RachelT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great service, and good food. My dish was super spicy, but very good. Drinks were great. Overall very nice evening. Our server was wonderful.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Valentines Day dinner. Great food and great service. It’s our go to place for special occasions

KB
vipKennethB
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great business meal at Cafe Navarre. Food (Scallops) was excellent. Service was friendly and quick. Overall a great dining experience.

JP
JamesP
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

Report
R
Rustoleum
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and decor. Food was delicious and cooked perfectly to order.

PW
PamelaW
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went to Cafe Navarre for the first time to celebrate our anniversary and we were delighted by the entire experience. The service was fantastic, the food was wonderful, and we were pleasantly surprised and the overall prices. I highly recommend this restaurant!

Bonus, we were offered a glass of complementary champagne and dessert because of our anniversary as well!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first date night since Covid and we couldn’t have asked for more! The food was amazing and our server was perfect! The timing of our meal was great, we didn’t feel rushed but also weren’t sitting there wishing our next course would show up. We’ve already recommended Cafe Navarre to many of our friends and will continue to do so and we’ll definitely be back.

KJ
KatieJ
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, food was great. Wish we would have been seated in the main area but we got put in a room all alone. Overall, good experience.

g
vipglacierbear
Grand Rapids
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food, had the tuna appetizer and it was fishy. Definitely not fresh as would be expected from a quality establishment. So overall good but not great. Would give it a 3 out to f 5.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 8, 2021

Thank you for the review! We are sorry to hear about your experience with our tuna appetizer. We strive to have excellent food and we clearly missed the mark with this dish on your visit. Our sincerest apologies!

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good to get out of the house and celebrate our anniversary and we were not disappointed! Food and drinks were delicious and they even had a happy anniversary card waiting on the table for us! A great personal touch!

k
vipkellyv
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite spot in South Bend!! Never disappoints!!

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 8, 2021

Thank you, Kelly! We are so glad to hear this. We hope to see you again soon!

Report
MK
MarkK
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A great destination, and wonderful for special occasions or just a pleasant night out.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 8, 2021

Thank you! We look forward to your next visit!

Report
C
Couplesnightout
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner! I called ahead because we were running late and they still accommodated us. We dine here often and the food is always delicious! The scallops and short ribs were very good. I would like more of a rotation in the entrees. There is usually only one or two items that are seasonal.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 8, 2021

Thank you for the suggestions! We are always looking for ways to improve and grow. We look forward to your next visit!

Report
OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very good meal and relaxing atmosphere. I will definitely be back and I highly recommend.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 8, 2021

Thank you for the review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Report
MP
MaryP
Des Moines
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food
Love the drink menu

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 8, 2021

We're so glad you enjoyed our cocktail menu! We'll pass your compliments on to our bar manager, Liz. She's the best!

Report
R
Robodoc
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place for a quiet meal with really good food. The waitstaff combined with the ambiance resulted in a truly enjoyable meal.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 8, 2021

We are so happy to hear this! Thank you for joining us. We look forward to your next visit!

Report
A
Ashley
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere!! Good strong drinks and overall good time!

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 8, 2021

We're so happy you enjoyed your evening with us! Cheers!

Report
GF
GregoryF
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wine was over priced but good value was spot on. Service was attentive, prompt, courteous and professional. Magnificent structure adds to the ambience. Quiet but festive.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 8, 2021

We're glad you enjoyed our wine list and ambience! We hope to see you again soon!

Report
OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was pleasant and more than accommodating. Highly recommend and will be back.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 8, 2021

Thank you for your review! We look forward to your next visit!

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 8, 2021

Thank you! Cheers!

Report
LH
LizH
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little pricey but outstanding food and service. I will definitely visit again.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 8, 2021

Thank you! We are so happy to hear this. Cheers!

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ah-mazing. We came for a birthday dinner, and it was beyond expectation. The birthday girl felt special and loved. Attention to detail was stellar...nothing was overlooked. If you want to have a beautiful experience, book Cafe Navarre.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on January 25, 2021

Wow! Thank you so much for the glowing review. We are so happy to have been a part of such a special day! We look forward to your next visit. Cheers!

Report
MH
MichaelH
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were running late for our reservation and I called to let them know. They said that was not a problem. They were most accomodating! Great food, great service! Look forward to coming back!

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 8, 2021

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your evening with us! We look forward to your next visit!

Report
OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the first time I have been there and I was very impressed. The gentleman that served us was awesome and the food was amazing. Will definitely be back. I absolutely loved the dessert menu!!

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 8, 2021

We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your first visit with us! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant and it was wonderful to be able to go back.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on February 8, 2021

Thank you for the review! We are so touched to hear that we are your favorite restaurant. We're glad to have you back!

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We drove two hours to escape lockdowns and have dinner like normal people. Cafe Navarre did not disappoint. The food was fantastic and the service was great. We were certainly glad we chose this place to escape to. If we are ever back in South Bend we will definitely stop in again.

Cafe Navarre
Responded on January 25, 2021

We were so happy to have you! Thank you for making the trip. We look forward to seeing you next time you are in SB!

Report

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 4.8 stars by 1806 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.