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.

101 N. Michigan St
South Bend, IN 46601
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, French

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

Cross Street:
Washington

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(574) 968-8101

Website:
http://www.cafenavarre.co/

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.

Executive Chef:
Donte Shaw

Additional:
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

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (34)
Good for a Date (31)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
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Creative Cuisine (22)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Business Meals (20)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Romantic (16)
Good for Groups (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Cozy (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Fun (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Healthy (7)
Seasonal (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Casual (6)
Authentic (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Vegan (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great Beer (4)
People Watching (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Scenic View (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Love Cafe Navarre! The food and service never disappoint!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had dinner at Cafe Navarre on New Year’s Eve to celebrate our anniversary, which I shared on the Open Table reservation form. No mention of it at all by the hostess or wait staff, and we were rushed through our dinner. The entrees were brought out while we still had our salad and soup. The waitress said something about needing to get our entrees in before a large party that came in after us, but they hadn’t even ordered yet. The food was quite good, but our overall experience was disappointing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was great. Wine and drink variety was acceptable, maybe a few more high quality French wines and cognac. The real issue is price., everything is a la carte. Paying upper $30-$40 for an entree that does not include salad or vegetable selection in this area is pricy. I paid $148.00 for a two person meal. That is what I would expect to pay in a top Chicago restaurant, not South Bend, In.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Fun, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was exceptional. Service was Average.
It was our Anniversary and When I booked the reservation it was noted. However the restaurant never acknowledged it at all.
Very Dissapointing!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great place. Been there several times. First time upstsirs. We had a party of seven and we sat upstairs in a semi-private room. It did not have quite as happening vibe as the main level but was very nice. Service was very attentive. Wine wad fairly priced. Food was great. Best place in South Bend for fine dining.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I'm worried that the ownership is getting comfortable with their place in town as the quality continues to decrease year after year. My most recent visit the lettuce was wilted but served anyways and two of our party had their steaks over done while one had it underdone. Their dessert options are also no longer special or unique (bring back the flourless chocolate cake!). The whole thing is becoming rote and stale and the food quality over my last several visits has been diminished. Bring back the upscale dining and feel.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Cafe Navarre is our go to spot in South Bend. It is always great!!!!!!!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Everyone from our server, to the kitchen, to he manager was on our side as we had two folks with celiac disease and one with a shellfish allergy. They all worked together to help make our experience tasty and safe.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The soups were amazing and the beet salad was very good. The entrees were a little salty, but highly flavorful. We loved the ambience and the service was excellent. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Vegan, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Fantastic! From beginning to end a fabulous meal.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Cafe Navarre has great food that is presented creatively. The kitchen was pretty slow however. On a day when it was busy, but not overly busy, it took us 45 minutes to get our food after we placed our order. For a business lunch, that is a LONG time.

Otherwise, Cafe Navarre has a diverse menu with options for just about everyone. It's rather noisy due to the acoustics of the dining room so don't plan on quiet or intimate conversation.

I would definitely go back to try some of the other options on the menu.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We always feel welcomed. Staff is friendly and attentive. Only wish is that there was more space to possibly have a second bar opening (possibly upstairs) on busy nights and holidays to accommodate those waiting for reservations. We have made Cafe Navarre one of our favorite places. Happy holidays to you all.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

We were a party of 8, Our salads were wrong, steaks arrived Medium instead of Med Rare, salads were incorrect and the waiter could not get our change correct. Very disappointed expected better food and better service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Celebrating our son's 32nd birthday. Food was wonderful and creative, wine was very good, service was friendly and efficient. We had a memorable and lovely evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Show at Morris

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our Server Morgan was superb. Extremely knowledgeable of food and beverages. Made you feel at home and a good friend you’ve known forever.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Healthy, Vegan, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Exploring South Bend on a Sunday and stopped for brunch. Enjoyed it very much.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Pork osso bucco and sea bass were great. Caesar salad was flavorless, mushroom soup was gloppy, chilled shrimp were rubbery.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Always our favorite post game
Dining spot while at Notre Dame

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always dependable

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Very nice downtown restaurant. The bar is fun with great bartenders. The hostess was very pleasant and accommodating in seating us in a booth. Great menu and food was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Vegan, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Good food and unexpected ambiance in downtown South Bend. Healthy options and decent wine list, too

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Service was delightful as was the ambiance however, the main entres were cold - meat & fish were dry (i.e. not juicy or tender); entres were over-seasoned and generally lacked originality - especially considering the upscale price of the dining experience.

Tags: Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Live Sports, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I have had both lunch and dinner at Café Navarre and it's always been exceptional, the food is always perfect, the staff are knowledgeable and friendly and the atmosphere is excellent. I recommend this restaurant without any hesitation.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were very pleased with the quality and variety of dishes. The atmosphere and service were excellent! A great follow up to a great Notre Dame game!

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The mushroom soup is incredible and the steak was the best I have ever had. Our first time there but it won’t be our last!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Typically we go to cafe Navarre for special occasions. This was a 40th anniversary..
Food was Ok, not over the top. Wine was a bit pricey for quality of the glass.
Biggest issue was, despite being in a booth, having a view of the open kitchen door.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Love the new menu!!! Glad to all of he additions. The slated Carmel cheesecake is the best.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was good, but it service was excruciatingly slow over an hour between salad and entree. We know it was the ND - USC weekend, but not an excuse. Server was nice, but she couldn't speed things up. Probably won't be back because so frustrating.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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