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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (36)
Good for a Date (35)
Creative Cuisine (25)
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Good for Anniversaries (25)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Business Meals (21)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Romantic (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Bar Seating (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Fun (12)
Cozy (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Healthy (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Authentic (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Casual (5)
People Watching (5)
Seasonal (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Vegan (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Sports (2)
Scenic View (2)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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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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 (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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 (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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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Again very slow service on a football weekend.....!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I like simple menus that offer everyone something delicious. I visited this restaurant for a brunch.. the building itself is worth to see.. it used to be a bank here - the old and glamorous type.
You must try carrot cake pancakes!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Worth the Drive
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Delicious filet, duck and salmon. The foie gras was so good. Our server was great, and the atmosphere was energetic, just what we expected after the ND game. We love dining here after the game, and look forward to our next visit.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Northern MI)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Good food, great service. Nice place for a birthday lunch!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Many items on the menu that I have enjoyed in the past are no longer available. The replacement items are not as good. The prices have soared and the portion size does not justify it. The quality has gone down. Very disappointed.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We ordered four different meals and everyone commented that they were excellent. The baked cod, shrimp linguine and salmon were exceptional, the filet was excellent as always.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Used to be my favorite restaurant. Bar patrons make it too noisy for dinners. Limited menu and quality of food was so so.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 21, 2017

One of our favorites in South Bend! We always get. great service and the food is always amazing. The mushroom soup is a must-have every time we go. Highly recommend!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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