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

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (34)
Good for a Date (33)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
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Business Meals (22)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Romantic (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Fun (10)
Cozy (9)
Healthy (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Authentic (5)
Casual (5)
People Watching (5)
Seasonal (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Sports (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined 3 days ago

Always our favorite post game
Dining spot while at Notre Dame

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·Dined 4 days ago

Always dependable

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 (Indiana)·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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vip
 (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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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 17, 2017

After seeing an article on Sunday Brunch, my friends and I were excited to try it out, but were beyond disappointed.

1. The server, Lauren, was rude and made many mistakes to the order. First, not getting the order of my husband's done in time when we had alerted her to the fact he was leaving. He placed his order immediately upon arrival and he was the last person in our group of 10 to get it. He left without getting to eat. Second, I have a dairy allergy and requested no cheese on my salad, and of course there was cheese.

2. We had children in the group, and when requesting more drinks and bread, in order to make sure we had no meltdown, she was very reluctant to do so and was rude enough to say that I had first asked not to bring more drinks until the meals arrived (we didn't know that it would take close to an hour).

3. The Bloody Mary bar was not worth it! When I asked the bartender for horseradish, he said that it had to wait. I had not asked in a put out way, but nicely.

This all would have been understandable if the place was busy, but it was not. I would NOT recommend Sunday Brunch to anyone based on this experience.

That being said, we need to change our practice of tipping. I had a bad experience and my inclination to express this would have been to not give a tip, but since this is the wage they earn, I couldn't do that in good conscious. Instead, Cafe Navarre lost my business and respect

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Excellent Sunday Brunch menu and found the food to be superior to any other restaurant in the area. The shrimp and grits was as good , if not better, than what I have eaten in New Orleans. Everyone else in our party raved about their meals too (Chicken and waffles). Service was great, white linens, silver wear and the Bloody Mary Bar was a nice surprise (though it lacked fresh horseradish). I felt it was a great value and we will make it a regular stop when in the area.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Hot Spot, Healthy, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Wonderful Service, great food, and made the night great overall.

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Sports, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Cafe Navarre is a favorite restaurant. The food and service is always excellent. My husband had the filet and it is melt in your mouth tender and cooked to perfection. I had the mushroom soup which is the best I've ever had anywhere. I also had the pasta special which I would give a four star. Our waitress, Jo, was fantastic and made the evening so pleasurable. She recommended two very good wines and brought me samples of both to taste. We finished the evening with an excellent dessert which was on the house to celebrate my husband's birthday and it was an amble serving ( a banana foster type dish) great for sharing, although my husband didn't do much sharing! Love Cafe Navarre and can't wait to go back.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Easy to get a reservation. The food was delicious and service was top of the line.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We had a great meal and great experience. Our service was perfect as well. The only thing we weren't thrilled with is that we were upstairs in a room all alone which felt strange since there were open tables available downstairs.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Had 8 of us for brunch. High quality and delicious experience. Service by Cesar made it even more special. Our new favorite for Sunday brunch.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Very good food. They were packed so service was slow but worth waiting on the food. I had the Duck and it was wonderful!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Exceptional staff. Great atmosphere. Food is prepared as ordered and served hot and promptly. From the hostess welcome to the "please come again".....you just can't miss here.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The Duck, Duck Booze may have been one of the best bourbon (duck fat washed Makers Mark) drinks I have ever had and the food and service was as enjoyable.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for a Date
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