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Tue, 1/23
11:30 PM
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Cafe Navarre

1122 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Special Occasion (32)
  • Good for a Date (30)
  • Good for Anniversaries (23)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, French
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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
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Phone number
(574) 968-8101
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Donte Shaw
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Cross street
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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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1122 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
Dined 2 days ago

Good meal. Service very friendly and helpful dealing with specific food allergies. Without been intrusive. Service from waitstaff the way it should be.

vipSteve (Chicago)
Dined 3 days ago

Over the years their food has been improving. Saturday evenings meal was very nice. Good presentation and great taste.

vipCDDining (Chicago)
Dined 4 days ago

Dinner before theater tonight which looked forward to the new menu at Navarre. We were quickly sat, then waited for a while before being greeted by our server. Ordered wine since we had plenty of time to pick a suitable bottle - Navarre has a good wine list. Tried the new grilled octopus and squid appetizer and scallops - both tasted very good but the fish was over cooked in both dishes. Had to ask for bread after receiving the appetizers - this is normally delivered right after greeting and water is delivered to the table. I tried the lobster pot pie for dinner which ok, did not have a creamy sauce and small lobster tail was crammed into the cup instead of being cut into pieces and cooked with veggies and sauce - this made it awkward to cut and eat (crust was tasty if not a bit over cooked). I do not recommend this dish as overpriced and did not meet my taste expectations. My wife had the shrimp arriabbiata pasta which she described as excellent with exception the shrimp was over cooked like our appetizers. Overcooked fish was a shock for us at Cafe Navarre as they have always had perfect fish dishes. Server was not attentive, we had to ask for everything, including a new glass of water as after drinking 1/3 of my initial glass I noted the glass was very dirty with caked on food or drink (not a pleasant experience); server simply took the glass and returned with a new one, no apology or explanation which is unacceptable for a restaurant of this caliber (I can understand this happening, but expect an apology an a minimum). We love Cafe Navarre, but we were a bit disappointed with this experience.

vipbeckyis2 (Indiana)
Dined on January 3, 2018

Love Cafe Navarre! The food and service never disappoint!

OpenTable Diner (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.

Fwiv (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.

Wife (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!

OpenTable Diner 
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.

vipOpenTable Diner (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.

CBRmom (Indiana)
Dined on December 27, 2017

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