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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in South Bend

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in South Bend? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Essence Restaurant + Bar restaurant
5.0
5 (243)
$31 to $50
American
Elkhart
About the restaurant
A culinary playground centered around unwavering hospitality and creatively curated cuisine, wine and spirits.

Welcome home.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Absolutely amazing, it was a perfect choice for celebrating our married anniversary and the meals taste so good. Our server Cristina takes care of us very professionally.
A photo of Bin 23 restaurant
4.6
4.6 (311)
$31 to $50
Bistro
South Bend
About the restaurant
Bin 23 Bistro is a locally owned traditional French bistro serving French-influenced favorites. Our menu is made entirely from scratch in- house by a variety of local purveyors, and we are devoted to supporting local farms and showcasing their ingredients. We curated our own cocktail list, offer a great selection of wines from around the world, and hold special tastings and private events in our chic tasting room. Open for lunch and dinner every day, and brunch on weekends.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
Outdoor seating is about the best we can get in our area. Food and service excellent!!
A photo of Rohr’s restaurant
4.8
4.8 (985)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
South Bend
About the restaurant
Rohr's is a modern tavern- a casual, warm gathering place with focus on bright, flavorful food. Imagine a classic steakhouse with a twist highlighting colorful vegetables, fresh fish and of course, signature steaks. Good food, excellent service and the warm smiles of familiar friends. This is Rohr's.

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Top review
juanf
Dined 7 days ago
Always a treat to have breakfast at Rohr's. Service is always friendly, the food is great. We also had a wonderful dinner on Friday night. During weekends the place is definately more energetic but unless you are there a game weekend, the noise level is never a problem. Great bar as well and spent some time there on Saturday night watching basketball....
A photo of Yesterday's Food & Spirits restaurant
4.8
4.8 (896)
$30 and under
American
Granger
About the restaurant
Cheers to our Yesterday's friends! Please join us to celebrate Valentine's with our special affair menu from February 9- February 17, 2024. Thank you, Evonne and Bill Corbett and Yesterday's staff.
Top review
JohnFvip
Dined 4 days ago
Yesterday's is an excellent restaurant and one that we plan to continue to dine at on a regular basis.
A photo of Artisan restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1153)
$31 to $50
American
Elkhart
About the restaurant
The culinary team creates dishes that reflect the freshest in season ingredients. With hospitality that exceeds expectations, Artisan staff foster a space that is inviting and comfortable.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Got the tasting menu amd it was as good as it gets. Hail to the chef and the Bartender Tim. I’ll be back!
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4.8
4.8 (2675)
$31 to $50
American
South Bend
About the restaurant
Specializing in modern American cuisine, fresh seafood, and USDA prime steaks, Cafe Navarre is celebrating its 12th year in historic downtown South Bend. Located in a bank 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.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Briefly, just outstanding! Food, service, atmosphere!
A photo of Copper Rock Steakhouse - South Bend restaurant
4.7
4.7 (982)
$30 and under
Unspecified
South Bend
About the restaurant
Dining at Copper Rock Steakhouse is an experience like no other. Savor perfectly dry aged steaks, succulent seafood, gourmet desserts and more, paired with a selection from an award-winning wine list feature over 200 wines by the bottle and glass. Stop by the bar in Copper Rock Steakhouse for pre-dinner martinis or an after-dinner cognac.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful dinner, excellent service. Always a great time.
A photo of Carmela's at Macri's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1145)
$30 and under
Italian
South Bend
About the restaurant
Our authentic Italian restaurant is full of Italian classics inspired by Carmela herself. Enjoy rich Italian favorites like homemade lasagna, chicken marsala and lake perch. Relax over a hearty meal of spaghetti and arancini or enjoy chicken parmigiana, one of our old world selections. Located right next door to our very own Macri's Italian Bakery, save room for an exquisite dessert selection! Open since 1978 and ran by the same family for 45 years. Join us at our one and only location Downtown South Bend, for the best authentic Italian!
Top review
xstrykr
Dined on May 12, 2024
The Mother's Day brunch buffet is always a highlight.
A photo of Edgewater Cafe restaurant
4.9
4.9 (147)
$30 and under
American
South Bend
About the restaurant
Opening March 1 -
The Edgewater Café is located on the third floor of Four Winds Casino South Bend's hotel and features cuisine inspired by the sun and sea. There is no better place in South Bend to enjoy delicious dining, including a daily brunch menu with options that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or midday treat along with an eclectic dinner menu presenting a fresh spin on steaks, seafood, sandwiches, soups, salads and much more.

The 70-seat dining room complete with 58 outdoor seats around a rooftop pool and pool deck, you’ll enjoy the food just as much as you enjoy the views.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Always love the breakfast at Edgewater Cafe! Wish othe venues had this for a breakfast option
A photo of LaSalle Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1235)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
South Bend
About the restaurant
LaSalle Grill, a modern American Bistro featuring steaks and chops cooked over a live hardwood fire, is born of the dream of experienced restaurateur Mark McDonnell. Like the restaurant’s namesake, noted French explorer, Robert de LaSalle, McDonnell set out to explore the uncharted waters of downtown South Bend, Indiana. In April of 1991, McDonnell opened a lively and exciting restaurant unlike any other in the area - LaSalle Grill.

LaSalle Grill is committed to providing guests with excellent service, great atmosphere, an award-winning wine list and, most importantly, delicious cuisine that is artfully and dramatically presented.

The Grill has been presented with the coveted AAA Four Diamond Award every year since 1996.

Set out to explore the art of fine dining usually found only in major metropolitan cities, visit LaSalle Grill.

Top review
JamesDvip
Dined on May 14, 2024
Excellent first time experience, overall start to finish!
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