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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in South Bend

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants 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 (271)
$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
Marvvip
Dined 4 days ago
Brad and his team do an amazing job. Food is fantastic!
A photo of Yesterday's Food & Spirits restaurant
4.8
4.8 (913)
$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
Wanda
Dined 4 days ago
Eclectic, whimsical, and “funky” place that was totally awesome. The service and ambience were great. The food portions are quite generous. The cocktails and wine selections were great. The background music was delightful!
A photo of Artisan restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1183)
$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 on Jul 3, 2024
I recently dined in this charming restaurant in downtown Elkhart and was truly impressed. The service was exceptional, with attentive staff and prompt service. The food was exquisite, with a diverse menu that catered to all tastes and was expertly prepared. The ambiance was cozy and inviting, creating the perfect atmosphere for a delightful dining experience. I highly recommend this restaurant for a memorable meal in downtown Elkhart, Indiana.
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4.8
4.8 (2692)
$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 Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great experience!! Service was exceptional. The free dessert for our anniversary was wonderful.
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4.7
4.7 (1004)
$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.

Please be aware that campus is undergoing multiple construction projects this summer that may impact
how you navigate campus by vehicle and on foot. A renovation project to the Main Circle on Notre
Dame Avenue has begun, closing the roundabout to traffic. Access to North Notre Dame Avenue will be
limited until mid-August and you may experience delays upon your arrival to campus. We apologize for
any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to welcoming you to campus.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Grace made us feel welcomed from the moment we checked in to the moment we left!! Thank you Grace for being so sweet & kind to us!!
A photo of Carmela's at Macri's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1161)
$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
Zoyavip
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent service at Carmela's. Italian Wedding Soup was delicious. Shrimp Carbonara was very good as was the linguine Bolognese. Will return.
A photo of LaSalle Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1249)
$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 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
DuaneW
Dined 3 days ago
My wife and I had the lobster special, gorgonzola mac & cheese, and the blueberry brie. All of the food was delicious! Great food, great drinks, great service!
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - South Bend restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1722)
$30 and under
American
South Bend
About the restaurant
Ruth's Chris Steak House specializes in serving USDA Prime steaks, each seared to perfection, finished with butter and freshly chopped parsley, and served sizzling on a 500-degree plate. We invite you to join us in Granger, IN!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Outstanding as always, we will be back again soon! Thank you for the best service & food.
A photo of Edgewater Cafe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (148)
$30 and under
American
South Bend
About the restaurant
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 on Jun 1, 2024
Edgewater Cafe has an excellent menu choice. The service and atmosphere is very nice. They have a Trout sandwich I would recommend to anyone, including those who do not care for fish. Because that sandwich is excellent. It's worth the time to give that café a try, I'm going back!
A photo of Copper Rock Steakhouse - South Bend restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1005)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
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. Copper Rock Steakhouse is a 21 and older dining establishment.
Top review
EthanM
Dined 3 days ago
Had a great meal. The staff went out of their way to make sure we had a good time. Only issue was they were using the “show” menu and did not have any wagyu options, which was why we chose to go there. Still enjoyed our meal but would have gone on a different night if we had known.
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