Cafe Fiore

4.3
841 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Located in historic downtown Ventura, just blocks from the beach. Our comfortable booths have loose pillow seating which gives the restaurant a warm and delightful atmosphere. Come sit by the warm fireplace or have a seat at our fully stocked bar and sip some of our most innovative cocktails or some of our 40 martinis. Our traditional Southern Italian cooking is made with old world recipes. We take pride in giving our utmost service to our diners and to make everyone feel like family. If patio dining is what you are looking for, try our covered heated patio that feels like you are in a Tuscan villa or try our expanded patio and sit in our private cabanas and enjoy the fireplace and the spinning sounds of the hottest DJ's. Look on our website for fun events, like our summer cigar dinners, wine tasting events and our annual picnic and movie in the park. We look forward to serving you! Cheers and Bon Appeti
Dining Style
Home Style
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Cuisines
Italian, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(805) 653-1266
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joaquin Diavoles
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Private party facilities
Please call for details.
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Private party contact
Mary Jane Felder: (818) 399-3113
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Catering
Cater your office or house party with full service catering with our party planner, MaryJane Fendler. We can set up from the smallest of affairs to larger events with full service catering, including on site chef, servers and bartenders. Our menu is made to accommodate any type of cuisine desired.
We can set up all the small details, from the florist to the band. Our website displays preset menus that can be added to or changed at your discretion.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Santa Clara
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Parking details
Located directly behind Cafe Fiore is a 4 story parking lot, free of charge.
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Entertainment
Cafe Fiore brings back the old standards every Tuesday night with our famous Jazz nite. We display an eclectic play list of bands, ranging from Latin guitarist, reggae, and top 40 bands so you can dance the night away.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 841 People Are Saying
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WB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We always return to this lovely restaurant in December for it's pretty and cozy decor and of course, the delicious food. The red sangria is not to be missed! Our dinner was delicious, my truffle infused risotto with beef medallions was terrific and not overly heavy on the truffle! My son, who is picky, loved his pepperoni pizza. My husband loved his grilled sausage entree. Thank you, Cafe Fiore, for another wonderful dining experience.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and took us right at our reservation time

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TC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

WE were completely surprised how wonderful this restaurant was, the only complaint I have was the waiter
He was cordial and somewhat helpful, but his service was slow, as an example, when we ordered drinks it took a long while before we were served. We were not in a hurry, so we put up with it no other complaints
PS
Will go again

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VM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot for authentic Italian food. Polite and friendly service. Live music was very entertaining, if a bit loud for a smaller venue, but quality jazz band and stylist singer. The dining room was dark but had a nice romantic ambiance. Definitely good for our special vacation dinner.

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VD
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Fiore is always reliable for superb service and fantastic food! We can never wait until our next visit!

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MG
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I have frequented Cafe Fiore for years. Never had a bad meal, until Sat night. We had a party of 7, the waitress was wonderful. We have had the pleasure of her service before. This night food wise however was a dismal disappointment. I ordered simple pasta diablo. Spicy tomato base pasta I have ordered for years. Horrible was an understatement. Tasted like a can of tomato paste was heated up. Absolutely no heat. I sent it back without any option of remaking as I remarked to the waitress I felt is was not worth the try. My wife ordered a gluten free pasta dish that came with large chunks of garlic, so inedible after the first bite her mouth was on fire. The waitress had nothing to say about it's unacceptability. We changed to salmon with vegetables and potatoes. Small, sadly thin cut of salmon that was so overcooked I could have bounced it off a wall.
I hate to be this brutal in description as Cafe Fiore has been one of my favorite dining spots but after spending $350 for a meal with out of town guests that we would have done better at a fast food drive thru I will be rethinking my return.

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J
Tahoe
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was very average, cafe was very loud. Would not go back. Service was OK.

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ML
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Cafe Fiore a longtime favorite. Comfortable, warm ambiance, grown-up feel. The food is unique and every entree we've ever tried was fabulous. If you enjoy a cocktail now and then be sure to order the amazing avocado "martini". Very special. Perfect for a romantic dinner for two, or a large family gathering.

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M
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We had a reservation at 10 PM. Came for dessert. When we arrived there was no hostess . After waiting several minutes we seated ourselves at a table behind the bar. No waitress came over. We had to stop someone walking by.. We ordered coffee and dessert. Coffee was cold. We had ask a waitress to provide hot coffee. Not going back.
Failed to get open table points . I had to write to open table

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YI
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

We had been to Cafe Fiore two years ago and it was great. Not this time. The food was terrible and the service very slow. We were even given the wrong menu so had to rethink our meal selection a second time. None of the four of us enjoyed what we ordered. It got really loud when the band started playing at 8:00. Nice to have music, but made dinner conversation difficult. Something significant must have changed....new management perhaps? It was very disappointing and hope they can turn it around because it used to be a gem.

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n
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is always good here and prices are reasonable.

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MB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A bit pricey but food was really good. Waitress was friendly but could have poured on a bit more charm.

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M
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I have been enjoying Café Fiore since re-locating to the Ventura area from Santa Barbara in 2012. It never fails to impress with outstanding Italian fare, great salads, appetizers and bar. The atmosphere is warm and funky, the quintessential Italian restaurant experience. I would however, avoid the side patio.

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C
San Joaquin
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service, food, was great. What more can one ask for.

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L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere, delicious Italian food and wine, and great service!

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KA
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, service and ambience! They were out of the fish special that we really wanted to try, but the food we ordered was still very excellent!

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LE
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent pasta. Nice warm atmosphere with live music on the weekend

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JH
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Visited Cafe Fiore with a group of four adults on Saturday evening, we had a reservation. The band was very good and the volume was reasonable enough to be able to converse easily in the dining area of the restaurant. The initial service was impressive, but after drinks were delivered, service dropped off significantly. We were waiting to order appetisers, then dinner. The restaurant was busy, but it was not clear where our server was disappearing too, we did not see him rushing to service any other tables. Food quality and portions was good (not great), except the fish special (Hawaiian Sea Bass), it was delicious. The other three meals were very mediocre. The Ciopino was overcooked, with all the seafood inside being rubbery instead of tender. The server was not around to address it with, so we kept it. We finished with a desert and a cocktail, altogether an OK experience. The quality of the food and the service were well below what I would expect at Cafe Fiore. I hope this is not a trend, they have always been such a reliable dining destination.

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C
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food and the service.
Music was too loud to talk so they moved us to a back room.
Javier was fabulous!

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N
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lydia was our informative & professional server who made sure we were happy with our food and drinks. Her service was perfection. ‘We shared the beet salad which we have ordered in many restaurants. This was the best beet salad ever. I had the Tortelacci filled with Butternut Squash and served with a Sage Cream Sauce. The sage did not overwhelm the dish but complemented it. My husband had Osso Bucco and it was extremely flavorful and tender. I had a Tito’s Dirty Vodka Martini which was served to me icy cold as I requested. We will definitely return!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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TB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place to eat.

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JB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Very Dissappointing - had not been in a few years - it was once better / Service a disaster - food not Betrt than unnamed Italian chain restaurant . I will not return .

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CR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food & ambience.
Service was good, but could have been a bit more attentive; for example, we had to ask for more water a couple of times as nobody came by our table regularly to check on our needs. We were seated in a far corner, so more effort was required on the part of staff to check on us.
It was intermittently noisy in our section as the City was showing a movie on the street in front of the restaurant. It wasn't unpleasant, but it would normally be easier to converse.
This was our 2nd time dining at Café Fiore. We enjoy it very much & will definitely return.

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m
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Overall a very enjoyable experience. Selected this restaurant based on reviews and liked that fact that it was food centered with original owners from Italy.
I was a bit disappointed with my food selection which was the lobster ravioli. The pasta was ether undercooked or overworked as it was very tough and a little dry. I was looking forward to the saffron cream sauce but I could not taste the saffron and the ravioli tasted fishy which lobster usually doe not. My husband's spaghetti & meatballs was delicious. Pasta was perfect and sauce very tasty. Generous servings and fairly priced
Our service was great. Very attentive and friendly wait staff.
comfortable booth seating and nice live music in bar area which wasn't too loud in the dining area.
I would go back to try another dish from their extensive menu

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CM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Upon arrival the service wasn’t great as I wasn’t even offered a water for about 10 minutes as I didn’t have anyone come to my table but it got much better and we were very happy with the ambiance and service, as many hostesses and waiters I shouldn’t have sat without even being offered a water to start. I however would go back

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KL
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been here before but this time found the noise level excessive. We were there to catch up with friends which was largely impossible. Food reliably good, but this time the red sauces and meatballs were quite salty. The hostess didn’t know how to find the open table reservation (thus your email to me about ‘missing our reservation’). I had to show her my phone confirmation.
We will return but will again require a table as far from the bar as possible.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were great! My only complaint is that the restaurant was extremely warm.

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LL
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Live jazz, delicious house Red, great food, it felt like a proper occasion!

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WE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was pretty noisey. There were 4 of us at one of the horseshoe style tables. I could not hear what the person opposite me was saying. The waitress and busboy were excellent. The food was great. We are happy we were able to take some hone to enjoy for another dinner. We had a 6;30 reservation. We were surprised by the number of babies and toddlers that were present.

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EM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Chicken was over done. To loud for our guest that we brought.

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j
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

It was terrible. This was not our first time here. We were celebrating our anniversary there as that was the restaurant we had our first date at and from the start, it took forever to have our drink order taken, then forever to get them. Once the drinks were dropped off it was a solid half hour to get the waitress back. We finally ordered appetizers and dinner and it all came out together. Then when we flagged down the manager, she took the food and said she would hold it for us in the kitchen. After we finished our appetizers, they brought our original pasta and it was Luke warm and not worth returning to the kitchen. We were over it.
Won’t be going there again.
Off night? For sure. Too bad that that is all it takes.

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F
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitress/server! Made my husband’s birthday special! Gave good dessert recommendations! Perfect dessert for after lasagna. The lasagna at Cafe Fiore melts in your mouth! Wonderful meal!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service was great. Especially the bread pudding.

Reservation are a hassle because they block them out so they are not available on Open Table. We thought we changed our 7:30 to 8:30. When we got there we were told the change did not go through. They seated us but recorded us as a no show and we didn’t receive our points.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

First of all I'd like to thank you for soliciting my feedback. More restaurants should do this so they could improve their service and or food. I have dined at Cafe Fiore many times. And I have always enjoyed the food in fact I have talked up the food many times to family and friends. My go-to is the lasagna so I know the taste, texture and portion size very well and I have always been more than satisfied with it. But this time I have to say, you missed the mark...big time. The top layer was hard as if the pasta was stale or old, I actually had to use my knife to cut pieces of it when it usually cuts like butter with a fork. And the portion size was not as high or thick as its always been in the past. Basically it appeared to be missing some layers, it was flat so it was a much smaller portion. I always take a doggy bag out because the portion is pretty healthy and I'm never able to finish it there but I didn't have to do that this time I finished the whole thing pretty quickly because it was so small. Very disappointing because I felt as though I paid the same price for a smaller portion. I will give your restaurant another try and if I experience the same thing I will know that it is your new norm and I will no longer dine there.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful night out! Delicious food, great atmosphere, wonderful live music!

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another perfect night ! Great food; terrific service; love the personal touch of ownership

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GF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Very slow service. The waiters stood around talking to each other rather than attend to their customers. The food was terrible and took way too long. My chicken was greasy with an awful sauce on top of it. My daughter’s pasta was too heavy on the pesto with very little chicken. My other daughter had pizza, well, it was pizza. The bread was stale. The only good thing was the water boy kept our water glasses full. We needed the water to wash down the greasy , salty food. I will never go back.

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L
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service was good but the restaurant was cold

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