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About Cafe Fiore

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

66 California Street
Ventura, CA 93001
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Dining Style:
Home Style

Cuisines:
Italian, Californian

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

Cross Street:
Santa Clara

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 653-1266

Website:
http://www.cafefiore.net/

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.

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.

Parking Details:
Located directly behind Cafe Fiore is a 4 story parking lot, free of charge.

Executive Chef:
Giulio Landi

Private Party Facilities:
Please call for details.

Private Party Contact:
Mary Jane Felder: (818) 399-3113

Additional:
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

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Cafe Fiore Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Good for a Date (10)
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Casual (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Live Music (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Cozy (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Romantic (6)
Fun (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Authentic (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Business Meals (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Waterfront (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great food, great ambience . Had a great time. Our server was friendly and professional

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We were given the absolute WORST table in the restaurant, with a reservation, and I had requested a booth. The table was directly across from the pickup from the kitchen. People who had just walked in were given a booth, no reservation. We got crap, but eventually got moved after I complained A LOT. Were moved to the bar area, which was a bit better. Looked back at the table we had been at and they began using it as a plate staging zone. Stacked with dishes and napkin rolls.
Don’t take a reservation if you aren’t going to provide nice seating. And don’t put walk ins in a better spot than reservations.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had a great dinner and found the service to be excellent

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Hostess is very sweet. Food & ambience are good. Our waiter was nice but I've never encountered an issue at any other restaurant when asking for a 'splash' of the wine to make sure I like it prior to ordering a glass. So much better than returning a full glass if it's not good. Perhaps this particular server is not familiar with that common request. He was fine other than that. I strongly recommend the caramel custard dessert...amazing!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Fiores is always on our to-do list when visiting Ventura. Whether it's for lunch or dinner, the food, service, and atmosphere are consistently excellent. Once again, with our recent visit, we weren't disappointed. The portions are generous so don't fill up on the delicious bread. Also, our reservations were for 5:00 on a Tuesday. Shortly after we were seated, the place was filled up so I suggest making reservations.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Casual, Authentic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Love the ambiance of The Treehouse. Food always tastes better when your surroundings is awesome! Great service, too!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great Italian fare and wine list. Can never pass up the gnocchi; gravy is just delicious. The portions are perfect, and the service on point. I really appreciate being able to find some French, Italian and Napa options I don't generally see elsewhere. Great local music as well. Cafe Fiore is a favorite for lunch or dinner whenever I'm in Ventura.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Live Music
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 4, 2017

When I made the reservation, I indicated it was our 40th Anniversary,. Unfortunately, Cafe Fiore ignored the note so our special dinner was incomplete and a disappointment. That being said, it is a lovely restaurant, the food was delicious and our server was very attentive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Romantic
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Really good food, a little pricy but that was expected. Highly recommend the butternut squash ravioli. Don't come for the steaks.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We enjoyed our meal and service at Cafe Fiore after a day in Wine Country. We had Minestrone soup and the Sole Fish Almondine with zucchini. Everything was very good. A pleasant surprise.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Good food, lovely atmosphere, and great location. Our waiter wasn't very attentive and had little personality but overall we were pleased with our experience. We will definitely go back!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Only bad thing was my pasta some of the pasta were burnt, and they should of know that it was not show ready for the cooks / chef to plate it !
It was like my food was ready and my wife’s was not done. So they took mine and put it under a heat oven and was there too long !

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fun
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Boyfriend and I went here for a date night and to be honest the food was amazing but the service was very slow and a little frustrating.

We got the Melanzane Alla Parmigian as an appetizer and cleaned the plate it was sooo good! My boyfriend got the Heart Healthy Pasta which was surprisingly very good and fulfilling for being a "healthy" dish and I got the Ravioli Di Ricotta which was also very very tasty - it was fresh and so flavorful!

It may have just been the waitress we had gotten that night, or we had gone a night that they were under staffed but we had to ask our waitress her for refills on our drinks 5 times before she brought us our refill . She also forgot to bring the Alfredo sauce I had asked for on the side of my dish when I had first put in the order-I reminded her when our food first came out the kitchen, but didn't get it until after we were done with dinner and had asked for a check.

Again the food was so AMAZING, but the service was just not good.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Had and excellent meal and the server was fantastic.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great service, great food, and live music. Couldn't have asked for a better date night.

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·Dined on September 13, 2017

I love Cafe Fiore the food is wonderful waiters efficient !

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 4, 2017

My reservation was honored even though there were people waiting to be seated. I was pleasantly surprised by that. I was dining alone and seated at a table for 2 in an area in which there was almost no ventilation on a very warm evening. Would have lingered except for that. Also it was along a "thoroughfare" for wait staff to get from one side of the dining room to the other. Bread, tapenade, and appetizer were excellent. Main course was good. Interesting menu and wine list overall.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We were in town for Ventura nationals and wanted a nice dinner spot to catch up with friends. This was perfect. Great service, great food. Wish we lived closer would go all the time!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Air conditioning not working or not set. A hot day in Ventura !

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Arrived at 7 PM and was seated immediately as far from the band as we could get. The music was so loud that it was impossible to have a conversation at the dinner table. I ordered the house dinner salad (very good) and osso buco . The osso buco was made from beef and had a sweet taste. Not the greatest I have had at other restaurants. Next time I go to Ventura I will skip this restaurant.

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Music, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 27, 2017

A group of 4 of us met there. Two of us ordered salads - mine was the one with crab. Tasty but a bit skimpy on the crab. Another friend ordered the Four Seasons pizza which looked fabulous and she said was really good. I will try that next time!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Excellent food, pretty restaurant. Would definately return.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Food was tasteless. Chicken was tough and dry, over cooked.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Wedding Anniversary 55th

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great neighborhood Italian spot in downtown Ventura. We ordered the cioppino, mushroom risotto and the veal marsala. All were excellent. The veal came with a decadent and delicious cauliflower mac & cheese. The service was friendly and attentive. This was our first visit, but definitely not our last.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2017

4th visit. Always order ribeye. Always excellent.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

We used to love eating at this place. It has been a year or so since we were last there. Food wasn't near as good as it used to be. Friendly staff though.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 16, 2017

There for birthday dinner. Got there early (5:30) Huge Bar in center of room. The restaurant is mostly dark and unattractive. Sat at our table for 10 MINUTES before our server came by and was mostly unavailable for our meal. Water given us was unfiltered tap water, which undrinkable in Ventura. Food was OK but not up to the cost. Overall I do not recommend this restaurant unless you are a bar fly.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 14, 2017

So, we make a reservation for 2 at 7. We arrive, and are told to wait. And we wait. And we wait.

No apology. No offer to comp us a drink at the bar. Hell, not even a suggestion to have a drink at the bar.

20 minutes later, we're seated. 10 minutes later, we finally get water and a drink order taken.

No extra effort. No apology. Not even a damned acknowledgement of our wait. I would never take it out on the server, so I still left a 20%+ tip...but damn, these people need to get their stuff together.

We will never go back. We will actively tell our friends to avoid this establishment.

We should have ducked into Lure next door...

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Not sure what happened to this restaurant. The salmon on my girlfriend's salad was paper thin wafer. The steak was pathetic and ordinary. The toilets were backing up. Once a gem in Ventura is now a piece coal. Very sad as this was once a favorite Needs some major corrections to restore its reputation. But for now, stay away.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

What a Gem of a place! One of Ventura's best! Food is great, abundant and tasty!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Romantic, Casual, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, People Watching, Fun, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 12, 2017

met friends here for lunch...great food and service for 3 hour meal!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 3, 2017

We were in Ventura for business and Cafe Fiore was highly recommended. It didn't disappoint. I would have preferred a larger table for our group of 7 adults. The food - entrees, drinks and desserts were wonderful. Despite a busy week day, the service was very good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Excellent food, great decor, nice vibe. Service overall was good but our server seemed a bit disconnected.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Visited on a Saturday night. Live music was energetic! Will return!

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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Two of the pasta dishes were really good, but we were disappointed in the lasagna. We sat in the patio and the atmosphere was pleaseant. Service was good but not outstanding.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 19, 2017

The music is so loud in this cafe, you cannot hear yourself think, let alone make conversation
with your dinner party. Why they seem to think the music must be so LOUD is beyond me. They
have great food, ambiance is great, MUSIC IS WAY TOO LOUD TOO EARLY IN THE EVENING. They
actually DRIVE PEOPLE OUT, you can watch that happen as the MUSIC continues to BLARE AWAY.
Too bad.....

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Music, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 15, 2017

After getting seated I discovered that the seat and table didn't quite fit my body in good comfort.
I asked our server if it would be possible to sit at a different table or booth, whatever she had available. Without hesitation for even one second she smiled and said " of course, let me see what we have and I will take care of it for you". She came back within a minute and moved us to another table that was 100% PERFECT!!! She was amazing, and she made the entire evening great. She knew the menu and wine list with perfection. She was a true professional and we were thankful that she was our server!! Overall everything was perfect. Cocktails, wine, appetizers, entree, and desert were just amazing. Way to go Cafe Fiore!! Thank you for such a great date night for my wife and I.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Coming from SB to meet a business colleague for a business lunch--a Ventura local suggested this place. The food (salads) was very good; good ambiance; good place for an extended business lunch. I return with my wife if we are in Ventura and want to go to a nice place for a glass of wine, a cocktail and a nice pleasant meal!

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Made a reservation for 8pm. Showed up at 7:45 and was seated immediately. Table was not the best - weird seat back bench seating. Manager who sat us saw it was not right and re-sat us immediately. Great wine list. Great appetizer selection. Good food overall. Pasta was fresh and homemade. Service was superb with various servers and bus-staff checking on us. Fresh bread with sauce. Yum.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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