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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Special Occasion (8)
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Good for a Date (8)
Comfort Food (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Live Music (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Romantic (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Cozy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Authentic (4)
Casual (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Fun (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Tapas (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food and service.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 6 days ago

We came 10 minutes early and our table was surprisingly ready. Service was ok. Our attendant intermittently checked in on us. A little disappointed that spinach ran out early since we placed our order at 830pm. Ambiance was ok. It could’ve been better. There was live music and background music during breaks. I wasn’t too impressed. Considering it was vday, I would have expected the music to celebrate love. Instead it brought a somber mood to the evening.
We also had an axxess card which they wouldn’t take because vday is apparently a recognized holiday and the BOGO doesn’t apply on holidays.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

Keep going back and trying it. Gets worse each time. When they first opened they were great. Now it's just an ordinary Italian restaurant. Nothing special.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Great neighborhood Italian restaurant. The food is excellent and the service is friendly and attentive. Love the ambiance. The menu is extensive and offers something for every taste. I’ve never seen so many risotto options on a menu before.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

A friend from Santa Cruz recommended Cafe Fiore as her fav Italian restaurant. We loved it!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was delicious but that evening there seemed to be an extreme delay. We were there for over 2.5 hours, because we were waiting for our food. The waitress made it up to us with a dessert on the house that was fantastic!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Took forever to get our food. 1 1/2 hours and then one dinner was missing. We like the food and the live bands but service really needs to improve.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The service and food were perfect I

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Great ambiance, menu, food, wine, service (except for one unhelpful hostess) and music!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent service and food was perfectly prepared and delivered hot.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 2, 2018

first time there, was very good! I just wish had a bigger section of wine by the Glass. food was outstanding . would go back again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Great food! Great experience. Excellent time. I would go again

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The food was amazing! I can't wait to bring the love of my life BACK to you all!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We ask if we can seat were they cook !
We love to seat there , you get the a bird eye view of everything!
You get to see everyone ones jobs down to the one that’s the salads to the one does the sauces and the main Chief .
We sat down in no time , but after waiting for 5 minuets, no waiter , no water !
and that’s looking over the menu! Finely waiter show up , yes you do have others tables to do too but it shouldn’t have taken that long . Sorry !
The bread came out fresh right out of the oven and was wonderful !
We like oil and balsamic with the bread it’s so good !
Are appetizer and dinner came out wonderful ! Really good food !

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Looking for good Italian, and this was a good spot with nice service. Had some nice wine options that were outside the typical. Regular spaghetti with meatballs and the various salads were really good. Pasta Arrabbiata, however, was disappointingly lacking any spice. A little on the expensive side, but all in all a nice time.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2018

I have eaten here frequently and it is always excellent. I ordered the Osso Bucco this time and it was a little dry. Otherwise perfect.
The appetizers and cocktails were great, all other food excellent. The veal was a little, as mentioned, dry (old)

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Casual, Paleo Friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Hadn't been to Cafe Fiore in a long time, but had dinner there twice in the last month. Both times it was excellent in every way. Great service. Delicious Food. We will definitely start making it a regular stop for dinner. The lasagna was excellent and the NY Steak was one of the best I've had in a long time. Cooked perfectly! Good service too.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 12, 2018

What a surprise! Downtown Ventura with easy parking. My meaty lasagna was memorable. Justin Isosceles 2013 a good compliment, was poured in a fine glass. Bravo! Service excellent. I'll return. Make a reservation.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Loved having the back corner table, very romantic.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We have are from Houston and been going here every year since 2007. We LOVE it!!! Every dish is amazing and the white chocolate ice cream is a must!!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always have such a long wait even with reservations

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 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 10, 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 28, 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 28, 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 10, 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 6, 2017

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 3, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 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 27, 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 23, 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 23, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 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 22, 2017

Had and excellent meal and the server was fantastic.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 21, 2017

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 12, 2017

I love Cafe Fiore the food is wonderful waiters efficient !

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 3, 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 2, 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 1, 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 30, 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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