Cafe Fiore

4.4
881 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
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MM
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, staff was very friendly, I can't wait to go back.

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w
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Dinner was absolutely fantastic. Definitely need to go here if you want epicurean delights.

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RK
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding buffet, awesome selection and quality of food.

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LP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is small and full of character.
We arrived early so had a drink at the bar. In this era of cocktails, I was unimpressed with the glassware and presentation. Nothing special. The hostess worked to seat us early which was nice. However our table was in the very back and we stared at a 4’ wall the entire dinner. The food was fair. The highlight was our waitress— she was fabulous!

This restaurant has a lot of potential! We will try it again.

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V
New England
65 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Selections are creative and high quality. Service is prompt. Try the ravioli. Yummy

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SV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, just wish there was something more spacious & comfortable than a semi circle booth for a party of 6 but we didn’t let that ruin the occasion!

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Z
Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour. Stay for dinner. Pasta is excellent with homemade sauces.

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D
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food is consistently good at Cafe Fiore. The restaurant has a bit of a stale smell but nothing that some fresh flowers on tables wouldn’t fix. Service varies- never bad just sometimes not as attentive or interrupts at wrong time.

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o
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

All good, better with live music

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LM
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in LA, and when we visit Ventura--about once every other month--, dinner at Cafe Fiore is a must. I cannot believe how, year after year, Cafe Fiore maintains its high standards, both for the high quality of its meals and the excellence of its service. And this in a world in which restaurants unfortunately cannot be counted on for stability.

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T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Entree was poor and not what was expected.

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OT
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is great and overly accommodating. Food is terrific! Go and enjoy!

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LW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best mushroom polenta ever!!!

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LE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I know this restaurant well as I live in the area. It is one of my favorites. I took a friend from out of the area and she really liked it, too the card and said we should definitely come back. We lunch together every month either in her part of the county or mine, so this is high praise.

There is no question that I recommend Café Fiore as one of Ventura's best restaurants.

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M
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The seating area could have been better. Great service and the special brownie with sparkling candles was a great touch! All in all an excellent time

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AU
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a good spot for dinner...

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food great service !

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AA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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SO
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lights were out and the restaurant was dark, exotic and romantic. I am sure it was a pain to have a power outage on a Saturday night, but we thought it was fun. You should do it more often!

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RT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was ok. My husband order the lamb and it was not very good for the price. They had a power outage and we ate our meal in the dark. No extra discount for this. Would not go back.

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Menu choices are good and food is delicious, though a little pricey. Our server this evening was not very personable and his service was a little slow.

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F
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Outside of the hostess who was extremely rude, we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Great food, reasonably priced in a very relaxed atmosphere. They also had a wonderful live band to listen to during dinner.
Too bad the hostess is the first person you have to interact with when you get there. She should learn manners or get a job not dealing with the public.

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JR
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Cafe Fiore is hit or miss. When it's not packed, it's a great experience... service is great, food is good, and it's a nice quiet spot to talk with friends. Last Saturday, however, was a case where there were too many customers and the staff can't seem to keep up. We were sat in the covered out door area, and there was a tarp on the roof that, with the high winds, kept slamming down on the roof which was startling every time it happened. It took an hour and a half to get our food, but luckily it was still hot by the time we got it (other times similar to this, I've gotten cold food). Maybe the owner needs to consider lowering the number of tables because it's been evident that with a full house the kitchen can't keep up.

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome happy hour. Men working behind the bar gave great customer service. The food was delicious and the prices were great. Our server at the table was great too. Well worth the trip from Moorpark and looking forward to going back.

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OT
Los Angeles
165 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Business lunch with a co-worker. Overall very tasty. Would visit again if in the area.

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This place is great if you plan to have a very leisurely meal. If you are in a hurry I don't recommend this place. The food was very good and the staff was friendly but it was quite slow. It didn't really bother us as sometimes we feel we are being rushed out of a place and this was a special occasion. They were willing to make special accomodations in the food for allergies and the food was good. I did have to get up a couple of times to ask for refills on drinks, etc but we enjoyed the ambiance and food and would come back again if we have two hours for a meal.

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a
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Upon arriving on time for my 7.15 reservation, I was told to wait by a waitress who promptly walked away. Ten minutes later, the hostess showed up and told me to wait at the bar. At 7.45 the two of us were seated. We waited another 10 minutes before a waitress showed up at the table with menus. We ordered drinks and began to look at the menu. 10 more minutes passed before we were able to order our food. The food arrived about 15 minutes later and was decent but not outstanding. After we finished we waited another 15 minutes before we could get the bill paid and left. overall, I would rate this restaurant as mediocre at best and I would hesitate to go to this restaurant again.

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S
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Still our go-to place after many years. Lovely server and bussing staff. Food always consistently good though soup not hot enough for me. Great bar, excellent wine list. Still love the place although upholstery needs a facelift. Enjoy

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VS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant in downtown Ventura. Delicious food. Good wine list.

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MF
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was slow. The Manhattan I ordered was horrible

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice time!!

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g
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Large party of ten and appreciate they held our table as we were late. Not very friendly waiter . Barely took drink orders .. had to call him back... same for dessert .. took two people then walked away to place the order and again had to call him back. Also had three entrees missing so they had to reorder them while everyone else had their food. Disappointing as we usually love the service.

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D
Dallas
65 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It had been two years since we visited Fiore, and we noticed quite a change in food. Mainly the calamari, which we always loved. It had many more vegetables than calamari, and the sauce was bland. We recall the sauce as like they serve with the bread. The lamb shank was good, the calzone so-so, and the ravioli unremarkable.

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AD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, near the ocean, always delicious food.

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MR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Not great. Sausage was dry. Veggies were burned. Had to get my own water after 30 minutes, I asked 2 times. 38 minutes before I got a salad. Locals said it’s up and down. Sorry but wasn’t a fan. I won’t go back for a second try.

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k
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently very good. Everything from service to food keeps us coming back.

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JS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ciopino and osso buco were top notch. Friendly and attentive servers, nice live music, and overall a great dining experience.

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DD
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Love the restaurant, have been going for years. Little disappointed in the Mozzarella Salad this time because the tomatoes were not ripe and they over-did the dressing.

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AG
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I always enjoy this restaurant. It is one of my go to places in Ventura.

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AD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have already reviewed this restaurant for TripAdvisor. Excellent!

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