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Cafe Fiore

4.6
786 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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
Giulio Landi
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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 786 People Are Saying
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4.5
food
4.5
service
4.6
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

We will be back

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

It was wonderful having Easter Brunch at Cafe Fiore. The poached salmon was quite good, as was the egg sandwich. Our server was very congenial and efficient. We will definitely be back. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The service and the food were both excellent. The shrimp & polenta appetizer, the lobster ravioli and the t-bone were all delicious.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The service was great, but there were a few items left wanting. The food was just okay; half step above Olive Garden. My wife and I felt that the food needed a little more flavor (pepper, salt, etc.). The coffee was 'meh' and the tiramisu looked amazing...but also had a 'meh' rating in flavor for us.

The restaurant had a live band (this was a Thursday evening) which was nice. However, it was a little difficult to hold a conversation during dinner (and we sat toward the back).

If you're in town, like we were, and looking for a drink with some live music, then this is the place. The food wasn't a big seller for us, but the service was great.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

In old town Ventura, this Italian restaurants satisfies. The décor is warm and comfortable. There is live music but not so much that it competes with conversation. The menu is filled with excellent options from fish, meat, salads etc. We began with calamari/zucchini blossoms and an artichoke gratin. Mains were short ribs and tuna. All were excellent and the service was great. Worth a repeat visit.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I make the 45 minute drive to visit Cafe Fiore for special occasions just for the gnocchi, but love everything I've tried on the menu. The Gamberi with polenta is delicious as an appetizer with a mixed berry mojito. Many fall off the bone options. If I had to nitpick, sometimes service is a bit slow......but never rude. I love this place!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

We were a party of 5. 3 had the Osso buco and 2 had pasta dishes. Everyone loved their meals. All of us have been here before, so we knew we were in for a great meal.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Fantastic Italian meal with great cocktails and live music.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food was very good enjoyed the atmosphere over all very well rounded

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Excellent food and service.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The service and food were perfect I

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent service and food was perfectly prepared and delivered hot.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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 !

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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)

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2017

Loved having the back corner table, very romantic.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Always have such a long wait even with reservations

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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