Rhumb Line

4.2
615 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Waterfront
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion

Beautiful water front restaurant with incredible views of Ventura Harbor and the most stunning sunsets anywhere in Southern California. Fresh seafood from the fishing boats to our kitchens and moderately priced for our customers.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Brunch/Lunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(805) 642-1200
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Richardo Torres
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Private party facilities
Amazing dishes, tasty cocktails, and an incredible happy hour in one of the most picturesque locations in the Ventura Harbor. We proudly introduce Rhumb Line, the Sunset Restaurant.
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Private party contact
Orestis Simos: (805) 642-1200
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Schooner Drive
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Parking details
Free Parking in large well-lit private lot adjacent to restaurant. Self park.
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Entertainment
Piano Bar and live music. Please call for schedule.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 615 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.1
service
4.4
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We went to celebrate a friend’s birthdayThe quesadillas for lunch were good and the tiramisu was a special treat for dessert.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Probably won’t go back. Food was ok. I had planned a 50th Wedding Anniversary dinner for my parents & the restaurant forgot. They said the lady (Chloe) who took my reservation (whom I had a nice conversation with) was not that great at replying messages! To which I wanted to ask, then why is she on your team & what are you going to do about it? It was frustrating & embarrassing for me. Our family planned this & came all the way from Texas... just annoying because there are so many choices that we could have picked from other than here. They tried to make it right which I appreciate but it wasn’t the same ya know.. ?!

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Perfect dinner to celebrate Father’s Day. Gorgeous setting and great food.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Fantastic food, service, and ambiance. Have been back 3 times. Have taken friends and family! Love it love it love it!!!

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Wait staff tried but seemed understaffed so service was slow. We order multiple course but everything came at once which overflowed the table. Food was pretty good but not what is should be for such a nice setting next to the harbor.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Not sure what has changed, but the food has gone downhill. This is the second time we have been disappointed in the food. Plus the service was extremely slow. I do hope they do something to turn it around, because it is a wonderful location and is the perfect setting for sunsets.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great! They brought my 13 year old a special desert!

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Guests are warmly greeted upon arrival. Reservation times and requests are honored. The Rhumb Line is a pretty, welcoming place with big windows that allow customers a view of the harbor and let in natural light. It’s a very Southern Californian atmosphere.

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2.0Dined on June 16, 2018

we arrived at our 5:30 reservation time and did not get our meal until 7:00. The lady walking around said, in a snarky voice, we will be served when the food is ready!!!!! Duh!!!
Very disappointed in the overall service. Wife ordered chocolate ice cream and got vanilla!!
Guess they could not tell the difference. 2 hours for dinner???

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Food was good. Great views of harbor. Efficient and friendly servers.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The Lobster Mac and Cheese is surprisingly one of the best things on the menu. The salad accompanying the lackluster but competent crab cakes was truly the star of the appetizers. The sides we got were not good in any way: undercooked brussel sprouts and a disturbing fried fiber log are on the top of the AVOID list although all of the fish and sauces were well prepared.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

I sat in the patio with my dog. The harbor view was great! I saw a sting ray swim by. I had Chicken and Waffles; great chicken but possibly the best waffle I have ever had! My waiter Alfredo went above and beyond...friendly, plus brought treats to my dog!

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

We had another great meal and our server was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

This is a great restaurant; food is delicious, staff is attentive, decor is comfortable and attractive, and the setting in the harbor is lovely. The sole downsides are the noise levels due to the hard surfaces (floors and ceiling), and the price point is a bit steep for the neighborhood, but there is value when considering the quality of the food. I/ we really like this restaurant in it’s current iteration and wish the restaurant well....we will be back.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Service was not good. We had to wait way to long for our drinks. Salads and soups were not timed correct as they came out together.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We always come to Rhumbline for our special occasions like anniversaries and valentine's day or if we're celebrating something else special. Never been disappointed and the wedge salad is to die for!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Was very nice view and the service was fast for 7 people

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3.0Dined on May 18, 2018

As my ratings reflect, our experience was middle of the road - not bad, but definitely not excellent. My Manhattan was very poor; I almost didn't drink it. The shrimp cocktail appetizer was very good - probably the best item we had. The clam chowder was good, but as with other items, not noteworthy. Best description for the sand dabs is that they were okay, but greasy and mushy - not the flaky texture that was expected. The orange roughy was also okay - I liked the caper sauce, but like the sand dabs the fish did not have the expected texture. We opted to not stay for dessert. Our server was young, new and just not yet there - an A for effort, but poor knowledge of the menu and not polished at other elements. We ate outdoors on the deck - the ambiance there was good, and the view of the marina also pleasing.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

For Mother's Day, the Brunch couldn't have been nicer. We live close so we were able to walk and not even have to worry about parking. We enjoyed the patio along with the view while there and it was very enjoyable. The assortment of items offered was very adequate, prime rib was delicious, all in all, a delightful meal!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food and atmosphere was exceptional, but it was difficult to get service. Had to wait 15 minutes after being seated just to get menus! This part of the experience did not improve throughout the meal.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Saturday brunch (pre-Mother's Day) was quiet. Ambience and service excellent. Food fine but I recommend adding some Hollandaise sauce to their otherwise dry omelettes (they brought me some). Generous portions.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great place, wonderful people, good food, amazing view. A secluded spot, only locals might know about. Moderately priced, will definitely return.

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We requested a water view , the reservation was for 2. that would imply a water view for two not one. We got a tiny table where one person would sit facing the bar( very noisy but it was happy hour . the other sat on a chair facing the water. We requested a change of table and it was received as though we were a bother, although at this time there were few people eating dinner (5:30) . Shown another tiny table not near the bar but the same view but of the side of the restaurant. One of the 3 hostess while we were being escorted to the 2nd table said we could always sit on the couch. Didn't understand what she meant at the time but my husband said later he was ready to walk out right then. We decided to not try for a suitable table. The sand dabs were ok . only one kind of pinot grigio. Needless to say ,we have been going to this establishment for may years under different names, but this was our last time.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Our first time at Rhumb Line. We all appreciated the friendly service, the harbor views and the excellent food!

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3.0Dined on May 1, 2018

For a seafood restaurant that's located on a water's edge in the harbor the absence of fresh seafood is appalling. Dishes lack creativity and imagination and are overpriced. Local Californian wines are not well represented on the wine list.

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Good food and wonderful view of Ventura Harbor. It's a bit pricey and can be too noisy. It's only open after three pm.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Heather (server) was great. the place had an OK view of the marina. Did not get the sunset view I requested. Food was so so. Miso fish was saucy... Lobster with shrimp was not the best. Overall, OK.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Rhumb Line is our special beach front restaurant . We are regulars and enjoy every day HH and our special occasions. Love the staff!!!!

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2.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Food was good
Service was terrible
Noisy very noisy restaurant
A disappointing experience for my husband birthday

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3.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Wait staff was superb, attentive, and gracious. We choose outdoor dining, cause we had our dogs, and they brought a water dish right away. The outdoor area was shielded from the wind and they had propane heaters when it got chilly. The view was the harbor, but didn't have the harbor feel as the ocean view was blocked by walls, buildings, and the marina.
Food was excellent and delicious, with beautiful presentation, however, the portions were very small for the price, except the pork chop, which was massive.
I might return, but maybe only for happy hour where the food is priced more fairly.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Appetizers were great, we got garlic fries and the Mediterranean sampler. Both were awesome! The steak ($42 ribeye) was terrible. Pop the steak out of the package, grill on a high heat gas grill, and serve. Very disappointed in the steak. Service was alright, sat outside, maybe less attended to because of it.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

This is our favorite restaurant in Ventura. Great wait staff and bartender. The food is simply outstanding. The wine list is superb with the best of the California plus foreign brands available.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I went there on a recommendation and I was not disappointed. From the hostess who was awesome, our server and management, all wanted to make sure everything was to our satisfaction. Also based on a recommendation was the chicken and waffles. Amazing! I will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Gorgeous Harbor views, superb food, good bartending, and friendly service with attentive management. I have been quite a few times and have enjoyed all the items I have ordered. The Happy Hour offers great tacos (different kinds), delicious calamari, and tasty ribs (and I'm not normally a rib guy) - plus a nice selection of cocktails. Very reasonable prices - on a warm day, sit out on the patio - it's lovely! Dinner menu that I and my friends have had has all been superb as well: a very nice Mediterranean Sampler Platter (not too garlicky!), Generous portion of Sand Dabs, Perfectly rare yet seared Filet Mignon (as we requested), Large Lobster Tail and yummy deserts (I like the lemon cake). I shall certainly continue to come here and bring friends!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

the food is very good and the service is good! It was a nice view while my family and I were eating lunch. Thank you for the extra soup! we like the soup and many other dishes!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This is one of the best restaurants in Ventura. Right on the marina, the ambiance is perfect. Fantastic food and excellent service. Busy bar but you shouldn't have an issue getting a stool or sitting at the tables nearby. The servers, hosts and General Manager, Orestis, are all impeccable and care a lot about your enjoyment. The waiter was very attentive, the bus boys promptly removed empty dishes, asked if you like more bread and refilled your water and Orestis, stopped by our table several times to make sure we were completely satisfied.

Highly recommended!!!

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Ok experience. There for happy hour, and the service in the high top seating area was slow. Our server was friendly but we rarely saw him. Satay appetizer was adequate, and salads were fine. Prices are pretty high but maybe that’s just par for the course. Margarita was a very glowy green for a drink that supposedly only has tequila, lime juice, and agave in it.

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1.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Happy hour is not worth it! Chips and guacamole were obviously not made fresh, we ordered the ahi tacos and they had no flavor at all, cocktails were over sweetened. When the menu switched from Happy Hour to Dinner there was no notice in the change of pricing. Our margaritas were full price and ended up being over half our bill. Overall, very disappointing because my brunch experience has always been exceptional.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Great views of harbor

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch was great. We had reservations and arrived early. We were seated a few mins. early. Service was great. Attentive wait staff and management. Food was delicious. We’ll be Val for Mother’s Day brunch with my mom and brother for sure!

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