Cafe Fiore

★★★☆☆
  • 66 S California St

    Ventura, CA 93001

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  • 805-653-1266

About Cafe Fiore

Hours
Fri-Sat: 5pm-11pm, Sun: 5pm-9pm, Mon-Thu: 11:30am-10pm

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Nice place service was ok food was good

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Nice place service was ok food was good

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Very good ambiance. There food wasn't as good as the first time I had it, but still pretty good compared to most.

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Very good ambiance. There food wasn't as good as the first time I had it, but still pretty good compared to most.

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I have had a great time every visit i have made. The food is delicious and the service is good. All the women are ready to mingle and the music is fun. The treehouse lounge is fun and a bit more trendy with a D.j and an open air dance floor. I will definetly be back again and again!

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★★★★★

I have had a great time every visit i have made. The food is delicious and the service is good. All the women are ready to mingle and the music is fun. The treehouse lounge is fun and a bit more trendy with a D.j and an open air dance floor. I will definetly be back again and again!

Pros: Great atmosphere

Cons: none

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The first time there I had a Martini and a seafood appetizer. Both were good, but the bartender was snotty, who's no longer there. Since then, service has always been good and the food decent to good. You go for the vibe not because the food is to die for. My friend got sick after eating there once, but I'd go, and she'd go, too, again and recommend it, too, for like I said - the vibe.

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★★★★☆

The first time there I had a Martini and a seafood appetizer. Both were good, but the bartender was snotty, who's no longer there. Since then, service has always been good and the food decent to good. You go for the vibe not because the food is to die for. My friend got sick after eating there once, but I'd go, and she'd go, too, again and recommend it, too, for like I said - the vibe.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Quality of food is unreliable.

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They seem to be more interested in creating a place where people can be seen. It's loud enough in the dining area but when the music starts, forget it! Your conversations better be over with by this time! Hey, if you want a trendy club and bar atmosphere, this is probably your place. But if you want good Italian food with good service and good management, it's not. The owners need to take a good look at how they're ruining something that could be a nice place. I get the feeling that they laugh when the doors are closed and figure some people will put up with anything! Ughhh!!

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★☆☆☆☆

They seem to be more interested in creating a place where people can be seen. It's loud enough in the dining area but when the music starts, forget it! Your conversations better be over with by this time! Hey, if you want a trendy club and bar atmosphere, this is probably your place. But if you want good Italian food with good service and good management, it's not. The owners need to take a good look at how they're ruining something that could be a nice place. I get the feeling that they laugh when the doors are closed and figure some people will put up with anything! Ughhh!!

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From the interior decor to the menu options that seemed to be endless. The butternut squash was delicious, Osso Bucco divine, pumpkin gorgonzola mashed potatoes different but tasty and last but not least the Lamb shank with gnocchi was very nice as well. Desserts were presented on pretty plates and were scrumptious in their own right.

We went last night 8/18/08 it was a Monday and this place was FULL but I'm not sure if they were locals or just people in town on a Monday night. Wine list extensive great balance between World wines and California.

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★★★★★

From the interior decor to the menu options that seemed to be endless. The butternut squash was delicious, Osso Bucco divine, pumpkin gorgonzola mashed potatoes different but tasty and last but not least the Lamb shank with gnocchi was very nice as well. Desserts were presented on pretty plates and were scrumptious in their own right.

We went last night 8/18/08 it was a Monday and this place was FULL but I'm not sure if they were locals or just people in town on a Monday night. Wine list extensive great balance between World wines and California.

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Pros: Beautiful comfy decor, outstanding food, service nice & attentive

Cons: Parking can be a challenge on a busy day/night

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Cafe Fiore is delicious! High quality Italian food at it's best. I love everything that I have tried here - mostly their pasta dishes. I love their Tiramisu! Definitely come prepared to spend a little though, it doesn't come cheap! It's in downtown Ventura, a very fun atmosphere. Great for a fun date night!

3
★★★☆☆

Cafe Fiore is delicious! High quality Italian food at it's best. I love everything that I have tried here - mostly their pasta dishes. I love their Tiramisu! Definitely come prepared to spend a little though, it doesn't come cheap! It's in downtown Ventura, a very fun atmosphere. Great for a fun date night!

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Great experience at Cafe Fiore! Had dinner reservations for 7:00 and didn't get seated until 7:30 however, we were able to get a seat at the bar and enjoy a delicious martini while we waited for our table. Food was good and service was outstanding. Made our way to the patio after dinner which ended up getting a little too crowded. Hard to get a drink at the patio bar once the place filled up, bartender seemed "pushed to her limit" and wasn't very friendly. Live music inside and better bar service. Overall good experience would go back for sure.

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★★★★☆

Great experience at Cafe Fiore! Had dinner reservations for 7:00 and didn't get seated until 7:30 however, we were able to get a seat at the bar and enjoy a delicious martini while we waited for our table. Food was good and service was outstanding. Made our way to the patio after dinner which ended up getting a little too crowded. Hard to get a drink at the patio bar once the place filled up, bartender seemed "pushed to her limit" and wasn't very friendly. Live music inside and better bar service. Overall good experience would go back for sure.

Pros: great atmosphere & good food

Cons: too crowded

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I was taken aback when I saw the AMAZING job done on the Tree House Lounge on Cafe Fiore's back patio. The cabanas were perfect, the drinks flowed, and the food tingled my tastebuds.... our server, Miss Valerie, kept the party going by informing us that a DJ began at 10, and sure enough, he did, and we danced the night away.... Ventura has come a long way! I haven't been anywhere that could hold a candle.

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★★★★★

I was taken aback when I saw the AMAZING job done on the Tree House Lounge on Cafe Fiore's back patio. The cabanas were perfect, the drinks flowed, and the food tingled my tastebuds.... our server, Miss Valerie, kept the party going by informing us that a DJ began at 10, and sure enough, he did, and we danced the night away.... Ventura has come a long way! I haven't been anywhere that could hold a candle.

Pros: Service, Atmosphere, Music, Food and Drinks

Cons: We could have used this a long time ago

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For such a high class decor the food end the service should be " on top of their Game" food underseasoned my steak ( a really thin rib eye ) was tasteless served with "never-been-on-the-grill" grilled asparagus, soup of the day suppose to be carrots but i think was chicken stock based????? is not suppose to be vegetarian? My server a tall femminine guy was not in the best day of his life, and we notice that, he looked disappointed when the third person with us didnt order.................. be carefull how you take care of customers or somebody else will do it for you......
John

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★☆☆☆☆

For such a high class decor the food end the service should be " on top of their Game" food underseasoned my steak ( a really thin rib eye ) was tasteless served with "never-been-on-the-grill" grilled asparagus, soup of the day suppose to be carrots but i think was chicken stock based????? is not suppose to be vegetarian? My server a tall femminine guy was not in the best day of his life, and we notice that, he looked disappointed when the third person with us didnt order.................. be carefull how you take care of customers or somebody else will do it for you......
John

Pros: Ambient

Cons: Service and Food

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Having made a res. for my friends and family for my birthday dinner, we waited for an over an hour at the bar because our table was not ready.
When we were finially seated, we were seated next to my family members that had arrived after we were sitting at the bar, they had been told that we were not there??? They had finished their dinner and had to leave since it was so late. The owner told me, "that's the way it goes"she was rude and did not do anything to make up for the mistake. The food was okay, nothing memorable, and I am able to remember meals that are. Have not been back since

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★☆☆☆☆

Having made a res. for my friends and family for my birthday dinner, we waited for an over an hour at the bar because our table was not ready.
When we were finially seated, we were seated next to my family members that had arrived after we were sitting at the bar, they had been told that we were not there??? They had finished their dinner and had to leave since it was so late. The owner told me, "that's the way it goes"she was rude and did not do anything to make up for the mistake. The food was okay, nothing memorable, and I am able to remember meals that are. Have not been back since

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Having made a res. for my friends and family for my birthday dinner, we waited for an over an hour at the bar because our table was not ready.
When we were finially seated, we were seated next to my family members that had arrived after we were sitting at the bar, they had been told that we were not there??? They had finished their dinner and had to leave since it was so late. The owner told me, that's the way it goesshe was rude and did not do anything to make up for the mistake. The food was okay, nothing memorable, and I am able to remember meals that are. Have not been back since

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★☆☆☆☆

Having made a res. for my friends and family for my birthday dinner, we waited for an over an hour at the bar because our table was not ready.
When we were finially seated, we were seated next to my family members that had arrived after we were sitting at the bar, they had been told that we were not there??? They had finished their dinner and had to leave since it was so late. The owner told me, that's the way it goesshe was rude and did not do anything to make up for the mistake. The food was okay, nothing memorable, and I am able to remember meals that are. Have not been back since

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A good restaurant to find a generous martini. Cafe Fiore is busy, so make a reservation early in the week, for a weekend spot.

Watching the chef's in the kitchen adds to the ambience.

The food is well priced and varied in its selection.

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A good restaurant to find a generous martini. Cafe Fiore is busy, so make a reservation early in the week, for a weekend spot.

Watching the chef's in the kitchen adds to the ambience.

The food is well priced and varied in its selection.

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A friend and I went here about a month ago and we've been back several times since. Everything I've hed to eat was good and so was everyone else's. The drinks are a little pricey and so is the food but not out of line with the quality. I've only seen one bartender and don't know his name (works on Tuesday) but this guy is one of the best around, right on top of it when your glass is empty, knows the wines and keeps a good handle on his bar. You see a few twenty-somethings around here but mostly a bit older of a crowd with some money to spend, unusual for Ventura. The jazz on Tuesdays is good and not too loud. The music is more pop-rock on weekends but not obnoxious. Overall, it's a really nice place.

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★★★★★

A friend and I went here about a month ago and we've been back several times since. Everything I've hed to eat was good and so was everyone else's. The drinks are a little pricey and so is the food but not out of line with the quality. I've only seen one bartender and don't know his name (works on Tuesday) but this guy is one of the best around, right on top of it when your glass is empty, knows the wines and keeps a good handle on his bar. You see a few twenty-somethings around here but mostly a bit older of a crowd with some money to spend, unusual for Ventura. The jazz on Tuesdays is good and not too loud. The music is more pop-rock on weekends but not obnoxious. Overall, it's a really nice place.

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Cafe Fiore is an true traditional Southern Tuscan food, I have eaten there numerous times and always have a consistent experience with a kind staff and wonderful food. I always reccomend people toeat at Cafe Fiore and always hear how people had a wonderful time. This place is great for birthday's annivesarys, and yummy martinis. Plus they host a diffent events such as Cigar nite and wine tasting, this is the most inovated resturat that has not lost its flair in Ventura. Its Bella!!

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★★★★★

Cafe Fiore is an true traditional Southern Tuscan food, I have eaten there numerous times and always have a consistent experience with a kind staff and wonderful food. I always reccomend people toeat at Cafe Fiore and always hear how people had a wonderful time. This place is great for birthday's annivesarys, and yummy martinis. Plus they host a diffent events such as Cigar nite and wine tasting, this is the most inovated resturat that has not lost its flair in Ventura. Its Bella!!

Pros: Everything from food, pricing, portions size, service and atmoshpere.

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My mom and I went.. leaning against big fat pillows is pretty relaxing. The food was good and the martini was REALLY good. I had a raspberry lemon drop martini. But--the worse part was our waiter left and we were wondering where he went..then we spotted him about 20 min later-- folding napkins. Weird. Overall, it was a nice experience for lunch.

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★★★★☆

My mom and I went.. leaning against big fat pillows is pretty relaxing. The food was good and the martini was REALLY good. I had a raspberry lemon drop martini. But--the worse part was our waiter left and we were wondering where he went..then we spotted him about 20 min later-- folding napkins. Weird. Overall, it was a nice experience for lunch.

Pros: nice ambience

Cons: slooooooowwwwwwwwwww service

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My girfriend and I had an amazing dinner here. From the moment we came in the door we felt well taken care of. The hostess was very warm and knowledgable. Our server was awesome. He knew the wine list. He helped us with all the questions we had. Made some amazing suggestions. We absolutely loved every minute of it. It was my girlfriends birthday dinner and they made the occasion one to remember. I very highly recommend this place!

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★★★★★

My girfriend and I had an amazing dinner here. From the moment we came in the door we felt well taken care of. The hostess was very warm and knowledgable. Our server was awesome. He knew the wine list. He helped us with all the questions we had. Made some amazing suggestions. We absolutely loved every minute of it. It was my girlfriends birthday dinner and they made the occasion one to remember. I very highly recommend this place!

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We made a reservation at Cafe Fiore for 8:30 and were not seated until 8:55 and the hostesses were unprofessional and didn't seems to be in any rush to seat us. Once seated we complained about the wait and the waiter apologized and asked if we would like a drink. The implication was there that the drink was free but it wasn't, he charged us anyway. We ordered our appetizer without ordering our main meal so we could enjoy it and take our time. Then we ordered our main course and yet before we were were halfway done with our appetizer our meals arrived. We felt very rushed and as if they wanted to get us out of there after making us wait to sit. Not the experience we've come to expect from an upscale restaurant and the food is just alright. Don't bother, go to Capriccio down the street, better food, better service and its cheaper.

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★☆☆☆☆

We made a reservation at Cafe Fiore for 8:30 and were not seated until 8:55 and the hostesses were unprofessional and didn't seems to be in any rush to seat us. Once seated we complained about the wait and the waiter apologized and asked if we would like a drink. The implication was there that the drink was free but it wasn't, he charged us anyway. We ordered our appetizer without ordering our main meal so we could enjoy it and take our time. Then we ordered our main course and yet before we were were halfway done with our appetizer our meals arrived. We felt very rushed and as if they wanted to get us out of there after making us wait to sit. Not the experience we've come to expect from an upscale restaurant and the food is just alright. Don't bother, go to Capriccio down the street, better food, better service and its cheaper.

Pros: Good ambience, live music on the weekends, comfortable seating, good food

Cons: Bad service, pricey drinks, unprofessional staff, deceptive

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My husband and I went to Cafe Fiore while we were on a weekend getaway to Ventura. We were very pleased with this Italian restaurant. You do need to make reservations on the weekend because it is extremely busy. They have a martini bar that is very popular and on the weekends they also have live music, so it gets packed. The food was quite good and the prices were reasonable. They even have a spa menu, which I enjoyed. The dish that I ordered was made from whole wheat pasta and included fresh vegetables and an olive oil garlic sauce. It was very good. The service was good as well. We went for our anniversary and were only slightly disappointed just because of the noise level and where we were seated - it was not really ideal for having conversation. Overall though, it was a pleasant experience and the food was good.

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★★★★☆

My husband and I went to Cafe Fiore while we were on a weekend getaway to Ventura. We were very pleased with this Italian restaurant. You do need to make reservations on the weekend because it is extremely busy. They have a martini bar that is very popular and on the weekends they also have live music, so it gets packed. The food was quite good and the prices were reasonable. They even have a spa menu, which I enjoyed. The dish that I ordered was made from whole wheat pasta and included fresh vegetables and an olive oil garlic sauce. It was very good. The service was good as well. We went for our anniversary and were only slightly disappointed just because of the noise level and where we were seated - it was not really ideal for having conversation. Overall though, it was a pleasant experience and the food was good.

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Our waiter was quick and courteous. He had a very warm smile and we did not have to ask him to take our plates or refill our drinks. The place was beautiful and the dessert was amazing... I will definitely return for some other special occasion, it was so romantic!

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★★★★★

Our waiter was quick and courteous. He had a very warm smile and we did not have to ask him to take our plates or refill our drinks. The place was beautiful and the dessert was amazing... I will definitely return for some other special occasion, it was so romantic!

Pros: Live music, great drinks, great dessert

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It's generally a fun night at Fiore, whether you sit in the cozy lounge area up front with a warm fireplace, at the tall dark wood bar in the center of the room or at one of the outdoor tables on the side patio. There's a full martini…

 

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