Local Restaurants in Oxnard, CATweet
Oxnard is one of the best-kept secrets of California featuring an almost year-round perfect climate. Oxnard is home to some of the nation's best citrus crops, hearty herbs and vegetables and some of the best strawberries grown on planet Earth as evidenced by their annual Strawberry Festival. Hidden past all these great crops along the coast are some of the best beaches, beachfront real estate and spectacular ocean-view dining in all of California
Independent, Local Restaurants in Oxnard, CA
Click here for a map of Local Saute's best independent local restaurants in Oxnard, CA.
1651 S. Victoria Ave. Oxnard, CA 93035
P: 805-985-7522Open Daily 9am - 8pm
Locally-grown, fresh ingredients
El Dorado Mexican Restaurant
601 S. Oxnard Blvd. Oxnard, CA 93030
Open 7 Days
Authentic Mexican Food; Seafood; Full Bar
VIDEO: El Dorado's Authentic Aguachiles (Shrimp) Recipe
3960 Tradewinds Dr. Oxnard, CA 93035
Open 7 days
Fresh Seafood, Fresh Fish Market
Fresh and Fabulous
401 South A Street, Oxnard CA 93030
Mon-Fri: 7:30 am - 2:30 pm; Sat: 9 am - 4:00 pm
Paninis, Salads, Breakfast, Baked Goods
VIDEO: Fresh and Fabulous Famous Homemade Quiche Recipe
VIDEO: Fresh and Fabulous Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad Recipe
529 South a Street, Oxnard, CA 93030
Open Mon-Sat for Lunch & Dinner; Sun 11a-4p
Gourmet Burgers & Sandwiches; Craft Beers
La Dolce Vita
740 South B St. Oxnard, CA 93030
Open Tue-Sun for lunch and dinner
Authentic Italian Cuisine; Downstairs Bar & Lounge
VIDEO: La Dolce Vita's Italian Stuffed Portabella Mushroom Recipe
3550 S. Harbor Blvd., Suite 201
Oxnard, CA 93035
Pirate's Grub n Grog
450 S. Victoria Ave. Oxnard, CA 93035
Open 7 days for Lunch & Dinner
American, Seafood, Bar Cuisine
Live Music and Entertainment
Sugar Beets Restaurant and Bar
455 South A St. Oxnard, CA 93030
Mon-Sat: 11am - 9pm
VIDEO: Pan Roasted Sea Bass with Pea Tendrils and Butternut Squash Puree Recipe
The Whale's Tail
3950 Bluefin Circle Oxnard, CA 93035
In Channel Islands Harbor
P: 805-985-2511; F:805-984-1564
Specializing in Organic, Sustainable Seafood
Yolanda's Mexican Cafe
1601 S. Victoria Ave. Oxnard, CA 93035
P: 805-985-1340; F: 805-985-1360
Mexican Cuisine, Sunday Brunch
Also in Ventura, Camarillo and Simi Valley
Oxnard Restaurants: Hidden Among California's Best-Kept, Secret Beach Community
If you're looking for seaside dining in a coastal town that isn't crawling with tourists, Oxnard is, perhaps, the best destination for foodies who are searching for great, independent restaurants where the locals eat.
Just south of Ventura, CA, is Oxnard. Thanks to Ventura being a little more well-known than Oxnard, Ventura tends to be more of a top-of-mind foodie destination than Oxnard, but don't let that stop you from checking out Oxnard's great restaurants, too.
Oxnard has a long stretch of luxury homes right on the beach, and the Oxnard Harbor is home to tons of great, independent restaurants. In fact, there's not a chain restaurant in sight in Oxnard's Harbor area that we can think of.
Oxnard's coastal restaurants in the harbor offer great seafood, awesome comfort food, authentic Italian cuisine, some classic American cuisine, and a stellar, authentic Brazilian restaurant. Just about all these restaurants overlook the boats in the harbor, including a couple of friendly-neighborhood bars and night-life spots. From our experience, you really can't go wrong with any of the restaurants in Oxnard's Harbor.
Oxnard also has a great downtown district that features a good mix of middle- to high-end cuisine, authentic Mexican food, steak houses, and even a restaurant that serves delicious food created by a nutritionist!
Local Saute went to visit Oxnard's downtown district, and we brought some video cameras and microphones with us. We hung out with Magda Weydt (the Nutritionist mentioned above), the owner of Fresh and Fabulous where she showed us how she makes her special, homemade quiche, as well as her famous Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad. You can see the Fresh and Fabulous videos here.
Once we were nice and full from the Fresh and Fabulous quiche, salad and sandwich, naturally, we went and ate some more! We went to Sugarbeets, a high-end (but not crazy-priced) restaurant right in the heart of downtown Oxnard. Executive Chef, Martin Ledesma, made us a locally-caught, pan-roasted sea bass with pea tendrils, butternut squash puree and a passionfruit essence sauce that was un-beeeee-lieeeeeevable.
We also went to a Downtown Oxnard fixture in Heritage Square called La Dolce Vita. La Dolce Vita is known for being one of the best Italian restaurants in Ventura County. Head Chef, Anita Lafferty, showed us a great time while teaching us how to make the world's greatest stuffed portabella mushroom. Check out the video with La Dolce Vita here.
When you get a chance to cruise through Ventura County, make sure you stop in Oxnard the next time through. There are tons of great, independent, Foodie-friendly restaurants for you to check out.
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Real Restaurant Cooking Video:
Sugarbeets Restaurant - Oxnard, CA
Local Saute visits Sugarbeets Restaurant in Downtown Oxnard. Chef Martin Ledesma shows us how they cook their Pan Roasted Sea Bass with Pea Tendrils, Butternut Squash Puree and a Passionfruit Essence Sauce.
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