Local Restaurants in Ventura, CATweet
Quintessential coastal California weather, laid-back atmosphere, and some of the best, independent restaurants you'll find locally in all of Southern California. Somehow, Ventura is an under-the-radar beach community with year-round great weather. Add in some of the world's best farmland and freshest, locally-caught seafood - mix in some regional wines and local breweries and you can't really beat Ventura's independent, local restaurants.
Independent, Local Restaurants in Ventura, CA
Cafe FIORE Restaurant & Martini Lounge
66 South California Street Ventura, CA 93001
P: 805 653-1266; F: 805-653-1455
Lunch Daily M-Th: 11:30-3:00; Dinner: 5:00-10:00
Dinner Fri-Sat: 5:00-11:00; Sun: 5:00-9:00.
1095 East Thompson Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001
Lunch: M-F; Dinner Mon-Sat
Haute California Cuisine
1141 So. Seaward Avenue Ventura, CA 93001
M-Thu: Noon-9PM; Fri-Sun: Noon-10PM
Eric Ericsson's on the Pier
668 Harbor Blvd. Ventura, CA 93001
P: 805.643.4783 F: 805.643.2904
See also Beach House Tacos
Four Brix Winery
2290 Eastman Ave., Suite 109 Ventura, CA 93003
Fri: 4PM-8PM; Sat-Sun: Noon-5PM
Winery, Wine Tasting, Wine Bar
Petite Reve Cafe
1124 S. Seaward Ave, Suite A Ventura, CA 93001
M-F: Open at 6AM, Sat-Sun: Open at 7AM
Coffee House and Bakery
The Sidecar Restaurant
3029 E. Main St Ventura, CA 93003
Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch
American, Seafood, Classic, Gourmet
Snapper Jack's Taco Shack
5100 Telegraph Rd, Ventura, CA 93003
Also in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks
Tutti's Off Main
34 North Palm St. Ventura, CA 93001
P: 805-643-0880; F: 805-643-0880
In Old Town Ventura
Italian Cuisine and Bakery
Ventura Meat Company
2650 E. Main St. Ventura CA, 93003
P: (805) 648-6942
Local, organic, sustainable meats; grass-fed beef.
Ventura, CA: Quintessential Beach Town with Great Food.
Ventura is one of California's best kept secrets. Full of great, independent restaurants, beach-goers and laid back people, Ventura is one of the coolest places you can visit for great food and small crowds.
While everyone else is doing the tourist thing in Los Angeles, you can venture about an hour-and-a-half north and escape to a quieter beach community that has a lot to offer for great food, great restaurants and awesome night-life.
In fact, just heading west on Seaward Ave. off of the 101 freeway will land you in a little spot by the beach with a handful of great restaurants, all on the same block. Italian food, Mexican food, an independent cafe (yeah - those still exist!), some great fish and chips and a classic American Grill.
As is common to the restaurants in the area, most of the restaurants in Ventura take advantage of the local produce from the region, as well as local wines and other fresh ingredients.
If you end up a little further inland in Ventura, you'll find a lot more restaurants of all types: high-end dining, holes in the wall, laid-back foodie food; Mexican, Italian, Sushi and Seafood, Steakhouses and so on. California cuisine and Ventura's climate go especially well together and there are endless opportunities for you to stumble upon great restaurants everywhere you go, from the Ventura Harbor to the beach and everywhere in between. When you're done eating, there's plenty of night-life to keep you burning off your food til last call.
Again, we don't want to let the secret out too much, but Ventura's independent restaurants, great climate and great people make it one of the best-kept secrets in the world.
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