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Cafe Navarre

101 N Michigan St, South Bend, IN 46601-1639
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Ranked #4 of 257 Restaurants in South Bend
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $20 - $38
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Washington
Description: A warm, inviting atmosphere best defines Cafe Navarre. Clearly one of downtown South Bend's most attractive buildings from the exterior, and the view from inside Cafe Navarre is nothing short of breathtaking. The fusion of Old World style architecture with natural light and the finest interior furnishings, the ambiance of Cafe Navarre is truly one of a kind.The style of food offered by Cafe Navarre includes French, Italian and Spanish. Cuisine distinguished by simplicity, full flavor, and healthiness describes the overall style. Cafe Navarre's menu also offers more fresh fish options than what other local restaurants typically offer.Dishes created with farm to table sources are unmistakable in flavor and quality. These are regularly featured at Cafe Navarre, along with an array of top shelf wines at prices that our customers return frequently to enjoy.Private Rooms: For your special event or business meeting, Cafe Navarre can seat up to 20 guests in each of three private meeting rooms.
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Mesa, Arizona
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26 reviews 26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I grew up in South Bend and come back once or twice a year to visit family. The South Bend restaurant scene leaves much to be desired. If there is a better restaurant in South Bend than Café Navarre I have not found it. Five of us ate there recently, with steaks, seafood, and chicken dishes ordered. Every entrée was... More

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New Jersey
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This restaurant is one of the few restaurants in South Bend serving a quality meal. The atmosphere is quite nice. It has an attractive interior in the old bank building with a two story ceiling. Service was quite efficient and friendly. There is a nice bar area. The food was very good; not quite NYC or LA gourmet, but excellent... More

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The setting is stunning so right away you feel excited just being there. They have a beautiful full bar, good wine list, and wonderful food. I recommend the wild mushroom soup and their risotto cakes. With that and a glass of wine, you feel a glow!!

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Chicago, Illinois
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92 reviews 92 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I'm quite impressed with the direction this restaurant is going. Tonight we tried the chilled duck confit served with goat cheese and a small frisee salad. The blue mussels with the citrus bouillon were also very tasty. I selected the rack of lamb for my entree and because so many restaurants tend to overcook it, I requested it rare rather... More

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Granger, Indiana
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70 reviews 70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The food is delicious. Have only been there for lunch, but everything I've tried is great. Soups are very good too.

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Memphis, Tennessee
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

I'm on a mommy/daughter trip and was hungry for French onion soup and wanted to sit outside to enjoy the beautiful sunshine! I found this place and was pleasantly surprised! The food was incredibly well seasoned and cooked to perfection! I ordered the French onion soup, salad with pears and candied walnuts and braised short rib. Sounds like a lot... More

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Augusta, GA
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524 reviews 524 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I would say that South Bend, being a fairly small college town, is not a mecca for foodies. However, Cafe Navarre is the caliber of restaurant you would desire when you want a nice evening out in an upscale atmosphere (even though people insist on wearing t-shirts and shorts anywhere these days) with an eclectic menu and a great bar.... More

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South Bend, Indiana
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Last night my husband and I (and our daughter and her fiancee') went to Cafe Navarre for a "tasting" of possible menu choices for their wedding reception on August 2nd at The Exchange. (Cafe Navarre provides the food for The Exchange.) We felt like royalty, as we were treated royally. Everyone at Cafe Navarre seemed aware that we were coming... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

My first trip to Cafe Navarre with my wife was a great experience. I knew we were in the right place for dinner being that the restaurant was nearly full just past 6:00 on a Monday night. Both my wife and I are in the restaurant industry and know what a Monday night can typically mean for business. We were... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We stopped in for the first time to have drinks. The bartender was very friendly & informative about the menu as well. We will definitely return for lunch or dinner in the future.

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