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Ventura, CA
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Ranked #44 of 384 Restaurants in Ventura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $40 - $60
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Chestnut
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English first
Ventura, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Owner Mark Hartley insists Watermark dining offers great food at reasonable prices and compared to Los Angeles or nearby Santa Barbara that's true. Elegant setting and excellent food remarkable ambiance makes this great for your special evening out. But by the time I had a main course., (scallops) a salad and a glass of Sauvignon blanc my bill was getting... More

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Humble, Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Went to the watermark on a Wednesday night with a large group of people. The restaraunt is beautiful on the inside (wooden spanish misson style) and the steaks were excellent. Good place to go.

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Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Reviews of the Watermark are all over the graph. But, our experience on an August Saturday evening was exceptional. Four of us went to celebrate an important birthday and though service was a bit slow to start (we sent the waiter away until our party was complete - but we received a greeting & water as soon as we were... More

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Bonita, CA
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78 reviews 78 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Very pleasant dinner, historic building and the kind of evening you would expect at a fine steak restaurant, except they have some very interesting dishes. Everything we had was wonderful Veal dish and Ribeye both outstanding. Good wine list with reasonably priced, good wines.

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Oak View, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Our daughter made reservations for the four of us for brunch. She requested a booth by the window. The place was deserted. They brought us to a table with a booth on one side that is shared with others away from the window facing the wall. She said she requested a booth and the host said "we have reserved this... More

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Ventura, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This is a fine restaurant, food is good, staff was competent, but it is pricey, The owner did a great job in adding the third floor and matched the existing historical building. They are working to have an upscale place in downtown and they should not be faulted for this, but it is not my cup-of-tea. Doorman (bouncers in suits)... More

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Ventura, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Two years ago, I would have called Watermark one of Ventura's top restaurants and given it 5 stars across the board. I have no idea where its previous chef went but man, do I miss him! He made an awesome osso bucco. Watermark has always been on the pricey side for Ventura but now $30-$40 an entree is unjustifiable. For... More

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Den Haag
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We were just passing through Ventura on a road trip along the West Coast and we were so happy to find this restaurant. We had an amazing night here

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Miami Beach, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

It's not that the food was too expensive, it's that the food was not good enough for the price! Anyone that thinks the food here is superb, wonderful or amazing, clearly needs to venture out further! If this is the best that Ventura has to offer for "fine dining", we will be looking elsewhere. Coming from Miami Beach FL, this... More

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New Delhi, India
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84 reviews 84 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We made our reservation to allow enough time to go upstairs to the bar before dinner. But, as with many large family groups, we had some stragglers, so we were running a bit late for going downstairs. The staff was gracious and cheerful about this. Our table was all ready. They had plenty of service people ready to help us... More

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