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Ventura, CA
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Ranked #33 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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Huntington Beach, California
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

I went with a group of friends to celebrate a BIG birthday. I told the hostess when I made the reservation that it was a special evening. We arrived and loved the venue, classic and elegant with beautiful architecture. They had what looked like a jazz trio for dinner entertainment. We went upstairs to a private balcony just beyond the... More

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Beverly Hills
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This establishment, housed in a landmark building in beautiful, historical downtown Ventura, will please the most discriminating customer. Aesthetically the place is a pleasure to just look at those beautiful ceilings, and imagine that you are entered a bygone era. The food is superb although it is on the pricey side. One lamentable thing is their limited hours of operation... More

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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
31 helpful votes 31 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
62 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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