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1095 E Thompson Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001-3066
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Ranked #6 of 389 Restaurants in Ventura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $25
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Californian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Ojai, California
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Cafe Zack is our "go to" place when dining in Ventura. While there is nothing special about the ambiance, the food and service is always terrific. Hector and Alfonso are gracious hosts and always make sure that everything is to our satisfaction. Highly recommend!

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Ojai, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I live locally, and have dined several times at Cafe Zack over the years. Recently we hosted a coworkers going away and what a great send-off!! The wait staff pay close attention to detail and ensure a memorable time. Main dining ambiance is fancy, yet comfortable and a great selection of classic French-American dishes. Along with the exceptional service, simply... More 

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Ventura, CA
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74 reviews 74 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

My husband and I seem to forget about how wonderful the food is here. We need to go more often. The atmosphere is not so great; but, the service is amazing, as is the food. There seems to be local "regulars", that seem to get preferred treatment; but... A great dining experience. The lobster curry app is AMAZING!!!! And my... More 

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Santa Maria, California, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

It is what I called an "Internet Adventure" week end. I wanted to spend the night in Ventura to be close to our Sunday's event in Camarillo. We stayed at the Inn On The Beach, I already wrote a review on it. Cafe Zack is the second part of the adventure. According to my online research, it was one of... More 

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Ventura, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Café Zack is an intimate and special place. the food is always consistent, simple, and outstanding. I've had several people tell me that the peppercorn filet is the best steak they have ever had. It is one of the very few places that consistently has a duck dish and sometimes TWO lamb dishes on the menu. The service is always... More 

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Top Contributor
193 reviews 193 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Service was fine here, but the food was barely edible. The soup was okay, but then there was a specialty of the house wild boar dish that sounded intriguing (I love venison) but arrived covered with a gloppy tomato based sauce that completely drowned any favor to be had. But maybe that was the point...

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Lompoc, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We read the reviews since I would be in Ventura the following day (today) and decided to give the Cafe Zack a try for Lunch. Felt weird walking in, the small dining area seemed a bit too tight, cute, but tight quarters. It seemed this was a locals hangout, and didn't seem very welcoming to visitors. Maybe felt that way... More 

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1,619 reviews 1,619 reviews
509 restaurant reviews
543 helpful votes 543 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

This unassuming restaurant, in a small house, features delicious and creative food and amazing service in relatively simple surroundings. Highly recommended.

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Camarillo, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Hector is a gracious host and his well trained and attentive wait staff are superb. The chef creates surprising and delicious edibles from a tiny kitchen. It is always a pleasure to visit this jewel of a restaurant decorated with paintings of a local artist.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I didnt expect much walking into this old house. I was surprised. Great tasting food. Good atmosphere-calm. I loved the food, and there is a wine bar next door if you feel like some drinks before or after.

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Additional Information about Cafe Zack

Address: 1095 E Thompson Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001-3066
Phone Number: 805-643-9445
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ventura
Open Hours:
Monday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
Cuisine: Californian

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