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Cafe Zack

1095 E Thompson Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001-3066
805-643-9445
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Ranked #4 of 383 Restaurants in Ventura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $25
Hours:
Cuisines: Californian
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Ventura, CA
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a tiny renovated house, so the atmosphere is "intimate", to say the least. But the food is wonderful. Our personal favorite is the wild boar. It is rare to find it on a menu, and rarer still to have it prepared so well. The appetizers change somewhat with the season, but are always innovative and delicious. The desserts... More

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LaGrange, Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

We decided to eat here at the spur of the moment. My daughter had previously eaten here and loved it. We had the Butternut Squash Soup, which was delicious!! I had Chicken Pizziola and my daughter had the Pork Medallions. Both were fabulous. The Zack's Pie with Chocolate, pecans, whipped Cream, and Caramel was sinful. It is small, intimate and... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

My wife and I were vacationing in Ventura in late July and early August. We celebrate my wife's birthday by a meal at Cafe Zack. We'd heard it's a great restaurant and we weren't disappointed. My wife's salmon was, according to her, perfect. It had a fresh taste and it was cooked to perfection. My filet was juicy and very... More

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Los Angeles, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My husband and I were in Ventura for a two day get away. We found the restaurant that we had planned to go to has not open and as we passed the Cafe Zach I checked it on Trip Advisor and saw the wonderful reviews and stopped. The restaurant is in a quaint house. The setting is romantic. The service... More

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Ventura, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I have been coming here for 15 years. I love the cozy atmosphere and the excellent food and service. Hector and Alfonso, the owners, welcome you personally, and once they have met you, always remember your name. They are very accommodating if you have special food needs or desires, always trying hard to please you. I always get a hug... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I've have the good fortune to dine at Zacks many times; it's a blend of Italian and California cuisine that is unmatched. When I return to Ventura, the first thing I do is figure out when I can eat at Zacks, and hopefully, they have tiramisu. I could eat the chicken pasta dish every day. Not a chain, not flashy,... More

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Ventura, California
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We eat here often, as we live in Ventura. We always enjoy the food and service. We are always warmly greeted. I especially enjoy the truffle ravioli, lobster with sweet corn appetizer, duck breast, and wild boar shank. For dessert, Zak Pie is the best! Pecan crust with a hint of cinnamon, chocolate ganache filling, whipped cream, and caramel sauce.... More

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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75 reviews 75 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Quaint establishment and greeted warmly as soon as we entered. Seated promptly, greeted warmly, and introduced to the evenings menu. Started with the house special ravioli with truffles and cheese. Exceptional. My wife had the filet which was delicious. An excellent cut, cooked perfectly, and the reduction sauce was perfect. I had the sea bass which was generous and again... More

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Ventura, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Every time we go to Cafe Zack (more than a decade ), we always try to order something else other than the filet and New York pepper steaks. But when you find the most wonderful pepper steak on the So. California coast, you have no choice but to give in and order them and their beyond good sauce. They will... More

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Kuwait
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96 reviews 96 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

My daughter and I came upon this restaurant by chance, and we were happy that we did. The food was very good, well-presented and well-served. the wine list isn't bad, and the deserts are great I recommend the creme brûlée. They have Gruet champagne on the wine list--if you like champagne, give it a try. It's very inexpensive for its... More

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