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Cafe Zack

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1095 E Thompson Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001-3066
805-643-9445
Today
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 56
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best fine dining in town

Small place, intimate. Not cheap, but worth the price. The food is well thought out and always tastes and looks even better than you would imagine. Service is friendly and professional. Personal attention from the owners is the norm. No place in Ventura comes close for an overall dining... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
jf002
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Reservations
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77 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Small place, intimate. Not cheap, but worth the price. The food is well thought out and always tastes and looks even better than you would imagine. Service is friendly and professional. Personal attention from the owners is the norm. No place in Ventura comes close for an overall dining experience.

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Ojai, California
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 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
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
Top Contributor
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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Philadelphia
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193 reviews 193 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
151 helpful votes 151 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
56 helpful votes 56 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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California
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1,684 reviews 1,684 reviews
537 restaurant reviews
633 helpful votes 633 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1095 E Thompson Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001-3066
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ventura
  • Phone Number: 805-643-9445

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
  • Cuisine: Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?