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1095 E Thompson Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001-3066
805-643-9445
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Ranked #6 of 387 Restaurants in Ventura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $25
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
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
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Ojai, California
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
57 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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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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68 reviews 68 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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1,593 reviews 1,593 reviews
494 restaurant reviews
418 helpful votes 418 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
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Ventura, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I hate to tell people about Cafe Zack. It's my private food paradise and if too many people learn about it then the tranquility may be disrupted. I have never been disappointed by the superb service and incomparable food. Whether it's my favorite lemon chicken sandwich for lunch, (on a croissant) or delicate fish dishes at night, the place is... More 

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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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