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Busy Bee Cafe

478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
805-643-4864
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English first
Ventura, California, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It does not get any better than this to experience a 50's malt shop. The whole atmosphere is perfect from the table top jukeboxes to the waitresses in their Bobby socks and short skirt outfits. Their real milk shakes are to be experienced.

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Walt Disney World, Florida
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152 reviews 152 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

I really like the busy bee, even if the customer service is not good. The food is classic american. The building looks like you just walked back in time. I just wish they would smile more and be nicer.

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Tehachapi, California
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333 reviews 333 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Go back to the fifties and reminisce. GREAT service by great staff. See if you can beat the burger. My first choice was In n' Out burger, - not now.

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California
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1,534 reviews 1,534 reviews
470 restaurant reviews
386 helpful votes 386 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

It's blast to the past time at the Busy Bee, as it's suddenly 1955 again. Old-fashioned menu and old-fashioned ambience!

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Valley View, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Looking for something nostalgic, this is your place. Great old time favorites including the "blue plate special", riendly service and just a great experience. Come hungry because the portions are big

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Irvine, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The waitresses are not only gorgeous, but fun to talk to. The cheeseburger with bacon was really really good. Flame-broiled I assuming. great french fries. Did I mention the waitresses there are very cute?

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Massachusetts, USA
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48 reviews 48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We had a very pleasant lunch at the Busy Bee; both of us had salads. The Cobb was very good, though light on greens; I can't remember what the other was called, but it had garbanzo beans and corn and grilled chicken, which was done to perfection. The quality of the salads was higher than we expected for a 50s-style... More 

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Monrovia, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We were there this past Labor day weekend. They have all the food a Chili's restaurant would have on the menu. Except the fountain drinks. This is one of the last of the old fashion fountain drinks left in Southern California. The food is average, the hamburger was very good. Price a little high for nothing special. Interesting to note... More 

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Adelaide
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

A 1950s style diner with a jukebox at every booth. We were hungry, and the burger/blt we had were both good. Milkshake was the star of the show. And the atmosphere was fun - with great service.

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California
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191 reviews 191 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This little joint on Ventura's main drag apparently started out well when it was established, but it is beginning to be really tacky. From where I sat at the lunch counter, I could see all sorts of, well, just griminess, I guess is the way to describe it. See some of the photos I took. The rug near the doorway... More 

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Additional Information about Busy Bee Cafe

Address: 478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
Phone Number: 805-643-4864
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ventura
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 13
Cuisine: American, Diner

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