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Busy Bee Cafe

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American, Diner
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478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
805-643-4864
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 1
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  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good service and food

Quite varied menu, good service and an old time diner atmosphere. All in all a good place to stop for a meal.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
BBreb
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Wetaskiwin, Canada
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  • Families with children
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Los Angeles
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Busy Bee is a fifties-themed diner with a real juke box that plays original 45s by Elvis, Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, etc. For a quarter, two of these songs are yours (and the entire restaurant's) to enjoy while you dine on authentic fifties diner food like the foot-long hot dog or the home-made beef stew (in a bread bowl).... More 

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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

this place is great. We love breakfast at the Busy Bee. The food is very good, the service is always excellent and the nostalgia is unmatched. I wish it was a chain and would locate in my home town in Arkansas. We come every time we visit our son and daughter in law in Ventura.

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Wetaskiwin, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Quite varied menu, good service and an old time diner atmosphere. All in all a good place to stop for a meal.

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Goleta
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67 reviews 67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The best thing about this restaurant is the diner decor. Revisit the 50's with red plastic booths and attentive waitstaff. Posters and music fit the theme. We ordered fish and chips which tasted fresh. As one would expect in a diner ther breading on the fish is as thick as the fish. Top off the meal with a delicious hot... More 

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La Verne, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We stopped for lunch and we weren't real hungry, so we decided to share a "Blue Plate Special" of Ed's Fried Chicken Basket. It took awhile to come because they cooked it from scratch, but we didn't mind waiting while enjoying the 50's music from the old jukebox and the kitschy posters and other wall decor. When the food did... More 

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Ventura, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I didn't know what I wanted but I was hungry and it was only two hours after my lunch.. I went in because of the advertised specials, Then couldn't make up my mind. Wanted the Minestrone soup, then wanted to add apple pie, changed my mind to have the BEST Blueberry pancakes. Just what I needed on this cold January... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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441 reviews 441 reviews
337 restaurant reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

Stopped by for a burger and was struck by the nostalgic look and feel of the restaurant. A 1950s style diner with counter seating a big red booths. The menu has a lot of items on it, but we settled on a grilled cheese sandwich and a pastrami on French roll and fries and a strawberry milkshake. The food was... More 

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Minneapolis
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

real 50's decor and music. delicious daily special of stuffed cabbage with sweet/sour polish sauce and mashed potatoes. excellent service. only drawback was green beans also in tomato based sauce as main dish. better plain, in this case. other time visit had delicious coffee milk shake. also, open later than most restaurants, especially on sunday when businesses close earlier.

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Ventura, California, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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100 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ventura
  • Phone Number: 805-643-4864

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 13
  • Cuisine: American, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?