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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
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast

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  • 37
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    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food in Old-Fashioned Diner Venue

I expected the Fonz to appear! Fun decor, and the food was good, too! Bill had his usual bacon & eggs, but we girls enjoyed the Mexican Scramble, add avocado (we are in SoCal, after all!) and R had the egg Valentino; a Benedict cousin, that he enjoyed.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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  • Families with children
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Ventura County West, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Truly takes you back to the 50's with the decor and music. Always very busy. Love the music boxes on the table. The food is average/good and the price is good for downtown.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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88 reviews 88 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

I expected the Fonz to appear! Fun decor, and the food was good, too! Bill had his usual bacon & eggs, but we girls enjoyed the Mexican Scramble, add avocado (we are in SoCal, after all!) and R had the egg Valentino; a Benedict cousin, that he enjoyed.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The food was great and the atmosphere captured the feel of a true diner complete with jukeboxes at the table! We will definitely be returning this year on our visit to Cali again!

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San Diego
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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Was visiting Ventura and went here after checking the reviews. What a mistake! When you walk through the door it screams of touristy diner tugging at the 50's heartstrings. The waitress was not very warm or friendly. The menu was complete enough. We ordered an omelet (mushroom, spinach and cheese) and busy bee potatoes. We got the omelet and the... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Diner had the "cool" factor. Breakfast served mid-day was very good and the price was right! Service was very good and had a nice chat with our server! Also, the manager was very proactive and helpful!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Walked by this place several times, finally decided to stop in. There were 4 of us and we all enjoyed the food and atmosphere very much. Juke Box @ the table was fun. It made for a happy and light hearted conversations about old songs. We had a late lunch there. I wanna go back for breakfast soon. They give... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

My friend and I were out touring downtown Ventura today when we got hungry and saw this diner and decided to try it. As we were standing outside looking to see if there was a menu on the window, 2 customers came out, and said "This place is great. The food is really good. " so we decided to go... More 

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Monrovia, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This isn't just a 50s theme place, this is the real deal. The breakfast is great, the pancakes are huge and the sausage has that proper "snap" to the casing. The only problem is the signs that prohibit dancing on the tables. sigh.

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Los Angeles
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5 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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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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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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 13
Cuisine: American, Diner

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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 13
  • Price Range: $ $
  • 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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