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“Wonderful ambiance and fab pasta” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Fiore Restaurant

Cafe Fiore Restaurant
66 S California St, Ventura, CA 93001-2802
805-653-1266
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Ranked #21 of 385 Restaurants in Ventura
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Home Style
Cross street: Santa Clara
California
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113 reviews 113 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Wonderful ambiance and fab pasta”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Cafe Fiore's trattoria style décor is both eclectic and cozy. You might almost feel like you were in a different country. The evening we stopped in, there was a 2-piece combo playing old soul/R&B standards like Al Green type music. You could sit in the bar and enjoy some live music with your cocktail.
We choose to have dinner. As soon as we sat at our table, home made bread and tapenade were brought out. The breads included a nice, crusty Italian and focaccia. The tapenade was a great mixture of olives and roasted peppers. We started with the lobster cognac bisque. I expected a cup of soup and was pleasantly surprised when a bowl of soup appeared. The soup was hearty and tasty with just a hint of cognac. I ordered the Vermicelli al Pomodoro, which is made with corn pasta for those gluten conscious eaters, but asked for traditional pasta. The vermicelli was perfectly cooked al dente and the pomodoro sauce was light, but full of flavor. There were lovely chunks of fresh mozzarella cheese throughout.
My guest ordered the Risotto con Pollo e Funghi. The risotto was (again) perfectly cooked with that great creamy finish a good risotto should have. The chicken and mushrooms were a lovely addition.
The menu includes specially concocted martinis ($10) and handcrafted beers from around the world. The menu includes several gluten-free dishes.
The front of the house is more bar-like, but the back of the house is perfect for large parties.
Go eat here, you will not be disappointed. Trust me on this.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Ventura, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great food, but noisy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

I like the food; it's a bit pricey but worth it to me. My only complaint is the noise. We have taken my wife's clients here, but it is hard to talk. If you like live music and a good bar, this is a great place. If you want quiet, sit in the back of the restaurant.

Visited March 2013
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Ventura, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“BEWARE!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

My husband and I dined at Café Fiore a few years back and had a decent experience so we decided to give it another shot. Bad idea. We weren't acknowledged by our server until after 15min of waiting. Our drinks were brought out ice tea (with no sugar) and we still hadn't received table settings. 10 minutes later we place our order from the extremely overpriced menu and request some bread. Bread is brought out along with our table settings. Our table settings included UNWASHED napkins. They each had red sauce stains, fingerprints, grease the whole shebang. So we told the waiter we wouldn't be dining with them and walked out. We certainly won't be back.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Palm Desert, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Reviews are wrong”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We went for mothers day dinner and was not disappointed. After reading some of reviews I almost canceled ,but have always had good food and service on previous visits to Ventura. I had the pasta special and it was excellent. The waiter was very attentive and our waters , bread and drinks were always full. Their was 5 in our party and everyone had no complaints.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Oxnard, California
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Tasty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We enjoyed the food, the environment, and the jazz. It looks like the bar is a place to hook up, but that wasn't our area of interest.

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