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“Looks good -- doesn't come through” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Nouveau

Cafe Nouveau
1497 E Thompson Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001-3242
805-648-1422
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Ranked #8 of 392 Restaurants in Ventura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian, Californian, Fusion
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Bainbridge Island, Washington
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“Looks good -- doesn't come through”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

This is a nice little place, an older house that was once an Italian restaurant. It has now become French-style, with pretensions to being gourmet -- and just can't pull it off. Their basic error (aside from whatever talent may be lacking) is to try to do too much. It's a huge menu for a small kitchen, and very few places can pull off that variety well. And then there's the food. It isn't bad. It just isn't very good. Seafood risotto was spicy and had plenty of seafood -- but good risotto can't be made ahead, and this clearly was -- rice well past the 'al dente' stage into mush. The member of the party who had the chicken marsala had essentially the same reaction -- not bad but just uninteresting. Wine list is short, priced low and full of obscure wines (not in itself a bad thing). The $25 pinot we had was drinkable. It's the kind of place you can't really slam, but it does not perform at the level of a gourmet restaurant.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Lawrence, KS
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Never disappoints”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Whenever I visit my sister in Ventura we always plan for breakfast at Cafe Nouveau. The setting, especially the patio, is beautiful, the staff is very pleasant and the food has always been outstanding. You can't go wrong with anything on the breakfast menu, but be sure to get a sweet potato biscuit for your bread side as it is one of the best things I've ever eaten!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ventura, California
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“My favorite breakfast place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is absolutely the best place for breakfast in Ventura. The outside patio is delightful on a nice day. The food is always delicious--my favorite is the waffles with Fuji apples. The servers are always friendly and courteous. The only problem is that it is so popular, you really have to go early or plan to wait.

Visited October 2013
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Ventura, CA
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“Lovely lunch break”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

I find Cafe Nouveau are great place to go for get away lunch with friends. The menu has some interesting takes on some old classics, and some nice innovative choices of their own. Love the 'Old house" setting. This, however, does make the inside crowded and noisy..wait to be seated outside for a more relaxing meal...and don't go at peak lunch time...it is popular and gets baked up. But be prepared for an enjoyable meal.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Long Beach, California
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“Excellent Food, Beautiful setting, good service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We enjoyed an awesome Breakfast here, and even got some togo. The Menu had so many great from the Amazing Bisquits and Gravy to the many unique pancake flavors to the tasty omelett's it's hard to go wrong. We will definitely be back!

  • Visited August 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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