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“excellent evening out” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Zack

Cafe Zack
1095 E Thompson Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001-3066
805-643-9445
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Ranked #9 of 392 Restaurants in Ventura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Californian
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business
Dining options: Reservations
Amherst, Massachusetts
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89 reviews 89 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“excellent evening out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Quaint establishment and greeted warmly as soon as we entered. Seated promptly, greeted warmly, and introduced to the evenings menu. Started with the house special ravioli with truffles and cheese. Exceptional. My wife had the filet which was delicious. An excellent cut, cooked perfectly, and the reduction sauce was perfect. I had the sea bass which was generous and again cooked perfect. The pear and apple spinach salad we started with was also excellent.
Did not have room for desert so took one home, again scrumptious. Had a very good and resonable bottle of champagne with the meal.
Service was excellent and friendly.
Can't wait to go back.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Ventura, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“The very best "pepper steak" in Ventura ! Cooked in French technique!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Every time we go to Cafe Zack (more than a decade ), we always try to order something else other than the filet and New York pepper steaks. But when you find the most wonderful pepper steak on the So. California coast, you have no choice but to give in and order them and their beyond good sauce. They will even give you the dinner menu at lunch if you ask. The food has always been perfectly cooked and dressed, the wine, perfect by glass or bottle and well priced. The service is beyond excellent always, not smothering, just good attentive service. We go for every birthday, anniversary, and anytime we want a reliable meal.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kuwait
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103 reviews 103 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Intimate Little Restaurant, very good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

My daughter and I came upon this restaurant by chance, and we were happy that we did. The food was very good, well-presented and well-served. the wine list isn't bad, and the deserts are great I recommend the creme brûlée. They have Gruet champagne on the wine list--if you like champagne, give it a try. It's very inexpensive for its quality, made in Albuquerque by a family with a winery in the champagne region of France. Excellent value. Simple but quiet ambience.
This appears to be a local favorite, based on the conversations we heard around us.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Missoula, Montana, United States
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“The Devil's in the Details”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

First, let me tell you it was GREAT food, 3 of 4 of us LOVED the meal. I had a seafood pasta curry dish and it was wonderful. It's interesting that often a place that's NOT busy has less than great service. With only four other diners we waited for the waiter while he and the maitre d were both on their cell phones...we wished we had their phone numbers so we could call for service, and I wondered if they were talking to each other? The maitre d did recommend a great wine, and after the slow start, the service improved. I'm no nose-in-the-air regarding atmosphere, after all quality of food is most important, so the restaurant-in-a-house didn't bother me. If rustic doesn't bother you, give this well established place the benefit of the doubt. facebook.com/ljmartinauthor

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Golden, Colorado
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Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Little Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Great little restaurant made from a cottage just off Thompson Boulevard. The waiters purchased this restaurant from the previous owners and made it what it is today. They never forget your name and always hug patrons on the way in. The food is extraordinary and the service impeccable! The cost is less than most restaurants of this caliber and it has an amazing wine list. We love it!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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