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Watermark

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Ventura, CA (Chestnut)
805-643-6800
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Fri 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having spent two weeks in California we happened on this great Restaurant in Ventura Beach. Have a drink upstairs on the roof top Terrace and then venture downstairs for a fantastic meal. Unplanned stop for us and one of our highlights!

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Thank Aine W
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

We arrived at the restaurant at 6 :15 for a reservation that was made over the phone. They said there was no record. There weres only one or two tables occupied, but they said they were booked. They did off a bar table and we accepted. We had 8:pm theater tickets. At 7:35 , our mail courses had still not... More 

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Thank folly1
Escondido, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

I kid you not ... this place has a WOW factor.. Restored 1920 bank bldg. You will want to do this over and over! The food is wonderful and the service.. fine dining downstairs (recommend Lobster Risotto) or the third floor with fantastic views(H2O), with Happy Hr, and great prices on well drinks and appetziers,i.e. shrimp and gorgonzola egg rolls,,... More 

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Thank genevievebgreen
Missoula, Montana, United States
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212 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2016

I'm always a little surprised to get a great meal on one of the busiest nights of the year, but the mushroom crusted lamb and it's sides were over the top great. The bar on the top floor is always a pleasure (before the music for me), not that I'm sure if you want to boogie later is wonderful too.... More 

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Thank Larry M
Camarillo, CA
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147 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

This restaurant will take you back in time. The building is impressive and elegant -- a perfect location for a date or special occasion. The Watermark salad is a delicious starter with homemade squaw bread. Not to be missed is the crispy roasted boneless chicken served with a lemon buerre blanc and garlicky seasonal veggies. The Delmonico potatoes were a... More 

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167 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 via mobile

I always feel special when I come into Watermark - Daisy Buchanan special. The beautiful building - Art Deco meets Ventura Mission - makes me swoon every time. Even after many years, No matter what meal or time of day, I love being in the Watermark. Mark Hartley & crew have done a wonderful job. And Chef Gary does a... More 

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1 Thank Bellauno
CA, USA
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138 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We managed to sneak in at the end of Happy Hour and were glad we did. It is a very nice place (which is not the norm around this area) with murals on the walls, high ceilings, a great service staff (even if I had to push them a little) and great food and drinks. While we just did the... More 

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Thank Marc L
Cincinnati, Ohio
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342 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 307 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Went for happy hour and it was well worth it. 4 dollar well drinks and 3 dollar bottles. Best part though - 5 dollar calamari. We actually end up getting it twice, ha. View from the third floor was cool too. G Man

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1 Thank GMan5431
Ventura
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The food is average at best, and quite overpriced for Ventura. The best part is the location, and the upstairs bar and local talent. It's fun on a date or before a concert however, the downstairs dinners aren't for me.

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Thank Rachel R
Torrance, California
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Ambiance- excellent. Used To be a bank. Buiding well renovated. Live music a nice touch. Crab cakes - excellent Ribeye - needs more aging and or seasoning. lacking flavor . Watermarks steak sauce excellent Signature salad fresh Sea salt crepe brûlée one of the best I've ever er had Service Linda G. Server. Very professional & knowegable.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$40 - $60
Cuisine
American
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ventura, CA
    (Chestnut)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ventura
  • Phone Number: 805-643-6800

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?