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The Cave

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Wine Bar
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4435 McGrath St, Ste. 301, Ventura, CA 93003-7736
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Thu 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tampa, Florida
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325 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Loved this place. It is attached to Ventura Wine. The atmosphere is cozy and classy. You get a card which can be loaded with any amount of $ you choose. They have several podiums which have several wine selections. You can purchase 1, 3 or 5 ounces. You can try as many as you like with the amount loaded on... More 

Thank Rollingst1
Camarillo, California
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The young chef creates unique & tasty small bites which we devoured. I did not know we could make reservations for parties of 6 or more. The website stated no reservations. The restaurant was crowded so we were seated in the area off the kitchen. The wine selection was disappointing. You purchase a tasting card & pour your own wine... More 

Thank Traveler-Sachi
Keller, Texas
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

A group of us went to the cave on Saturday night and were thoroughly impressed not only by the wine selection but the food was fabulous. This is a quaint spot in the back of a wine store that offers a superb selection of wines from not only Napa Valley but all over the world. They are winetasting concept is... More 

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Oxnard, California
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

My friend recommended that we meet here for dinner. What a great experience. The unassuming entry of the wine shop hides the gem of a restaurant in back. I love the self serve wine tasting and the food is delicious. Their latest special of a basket of fries with a small bottle of champagne thrilled my friend as these are... More 

Thank beachloversx2
Oxnard, California
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121 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

Went here with friends and found the whole thing a bit confusing. You have to buy a "wine card" in order to swipe the card for your chosen wine....in my opinion it was all very expensive. Small plates for large prices.....

Thank Anna B
Los Angeles, California
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

Went on Saturday night. The place was packed..as usual. We had to wait 20 minutes for our table (after 9) but it was all worth the wait. The place is inside a wine store, looks like a cave with great energy. You can choose your wine from a wine machine approx. 20-30 different bottles. The food was very good. I... More 

Thank Elie C
Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

I was going to retire this summer and had to be near home to make certain my paperwork was in order. Usually my husband and I go away to celebrate our birthdays and anniversary. He did not want to do a staycation. So we traveled up to Ventura and Santa Barbara. As dinner approached and we settled our suitcases into... More 

Thank Caren R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016

It may not look like much on the outside, but inside, you feel like you're in a cave. They have these cool fountains for wine, kinda like a soda fountain. Their small plates were delicious. Get the scallops dish.

Thank Tina N
Missoula, Montana, United States
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214 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2016

The Cave is basically a wine store, but one with an excellent kitchen and dining room with lots of "by the ounce" wine. You can buy a card for "x bucks" and use it for a variety of wine selections. The food is surprisingly good and the portions generous. Don't miss this for a fun and fine night of food... More 

Thank Larry M
Northampton, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2016

The Cave is known for its unique "by the glass" automated pouring system. It's a little contrived, but it works. Wines by the glass are pricey, but generally are interesting selections. We (two couples) enjoyed a number of small plates shared. The very best item we tried was a mild stuffed pepper appetizer - just a little heat, but oh... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4435 McGrath St, Ste. 301, Ventura, CA 93003-7736
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ventura
  • Phone Number: 805-642-9449
Wine Bar

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?