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Cafe Nouveau

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1497 E Thompson Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001-3242
805-648-1422
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7:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Ventura, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What made the meal really special was the ambiance of eating in the garden patio. It's so cozy and natural. It was very easy to imagine I was at a little café in Italy or France where the locals gather.

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Thank LMarlene114
Culver City, California
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335 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had lunch with a friend at Cafe Nouveau which we both enjoyed. I had the salmon tacos and my friend had an avocado salad and asked that chicken be added. They added so much chicken she had enough to take home for a second meal. After looking at the breakfast menu, I decided to return rather than eating breakfast at... More 

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Thank GareThere
Dallas
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264 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had lunch here yesterday. Breakfast today. Tuna wrap was fantastic. Truly. How do they make that aioli? Poblano salmon/crab was excellent too. For breakfast we had chiles verde with pork and poached eggs, and a green bean pesto omelet. Never would have put green beans in an omelet, but it was wonderful. Best thing about both meals? The service. This... More 

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Thank jpatter1
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place that is a little off the beaten path or restaurant row. Great food and creative dishes that are full of flavor. Great place for an everyday meal, special occasion or business. Inside and outside patio dining. Food service has always been good.

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Thank MJ C
Ventura
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a farewell brunch for a coworker who was moving out of town. Went there because several people recommended the place. I was not happy with the food I received and when I mentioned it to the waitress, her response was, "Oh," then she took my plate and never said or did anything else about it. Not OK.

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Ventura, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well I've lived in Ventura now for 3 1/2 years and I can't believe that I have not tried this restaurant until recently! We had to wait a bit due to Cafe Nouveau's popularity but it was well worth it!! From the yummy not so traditional mimosas to the mind blowing maple bacon beignets to each of our 3 different... More 

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Thank Tamera K
Goleta, California
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287 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking forward to visiting this restaurant based upon reviews. The location is a cute converted house on the edge of a residential neighborhood. Parking could be a challenge, but we were lucky and found one right out front. Busy Sunday afternoon, we waited about 15 mins which was exactly what the hostess estimated. After being seated it was... More 

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Thank Cathy M
Las Vegas, Nevada
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60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They serve up great breakfasts in this non-descript house and garden on the main drag, not far from downtown Ventura or the beach. There's often a wait, but it's worth it. We had the beignets with crumbled bacon and maple syrup, the Apple chicken sausage, a very good California omelet and fantastic chocolate chip, banana and walnut pancakes. So, our... More 

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Thank N700hk
Santa Monica, CA
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208 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although this restaurant is usually busy and parking is very hard to find on the neighboring streets, the food and service are average. Our orders have been wrong on occasion, and I can find better food elsewhere in town. The only thing unique about this place is that it is in an old home so it feels quaint and comfortable.... More 

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Thank ferdferd
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's beautiful but parking is challenging but worth it! Whether you are with friends or family, it's a treat. But, if you are visiting as a couple, try to get a seat in the garden near the hedges. It's so romantic!

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Thank Brenda A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Cafe, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1497 E Thompson Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001-3242
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ventura
  • Phone Number: 805-648-1422

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