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Busy Bee Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Diner, Cafe
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478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
+1 805-643-4864
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Here for breakfast while staying in Ventura , good food and service. The décor was 1950's, restaurant has been in business many years. Something on the menu for everyone.

Thank Linda M
Ventura, California
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116 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I stopped into Busy Bee for lunch one day while we were shopping the downtown Ventura area. He felt like a hamburger. The place keeps regular business flowing even though we had a late lunch. They have a jukebox with old tunes that was fun to listen to, but the little booth jukebox was broken where you... More 

Thank Loves-A-Deal-2-Eat
Santa Barbara, California
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The go-to spot for crowd-pleasing fun. The menu has over 100 items, so there's something for everyone (except maybe someone on a strict diet). You'll find all the cuteness you'd expect from a 1950's themed diner - jukeboxes, red booths, formica tables, and vintage decor. You'll also find the 1950's diner theme food - flavored sodas (i.e. vanilla Coke), milkshakes,... More 

Thank GenXMommy
Ventura County Coast, California
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52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

This is a typical diner with typical diner fare. The 1950's decor might be a draw for some, but the food is pretty bad. The service is OK, but the prices are high for what it is. And because of the downtown location, the restroom requires a token.

London, United Kingdom
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195 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

Went here for early breakfast. Had French toast which was very good. Excellent coffee. Good value for money. Classic diner style interior. Situated in main part of town.

Thank VanessaB_107
Traverse City, Michigan
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479 reviews
368 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

50's theme diner with honest to goodness food. Had the chicken and dumpling dinner which had double the portion described on the menu. Came with soup or salad and desert and a beverage for $15. I could not finish the entree and had to take the desert to go. Took a while waiting for food but that's because they prepare... More 

Thank Bill H
Benicia, California
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16 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

Friendly welcoming 50's style Cafe in the middle of Ventura. Very reminiscent of a place you probably visited as a child. The staff is efficient and courteous. The food is served quickly and is adequate. Very tasty, large servings of home style dishes. Definitely not gourmet but enjoyable. My only concern was that it was not super clean, the tables... More 

Thank Patteranishi
Chula Vista, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

The wait staff goes out of its way to make sure you are satisfied. The 50's look and feel is pretty neat. I recommend this place to anyone who visits Ventura so you can get a good meal at a good price!

Thank Chris C
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

Good substantial breakfast, plus they serve cocktails at some time during the evening. Friendly staff & fairly clean place.

Thank George M
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

Good American fare. Authentic 50's nostalgia right down to the table jukeboxes and sweater poles on each booth. The omelet was amazingly good, but the pancakes could have tasted better even though they were cooked properly and were very fluffy. They were good, but not exceptional. It is good American diner style food and atmosphere. I would eat there again.

Thank smlisle

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Diner, Cafe
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ventura
  • Phone Number: +1 805-643-4864

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