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Busy Bee Cafe

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478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
+1 805-643-4864
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
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Reviewed November 10, 2017 via mobile

Excellent french toast, served with choice bacon/sausage and an egg. Done perfectly with fast service. My wife had a spinach omelette, moist and well made, taste great. Also a great place to take well behaved kids!

Thank OC-RaiderFan
Reviewed November 7, 2017 via mobile

We discovered Ventura on our way to LA 6yrs ago and fell in love with Busy Bee. We returned 2yrs ago and this year and still incredible happy with both service and food. I must say I've only eaten the Pastrami Reuben here and I...More

Thank ColinandJane
Reviewed October 13, 2017 via mobile

I came across Busy Bee Cafe here on Trip Advisor and it did not disappoint. The food and service was not stellar but the ambience made the meal. It was fun to listen to the 50's music and feel like you were actually in a...More

Thank rwheeler1977
Reviewed September 23, 2017 via mobile

We were on a road trip of California between San Francisco and San Diego and had stopped off in Santa Barbara on the way down to Long Beach. Ventura came up on the satnav so we made a small detour into the town and decided...More

Thank winonhols
Reviewed September 22, 2017

This place serves reliable, decent diner/comfort food. It's the perfect after-the-bar place to grab a bite to eat before heading home. Service is good. Nothing to write home about but the food does the trick.

Thank Chris L
Reviewed September 3, 2017

We had breakfast here on a Sunday morning. The blueberry pancakes were very tasty. Also very good was the spinach mushroom cheese omelette. Our waitress was quite attentive. The diner itself is very pleasant. One caveat is that it was very hot and the air...More

Thank vincemc
Reviewed August 26, 2017 via mobile

We were touristing in Ventura, CA and after hours in the great shops along Main Street, we needed a break. We stopped in at the Busy Bee Cafe - all red and white reminiscent of a classic 1950's diner! We had a delicious turkey dinner...More

Thank bppiatek
Reviewed August 8, 2017 via mobile

The food here is pretty decent diner fare with a good selection. We usually get the French Dip and the Jumbo Hot Dog. Can't say they are the best I've ever had but they are satisfying enough. The reason I give it 4 stars is...More

Thank rayandgabby
Reviewed July 21, 2017

Always wanting to absorb the local culture we discovered the Busy Bee cafe. This place rocks. Both the food and the service were first class, and we loved the mini juke boxes at each booth. Well worth a visit if you're into happy Days!!

Thank Alaroy01
Reviewed July 21, 2017

I stopped in for breakfast and the Busy Bee had a great menu. Venue was 50's style. I had the chicken fried steak, the biscuit and gravy, hash browns, and 3 poached eggs. This was a huge plate and of course I didn't eat it...More

Thank cliffwalters
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July 29, 2017|
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Response from inthewind65 | Reviewed this property |
We have not ever ordered it, so googled their menu and yes, they have it on their "Blue Plate Special".with sides. Love this place- have not ever been disappointed in their food or the ambience.
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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Average prices
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids
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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