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Busy Bee Cafe

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) #15 of 352 Restaurants in Ventura $$ - $$$ American, , Cafe
478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
+1 805-643-4864
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good39%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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“burger” (26 reviews)
“beef stew” (3 reviews)
“apple butter” (2 reviews)
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American, Diner, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I own a nearby business, and often find myself without breakfast. My husband and I went over to grab a quick bite, and were thrilled to get the most awesome chicken fried steak with biscuits and gravy! It was a mound of food and super...More

Thank Lvjetskiracer
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Overpriced and underwhelming. Not bad but not great. I wouldn't go back. Watery eggs. Forgetful and slow service.

Thank Carleigh A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were there on a very busy Saturday lunch. Had their beef stew and the special of the day, there food was worth the wait. Tips:Outside seats could get a bit chilly. Since there were no inside seats available, we decided to eat out, but...More

Thank Chia2005
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been coming here for years as we travel to and from Southern California. Love the 50's decor- jukeboxes; great ( and plentiful) meals. Grandkids now love it as much as our kids did. Staff is friendly and if you have time, there is...More

Thank inthewind65
Reviewed May 19, 2017

The Busy Bee was a delightful place to eat – the restaurant itself was clean, the food was delicious, the prices reasonable, and the service excellent. It’s a retro diner with jukeboxes at every table and delightful posters on the walls. Wish we had one...More

Thank hamlong74 .
Reviewed May 18, 2017 via mobile

Really good food and shakes! It's very authentic and straight out of the 50th. Every wednesday - since more than 25 years- is chicken-night. And they know what they are doing. Very yummy!

Thank Jonathan W
Reviewed May 7, 2017

Cute place modeled after a 50's diner. Menu lists meals as blue plate or dinner. Server explained the difference sounded like she was tired of doing that. They should put that explanation prominately on the menu. I had fish and chips and my wife had...More

Thank travelwolf8
Reviewed May 6, 2017

Good food and fair prices, portions are generous. Large menu selection with something for everyone. Wait staff very nice and timely with delivery. Great 50's decor and ambiance. Ample parking and easy downtown access.

Thank B8667WPmatthewk
Reviewed May 4, 2017

Had brunch last Sunday. Friend loves mushrooms and had cheddar mushroom burger. I had grilled cheese, added bacon. Friend had vanilla shake. Sat outside, which I wish more places would do. Service prompt, friendly. Outside allows dogs too, which I appreciate. Real booths inside.

Thank Barbara K
Reviewed May 2, 2017

Select your favorite songs right at the table like in the 50's! Food was great - huge portions and tasted good too. For slightly more than just the dinner, you get salad, drink and dessert. Great atmosphere and great food at a great price. What...More

Thank Nanajwp
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
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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