10 Best Restaurants You Should Go to in Ventura

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Ventura Restaurants
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People have found sunny Ventura in California a good place to live for ten millennia. Perfectly positioned between Malibu and Santa Barbara, this jewel beside the Pacific Ocean was founded by Father Junipero Serra and named in memory of St. Bonaventure in 1782. The city is renowned for its great weather and pretty as a picture vistas. There are great spots to indulge in surfing, and a visit to its myriad galleries, museums and of course the excellent restaurants is de rigueur. I have given a brief introduction to the ten best restaurants in the area that any visitor or local simply has to check out.

1. Kibo Sushi

If you have a thing for seafood and Sushi in particular, then Kibo Sushi is the place for you in Ventura. The fish they serve will always be fresh, and the price won’t make a hole in your pocket either. The menu is quite varied too, comprising of not just Japanese staples but other food items like clam miso and cod. The helpings are quite generous as well. This restaurant is quite cozy with its minimalistic décor and comfortable seating. The staffs are friendly and eager to please.


  • Name: Kibo Sushi
  • Address: 2695 E. Thompson Boulevard, Ventura 652-1234
  • Price: $11 to 30
  • Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday 11:30 am to 9:30 pm
  •  Thursday & Friday: 11:30 am to 10.00 pm
  • Saturday: Noon to 10.00 pm
  • Holiday: Sunday
  • Website: http://www.kibosushiventura.com/

2. Pete’s Breakfast Restaurant

What is it that they say about a hearty breakfast? In Ventura, you can have one at Pete’s Breakfast House Restaurant.  Various people swear by different items on the breakfast menu. From pancake roll and homemade strawberry jam to corned beef hash and Presto Pest Omelet; everyone has their firm favorites at this breakfast joint. The place has a very local buzz to it what with the friendly staff striving their best to please you. It is not surprising that the place is quite a hit with locals and visitors alike.


  • Name: Pete’s Breakfast House Restaurant
  • Address: 2055E Main St Ventura, CA 93001
  • Price: $11 to 30
  • Opening hours: 7 am to 2 pm every day
  • Holiday: –
  • Website: http://www.petesbreakfasthouse.com/

3. Taj Cafe Indian Cuisine


For those who love their curries and chutneys, this is Mecca. You get a bewildering array of the best Indian food. From Indian bread, lamb, chicken and of course the vegetarian options, everything is from the top drawer- not to forget the gorgeous Indian deserts as well. The lunch buffet with its varied spread is quite a hit with families. Even those who don’t know much about Indian food, can’t go wrong with staples like Chicken Tikka Masala, Garlic Naan, and Saag-Paneer. The service is warm, friendly and extremely courteous.


  • Name: Taj Cafe Indian Cuisine
  • Address: 574 E Main Street Ventura, CA 93001-2629
  • Price: $11 to 30
  • Opening hours: 11:30 am to 10:00 pm every day
  • Holiday:-
  • Website:http://www.thetajcafeventura.com/

4. Spencer Makenzie’s Fish Company

What can be more evocative than a fine fish restaurant by the beach? That is what Spencer Makenzie’s Fish Company is- a great seafood restaurant near the sea. This is the kind of place which will turn nonfish eaters to fish devotees. Every dish of theirs is a masterpiece. Be it their fish and shrimp burrito or the grilled fish taco, the clam chowder or the tempura fish and chips-everything is a big yum! To top it all the service too is excellent.


  • Name: Spencer Makenzie’s Fish Company
  • Address:  806 E Thompson Blvd
    Ventura, CA 93001
  • Price: Under $10
  • Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 11:30 am to 8:30 pm; Friday to Saturday: 10:30 am to 9:00 pm; Sunday: 11:00 am to 8:30 pm
  • Holiday: –
  • Website: http://www.spencermakenzies.com/

5. Cafe Nouveau

Breakfast and brunch aficionados who happen to be in Ventura, CA, look no further than Cafe Nouveau. Not just that the ambiance is absolutely 5 star and pets are welcome too. Breakfast served on the patio is an experience in itself. Dinner too is quite something with a range of pizza options. As this joint is quite popular, it may be a good idea to make a booking in advance.


  • Name: Cafe Nouveau
  • Address:  1497 E Thompson Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001-3242
  • Price: $11 to 30
  • Opening hours: Monday to Tuesday: 7:00 am to 2:00 pm, Wednesday to Saturday: 7:00 am to 2:00 pm and  5:00 pm to 9:00 pmSunday:  7:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Holiday:-
  • Website:http://cafenouveau.net/

6. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Ah, gourmet burgers at Red Robin, Ventura! What more could anyone ask for? This is a great place to hang out with the family what with its large range of burgers and an endless supply of French Fries. The menu has something for everyone, and if one is in the mood, one could go for their much-recommended fish and chips. For those who like to drink, there is a bar as well. Since it is inside the Pacific Mall, one can combine shopping with eating.


  • Name: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
  • Address: 3301 E. Main Street
    Ventura, CA 93003
  • Price: $11 to 30
  • Opening hours:
  • Monday to Thursday: 11:00 am to 10:o0 pm
  • Friday & Saturday: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
  • Sunday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Holiday:-
  • Website: http://www.redrobin.com/

7. The Jolly Oyster

Since Ventura is a seaside town, it is bound to be partial to seafood. This is reflected in the number of seafood restaurants that the area has. Among the most frequented ones has to be the Jolly Oyster. It has a unique layout in that it comprises of a shack, a food truck and a number of conveniently located benches. The service is top class and one cannot just order the best sea food, but the best salads as well. The servings of the sea food are really generous. In so far as the oysters go, it is quite a DIY concept that is the norm here: though the staff would be happy to help one shuck the oysters.


  • Name: The Jolly Oyster
  • Address:  San Buenaventura State Park
    911 San Pedro St
    Ventura, CA 93001
  • Price:$11 to 30
  • Opening hour: Friday to Sunday: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Holiday: Monday to Thursday
  • Website: http://www.thejollyoyster.com/

8. Urbane Cafe

Urban Café is just the kind of place where you would quickly be able to sink your teeth into some really healthy food. The place serves great sandwiches, particularly the Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich and the So-Cal Sandwich. The protein salad is highly recommended too. The service is outstanding, and one actually gets samples of soups to make up one’s mind about what to have.


  • Name: Urban Cafe
  • Address:  4960 Telephone Rd
    Ventura, CA 93003
  • Price: Under $10
  • Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 11 am to 9 pmSunday: 11 am to 8 pm
  • Website:http://urbanecafe.com/

9. Q&Q Hawaiian BBQ

How can a pretty seaside town not have its own BBQ restaurants? Well the Q&Q Hawaiian BBQ is the place to be. The BBQ chicken plate is divine, as is the Chicken Katsu. Others are partial to the spam musubi. Moreover, everybody agrees that the place provides value for money with reasonable pricing and large helpings.


  • Name: Q&Q Hawaiian Barbecue
  • Address:    1780 S Victoria Ave
    Unit F
    Ventura, CA 93003
  • Price: Under $10
  • Opening hours:Monday to Thursday: 10:30 am to 9:00 pmFriday & Saturday:10:30 am to 10:00 pmSunday: 10:30 am to 9:00 pm
  • Website: http://www.qqhawaiianbbq.com/

10. Barrel 33

For those seeking the good life in Ventura, there is Barrel 33 with its fine selection of wines and Italian food. The wine list is quite remarkable, and they have a lovely patio to enjoy it. For food, there are several kinds of cheese plates, a variety of delicious pizzas, duck pate and more. The place is both classy and cozy.


  • Name: Barrel 33
  • Address:  1067 E Thompson Blvd Ventura, CA 93001
  • Price: $11 to 30
  • Opening hours:  Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 5 pm to 10 pm, Friday & Saturday: 5 pm to 11 pm, Sunday: 5 pm to 9 pm
  • Holiday:-
  • Website: http://www.barrel33.com/

Have a good trip and travel!