The Greek at the Harbor is a lovely family-run restaurant serving up excellent meals, great entertainment, and gorgeous views of the harbor from the heated patio...
Virtually every evening they have some form of entertainment, whether it is the waiters and waitresses doing Greek dancing, or the excellent bellydancers with their wonderful routines.
Friday and Saturday nights are especially lively, and one is usually treated to some outstanding and extremely talented dancing by at least one of the waiters....you will be feeling dizzy by the time he finishes his dance!
Favorite Dish: The hot appetizer plate is a good dish for folks unfamiliar with Greek food, as you get a variety of items to sample. The baklava is a tasty dessert not to be missed if you like sweet stuff!
Typical bar food--wings, onion rings, fries....but, there are also healthier options on the menu--sandwiches, salads, soups.
Brew on tap available. I'm not a beer drinker, so I couldn't tell you the array of choices, but "looks" like lots of varieties.
Dart boards about; there is a restaurant area, and a more casual bar area with a few TV screens where you can catch the big games. Crowd is very lively. Feels like a very down-home place.
Favorite Dish: This was a great place to watch World Cup--my sister and I went on Fourth of July 2006--Italy beat Germany that day.
The service was good; attentive.
Food was pretty good--had a good salad. My sister had a creme brulee that was really delicious.
Ventura's first Italian restaurant is called Ferraros. It is a local italian restaurant that simply has the best cheese pizza in the United States. Period. I am not kidding you. They have excellent pasta as well and the Bob Grady salad is a must try, but it is the pizza we come for.
Favorite Dish: Usually I like my pizza with a lot of toppings however at Ferraro's keep it plain. The delicacy of the sauce, the lightness of the crust and the perfect blend of cheeses make for one heck of a pizza pie.
The only trouble with the pizza is you have to eat it all there while it is hot out of the oven. Because of the crust it does not hold up well under refrigeration so it is not as tasty the next day.
This pizza is as my husband calls it, "The Mystic Pizza"
Located in the Ventura Harbor, upstairs from the carousel is a great Mexican restaurant. What makes this place so great is the view from the patio dining deck. Overlooking the entire Ventura Harbor makes eating here a pleasure and they have very good food to boot.
One thing about sitting up on the roof especially in the summer, you make sure you have a heavy sweater or coat the wind in the afternoon and evening can be a bit much. Margarita Villa has propane heaters which work very well to keep the customers warm.
Note: for those persons who are wheelchair bound or mobility disabled, there is an elevator for handicap access.
Favorite Dish: There is so much to choose from the menu. I think they make the best Albondigas (meatball) soup, it is chock full of vegetables, meat balls and is in a "tomato-y" base. It is something I highly recommend you try.
Then on to the entrees. Portions are so big, so we usually always end up taking our leftovers in a bag. Note: most hotel rooms have a small refrigerator so those who are traveling can still take their leftovers home.
I enjoy the carne asada quesadilla which is plenty good for a meal. Paul enjoys the nachos, he is the "nacho man".
The bar is getting better and better. I had a mango cocktail (vanilla schanapps, with pinapple juice, coconut liqueur, rum and mango puree) very tasty.
Duke's (really that is the name of the restaurant) ***in' Burgers at the end of S Seward Avenue in Ventura is a solid local favorite. They open early to accomodate the hunger pangs of those folk were out catching a few waves. As the day progresses they break out the turkey and the ground beef and grill up some "ono" burgers.
Duke's is not fancy but you must have shirt, shorts and shoes if you plan to eat inside. Otherwise there is seating outside.
Favorite Dish: My favorite things at Duke's are:
Breakfast: Fast Freddie: 2 eggs, 2 bacon, 2 pancakes
Lunch: Teriyaki Chicken Hawai'ian with sweet mustard and pineapple with either potato salad, fries or onion rings (1 choice not all :-))
Dinner: Turkey burger the 2 nd best in the whole of Ventura.
I have also been told the tacos are killer: Fish, chicken, or shrimp.
Wow, we hadn't been to Joannafina's in years, silly too, because we live 7 minutes down the road. Joannafina's Cafe is known for their tamales which they make at Christmas time and sell; it is always best to pre-order because these tamales go fast! Pork, Chicken, Beef or Sweet tamales.
If the weather is nice the back patio is so nice to sit and have your meal. There is a huge tree covered in twinkle lights and outdoor space heaters which make the area quite pleasant.
Favorite Dish: I tell you, the Sopes at Joannafina's are the best I have had anywhere!! Corn cakes filled with beans, machaca, lettuce, tomato, cheese and a green (verde) salsa that is very tasty.
Their nachos are my husband's favorite and Joannafina's did not disappoint either.
In the funky little village of Pierpont Bay is an amazing collection of restaurants, services and a great coffee house called, "Full of Beans." Open 7 days a week the shop offers all sorts of coffee combinations even for the most dicriminating tastes. They also offer a wide assortment of non-coffee beverages as well.
The pastries, muffins and cakes are all great and you can even purchase bagels, small fruit salads among the vast displays of tempting treats.
There is seating inside and out with a stack of magazines and newspaper to help you while away the hours.
Favorite Dish: I had the hot chocolate on a very cool summer's evening it was just the thing. Paul had a mocha latte and we shared a piece of their carrot cake for dessert.
They also have a unique package for people who require multiple coffees, for $12.00 you are given a vacuum pack full of coffee, 8 cups with lids and heat sleeves (so you won't burn your hand), creamer, sugar and stirrers. What a great idea!!!
It is strange, restaurants come and go in this town but the Top Hat Hot Dog stand has weathered the test of time. You will ususally seen a group of people waiting in line for their hot dogs and hamburgers.
To quote a line from the B-52's "It's a Funky Little Shack, That's Where It's At"
Favorite Dish: I like their hot dogs with mustard, onion, pickles and sauerkraut.
On a rainy Friday night in Ventura we went to the Anacapa Brewing Company for dinner. There was a small heated patio in front with a table big enough to accomodate the 6 of us and it was most enjoyable.
Inside the restaurant are the brewery tanks and more dining tables but we found the noise level a tad loud so the patio was just perfect.
We were well within walking distance of our hotel, The Victorian Rose Bed and Breakfast.
Favorite Dish: The beer was a big hit. Brewed on site, I had their palest wheat beer, Hurricane Hefenweizen which was served with a slice of lemon. My husband had the 2 Penney Scotch ale which was a very strong hearty ale, and my friend Tim had the Santa Rosa Red.
The food was a great compliment to the beer. I had the Tri-tip sandwich on a sour-dough roll, perfectly seasoned, flavorful and tender.
My friends split a Cobb salad and vegetarian pizza. The salad dressing was unsusal we thought it was a key lime vinagrette.
We skipped dessert as there was delicacies awaiting us back at the hotel.
This restaurant combines fast food with restaurant dining. It's called, "Italian Faster Food". It is always busy and the food is fresh, healthy, hot and good.
There are several locations: Ventura, Santa Barbara, Goleta and Camarillo
Very inexpensive, good for those on a budget or with a lot of mouths to feed.
Favorite Dish: I really enjoy the dinner salad with the gorgonzola cheese, pear, walnuts and raspberry vinagrette dressing.
You can have a choice of pasta: Angel hair, Penne, Fettucini, Ravioli, etc with your choice of sauce: Putanesca, Pesto, Alfredo, Marinara then add in: Meatballs, Vegetables , mushrooms, etc. All served with garlic bread.
Romano's Macaroni Grill is a chain restaurant without the feel of one. The interior is semi dark and lit with strings of bare bulb lights, tables are strewn about the floor and a open brick oven heavily stoked with fire is visable from the kitchen.
They take no reservations so be prepared to wait on a week end night sometime up to 2 hours. We make a point of going around 4 PM on the week end, the service is great and no crowds.
The restaurant now offers "Curbside to Go". Call your order in 30 minutes ahead of time, pull into the parking lot in one of the 'to go" spaces and your food is delivered to your car.
Favorite Dish: The Tuscan bread is a staple on the Macaroni Grill table, lightly seasoned and coated with salt the bread arrives hot and fresh with olive oil for dipping.
Lunch: Try the Tuscan Lunch. It is a chicken caesar calzonette sandwich complimented by your choice of salad, soup or pasta salad.
Dinner: Chicken Parmigiano. Breaded chicken breast, tomato sauce, basil, mozzerella & Parmesan cheese with your choice of pasta.
Capellini Pomodoro: Angel hair pasta with fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic. Add chicken or shrimp
Dessert: Tiramisu. Layers of cake with marscapone cream, rum and esspresso.
One of the locals recommended we eat here. So while we were exploring the surrounding here, we decided to eat here for lunch. We enjoyed the food very much. We sat outside on their wonderful and comfortable patio areas. The service was excellent and appreciated. Inside it has a western decor which is very inviting. Yet, they have a very wonderful patio area too and has it's own parking area for customers only!
Favorite Dish: We decided to order just appetizers since the meals that are served in this city are to huge to finish. I had the "Steak Filled Skins, which were so delicous. John had the "Steak Burrito". He enjoyed it alot!
If your into Fifties decor and car hops then you'll love this place. The waitress are all dressed with period attire, but I am not sure they like it:-). They were all so friendly too! We poped in just to have a "Mess Of A Sundae" and "Banana Split". I kept asking John if we should share the banana split and he said he didn't want to share......lol! So I ordered the Hot Fudge Sundae. Well the lovely waitress made them right in front of us and I soon knew we were in a whole lot of messy trouble when she was done....lol! Wow, they were huge!!! We didn't finish them or we would have rolled out there if we did:-)) We did notice the "huge" platters of food they were serving and it all smelled so yummy, so you are going to get your moneys worth here.
7am - 10pm
I loved the decor of this place because it had murals painted all over the walls inside and out. It was on the top floor of a gift shop and has it's own restroom which you can get to from the outside. It has a beautiful patio to where you can view the fabulous bay full of all kinds of boats. The food was very good and very filling. You do get your moneys worth here. the service was excellent!
Open 11am to 9pm Daily
Until 10pm on Friday & Saturday
Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4 to 7 pm
Favorite Dish: I had the Fajita platter, which turned out to be huge! It was very good:-)
Above the beach with an ocean view of C Street, a destination surf spot. Great food, great service, great location, great vibe, great time!
Favorite Dish: Fish Tacos (paired w/ a Bloody Mary)