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Busy Bee Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
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American, Diner, Cafe
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478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
+1 805-643-4864
11:00 - 23:00
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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 15 October 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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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 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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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 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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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

The place is beautiful and very 50's and the hamburguers were just amazing! My wife had the Classic American Cheesebuguer and I had the guacamone one. Both delicious!!

Thank Joan S
Culver City, California
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362 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This is all you'd expect from a 1950s style diner. Lots of breakfast options. I opted for the healthy California Light Omelet: egg whites, spinach, zucchini, bell peppers and avocado. This included the not so healthy - but delicious - Busy Bee potatoes and a side order of toast. Service was OK - from a crusty server who's probably worked... More 

Thank GareThere
San Dimas, California
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53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

This is a 50's style diner that is just awesome! We swung by there at about 11 am for a traditional, basic, all-American breakfast. It did not disappoint! I had the 3-egg breakfast with hash browns and crispy bacon! There are other options, of course, including pancakes, etc. This is a diner with outstanding service, located smack-dab in the middle... More 

Thank ricsandimas
Ventura, California
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160 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

It's been literally years since we've gone to the Busy Bee, and we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food and the reasonable prices. The juke box was playing great oldies, and the waitress was friendly and helpful. Our food came quickly, and it was really good. My husband got a shrimp basket, and he figured there would... More 

Thank VtaTraveler
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Stop in Busy Bee for lunch today. All tables were filled but only had to wait 10 minutes for a table. Food was well prepared.

Thank Joseph K
Winter Haven, Fl
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140 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

My wife and I walked up from our hotel to this restaurant. It has a cute exterior and interior. (Old fashioned 1950's Look) We were quickly taken to our booth and our waiter reviewed their menu. We were amazed by their menu variety and great prices. Our waiter told us that the portions were large too. My wife had the... More 

Thank CarpeDiem0212
Clearwater, Florida
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121 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Great time was had by all seven of us. Four adults and three children!!! A great 50's type place. 1/2 lbs hamburgers, great shakes/desserts and service by Christy. Celebrated two birthdays and where else can you find a old juke box that plays two songs for a quarter. Of course, some did not work.

Thank Fscalfaro

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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
US$ 13
American, Diner, Cafe
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
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?