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Busy Bee Cafe

478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
+1 805-643-4864
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
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Reviewed 22 September 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 3 September 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
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Reviewed 27 August 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 8 August 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 22 July 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 21 July 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
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Fun location for family lunch or dinner. We ate here and walked to the movie theater a block away. Black and white tiles, red leatherette booths, old timey booth jukebox access, waitresses in mid century uniforms. Really convenient location in the center of downtown. The...More

Thank Lynda H
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Ate dinner here the food was nothing to write home about. More of a kids restaurant than anything. Mac and cheese was no better than boxed. Pastrami was lean but sandwich was very plain, no extras. Will probably not return. The wait staff was good...More

Thank 7pointstar
Reviewed 16 June 2017

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 15 June 2017 via mobile

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

Thank Carleigh A
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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

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 13
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, 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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