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Sportsman Restaurant & Lounge

) #32 of 353 Restaurants in Ventura ££ - £££ American,
53 S California St, Ventura, CA 93001-2801
+1 805-643-2851
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (33 reviews)
“prime rib” (5 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:30All hours
American, Bar
££ - £££
53 S California St, Ventura, CA 93001-2801
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11 - 20 of 105 reviews

Reviewed 29 September 2016

This restaurant has been here for a long time and I have been going to it since the 1970's. Excellent steaks and prime rib for meat lovers. The seafood is good too and the vegetables are fresh. Great location to take a stroll around downtown...More

Thank Kyle U
Reviewed 23 August 2016

The restaurant/ bar is one of beautiful Venturas oldest and best keptsecrets. Located on California street, you can see the ocean and pier while entering. The bar serves hefty, delicious cocktails. The best kept secret is that this place is as much a restaurant as...More

Thank Doug F
Reviewed 22 August 2016

If you are tired of trying to have a table conversation in a restaurant, must less a business meet, go to the Sportsman Restaurant. The full bar make great drinks, the food is always very good and the service is friendly. Fair prices and nice...More

Thank RollsBob
Reviewed 28 July 2016

Opened St. Patricks Day, in the mid 1940s, has probably not been updated since, which is what makes it special. Still has the red roll tuck booths, sloping floors, a beautiful acid-etched mirror above the bar and carpeting from Caesar's Palace. The steaks are amazing!...More

Thank toppats
Reviewed 26 July 2016

I love eating in this old school establishment. Our waitress Paula is excellent. Best steak. They also make the best cocktails.

Thank Kathrine H
Reviewed 20 July 2016

I've been going to this place since I was a kid in the '50s, and it had been around for years before then. The decor (low lights, leather in the booths) hasn't changed significantly in all those years. The food -- steaks and the like...More

Thank Todd E
Reviewed 11 July 2016

Hello! he Sportsman was a quite popular place years ago- +20yrs. They held off making physical improvements and upgrades to the restaurant for so long - that time has past them by. Yes, food was good. Service was okay - when they felt like it....More

1  Thank DuckyDrake
Reviewed 8 July 2016

The Sportsman Restaurant is located in downtown Ventura. It is in the middle of downtown, a great restaurant to eat and have a drink. Their food is always great and they had a full side area bar. This is one of the iconic restaurants of...More

Thank Ed J
Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

Wow cannot believe this restaurant is still there and as it has been for years... Decided to go here as we have always liked it. It was just great. Unfortunately not busy, except in the bar, but very relaxing. Service was excellent and the food...More

Thank Altagold
Reviewed 20 June 2016

If you want to step back in to the Mad Men era, this is the place to be. All it's missing is a low cloud of cigarette smoke. The food is okay, the service is good and the atmosphere is cozy.

Thank Wayne S
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Christopher H
9 September 2016|
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Response from Holly C | Reviewed this property |
I agree, try their website. . they are VERY accomodating. The owner of the Camarillo restaurant is personable, friendly AND they make THE BEST cocktails without skimping on the alcohol. LOL FYI, Shrimp cocktails... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
09:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 S California St, Ventura, CA 93001-2801
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ventura
  • Phone Number: +1 805-643-2851
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