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Busy Bee Cafe

) #16 of 349 Restaurants in Ventura ££ - £££ American, , Cafe
478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
+1 805-643-4864
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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American, Diner, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
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Reviewed 7 May 2017

Cute place modeled after a 50's diner. Menu lists meals as blue plate or dinner. Server explained the difference sounded like she was tired of doing that. They should put that explanation prominately on the menu. I had fish and chips and my wife had...More

Thank travelwolf8
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Good food and fair prices, portions are generous. Large menu selection with something for everyone. Wait staff very nice and timely with delivery. Great 50's decor and ambiance. Ample parking and easy downtown access.

Thank B8667WPmatthewk
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Had brunch last Sunday. Friend loves mushrooms and had cheddar mushroom burger. I had grilled cheese, added bacon. Friend had vanilla shake. Sat outside, which I wish more places would do. Service prompt, friendly. Outside allows dogs too, which I appreciate. Real booths inside.

Thank Barbara K
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Select your favorite songs right at the table like in the 50's! Food was great - huge portions and tasted good too. For slightly more than just the dinner, you get salad, drink and dessert. Great atmosphere and great food at a great price. What...More

Thank Nanajwp
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Had lunch here with wife and daughter. Burgers were under cooked and the server was not polite and didn't check on us at all until he brought the bill.

Thank Jose C
Reviewed 10 April 2017

I love this place because it is fun, and comfortable with good food. I would recommend give it a try.

Thank drodswendy
Reviewed 5 April 2017

I reviewed this diner in 2010 and gave it a "Very Good" review. Since then we have eaten here several times, and have had good meals all but 3 times. However, 2 of those times have been in the past 6 months. Today’s experience was...More

Thank lobo59
Reviewed 31 March 2017

If you're hungry and everyplace else is crowded it's a good place for a burger, fries and a malt, but there's nothing special about the place. I've been there twice and both times the service was slow and the fries were cold.

Thank Banerman
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Hot fudge sundaes are really good and large. Under $13 for two in a classic old school diner. Service was quick. Ice cream could have been a little harder.

Thank Jeff M
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I love the atlmosphere and the food. As a author and journalist when I find a place that I really like I always add it to my list. You will too when you visit the BusyBee Cafe. Another point is it is located among the...More

Thank William B
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Restaurant Details

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