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“Lovely dining experience”
Review of 71 Palm Restaurant - CLOSED

71 Palm Restaurant
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: American, French
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Ventura, California
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Lovely dining experience”
Reviewed 10 November 2013

We have visited 71 Palm twice in the last two weeks. Both experiences were most enjoyable. Our son previously managed a Santa Barbara seafood restaurant and remarked that the seabass dish he ordered at 71 Palm was the best he had ever tasted. He was also impressed with the oysters Rockefeller. The service was excellent. Having been seated both upstairs and downstairs,
I find the ambience downstairs more desirable. There is also an advantage to being on the same floor as the kitchen and bar. Overall, one of the best restaurants in the west county.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank Mary O
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English first
Ventra, CA
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Consistent excellence in Ventura!”
Reviewed 4 September 2013

71 Palm is probably one of the very best kept secrets in Ventura! Just off Main Street in a lovely Victorian Home with an ocean view patio, and cozy fireplace side tables in the dining room. French / Californian fusion menu includes all the favorites from steamed clams, Kobe Beef Burgers, excellent steaks and seafood served in a comfortable casual atmosphere. The owner Didier leaves his mark on every dish and at every table. Great, affordable wine list and full bar.
Great go to place for casual lunch or dinner, and especially for special occasions! Also, it is dog friendly! They offer individual bowls of water and a "doggie" stew for visiting canines!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Dennis J
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Washington, DC
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A bit hard to judge”
Reviewed 2 September 2013

We had dinner on a Saturday evening and were seated upstairs. One of the charms of the restaurant is that it is in what was a converted house. That is also one of its downfalls. We were seated upstairs in a room that was small and had about 5 tables. Unfortunately for us, the table next to us was occupied by 4 very loud people. We simply could not enjoy our conversation and pretty much just listened to theirs. The acoustics of the room are not conducive to a restaurant.

As for the food, it was good. Not spectacular but good. The heirloom tomato salad was excellent. The filet was nicely prepared, but nothing special. Also, our waitress while very sweet was a bit too exuberant and ever-present. I think had we been seated in a different room where we didn't have to hear the next table's every word, we would have enjoyed our dinner more.

Visited August 2013
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Thank Monica84
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Ventura, California, United States
1 review
“worst food and worst experience”
Reviewed 10 August 2013

this food was awfuls, Mussel fishy and nasty! The Pate, like dog food, no flavor bland. Owner refused to remove from menu even after we sent back after one bite. Argued with us told us nothing was wrong. Never in my life have I been treated like that. I almost never send anything back embarrassed but this was so bad had to could not even stomach the food! We could not believe the arrogance of charging us for food we did not eat!!! We are not those people who eat half or all and then complain we took one bite and sent it back. Never go there, eat a can of sardines or dog food and save yourself a $100 bucks!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Meredith O
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Simi Valley, California
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“Favorite Special Event Restaurant”
Reviewed 13 July 2013

We have been going to this restaurant for over ten years, love the ambiance and the food. We have never been disappointed with anything that we have ordered. This is good quality local food. Chef Didier is friendly and welcoming. 71 Palm was reported to be Julia Child's favorite restaurant in Ventura. It is pricey but worth it.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Peggy O
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