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“Time travel to old US”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Busy Bee Cafe

Busy Bee Cafe
Ranked #16 of 425 Restaurants in Ventura
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$13
Cuisines: American, Diner, Cafe
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Good for: Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Time travel to old US”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

Busy bee brings back the old times of rock and roll age. The place is a charming diner, with wide range of choice (American cuisine mainly), and excellent service. The food is ok (tasty, but not outstanding), the portions are huge and the price is very reasonable. Cherry on the top to be able to try the music box ( choose two songs for a quarter). Worth a try for a pleasant breakfast, lunch or dinner.

  • Visited September 2013
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Sherman oaks
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great 50s atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2013 via mobile

Really great atmosphere with jukebox selections at the tables. We had the breakfast and it was delish. Highly recommend the French toast

  • Visited August 2013
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Ventura
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“This was so bad, I had to come immediately home and post my review.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

We have not eaten here for over 10 years and I won't be back either. My husband and I went in for dinner. We arrived at 6:20 P.M. and there was only 1 other table with 2 people eating there. That should have been my first clue not to eat there. We were promptly waited on and ordered our drinks. My husband ordered a chili burger with no onions and I asked if the chicken pot pie was good. He replied it was requested often. I ordered it. When I got it, my first response was, "What is that?" It consisted of some extremely thick sauce with more mushrooms than anything, a bit of hard potatoes, celery, and some chicken with a crunchy canned flaky biscuit on the top and a few peas drizzled on top of more of that thick sauce. It was so disgusting that I couldn't even eat it. I tried. I ate 3 bites and could barely swallow the last bite. I had to do everything I could to keep from gagging. The waiter never asked how everything was, or if it was OK, or if I wanted to take it home. Which I would not have. GROSS! That is the best way to describe it. My husband got his burger with a cup of chili on the side with some cheese and onions. He picked out the onions and stirred up the chili and decided to eat just the burger because the chili was thin with barely any meat and just beans. Not what an AMERICAN visiting an ALL-AMERICAN diner would expect. We were extremely disappointed and would never eat here again. The building is cute, but that is all. Not worth wasting your money on. Maybe breakfast is better, but stay away for dinner. I wish I had taken a picture of it.

  • Visited August 2013
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Manchester
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“1950s Diner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2013

OK it's probably not the greatest food. This place gets 5* for its unique atmosphere and typical American diner food which we do not get in the UK. This is what we wanted from our American Road-trip. Small town American Diner food at its best. The booths are connected to the Jukebox. 25c gets you 2 tunes on the Jukebox. We indulged in a foot long hot dog with chilli and cheese and a milkshake. Awesome!

  • Visited August 2013
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London
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“Classic American diner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2013

You can't go more American than this. Black/white checkered floor, booths, duke box - and great food of course. Try the ice cream floats - mmmm...

  • Visited August 2013
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