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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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“burger” (27 reviews)
“beef stew” (3 reviews)
“vanilla cake” (3 reviews)
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American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
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Reviewed March 3, 2018

The decor and atmosphere of this place is really good. Unfortunately, the food is only okay. That's not to say it's bad - but it's just not what I expected. Service is also just okay.

Thank Travellin_Paul
Reviewed January 21, 2018

Went here on a Saturday night for dinner - crowded but we didn't have to wait too long. Average diner food - took a very long time for our meals to come.

Thank Susan P
Reviewed January 20, 2018 via mobile

Built in the 60s the sign in front promotes air-conditioned. Which was a big deal in 1963. Functioning to Fox and waitresses and Busy Bee red uniforms and terrific food makes this a great place for breakfast

Thank Avram G
Reviewed January 19, 2018

My husband loves diners, so this was right up his alley. We ate lunch here with our daughter-in-law and two young grandchildren. We had things like burgers and meatloaf, typical diner fare. Large portions! They even have a juke box you can operate from your...More

Thank Dot13
Reviewed January 2, 2018 via mobile

We came here late night New Years Eve. The meal was so good we came back for breakfast. The service was excellent. A cheery place with a juke box at your table. Menu selections for every taste.

Thank K6KN
Reviewed December 24, 2017 via mobile

This ‘50s dinner rocks. The ambiance is great and authentic. From the booths with the jukebox stations to the food, the place takes you back to a time when life was slower, simpler and the food was filling. The servers were very attentive and polite...More

Thank MarcoSal67
Reviewed November 10, 2017 via mobile

Excellent french toast, served with choice bacon/sausage and an egg. Done perfectly with fast service. My wife had a spinach omelette, moist and well made, taste great. Also a great place to take well behaved kids!

Thank OC-RaiderFan
Reviewed November 7, 2017 via mobile

We discovered Ventura on our way to LA 6yrs ago and fell in love with Busy Bee. We returned 2yrs ago and this year and still incredible happy with both service and food. I must say I've only eaten the Pastrami Reuben here and I...More

Thank ColinandJane
Reviewed October 13, 2017 via mobile

I came across Busy Bee Cafe here on Trip Advisor and it did not disappoint. The food and service was not stellar but the ambience made the meal. It was fun to listen to the 50's music and feel like you were actually in a...More

Thank rwheeler1977
Reviewed September 23, 2017 via mobile

We were on a road trip of California between San Francisco and San Diego and had stopped off in Santa Barbara on the way down to Long Beach. Ventura came up on the satnav so we made a small detour into the town and decided...More

Thank winonhols
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July 29, 2017|
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Response from Tricia H | 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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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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