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Busy Bee Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Diner, Cafe
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478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
+1 805-643-4864
11:00 - 23:00
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
ventura calif.
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank drodswendy
Santa Paula, California
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180 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 just plain awful. I ordered a Reuben Sandwich, which I have liked on previous occasions.... More 

Thank lobo59
Los Angeles, California
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89 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Las Vegas, Nevada
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177 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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
Ventura, California
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58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 old town shops that will grab our wallet. But wives will love it. You'll see... More 

Thank William B
Stow, Ohio
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83 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

I haven't been here in years and it's just as good as it ever was. If your looking for a relaxed fun place to grab a bite to eat this is the place. 50's music and decor and all the food is great.

Thank nightingale725
Dana Point, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We visited Ventura for two days over Valentine's day. We had last reviewed The Busy Bee in 2014. It is our "go-to" eatery when staying at the Bella Maggorie Inn in downtown Ventura. We had breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Still love the casual 50's atmosphere. Value, service and quality of the food was outstanding. Our Valentine's day dinner was steak... More 

Thank arascal
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Here for breakfast while staying in Ventura , good food and service. The décor was 1950's, restaurant has been in business many years. Something on the menu for everyone.

Thank Linda M
Ventura, California
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119 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

My husband and I stopped into Busy Bee for lunch one day while we were shopping the downtown Ventura area. He felt like a hamburger. The place keeps regular business flowing even though we had a late lunch. They have a jukebox with old tunes that was fun to listen to, but the little booth jukebox was broken where you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Diner, Cafe
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?