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Busy Bee Cafe

478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
+1 805-643-4864
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“burger” (17 reviews)
“beef stew” (3 reviews)
“apple butter” (2 reviews)
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American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
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11 - 20 of 198 reviews

Reviewed 16 June 2017

I own a nearby business, and often find myself without breakfast. My husband and I went over to grab a quick bite, and were thrilled to get the most awesome chicken fried steak with biscuits and gravy! It was a mound of food and super...More

Thank Lvjetskiracer
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Overpriced and underwhelming. Not bad but not great. I wouldn't go back. Watery eggs. Forgetful and slow service.

Thank Carleigh A
Reviewed 9 June 2017

We were there on a very busy Saturday lunch. Had their beef stew and the special of the day, there food was worth the wait. Tips:Outside seats could get a bit chilly. Since there were no inside seats available, we decided to eat out, but...More

Thank Chia2005
Reviewed 24 May 2017

We have been coming here for years as we travel to and from Southern California. Love the 50's decor- jukeboxes; great ( and plentiful) meals. Grandkids now love it as much as our kids did. Staff is friendly and if you have time, there is...More

Thank inthewind65
Reviewed 19 May 2017

The Busy Bee was a delightful place to eat – the restaurant itself was clean, the food was delicious, the prices reasonable, and the service excellent. It’s a retro diner with jukeboxes at every table and delightful posters on the walls. Wish we had one...More

Thank hamlong74 .
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Really good food and shakes! It's very authentic and straight out of the 50th. Every wednesday - since more than 25 years- is chicken-night. And they know what they are doing. Very yummy!

Thank Jonathan W
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
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29 July 2017|
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Response from inthewind65 | 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, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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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