We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Busy Bee Cafe

€€ - €€€American, Cafe,
478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
+1 805-643-4864
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (32 reviews)
“beef stew” (3 reviews)
“finger food” (6 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00 Hours
American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (233)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 225 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Breakfast on a Sunday, the experience was wonderful, so glad we found the Busy Bee! At first the 1950’s come at you strong perhaps lulling you into the belief that you’ve seen it all. Spoiler alert: you haven’t. Food arrives tasty AND beautifully (date I...More

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We go every year with a group of 17. This year was also homecoming. They provided quick seating for our party, took our orders, made seperate checks, and the food was great as always. From the meatloaf to burgers to sanwiches. we were able to...More

Thank Colleen R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent diner food and service with outdoor seating. Blueberry pancakes, bacon, eggs. Also noticed a sign for $5 bloody Mary’s

Thank Jen C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went there with my family. We got the burgers. They’ve great. Great taste. After that we got the milkshake and apple cinnamon ice cream desserts. Wow. Even better than the burgers. On top of great food the service also was great. Will recommend this place....More

Thank Morten M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love the style in this Cafe. You can back in time and feel the atmosphere of 50’s. Burgers are so tasty, best I have ever eaten. American Classic Cheesburger and Chicago Burger are ones to die for. Till being there I was not for...More

Thank Maria G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visit Ventura several times a year and always try to make our way to the Busy Bee with our grandchildren. This time we took our 4 year old granddaughter. She had the kids’ menu pancakes, my husband had a burger, and I had a...More

Thank Dot13
Reviewed 2 October 2018

This diner is cool and fun.. Lots of jukeboxes at the tables, and the decor is 50's.. It has malts, burgers, and other mom n pop food favorites. On the main street and shops all around near it..

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

We went there for a brunch and had very good corned beef hash and three eggs. Had a side of their version of hash browns and a small side of biscuits and gravy. Everything was great. The ambiance of the dinner is also great

Thank richard c
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

If this restaurant did not have its prime location on Main Street, I am convinced it would have gone out of business long ago. It does, however, have a fun, fifties vibe that no doubt attracts tourists.

1  Thank califcasl
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

This is eatery , themed after a 50’s diner, which offers all the favorites from that era. The staff, is very attentive and provide us with great speedy service. Our food choice tonight was a burger and fries, and let me tell you it was...More

Thank inspectrdad
Nearby HotelsSee all 23 hotels in Ventura
Bella Maggiore Inn
179 reviews
.08 km away
Motel 6 Ventura Downtown
74 reviews
.35 km away
Clocktower Inn Hotel
68 reviews
.42 km away
Amanzi Hotel
698 reviews
.45 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Lure Fish House
1,318 reviews
.08 km away
Taj Cafe Indian Cuisine
375 reviews
.14 km away
Cafe Fiore Restaurant
448 reviews
.10 km away
Anacapa Brewing Company
227 reviews
.01 km away
Nearby Attractions
Serra Cross Park
147 reviews
.43 km away
Mission San Buenaventura
311 reviews
.39 km away
Ventura City Hall
86 reviews
.16 km away
Ventura Visitor's Center
55 reviews
.15 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
8 June 2018|
Response from Dot13 | Reviewed this property |
Probably. But I wouldn't go there specifically for Italian food, there are other restaurant choices in town for that. There may be an online menu you could look at. Google it.
30 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
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.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing