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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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American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place serves reliable, decent diner/comfort food. It's the perfect after-the-bar place to grab a bite to eat before heading home. Service is good. Nothing to write home about but the food does the trick.

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 3 September 2017

We had breakfast here on a Sunday morning. The blueberry pancakes were very tasty. Also very good was the spinach mushroom cheese omelette. Our waitress was quite attentive. The diner itself is very pleasant. One caveat is that it was very hot and the air...More

Thank vincemc
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

We were touristing in Ventura, CA and after hours in the great shops along Main Street, we needed a break. We stopped in at the Busy Bee Cafe - all red and white reminiscent of a classic 1950's diner! We had a delicious turkey dinner...More

Thank bppiatek
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

The food here is pretty decent diner fare with a good selection. We usually get the French Dip and the Jumbo Hot Dog. Can't say they are the best I've ever had but they are satisfying enough. The reason I give it 4 stars is...More

Thank rayandgabby
Reviewed 21 July 2017

Always wanting to absorb the local culture we discovered the Busy Bee cafe. This place rocks. Both the food and the service were first class, and we loved the mini juke boxes at each booth. Well worth a visit if you're into happy Days!!

Thank Alaroy01
Reviewed 21 July 2017

I stopped in for breakfast and the Busy Bee had a great menu. Venue was 50's style. I had the chicken fried steak, the biscuit and gravy, hash browns, and 3 poached eggs. This was a huge plate and of course I didn't eat it...More

Thank cliffwalters
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Fun location for family lunch or dinner. We ate here and walked to the movie theater a block away. Black and white tiles, red leatherette booths, old timey booth jukebox access, waitresses in mid century uniforms. Really convenient location in the center of downtown. The...More

Thank Lynda H
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Ate dinner here the food was nothing to write home about. More of a kids restaurant than anything. Mac and cheese was no better than boxed. Pastrami was lean but sandwich was very plain, no extras. Will probably not return. The wait staff was good...More

Thank 7pointstar
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30 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
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Average prices
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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
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