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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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161 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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79 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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118 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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 

Thank Loves-A-Deal-2-Eat
Santa Barbara, California
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

The go-to spot for crowd-pleasing fun. The menu has over 100 items, so there's something for everyone (except maybe someone on a strict diet). You'll find all the cuteness you'd expect from a 1950's themed diner - jukeboxes, red booths, formica tables, and vintage decor. You'll also find the 1950's diner theme food - flavored sodas (i.e. vanilla Coke), milkshakes,... More 

Thank GenXMommy
London, United Kingdom
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211 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Went here for early breakfast. Had French toast which was very good. Excellent coffee. Good value for money. Classic diner style interior. Situated in main part of town.

Thank VanessaB_107
Traverse City, Michigan
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480 reviews
369 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

50's theme diner with honest to goodness food. Had the chicken and dumpling dinner which had double the portion described on the menu. Came with soup or salad and desert and a beverage for $15. I could not finish the entree and had to take the desert to go. Took a while waiting for food but that's because they prepare... More 

Thank Bill H
Benicia, California
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Friendly welcoming 50's style Cafe in the middle of Ventura. Very reminiscent of a place you probably visited as a child. The staff is efficient and courteous. The food is served quickly and is adequate. Very tasty, large servings of home style dishes. Definitely not gourmet but enjoyable. My only concern was that it was not super clean, the tables... More 

Thank Patteranishi

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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
USD 13
American, Diner, Cafe
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, 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?