About Cafe Navarre

101 N. Michigan St
South Bend, IN 46601
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Cafe Navarre, located in downtown South Bend, is the newest hot spot as a restaurant and bar. As a locally owned establishment, Cafe Navarre strives for excellence in producing, and serving, the finest in cuisine. Established in the former American Trust bank building, Cafe Navarre is an architectural masterpiece, incorporating both vintage charm and modern styles. Our cuisine is varied with an emphasis on Mediterranean with an American twist.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, French

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm -10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Washington

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(574) 968-8101

Website:
http://www.cafenavarre.co/

Parking Details:
There are several parking spaces along the corner of Michigan, Washington, as well as a parking garage along the corner of Colfax and Main Street.

Executive Chef:
Donte Shaw

Private Party Facilities:
Cafe Navarre has 3 private dining rooms available with seating capacity from 14 to 24 in each room.

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

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Cafe Navarre Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.5

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4.5

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Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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service5
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Most Elegant in the Area

Dined 3 days ago

With fois gras as a pretty small plate and fresh fish flown in daily, as well as inventive dishes like deconstructed s'mores, and creative bartenders, this is so fun! The backdrop is an old black and white bank, with a bar looking like a mahogany boat, and people draped all over it. Booths or tables, art that is changed out every so often - don't miss Cafe Navarre. If you are against fois, no worries - there is cheese or shrimp or mussels...it goes on and on and on. The servers are fun, timely, and non-intrusive. They are over-the-top helpful, and knowledgeable. Cafe Navarre offers Amish chicken (local), steaks with amazing sauces, and side dishes you will want to lick the plate for. The wine menu is just right - the cocktails are plentifully filled, and you will want to come back because it's just getting away from the world. We love Cafe Navarre.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Always Love Cafe Navarre

vip
Dined 3 days ago

We always enjoy dinner at Cafe Navarre. The food is spectacular and the service is fabulous.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Me Likey

Dined 5 days ago

Great restaurant in a beautiful old bank building. The décor is nicely done; it manages to be modern and timeless at the same time. There were 7 for dinner. Everyone really enjoyed their entrees, but my short ribs were some of the best I have ever had. We sat in an odd little conference type, so next time I will request the main dining area or the bar. I plan on coming back soon. PS, a very easy walk to the Morris Theater.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Made our evening better

Dined 5 days ago

We started our evening at the café. The wonderful meal and service made our evening even better.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
food3
ambience5
service4

Very attentive waiter and nice ambience ...

Dined 6 days ago

Very attentive waiter and nice ambience and wine selection

food4
ambience4
service5

Cafe Navarre is a great place for a nice ...

vip
Dined on April 25, 2016

Cafe Navarre is a great place for a nice meal, great service and lively atmosphere. The servers are always helpful and knowledgable abt the food and wine. We have never had a bad experience. Love the outside on a beautiful day or evening

food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Good food, great service.

Dined on April 23, 2016

Have been there several times. The service has always been very very good. Good food and great cocktail choices. Waitress was very knowledgeable and friendly. The Steak could have been better for the price though. Very good place for a date or special occasion.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service4

Unique ambiance. Great food. Accommodate ...

Dined on April 18, 2016

Unique ambiance. Great food. Accommodated our late group arrival.

food1
ambience3
service3

Super cool building. Had reservations fo ...

Dined on April 17, 2016

Super cool building. Had reservations for two, place was not too busy while we were there on a Saturday night. Had drinks at bar to start, great bartender service, good drinks but then it all went down hill from there. Sat us right next to kitchen even though there were at least 5 other tables available had to request to be moved. Waiter was odd, rather than telling us specials I had to ask him and then he'd only tell us part of it and would be back to tell us the rest. I ordered pork chop dinner my husband ordered spare ribs. They were both so bad we didn't even eat a third of our plate, my pork was so fatty it was gross, plus they sliced it for presentation but there were big bone chunks in the pieces. Would not recommend.

food5
ambience5
service4
value3

Special date nights out

Dined on April 16, 2016

We had a very nice time here at Cafe Navarre. The food was good quality but in comparison to other restaurants we have gone to, we found the menu was limited and the entrees were pricey.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Terrific restaurant! Great use of space ...

Dined on April 15, 2016

Terrific restaurant! Great use of space and interesting menu. Delighted to visit downtown South Bend and see such a vibrant place!

food3
ambience2
service3
value1

Fine but overpriced.

vip
Dined on April 13, 2016

Had dinner here for the first time a few days ago. We ordered the seafood carbonara and the salmon. The shrimp in the carbonara was overdone and the plate had obviously been sitting awhile before it came out. The salmon was beautifully presented but a bit blah flavor wise and lacking salt. Berry cobbler was just okay. All in all I just felt that this meal was way too expensive for its quality. If you're going to charge $30 for an entree, it should be outstanding. Also, those three tables squeezed in at the very back are really unappealing - if you're the person facing the wall (as I was) it's kind of depressing. On a positive note, our server was super.

food4
ambience3
service4
value3

Consistently Good Food

Dined on April 4, 2016

Have the mushroom soup each time that I go there. Would like a little more variety in the menu selections and would suggest having off the menu specials available seasonally.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent dining experience! Great food ...

vip
Dined on April 1, 2016

Excellent dining experience! Great food AND service! Best in S. Bend!

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

great lunch on a spring day

Dined on April 1, 2016

Even though it was April 1st, there was no foolin' this was a great lunch. Excellent beef stroganoff, and they were careful about our diner with food allergies too. Soup and grilled cheese is also a special treat here.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great as usual

Dined on March 31, 2016

Great for business lunch. Privacy seating available. Food is consistently excellent. Service has always been above average and more recently seems to have improved even more. Very attentive and professional server with a good sense of humor.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

First class!

Dined on March 28, 2016

This is my "go to" place for lunch, be it business or personal. I only have experience with the luncheon scene. However, I'm confident their dinners are superb, too.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Easter Sunday

Dined on March 27, 2016

The Easter menu was a special menu, limited by regular Cafe Navarre standards, but offered something for everyone....fish, ham, lamb, steak and vegan. The presentations were beautiful and the three dessert options were impressive.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Fish special never disappoints!

Dined on March 22, 2016

Fish special never disappoints!

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great Experience

Dined on March 20, 2016

It was a great evening! I was introducing my young nephews (ages 12 & 14) to an evening of finer dining. They had never experienced this before so I thought this would be a unique way to have them celebrate their mother's birthday! Our waitress was very patient and helpful in helping them order and giving them suggestions and instruction. My sister was treated with a birthday dessert which was a nice touch. The food experience was not a question and wonderful as always. Thank you to all..!

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Great Spot

vip
Dined on March 19, 2016

This was first time at Cafe Navarre and it was very good. I called for a certain table and they made it available. The bar area is very nice and the setting in a old bank is very unique. Our appetizers were very good. We ordered the beef short ribs and the filet. Both were very good, however, my filet was prepared medium well and I requested medium rare. I did not ask for a comp, but they removed it from the bill. I would definitely go back and would recommend it to all.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5

Food and service were incredible! We ord ...

Dined on March 13, 2016

Food and service were incredible! We ordered the salmon and the fish special...both excellent. My granddaughter ordered from the small plates. She loved the mussels and finished the juice with the last piece of bread. Her birthday topper was strawberry gelato with a birthday candle!!! She was so pleased! The waiter was friendly, professional, and efficient! We will be back, for sure!

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Cafe Navarre excellent for special occasion

Dined on March 7, 2016

Food was great. Our waiter, Tom was the best. Answered all our questions about the menu, made excellent suggestions and even knew the history of the building.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Great food and service!

Dined on March 5, 2016

This place is awesome! My wife and I had beautifully prepared food that tasted even better than it looked. Our server, Naomi, was awesome. After a great meal, we shared delicious desserts.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Cafe Navarre is a gem

Dined on March 4, 2016

Sitting near the bar at Cafe Navarre is like going back in time to a supper club. The old bank is a tile floor, clean wooden lines including staircase, the bar and some booth walls. Several high top tables along the bar make for a fun time to see people coming in. Bar is often busy. The wait staff knows their stuff - from what the drink of the day is, to what the freshly flown in fish dish is to what the best on the menu is right now. The wine list is wonderful! The cocktails are imaginative, and even the art on the walls is changed up quarterly. Features include melt-in-your-mouth beef, different salads than the norm, creatively plated specials, and delicious appetizers (even fois gras at times). Desserts are fun too. All levels of dress are seen here, but business dress is probably the best. Close to the shows and music, and fun. GO!

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great food, great service

Dined on March 2, 2016

I dined with a friend before a basketball game this past Wednesday which is the second year in a row. I think it will be a tradition. The food was excellent and our waiter was very attentive and professional. This is an outstanding restaurant.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Terrific service (Lauren) and outstandin ...

Dined on February 27, 2016

Terrific service (Lauren) and outstanding, elegant food. Found it randomly on Open table while visiting S Bend. Definitely a diamond in the rough. Highly recommended

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Amazing food in South Bend

vip
Dined on February 27, 2016

Being from the east coast, I was pleasantly surprised to find such an excellent fine-dining type place in South Bend, IN! The food here compared very favorably to some of my favorite places in DC. The gnocchi with butternut squash and sage were light and fluffy, as well as delicious. And I also enjoyed my grilled salmon with lentils and winter root vegetables. The salmon was both crispy and yet moist. I also appreciated the very reasonably priced spirits and wine by comparison with similar-type places in DC! If I'm ever back in South Bend, I'm definitely returning to Cafe Navarre!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Dinner at Bar

Dined on February 26, 2016

Had dinner at a high-top in the bar. Not wildly busy, but, busy. Food was great. Suggestions from waitress were helpful. All the specials were wonderful. Good drinks. For my money, the best place in South Bend.

Tags: fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5

The food was fantastic and the service w ...

Dined on February 24, 2016

The food was fantastic and the service was spectacular. St Elmo's has nothing on this place!

food5
ambience4
service4

Food was scrumptious! Atmosphere open an ...

Dined on February 20, 2016

Food was scrumptious! Atmosphere open and inviting. Great bar and high tables. We will visit again.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Evening

vip
Dined on February 19, 2016

We love Cafe Navarre! The building is beautiful and feels very special. The greeting when you first enter is very welcoming. The bar scene is vibrant. The wait staff are knowledgeable and the service is outstanding. The food is creative and delicious!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

The short ribs were amazing melt in your ...

Dined on February 17, 2016

The short ribs were amazing melt in your mouth. Excellent sauce with it.

food3
ambience4
service3
value3

Expensive for the quality of food given..

Dined on February 14, 2016

The restaurant was more expensive than some restaurants I've gone to in Chicago that were a lot more trendy, notable, and had better service and food. Maybe it was because we went on Valentine's Day weekend, so it wasn't a huge deal, but I wish the food had been better for the price. The wine list was great though--I love a good, dry white wine. Seafood pasta too spicy for my taste and the mini piece of chocolate cake for $8 was extremely rich. Overall, though I liked the ambience and the setting. I know friends who love Cafe Navarre and it would definitely be a fun group date during the day! Also, our waitress was extremely overbearing, checking in every five minutes and she didn't seem like she had a great knowledge of the menu. Service could also be better for the price.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food3
ambience5
service5
value4

Valentine' Day

Dined on February 14, 2016

I am writing this review to draw attention to the meal my husband and I had on Valentine's Day. The mushroom soup was excellent as always, however it would be great if one had the choice of a cup as well as the bowl, especially at dinner. The creme brulee was also very good. The entrees were SALTY, to the point where I did not enjoy mine and neither did my husband. I had the fish special, Drum fish, and my husband had ordered the salmon. Both entrees were too highly salted to be enjoyed or finished. We mentioned this to our waitress when she asked if we wanted to box up the remainder. We both answered NO. Because we have had other excellent meals at Cafe Navarre in the past, I would still recommend the restaurant to friends, but would mention this unfortunate experience as well. I hope our next visit will be more positive.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A Good One

Dined on February 14, 2016

The food and service are excellent. Always something unique on the menu if you want to try it. Enjoyed it completely.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A great spot in downtown South Bend!

Dined on February 14, 2016

We went to Cafe Navarre to celebrate Valentines Day a day early and were not disappointed. I looked at both the reviews online and was referred to the restaurant by a few people I knew. We loved both the interior design and the food/wine! I felt that there was a wide variety of options on the menu for both the appetizers and the main courses and we both were happy with our orders. I had the salmon and my husband had the short ribs and we split the gnocchi for an appetizer. Delicious! I highly recommend this restaurant for a date night and it would also be perfect with a large group of friends. The next time we go, we will definitely sit at the bar first and share a drink before being seated at our table. Thank you Cafe Navarre for a great Valentines experience!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Good Birthday Spot

Dined on February 14, 2016

I took my boyfriend here fora late birthday present. Our server was very attentive and made the evening memorable with a slice of their delicious chocolate cake. Overall, it was a fantastic experience.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Navarre - Great

Dined on February 13, 2016

We were visiting from Atlanta and visited Cafe Navarre. Loved the feel and the friendly greeting. Has a very nice history. Our waiter was excellent. He could explain the various offerings and field questions with ease. Food was great.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Very nice dinner

Dined on February 13, 2016

Dinner was very nice. The food was excellent. The Service was perfect. I will definitely be back!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion

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