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Busy Bee Cafe

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American, Diner
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478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2627
+1 805-643-4864
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11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Traverse City, Michigan
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436 reviews
344 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

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Thank Bill H
Benicia, California
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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 

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Thank Patteranishi
Chula Vista, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

The wait staff goes out of its way to make sure you are satisfied. The 50's look and feel is pretty neat. I recommend this place to anyone who visits Ventura so you can get a good meal at a good price!

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Thank Chris C
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Good substantial breakfast, plus they serve cocktails at some time during the evening. Friendly staff & fairly clean place.

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Thank George M
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Good American fare. Authentic 50's nostalgia right down to the table jukeboxes and sweater poles on each booth. The omelet was amazingly good, but the pancakes could have tasted better even though they were cooked properly and were very fluffy. They were good, but not exceptional. It is good American diner style food and atmosphere. I would eat there again.

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Thank smlisle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

The place is beautiful and very 50's and the hamburguers were just amazing! My wife had the Classic American Cheesebuguer and I had the guacamone one. Both delicious!!

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Thank Joan S
Culver City, California
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350 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

This is all you'd expect from a 1950s style diner. Lots of breakfast options. I opted for the healthy California Light Omelet: egg whites, spinach, zucchini, bell peppers and avocado. This included the not so healthy - but delicious - Busy Bee potatoes and a side order of toast. Service was OK - from a crusty server who's probably worked... More 

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Thank GareThere
San Dimas, California
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

This is a 50's style diner that is just awesome! We swung by there at about 11 am for a traditional, basic, all-American breakfast. It did not disappoint! I had the 3-egg breakfast with hash browns and crispy bacon! There are other options, of course, including pancakes, etc. This is a diner with outstanding service, located smack-dab in the middle... More 

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Ventura, California
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154 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

It's been literally years since we've gone to the Busy Bee, and we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food and the reasonable prices. The juke box was playing great oldies, and the waitress was friendly and helpful. Our food came quickly, and it was really good. My husband got a shrimp basket, and he figured there would... More 

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Thank VtaTraveler
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Stop in Busy Bee for lunch today. All tables were filled but only had to wait 10 minutes for a table. Food was well prepared.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13
Cuisine
American, Diner
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?