Breakfast

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Breakfast restaurants in Oxnard and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Latte 101 thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Fresh & Fabulous Cafe & Bakery, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Breakfast.

10 Noah's New York Bagels — Ventura
Boasting New York style and great, chewy bagels, this busy eatery satisfies the West Coast's contingent of East Coast transplants. Steamed rather than boiled and accompanied by a host of cream cheese shmears, Noah's bagels are ideal any time of day. Great singly or as a clutch to take home and enjoy. Lest you think that dough is all you'll find, know that Noah's also offers salads, sandwiches, breakfast fare, and rich, aromatic espressos. Great for a quick stop-off. (805-650-1413)

9 Austen's
Relaxed and quietly elegant, this inn dining room is a favorite destination for flavorful, California-influenced meals, particularly on special occasions. Taking in views of the ocean, diners feast on tandoori grilled chicken, tournedos of beef tenderloin, herb-roasted prime rib, New Zealand lamb osso buco, and the chef's signature baby back ribs. Freshness of ingredients is key, as is healthful preparation. That's not to say that foods are lacking in taste, however, as you'll discover when you sample anything from Austen's scrumptious menus. (805-653-6144)

8 Sportsman Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge
This long-lived mainstay makes sure that Ventura's hearty eaters know where to go. Most folks opt for steaks, which is what the place is recognized for, but you'll also discover seafood dishes and several pasta entrees for those who want something a bit less filling. Prime rib is especially good, tender and juicy as it is. Lunch is also available, and breakfast on weekends. A restaurant lounge invites patrons to relax with a well-mixed drink, and a Camarillo location takes care of folks to the east. (805-643-2851)

7 Starbucks
If you're doing a little sightseeing and need to take a break or wind down a bit, then head to Starbucks. From flavored coffees and caffè lattes to teas and ciders, the menu on the wall has it all. An enticing selection of muffins, biscotti, and pastries is also on display. Frappuccinos and iced coffees are available for mid-day refreshment, or you can choose a hot chocolate, mochaccino, and cappuccino to reward yourself after a long day. Often busy but a good-natured staff makes the place efficient and friendly. (805-654-8463)

6 Bad Ass Coffee Company
Named for the donkeys that used to work the Hawaiian hillsides, this popular coffee shop sells authentic Kona coffee. The convenient venue offers counter service, and folks make the most of their line time by chatting about the latest news and trends. When the steaming cups of fragrant java arrive, you can see on patrons' faces the pleasure that really good coffee evokes. You'll also find a selection of smoothies, muffins, scones, fresh sandwiches, salads, desserts and pastries. (805-643-6700)

5 Greek at the Harbor
This bustling, festive complex delivers everything you want from a Greek restaurant, whether it be water views, outdoor dining, belly-dancing, or just terrific, zesty cuisine. The place can hold a lot of people, which is good, because the food draws them in constantly. Tasty stand-bys include moussaka, tiropita, dolmades, tabouli, gyros, and hummus. You'll also find lamb, chicken, steaks, pastas, and seafood. Best of all, between 7pm and 7:30pm, belly dancers and other entertainers regale diners, and the restaurant is awash in merriment. Patrons are even invited to dance along, which isn't unheard of, thanks to the ouzo. (805-650-5350)

4 Busy Bee Cafe
Diner fare is Busy Bee's great equalizer, drawing folks from all walks of life for sturdy, all-American dishes. Chicken and dumplings, catfish strips, meatloaf, and a host of juicy burgers comprise the menu, which also boasts all-day breakfast options. French toast, waffles, omelets, pancakes, blintzes, and eggs are certain to satisfy, whether you want breakfast or dinner. Even better, portions are generous, ensuring that you're fortified against a day of activity or worktime pressures. (805-643-4864)

3 Le Petit Cafe Bakery
This charming waterfront establishment, run by a husband-and-wife team, delivers scrumptious country French food touched just a bit by California style. If you're looking for something light, check out their pastry case or pick up a sandwich for takeout. Sit-down meals, though, are a real treat, featuring roasted chicken, crab cakes, fresh fish, and steamed mussels. Salads, quiche, and baquettes can also be had. Outdoor dining provides guests the opportunity to watch harbor boats and the sea's activity. Wine and beer available. (805-642-1191)

2 Latte 101
If you need a crash course in coffee culture, Latte 101 is pleased to offer a tutorial. This engaging cafe welcomes folks with steaming espressos, iced mochas, fruit smoothies, and exotic teas. A sweet selection of pastries, cakes, and cookies can also be had, along with filled croissants, quiche, soups, sandwiches, and other lunch specials. Should you need distraction, they also provide reading materials, offer board games, and host live acoustic musicians in the evening. A fun, bustling hang-out. (805-658-2677)

1 Allison's Country Cafe
Are you on the search for that perfect country cafe? Then look no further than Allison's Country Cafe in Ventura. This restaurant will quickly make your list of top cafes, as it features all the country favorites served up according to classic recipes. Breakfast includes an extensive list of omelets, deluxe biscuits and gravy, French toast and hot cakes. For lunch, enjoy any one of their many sandwiches, including several different burgers, Reubens, barbecue and Philly chicken sandwiches. (805-644-9072)


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Noah's New York Bagels — Ventura 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: VENTURA
COST: $
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Austen's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, California
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Group Friendly, Live Music, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: VENTURA
COST: $$
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Sportsman Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: VENTURA
COST: $$
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Starbucks 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: VENTURA
COST: $
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Bad Ass Coffee Company 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: VENTURA
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Greek at the Harbor 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Smoking (outdoor area), Take Out
Cuisine: European, Greek
Neighborhood: VENTURA
COST: $$
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Busy Bee Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: VENTURA
COST: $
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Le Petit Cafe Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, French
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Ventura
COST: $$
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Latte 101 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Live Music, Take Out
Neighborhood: VENTURA
COST: $
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Allison's Country Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: VENTURA
COST: $