Ventura County offers a wide range of dining experiences that appeal to locals and visitors alike. Neighborhood spots and downtown restaurants bring in customers looking for fresh food, local ingredients and speciality cocktails. Seafood, Mexican and American cuisines are popular, but everything else from Irish to Thai is also well-represented in the area.
The busiest restaurants tend to come with an ocean or harbor view, but ambiance is equally important for those looking for a great sushi bar or barbecue joint. Ventura County restaurants take advantage of the fresh air and year-round sunshine, most opening outdoor patios. Some even make room for our four-legged friends!
Local favorites such as Lure Fish House and Brophy Bros have consistently pleased customers with classic menu items and great locations. These restaurants cater to both entree and drink orders, giving customers a balanced dining experience, but you'll have to make a reservation or wait in line. For a more casual seafood experience, head to Spencer Mackenzie's to experience the best fish tacos for miles around.
Downtown Ventura is home to most of the dining choices on this list, while the surrounding area of Oxnard and Camarillo also host sister-restaurants and popular contenders. Several chain restaurants are also frequented in the area, but in a small town, family-owned businesses are often the most cherished.