10 Best Restaurants in Ventura: From Fresh Catch to Tasty Indian

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. 

Golden China


If you're craving Chinese food in Ventura, you'd be well advised to consider Golden China. The expansive place can be a little difficult to locate, but once there, amid subdued lighting and Asian artifacts, you'll feel transported to the Far...  Read More

Banzai Marina
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Local folks flock to this unassuming place, clamoring for great sushi and reveling in the friendly service. A sit-down bar runs along one length of the light-filled establishment; elsewhere, tables accommodate dinner patrons, and reservations...  Read More

Spasso Cucina Italiana
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Spasso Cucina Italiana is a delightful Italian restaurant located just steps from the Pacific Ocean. A great setting and satisfying cuisine makes this a must visit for all destination diners. Their menu offers several of your favorites as well...  Read More

Brophy Bros Restaurant and Clam Bar
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Brophy Bros overlooks Ventura Harbor and serves some of the best clam chowder in town. With a seafood specialty, their cioppino and garlic baked clams are just a few of their most popular items. Their fish is served with seasonings such as cajun...  Read More

Lure Fish House Ventura


Lure Fish House opened locations in Ventura, Camarillo and Westlake, where it's gained immediate popularity. With charming and modern sea decor, Ventura's Lure offers indoor and outdoor seating, as well as seats at their Oyster Bar. That's...  Read More



If you love fish tacos, you've just struck gold! Spencer Makenzie's is well known for having some of the best fish tacos for miles and miles. This casual seafood restaurant is a spot you shouldn't miss on any visit to Ventura - even if you're...  Read More



Do you like oysters? You do?! Then it's time for you to take a trip to The Jolly Oyster. Located beachside in beautiful San Buenaventura State Park, The Jolly Oyster actually consists of two walk-up food trucks. At one, you can buy fresh, raw...  Read More


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