Birthday dinner in Ventura
Looking for a suggestion for dinner for my birthday. Will be in Ventura for two weeks and am not at all familiar w/the area. Pretty open as to types of food, don't mind spending $100 or so for two people, but don't want to break the bank. I tried to do a search for Ventura on the board, but so many of the results were mentioning Ventura Blvd., not the actual town itself.
Thanks in advance!
Jonathan's at Peirano's in downtown Ventura serves the best paella I have had in southern California, along with an excellent Mediterranean menu and a tapas bar next door. Avoid 71 Palm at all costs!
The Ranch House in Ojai (15 miles inland from Ventura) is one of my favorite day-trip restaurants. Wonderful food in a gorgeous setting. (Be sure to print out a map -- it can be hard to find especially after dark).
Here's an extensive thread on Ventura County eats (note that the posts are strung out over a year-and-a-half ... be sure to call ahead to check on some of the older recs)
500 W Lomita Ave, Ojai, CA 93023
204-208 E Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
I know it is kind of off most people's radar, but I love Mary's Secret Garden vegan cafe - they really care about food and everything I have had there is tasty.
For more mainstream fare, try Tutti's on Palm St. They have a lovely romantic patio.
I also like Jonathan's. Very good food.