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!
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.
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