Ventura Area - Fine Dining Lunch [moved from CA board]
I recommend Tutti's on Main & Palm. Also, there's Cafe Fiore on California & Main. Then there's always the old standby of Pierpont Inn; plus it's such a nice setting! Also, if you're willing to make the trek north to Ojai, I can't recommend the Ranch House strongly enough. The setting is incredible & the French-influenced food is procured from local growers as much as possible. Both the Pierpont & the Ranch House are local institutions known for their food & environs.
Let's face it, though. Ventura isn't known for it's fine dining...& that's one of the things we love about it!
Tutti's off Main
34 N. Palm St.
66 California St.
Austens at Pierpont Inn
550 Sanjon Rd.
The Ranch House
500 W. Lomita Ave.
I went to brophy brothers seeing the frequent references here, and honestly, I was very disappointed. It was not bad, but I didn't feel like it's chow worthy. I had calamari and sea bass. Didn't like the calamari too much - a bit too soft for my taste. The bass was ok, nothing exeptional. The worst was the rice pilaf that came with the fish, it had absolutely no flavor. Maybe I just went there on a bad day - new years eve. But this is definitely not a place I will recommend. Any thoughts?