Have a restaurant rec for a birthday dinner in Ventura?
I've got a birthday to celebrate with my bf soon and am looking for a great restaurant in the Ventura area. Santa Barbara, Ojai, and Oxnard are also options. Italian, French, American, Seafood... something along those lines. Cozy atmosphere, maybe a little music or a nice view, quiet enough to hold a conversation, not outrageously priced, and delicious food = the ideal, though taste reigns supreme!
Leads on where to find great crabcakes are also welcome.
I'm planning a stop at McConnell's to try the ice cream too. Am I on the right track??
Thanks = )
Two places I can recommend highly:
The Ranch House is one of the oldest restaurants in Ojai, with mostly outdoor seating in a beautiful garden setting.
Jonathans At Peiranos is my favorite downtown Ventura restaurant, a reliable Mediterranean with wonderful paellas.
And BOTH restaurants have great crab cakes!
500 W Lomita Ave, Ojai, CA 93023
Jonathans At Peiranos
204-208 E Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
Jonathan's was the one whose name I was trying to remember, mazook - thanks! Four of us wandered in with no reservations and not much money one night and had a warm welcome, a cozy table, some really good food and drink, and an unlooked-for treat of some gentle cabaret jazz. Last building in the block next to the park, across from the mission.