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Jan 30, 2012 02:41 AM

Ventura/Oxnard help?

I'm renting a beach house in Oxnard in March. What are the best restaurants around there for lunch and dinner? Want places with good food....and wine. Thanks! Can be high end or casual.

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  1. Check out this place. Excellent food, wine and services. A special treat for the area.
    The Wild Boar Shanks are outstanding.

    1. Andria's seafood in Ventura harbor is great for fish and chips.

      1. For sushi, I like Anaba on Tradewinds Dr. in Oxnard. I also like Moqueca, a Brazilian rest. at Channel Harbor. Friends like Tierra Sur, at Herzog Winery in Oxnard. I was not impressed the one time I went for lunch with the friends, but the friends felt our experience was unusual compared to their previouse visits.

        Some one already mentioned Andria's. I like their clam chowder, also the chowder at Brophy Bros. These are both at Ventura Harbor.

        My go to places for lunch in Ventura are Danny's Deli on Telegraph, I usually get the Pastrami Dip or tongue sandwich, and Marshall's Bodacious BBQ on Ventura Bl. for their boneless pork rib sandwich.

        I was not impressed by Cafe Zacks, however my visit was during Restaurant Week a couple months ago and they only served a rather unimpressive set menu and the service was slow.

        Enjoy your stay!

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        1. re: noodlie

          I second Brophy Bros. Andria's can have a bit too strong of a fish smell for me at times, but it's certainly got a great lowbrow vibe.

        2. Tierra Sur in Oxnard. Pricey, but good.

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          1. re: mrfood16

            Cuernavaca on the avenue in Ventura is my favourite Mexican restaurant in the area. I've tried a few of the places along Channel Islands Blvd and they do not compare. Cuernavaca is very casual and serves beer. Try the al pastor tacos.
            You have to try Topper's Pizza Place once. It's right on the harbor now, so if you're in Hollywood Beach, you can walk there. It's not gourmet pizza but it's really enjoyable. I ask for it well done.
            Welcome to the neighborhood. I hope you enjoy your stay.

            1. re: Wolfgang

              Thanks! I'm really looking forward to it. Hollywood Beach seems very laid back and lovely!

              1. re: Wolfgang

                Also LOVE Cuernavaca on the avenue in Ventura. All of the small "street tacos" are delicious, but the al pastor & potato & chile are especially good. The chorizo torta is wonderful. They also have a great array of very tasty salsas.
                As far as high end or fine dining, your best bet would be to head to Santa Barbara. Since Brooks closed in Ventura Dec. 31, there is just nothing worth suggesting in this area.
                Enjoy your stay at the beach!

                1. re: mary c

                  Agree with Cuernavaca. Zacks is one of our go to places for the higher end. Danny's Deli is great for lunch. The best restaurant is in Santa Paula. Appears casual but is actually high end with an excellent wine list-recognized by the Wine Spectator . Is easy to reach-just off the Santa Paula Freeway, right at the stop light and then the next (and only) right. . It's located in an industrial zone in a corner of the owner's factory .Open for lunch and breakfast most of the weeks, but only for dinner Wed-Sat. Menu changes weekly and is usually ;listed on their website.

                  1. re: piero

                    Piero.......What is the name of the restaurant in Santa Paula and which exit off of 126? I'd like to check out their website.

                      1. re: mary c

                        Hozy's. Take the Santa Paula Freeway east from Ventura. At the east end of Santa Paula the Freeway will come to a traffic light. Turn right off the Freeway, go about 400 yards and turn right-you have to turn right-and the drive about 1/2 mile and on the left there will be signs for Hozy's and ARP (American Racing Products).

                      2. re: piero

                        Yea, I'm a little confused. What's the name of the restaurant in Santa Paula?

                      3. re: mary c

                        I too was really sad to see Brooks close. It was my favorite, and only fine dining restaurant in this area worth visiting.

                  2. For lunch a good lamb burger and other sandwiches at the Kitchen.
                    529 South A Street, Oxnard