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Sportsman Restaurant & Lounge

) #29 of 349 Restaurants in Ventura $$ - $$$ American,
53 S California St, Ventura, CA 93001-2801
+1 805-643-2851
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good38%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“steak” (33 reviews)
“prime rib” (5 reviews)
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American, Bar
$$ - $$$
53 S California St, Ventura, CA 93001-2801
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a good place fore those looking for a typical American meal. The Sportsman is a fixture on California St. in Ventura. It has been there for more than 50 years and hasn't changed. You can get a very good meal here but nothing...More

Thank ArtFr4
Reviewed 12 June 2017

My husband's parents always went here on their anniversary. Full of charm and great steaks, strong drinks and this great "goodfella kinda vibe" we just love it here. We always walk through the kitchen to the dining room and smile when we see the dark...More

Thank Donna L
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

One of the few places in Ventura County that has rack of lamb and lamb chops with mint jelly, one of my favorite dishes. It did not disappoint. Both delicious and reasonably priced, I was very happy. I hear the fried chicken is amazing there....More

Thank Squidman21
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Eggs cooked to order, served hot! French toast served with homemade syrup, and huge tasty Spanish omelette. Paula is the best server bringing hot coffee without being asked. Looks like a diner place but serves awesome breakfasts at noon.

Thank OC-RaiderFan
Reviewed 14 February 2017

My wife and I took my mother to the Sportsman for lunch (using a Restaurant.com coupon). The setting is straight out of the fifties, with rich, dark wood prominent along with life-size swordfish mounted on the walls, and lamps shaped like ducks in flight. The...More

Thank Andrew S
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Recently went for a family dinner to celebrate the holidays. Our server was ditzy and not exactly on the top of her game, but the place itself is just tired. Old carpet and furnishings - a little dark and dingy, the place looks like it...More

Thank c00mbes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

If you like old school, this is the place to go. I recommend sitting at the bar which you will want to seas it is like stepping into the past. Have a drink and just take in the nostalgia. There food is good it is...More

Thank Chris C
Reviewed 21 October 2016

The Sportsman has been around, it seems, forever. We've always enjoyed the atmosphere and food. It's one of the few places in the area we can get good roast lamb. The wonderful tradition of the relish tray is still in place here, and the service...More

Thank VtaTraveler
Reviewed 11 October 2016

One of the longest lasting “ole Fashion” restaurants in downtown rustic Ventura. You’ll find charm and ambiance in this quaint little restaurant and the food is fixed to perfections. Whether you’re a local or visitor, you can’t go wrong with an “ole fashion” taste of...More

Thank Mark B
Reviewed 30 September 2016

This restaurant has been here for a long time and I have been going to it since the 1970's. Excellent steaks and prime rib for meat lovers. The seafood is good too and the vegetables are fresh. Great location to take a stroll around downtown...More

Thank Kyle U
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Christopher H
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Response from Holly C | Reviewed this property |
I agree, try their website. . they are VERY accomodating. The owner of the Camarillo restaurant is personable, friendly AND they make THE BEST cocktails without skimping on the alcohol. LOL FYI, Shrimp cocktails... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
09:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 S California St, Ventura, CA 93001-2801
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ventura
  • Phone Number: +1 805-643-2851
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