Interested in Culinary Tourism? Look no further.
While staying at The Oliver Inn, why not try out a few of these great South Bend area restaurants, many within walking distance of the inn.
French, Italian and Spanish influences abound at Café Navarre, a truly international fine dining experience. With an extensive fresh fish menu and a farm-to-table philosophy, Café Navarre sets itself apart by offering its guests distinctive lunch and dinner menus sourced from a host of local farmers and growers. Toss in a beautiful atmosphere and a tantalizing wine list, and you’ve got a recipe for a delicious date night or a lovely private gathering.
Chicory Café is more than just a Cajun-inspired eatery; it’s also a lovely spot for live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Come for the music and stay for the hot bacon and blue dip or the Cajun shrimp, Creole club or fresh beignets made hot to order. This is South Bend’s only spot for true Cajun cooking and fun.
Cinco 5 International
Have a taste for Mexican food, but wanting something a little bit different? Try Cinco 5 International. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Cinco 5 International dishes up delicious Mexican food, and a little something for everyone too, including Asian-Fusion dishes, burgers, steaks and even a vegetarian menu. Located near Palais Royale and the Morris Performing Arts Center, this is a great spot for a meal any time of day.
East Bank Emporium
Situated along the East Bank of the St. Joseph River, the East Bank Emporium combines South Bend history with great food and spirits. With a little something for everyone, East Bank Emporium dishes up everything from baked Brie and Oysters Rockefeller to Drunken Gnocchi and Steak Frites in an historic building overlooking the water. Seasonal outdoor seating and a family-friendly atmosphere.
Fiddler’s Hearth Public House
This authentic Irish pub is a great place to gather for casual conversation, live music, and classic Celtic food and drink in the heart of downtown. From the delicious fish & chips to belly-warming Shepherd’s pie and a tasty Ploughman’s lunch plate, Fiddler’s Hearth is an experience for all the senses.
The only restaurant in Indiana to receive the Four Diamond Award for 20 consecutive years! LaSalle Grill sets the standard for elegant service and eclectic cuisine made fresh with seasonal ingredients. Enjoy a memorable fine dining experience featuring chef-inspired original dishes and ethnic foods that reflect the spirit and people of America.
LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern
30 craft beers. 120 varieties of scotch and whiskey. Not to mention a long and affordable wine list. It’s all at LaSalle Kitchen and Tavern, a laid back gathering place serving up comfort food and great drinks on the third floor of the LaSalle Grill building in downtown South Bend.
Experience European-influenced breakfast and lunch dishes made with fresh ingredients and served in a comfortable, sunny location in the heart of downtown South Bend. LePeep serves up fresh-made omelets, hand-tossed crepes and a bevy of delicious sandwiches made with pride.
Looking for fresh, delicious burgers, wings and sandwiches made to order? Linden Grill is ready to serve, dishing up hearty fare, including fried chicken sandwiches, pork chops and patty melts. Come by for Soul Food Sunday and indulge in a special menu based on the owner’s family recipes. Open late during Notre Dame home football games!
Render Kitchen & Bar
Modern American cuisine in an upscale, casual environment. Don’t let the small to medium-sized plates fool you. They pack a lot of flavor while letting you sample high-end cuisine and cocktails featuring fresh local ingredients.
South Bend Brew Werks
You’ll find much more than delicious brews at the South Bend Brew Werks. Cozy up to the bar, which features 10 taps of brews made onsite. Enjoy gourmet goodies like flatbread pizzas and mac & cheese, or come by for Monday Game Night, Tuesday Trivia Night or just about any night for a good time and great brews with friends.
South Bend Chocolate Café
A must-visit for the chocolate lover! Indulge in handcrafted candies and treats, warm up with a fresh-brewed café mocha, or come by on a weekend evening to enjoy live music and dessert at the South Bend Chocolate Café.
Family owned since 1926, Sunny Italy believes cooking is an art and that customers should be treated like family. Every dish – from the classic antipasto to the family-style dinners for 15 or more – is rooted in a rich Italian tradition of fresh ingredients and great taste.
Following the concept of shared small plate dining popular in the Mediterranean, Tapastrie makes dining an experience. Sample a variety of exotic flavors paired with fine wine from around the world adjacent to the historic Palais Royale in downtown South Bend.
Experience prohibition-era cocktails, over 150 whiskeys and a growing list of sipping rums, cognacs and brandies at The Exchange. Located in an historic bank building in downtown South Bend, The Exchange is a great place to taste every drink you ever wanted and some you never knew you needed. Add a cheese board or charcuterie plate, and you’ve got a great way to unwind with friends.
Tippecanoe Place Restaurant
Located in an historic mansion that was built by Clem Studebaker from 1886 – 1889, Tippecanoe Place is more than just a restaurant, it’s an experience. From its gorgeous Sunday brunch, to casual pre-South Bend Cubs game dinners, Tippecanoe Place offers classic features like specialty roasted prime rib, hand-carved steaks, pasta, chicken and an award-winning wine and spirits list, along with a rich taste of South Bend history.
With a highly-regarded history, the music joint called Vegetable Buddies is back. The new owners have stepped in once again to carry on VB’s tradition. Preserving the same live music spot and keeping the name the same, pays homage to the great music legends like Canned Heat, Duke Tomato, Muddy Waters, New Riders of the Purple Sage and many others who came to play here in the 70’s The low, single story building featuring a retro look spotlights new, regional and local bands with a focus on blues and rock and roll. Walking in you will feel the music vibe and history, that started in the 70’s and picks up today to rock on with original music, food and art. Vegetable Buddie’s is the exciting music venue in South Bend – complete with a kitchen and bar!
Woochi Japanese Fusion & Bar
Downtown South Bend’s home for fresh sushi, a variety of Japanese fusion dishes and “outrageous” cocktails, Woochi Japanese Fusion & Bar is the perfect place for a memorable meal with great atmosphere and outstanding food. Relax with friends at the bar or tuck in for a sushi feast right here in South Bend.
The best experience ever. Would recommended it to everyone. We got married in South Bend, and stayed at The Oliver Inn, and it was a dream come true.