Downtown Restaurants are featuring – the Ortega Chili!
March 25 – April 1.

We are excited to incorporate Ventura history into 2018 Restaurant Week. The fire roasted Ortega Chili we all know and love was created just down Main St. near the 33 by the Ortega Adobe (still standing) in 1897. At one point they were creating 1,000 cans a day! In this year of celebrating #VenturaStrong we are honoring our heritage through the Ortega Chili. Stop by any of the 20 participating locations and take part in Ventura’s past and our recovery. Click here to learn more about the Ortega Family and their contributions to Ventura.

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Join the Hunt:

Each participating restaurant listed below will have an Easter Egg hidden on their premises with a gift certificate to a different participating restaurant inside. Start searching on Wednesday the 21st. You must be a customer at the establishment where you find the egg.

Champagne on Main is the Saturday during Restaurant Week. Purchase your ticket here and take part in the fun, then eat at one of our establishments below. New this year to Champagne on Main is THE HUNT, an free egg hunt for kids in Mission Park at 11:30am. 

Downtown Ventura Restaurants:

  • Aloha Steakhouse, 364 S. California St.

    -Drink special: The Ortega Roca Patron Margarita, Roca Patron tequila, muddled roasted Ortega chili, fresh lime juice, Agave nectar and shaken $9.95

    -Menu special, Stuffed Ortega Chili Chicken, Chicken breast stuffed with roasted Ortega Chili, bacon, mozzarella cheese and red bell peppers, topped with a creamy chipotle sauce. Lunch $17.95 Dinner $25.95

  • Anacapa Brewing Company, 472 E. Main St.
    – Ortega Quesadilla: Fire-grilled chicken breast, Ortega chilies, avocado, caramelized onions, Jack and cheddar cheeses and Jalapeño cream sauce all folded into a whole wheat tortilla. Served with a southwest Caesar salad. $15.95.

    -Grilled Atlantic Salmon- Served over brown rice, red quinoa, Ortega chilies, black beans, sweet red and yellow bell peppers, red onion and carrots. Finished with cilantro lime butter. $18.95.

  • Barrelhouse 101, 545 E. Thompson Blvd.
    -Beer infused Ortega Chilis

  • Busy Bee Cafe, 478 E. Main St.

  • Dargan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 593 E. Main St.

  • Grapes & Hops, 454 E. Main St.

  • Jimmy’s Slice, 585 E. Main St.
    – Chicken Tortilla Soup with the Ortega Chili

  • Limon Y Sal, 598 E. Main St.
    -Ortega Chile Verde

  • Natures Grill, 566 E. Main St.
    -Grilled Veggie Ortega Chile Relleno

  • Paradise Pantry, 222 E. Main St.
    -Ceviche Relleno: Locally caught black gill & avocado ceviche stuffed in a roasted Ortega chile served on a handmade corn quesadilla.
    -Spanish Flatbread: Don Juan chorizo, Ortega chile, Romesco sauce, red onion, cilantro & Campo de Montalbon Cheese.
    -Killer Mac: Spicy braised Wagyu beef & roast Ortega chile, caramelized shallots & mushroom.
    -Soup of the week: Organic chicken tortilla soup in a roast tomato, Ortega chile broth.
    -Weekend Only Special (Friday & Saturday Only)  Seared Scallop over Ortega Chile & local vegetable linguine tossed with Marcona salmon & nettle pesto.

  • Rookees, 419 E. Main St.

  • Rumfish y Vino, 34 N. Palm St.

  • Snapper Jack’s Taco Shack, 533 E. Main St.
    – Quesadilla Taco Plate. Enjoy two soft corn tortillas with melted cheese, onions & cilantro, fresh sliced tomatoes and Ortega Chilis with your choice of steak or chicken. Comes with a side of rice and whole or refried beans.

  • Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt, 607 E. Main St.
    – Featuring the delicious and unique Ortega Adobe Chili Ice Cream made of vanilla ice cream with Oretga chilis, fresh lime and coconut!

  • VenTiki, 701 E. Main St.
    -“Ortega hana hou roll”. It is a Cali roll + Ortega chili and cream cheese topped with spicy tuna, garlic, onion, serano and Ortega chilies served with a cilantro Ortega chili sauce and sriracha aoli.

    -Oh-my-Ortega chicken breakfast sandwich! We will serve it all day.  Garlic fried Ortega chili, avocado, blackened chicken, pepper jack cheese, red onion, serrano chili, a fried egg, spring mix, sriracha aoli, and bacon! $12.95 for the sandwich and the roll is $13.95.

  • Winchester’s Grill & Saloon, 632 E. Main St.
    – “Ortega Chicken” a delectable dish of chicken breast, sautéed in a garlic-lime marinade, topped with Ortega chilies, and pepper-jack cheese.