Where to Eat in South Bend-Mishawaka, Indiana

A salad of crisp mixed lettuces tossed with golden and red beets, all locally grown. A diner so small it has room only for a counter and a few tables. A Celtic public house where fish and chips are served wrapped in newspaper. Sunday brunch in a mansion. South Bend and neighboring Mishawaka don’t lack for dining options. With more than 400 restaurants in the area, you have plenty to choose from whether you’re looking a simple, casual diner or a more upscale fine dining establishment. Here are several South Bend restaurants that we tried during our three-day visit to the area.

Café Navarre

The seasonally changing menu incorporates local in-season produce at this farm-to-table trendy restaurant in downtown South Bend, but you can enjoy some menu staples, like the popular French Onion Gratinee, anytime. Café Navarre is house in a restored centuries old building, originally a bank whose claim to historical fame was that it was once robbed by John Dillinger.
101 N Michigan Street, South Bend | Phone: (574) 355-3355

Cafe Navarre, South Bend, IndianaEvil Czech Brewery

Beer lovers will want to order a flight of beers to sample several of the hand-crafted brews, but as much attention is paid to the food as to the brew at the Evil Czech Brewery, owned by George Pesek, trained in Germany and Italy and with experiences like Ditka’s Steak House in Chicago and Ches Louis in St. Louis. Bar food taken up a few notches include dishes like Menage a Trois Mac and Cheese, Bison Goulash and Duck Confit Poutine.
3703 N Main Street, Mishawaka | Phone (574) 855-3070

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Tippecanoe Place

Originally the home of Clement Studebaker, co-founder of South Bend’s Studebaker automobile manufacturing company, Tippecanoe Place offers fine dining lunch and dinner menus plus a Sunday brunch, which is what we experienced. The brunch buffet includes several hot breakfast and lunch items, including made-to-order omelets, plus salads, fresh fruit and other sides. Be sure to save room for the cakes, cookies, and pastries for dessert.
620 W Washington Street, South Bend | (574) 234-9077

Tippecanoe Place, South Bend, IndianaJeannie’s House Diner

We stumbled across the tiny Jeannie’s House Diner after our initial breakfast plans fell through. We managed to find two open stools at the long counter. This is the kind of place that attracts locals, and overhearing conversations, there were obviously several. Jeannie’s serves basic diner food at reasonable prices.
1444 Mishawaka Avenue, South Bend | (574) 855-4423

Jeannie's Hosue Diner, South Bend, IndianaSouth Bend Chocolate Café

How can you go wrong when “chocolate” is in the café name? Part of the South Bend Chocolate Company (click here to read about taking the factory tour), the café is full of rich chocolatey goodness. One side of the shop is a candy store; the other side a café, its cases filled with muffins, fudge cake, and cheesecakes.
122 South Michigan Street, South Bend.| (574) 287-0725

South Bend Chocolate Cafe

Fiddler’s Hearth Public House

Showcasing the food and culture of the seven Celtic nations, the laid-back family-friendly Fiddler’s Hearth serves dishes like Bangers and Mash, Shepherd’s Pie, and Irish Stew. Skip and I both had the Fish and Chips, served in a page of the South Bend Tribune. Nightly entertainment includes a mix of sounds, including open stage nights. Performers and genres are listed on Fiddler’s Hearth’s online calendar.
127 North Main Street, South Bend | (574) 232-2853

Fish and chips, Fiddler's Hearth Cafe, South Bend Indiana

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Disclosure: Our visit to South Bend was hosted by Visit South Bend Mishawaka, and we received complimentary meals from some, but not all, of the restaurants listed above. However, any opinions expressed in this article are my own.

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5 thoughts on “Where to Eat in South Bend-Mishawaka, Indiana

  • April 10, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Being from Crawfordsville In. another couple a us spent a weekend in the South Bend
    area. We visited the Studebaker Museum, enjoyed Brunch at the Tippecanoe house, toured the SB Chocolate Factory, the Oliver Mansion. Also toured the nearby museum
    of campers. On our way back we stopped at the Fair Oaks Dairy Farm, which now has a tremendous Hog operation. If you have not visited this new edition it rates as outstanding as the Dairy.
    Thanks for your articles, we enjoy them very much. Keep up the good work.

    • April 10, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you for the compliment, Jim and Marilyn. I’m glad you enjoy my articles. We stopped for lunch once when we were passing through the area, but we were short on time so didn’t tour the dairy farm. We haven’t been to the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart yet either, which I’m guessing is the museum you were referring to?

  • April 13, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Café Navarre looks worth checking out for the shifting menu alone.

  • April 18, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Your food descriptions and images are mouthwatering! Lots of great places to check out on future travels 🙂

    • April 18, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      Thank you!


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