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Cafe Venice

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Seafood, Tapas, Continental, Wine Bar
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116 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285-1929
+1 941-484-1855
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4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: We are an intimate bistro style restaurant located in the Historic...
We are an intimate bistro style restaurant located in the Historic District of Downtown Venice. Our Menu is Continental with a French and Polynesian flair. Don't let the name fool you-this is not an Italian restaurant. Walk or Bike to local shops and beaches and parks. Outside dining is available. Reservations accepted and walk ins welcome. Separate Lunch and Dinner Menu. Casual Fine Dining and Wine Bar (we do offer a full bar). We are very close to Venice Little Theatre now known as Venice Theatre. We are happy to accommodate all Theatre diners. Restaurant and full service catering are available. Lunch 11:30-3:00 (Mon - Sat),Dinner open at 5 (Mon - Sat),Sunday hours are dinner only (in season only)-call for availability.
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  • 40
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  • 16
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice selection of food and good location

We have eaten lunch twice at this downtown Venice restaurant and found the selections fresh and tasty.. They have both indoor and outdoor seating. The wait staff is experience helpful and courteous.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
RobertJon55
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Venice, Florida
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Venice, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

I have eaten dinner here twice and the food isn’t anything special enough to go back for again. For the price you can find better places to eat dinner in the area. Lunch is a better deal with more interesting food and you can order their key lime pie which is one of the best in the area.

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Venice, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

We have eaten lunch twice at this downtown Venice restaurant and found the selections fresh and tasty.. They have both indoor and outdoor seating. The wait staff is experience helpful and courteous.

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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

My wife and I chose this place because of their "tapas" listed on their menu. We wanted to try a number of small dishes. We ordered jumbo lump crab cakes and the escargot. Instead of crab cakes, they brought us the crab stuffed shrimp. We waited for our waitress to come around to point out the error, but she never... More 

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Longboat Key, Florida
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82 reviews 82 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We were meeting some friends and wanted a place that we could sit and chat before dinner. We had some drinks and our waiter was very good about not asking us if we were ready to order all the time --- when our glasses were getting depleted he asked if we were ready for refills... or to order . Our... More 

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Venice, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

That's Cafe Venice for you. Owner Kay Kropack has a knack for keeping the best, and giving her chefs the incentive to create new and inspired dishes for the diverse menu. For one of our lunch favorites, Cafe Venice elevates a simple turkey sandwich to new heights by using REAL hand sliced turkey breast, adding thin slices of Granny Smith... More 

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New York
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49 reviews 49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Been visiting Venice for a winter break for five years now and always look forward to going to the Café Venice Restaurant and Wine Bar. Cozy interior and outdoor seating in beautiful downtown old Venice. Great Tapas menu and dinner selections. They serve by far the best escargot you can find anywhere. Pair it with their great spinach salad for... More 

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Venice, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The Bouillabaisse was outstanding as was the Seared Yellow fin and County French Pot-au-feu. Mediterranean salad was fresh and excellent, The only tiny disappointment was the Escargot- I much prefer it with more garlic-butter and bread to dip up the flavorful sauce. Overall a wonderful meal with great service.

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

My brother and I enjoyed an excellent meal recently at Cafe Venice. I ordered the veal medallions with garlic green beans and mashed potatoes. My brother had the salmon. The food and service were excellent. The bottle of wine we ordered was currently out of stock so we were offered an upgraded bottle for the same price. I really liked... More 

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Venice, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We are always happy with the service and food here! Everything is fresh; outdoor seating is lovely, staff are courteous and friendly. We frequent this restaurant and love it for both lunch and dinner.

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Venice, Florida
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47 reviews 47 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Last night we had dinner at Paninis in Venice FL. The restaurant is owned and operated by a husband and wife team. Food is fresh and tasty and service is friendly and efficient. Paninis is primarily a sandwich shop serving creative sandwiches and pizzas but it also has a few entrees on the menu such as various sauces with assorted... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 116 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285-1929
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Venice
  • Phone Number: +1 941-484-1855

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 18 - 33
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Tapas, Continental, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions

Description

We are an intimate bistro style restaurant located in the Historic District of Downtown Venice. Our Menu is Continental with a French and Polynesian flair. Don't let the name fool you-this is not an Italian restaurant. Walk or Bike to local shops and beaches and parks. Outside dining is available. Reservations accepted and walk ins welcome. Separate Lunch and Dinner Menu. Casual Fine Dining and Wine Bar (we do offer a full bar). We are very close to Venice Little Theatre now known as Venice Theatre. We are happy to accommodate all Theatre diners. Restaurant and full service catering are available. Lunch 11:30-3:00 (Mon - Sat),Dinner open at 5 (Mon - Sat),Sunday hours are dinner only (in season only)-call for availability.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?