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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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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, 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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Visitor rating
  • 179
    Excellent
  • 104
    Very good
  • 41
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Decent food in the main tourist area of Venice

We stopped in for lunch while walking in the area. There is outside dining besides in the restaurant. We had a very friendly welcome and were seated right away. It was clean and comfortable inside. The menu had plenty of selections to chose from. Our waitress was very friendly and we fun... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
RickHLihue
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Lihue
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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348 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Venice, Florida, United States
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Lunch time in Venice is best at Cafe Venice. Don't miss the fish tacos. Has a nice bar and outdoor seating. Spinach salad with salmon is a real treat.

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Lihue
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We stopped in for lunch while walking in the area. There is outside dining besides in the restaurant. We had a very friendly welcome and were seated right away. It was clean and comfortable inside. The menu had plenty of selections to chose from. Our waitress was very friendly and we fun talking with her. The food is decent. My... More 

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Northville, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Always our favorite when in Venice. Like being a member of the family. Beautiful bar area, dining area or outside seating.

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Top Contributor
253 reviews 253 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

One of the dining icons of Venice, Cafe Venice is nicely situated on a very busy West Venice Avenue, there is plenty of parking about a 2 minute walk away at a public lot, the food is very good, ambiance wonderful and service for lunch was outstanding. We went during the very busy lunch period and were lucky enough to... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

Cafe Venice is a wonderful choice for excellent food choices and comfortable seating options inside and out. The servers are very attentive without "hovering". A great destination when strolling downtown Venice. You won't be disappointed!

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Englewood, Florida
Top Contributor
216 reviews 216 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
259 helpful votes 259 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

A good friend was kind enough to treat me here to lunch - I had never been - and I was surprised that it was located in the exact place where an Insurance Office used to be, and over 20 years ago I had worked there as secretary. Oh well, just a personal observation. The place is lovely renovated and... More 

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Sarasota
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

Excellent service and food. The crab cakes were especially good. Kinda spendy and I wouldn't bring kids.

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Buffalo, NY
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Café Venice has great regular menu selections and a few daily specials. Our food was excellent and the service was very good. The restaurant has great atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating.

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Venice, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

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
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

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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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: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Doing business

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
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?