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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 - 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 168
    Excellent
  • 98
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 15
    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
Most recent review
Great food and service!

Decided to have dinner at Cafe Venice after rudely being treated by host or owner across the street- 5 minute wait, friendly staff and great food!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Betty860
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Nokomis, Florida
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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327 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Nokomis, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Decided to have dinner at Cafe Venice after rudely being treated by host or owner across the street- 5 minute wait, friendly staff and great food!!

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Venice, Florida
Top Contributor
204 reviews 204 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Stopped in with my wife mid week , and was lucky to get a table. Food and service here is fantastic. Although some of the menu prices may seem slightly pricey, they are worth every penny. This place is a breath of fresh air with amazing food, nice atmosphere and wonderful service. We look forward to returning

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Woodstock
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Just had a tapas- stuff shrimp with crabmeat, but was very tasty and the presentation was elegant. Very nice wine list. Service was exceptional. I would recommend reservations as very busy this time of year, but I will be a repeat customer.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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129 reviews 129 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

we came about the time the busy lunch crowd was leaving so the timing for us was good. The grilled romaine salad is delicious as is the cod fish sandwich. Portion size is average, but priced fairly. We sat inside but there was also seating outside on the sidewalk. The staff is friendly and efficient. We were not disappointed.

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Niantic, Connecticut
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40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Recently we celebrated a friend's birthday with dinner at Café Venice. We had not been there this winter and found the food as well-prepared as we had remembered from our last visit a year ago. Two of us ordered the pork shank "osso buco". The meat fell off the bone and was bathed in a delectable sauce. The accompanying vegetables... More 

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South Padre Island, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Five of us went for lunch on a busy day in February. Strongly suggest reservations as this is a popular spot for local groups to have luncheon meetings. Serving sizes were small but tasty. Tables are very crowded together and it is so noisy it is difficult to carry on a conversation. It was pricey for the size of the... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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80 reviews 80 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The quality of the food was disappointing. I had the grouper and it was mushy and tasteless, a sure sign of previously frozen fillet, an inexcusable occurrence on the Gulf Coast. The room inside is very noisy. You will have a much better experience sitting outside where you can enjoy the ever changing scenery of Venice main street.

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Sarasota, Florida
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103 reviews 103 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We sat outdoors on a beautiful day and enjoyed excellent service and yummy salads for lunch. All the ingredients are fresh, and there are a fair number of options on the menu. We might go back for a more substantial meal. It was busy, but not packed. The menu has an Italian flair. I had the Mediterranean Salad and my... More 

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Venice, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Our anticipation of a fine meal at an outside table on pleasant evening was dashed by faults too numerous to be random. Our appetizer of "4 Jumbo Shrimp, Jumbo Lump Crab Stuffing" appeared with 4 shrimp far too small to be stuffed at all, each topped with a dab of a disassembled crab cake with minimal lump crab. A small... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We had made reservations, arrived on time promptly, and were seated promptly. Our first impression of the place was the noise level (loud) and the bland ambiance. The help was busy, so it took about 15 minutes go get our order in, by which time we had memorized the menu. There was an ample selection of quality wines by the... More 

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kay k, Owner at Cafe Venice, responded to this review

Thank you for trying out my restaurant. I am so glad that you enjoyed our food. We do take pride in the fresh quality food that we serve to our guests. Our Grilled Romaine salad is one of our signature dishes. It does come out as a head of grilled romaine with our homemade balsamic reduction. We will always accommodate... 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: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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