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116 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285-1929
+1 941-484-1855
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Ranked #18 of 210 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $18 - $33
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood, Tapas, Continental, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: We are an intimate bistro style restaurant located in the Historic District of Downtown Venice with a Continental Menu with a 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 offer beer & wine only). We are very close to Venice Little Theatre now known as Venice Theatre and are happy to accommodate all Theatre diners. Restaurant and full service catering are available. Lunch 11:30-2:30 (Mon Thru Sat)Dinner open at 5 (Mon Thru Sat)Sunday hours are dinner only in season only-call for availability.
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English first
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150 reviews 150 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We had lunch at this restaurant. The food was excellent. Ambience was very good too. I would have rated the place 5* but the service was just average. Not bad but not up to our expectations either.

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Venice, Florida
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100 reviews 100 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Cafe Venice has long been a favorite and it has been a while since my last visit. A lot of new faces, but the same great and friendly service that brings us back. This was our first regular (not a wine tasting) dinner since the new chef took over. We had two of our usual favorites, my wife had the... More 

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Venice, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We've eaten here many times-always wonderful! Service is terrific, staff friendly, great atmosphere.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 via mobile

Was traveling on business. Walked in off the street on a Tuesday night. It was clean, had an adorable bar in the back with some local beer on tap. Though I was the youngest person in there by decades, the service was fast and the grouper special was AMAZING. Would go back again. Excellent place!

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We called in here on the off chance on Saturday evening and asked if they had a table for two. We could see the outside and inside Dining was very busy, however we were told by a very austere woman at the entrance there would be a 20 minute wait. We went and had a drink at the bar and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015 via mobile

I love the lobster wrap. It is a special. I called last week and the chef told me he would make it today, Monday. It was wonderful as always. One of our very favotite restaurants in Venice. Service is excellent and the staff and chef have all been there for quite a while. We know we are alwas going to... More 

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Williamsville, New York
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155 reviews 155 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

My husband and I stopped by for lunch. Everything was delicious and the service was efficient and friendly. The prices were reasonable and the food was very good quality. Despite it being very busy we had excellent service. I will return!

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Two couples, we all ordered stuffed shrimp from the menu. The item came with house salad. This salad was possibly the smallest, least inclusive salad I've ever seen in any restaurant, any city or state or country. The shrimp meal was had passable taste, though nothing extraordinary. The volume of food was acceptable - barely. The service was unsatisfactory. Many... More 

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Miami, Florida
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446 reviews 446 reviews
320 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Probably the most towing evidence of the excellence of this restaurant is the fact that it was packed with people on a Monday night. A restaurant immediately next-door was empty. it was all good. The crab cakes are a must. Loved the grouper that we asked to be blackened, even though it is not on the menu! Try the Veal... More 

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Nokomis, Florida
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The food at this restaurant is consistently delicious. The wine selection is wonderful! The staff is knowledgeable and friendly.

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Additional Information about Cafe Venice

Address: 116 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285-1929
Phone Number: +1 941-484-1855
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Venice
Open Hours:
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
Average Prices: USD 18 - 33
Cuisine: Seafood, Tapas, Continental, Wine Bar

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