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Cafe Venice

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$$$
Seafood, International, Spanish, Tapas, 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
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, 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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  • 108
    Very good
  • 41
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 9
    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
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This restaurant is where the "locals" go. They have generous portions at mid range prices. The food was cooked perfectly. One evening I had chicken and one evening was steak. I will admit I did like the chicken piccata the best. The wait staff is prompt, helpful and friendly. I would highly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
KittyandBear
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Sarasota, Florida
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Venice, Florida
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57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Cafe Venice has been and continues to be a favorite. The food is consistently delicious and the service perfectly attentive. Lunch favorites are southern chicken salad and what I believe is the best spinach salad I have ever had. Plenty of great choices from lunch to dinner. Highly recommend the Chilean seabass or chicken picatta. Everything is excellent... perfect for... More 

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Voorheesville, New York, United States
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

excellent food and atmosphere, I have been there a number of times and never disappointed. One of the best dining experiences in the islsnd

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Akron, Ohio
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

From the time we wLk through the door til the time we left this place was amazing. Great service and great food.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This restaurant is where the "locals" go. They have generous portions at mid range prices. The food was cooked perfectly. One evening I had chicken and one evening was steak. I will admit I did like the chicken piccata the best. The wait staff is prompt, helpful and friendly. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a relaxing dinner.

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

Thank you kindly. We strive to please all our guests including all our loyal locals! We have a lunch program in the summer aimed to the locals who are here year round. Buy 5 lunches and receive your 6th one FREE! We also offer special promotions in our monthly newsletter. You can sign up on our website. www.CafeVeniceOnTheIsland.com If you... More 

Venice, Florida
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The summer is a great time to visit Cafe Venice and downtown Venice. Our fish an steak dishes were cooked to order and the waitress was experience and competent. It was a quiet Wednesday evening and the walk down Venice Avenue topped off a special evening

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Venice
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Food and service were excellent. I had Chilean Sea Bas, my partner had bouillabaisse. Both were great - seasoned perfectly. Mine came with green beans and rice. The beurre blanc sauce on my sea bass was smooth and buttery. During July you get a bottle of house wine free and, it was very decent wine. Eat here for special occasions... More 

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

Thank you for the kind words! We are so pleased to hear you and your partner enjoyed your meals! That is why we do what we do here. The Sea Bass is a fresh buttery delight! Come try our Fresh Grouper on special some time soon. We cannot wait to see you again. More 

Key West, Florida
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Highly recommend - food is great, service was awesome. Not warm & fuzzy at the start but was great after the start.

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Venice, Florida
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Lousy food and lousy service. Two meals were so bad they were sent back but still charged full price. Just stunned. Will not be returning.

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

We so greatly apologize for your meal and service. We have messaged you privately for more details to ensure this does not happen again. More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

One of the nicer restaurants in downtown Venice. The food is very good; the prices are a little high, but it is a resort restaurant. Service was very good.

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North Port, Florida
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

A business lunch worth a mention was at Cafe Venice, on Venice Island. These guys have been around for several years and always offer a great lunch or dinner for a moderate price. The wait staff is also worth mention as they are top notch.

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

Thank you kindly!! We have been around for 8 years and work very hard to keep up with downtown Venice and all our great patrons! All of our staff have been around for many years as well, which makes them feel like family. It makes us so happy to hear your kind words! Please, come back soon! We offer a... 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, International, Spanish, Tapas, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?