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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: 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
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 162
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    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 13
    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
Nice evening with friends

We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere at the Cafe Venice. The servings were generous and the food served hot and beautifully prepared for three of the four in our party. She had the grouper which did not look very appetizing and she reported that the taste was not as good as she has come to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Maggie C
,
London, Canada
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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310 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, Canada
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere at the Cafe Venice. The servings were generous and the food served hot and beautifully prepared for three of the four in our party. She had the grouper which did not look very appetizing and she reported that the taste was not as good as she has come to expect at the Cafe... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Spinach salad topped with a crab cake was delicious. Crab cake was almost as good as Mom's. Full of crab meat. Mom sautés in butter where this was deep fried, but still delicious. Prices were what they were. It's high season in Florida.

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Essex, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We decided to sit outdoors even though it had turned foggy and seemed like it would be very chilly soon. They have not only an awning above but side curtains as well plus outdoor heaters, so it was very warm and cozy. Inside, it was a little noisy for us. We skipped the salads that we planned to have because... More 

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Punta Gorda FL
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

We enjoyed our entrees (on the small side, but tasty). However, it took forever to get our check and then another forever to settle it. We had plans for the theater and were concerned about getting there on time. The location is very convenient, free parking in municipal lot. Service was friendly, just did not plan on spending so much... More 

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

We are glad that you enjoyed our food but saddened to hear about the slow service. Our servers are usually very speedy especially with theater diners. Please, try us again. If you can message us with the evening you came, the server you had and what you ate that would help us solve the issues you had. We are always... More 

Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Our family of six, including two teenagers, enjoyed a mid-week dinner at Cafe Venice, with menu selections including escargot, portobello tapas, rack of lamb, veal medallions, crispy duck and grouper. The service was impeccable, the food above reproach and the children indulged. It was a bit pricey but, given the high season, not unreasonable.

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Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Four of us had lunch mid-week and the food was fine; two of us had the half-sandwick and soup combo. Service was good. The interior was somewhat noisy and the tables are close together. Food is a plus, ambience is lacking. Good location in downtown Venice.

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Venice, Florida
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nice atmosphere. Eat in on or out on the sidewalk. Excellent food quality and service. Often crowded so reservations help. Try the chicken picata.

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North Port, Florida
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

Went with the ladies for lunch. The food was very good. Would have given one more star, but the service was extremely slow. They were very busy, but nothing was said regarding the slow service by the wait staff. Should have told us up front food would be late getting out. Waited almost an hour after ordering. Will give it... More 

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

Thank you for the kind words about our food! Our secret ingredient is LOVE! We are so sorry to hear the service was slow. Our service is usually speedy and pleasant. Please, give us another visit. We won't disappoint! More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We (two couples) had dinner here on our final night of a two-week stay in Venice. Wish we had gone here first! Beth was a top-notch server and competently answered all of our questions about the menu. Her recommendations were spot-on and her service throughout the meal was superb! All four meals were spectacular! We sat outside and enjoyed the... More 

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Venice, Florida
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We had our ladies lunch there and it was very good. We went back for dinner and it was excellent. Nice atmosphere, they have outdoor seating on the sidewalk. Great place, have to try if you are i Venice.

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