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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
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, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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    Very good
  • 41
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  • 16
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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:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

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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Venice, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 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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Key West, Florida
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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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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 

South Venice, Florida
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This is my favorite Venice Avenue restaurant, and there are many!! If I want excellent food, either lunch or dinner, I go here. It's a great place to take family when the visit. You will get an excellent meal...alittle upscale (even on prices as well) It's worht it!

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

Thank you for the kind words! We strive to have fresh, creative and delicious food for lunch and dinner! It is so nice to hear that our hard work has made you and your family happy! We hope to see you again soon!! Come in during summer to enjoy our Lunch Bunch Promotion! Buy 5 lunches and get your 6th... More 

Alabaster, Alabama
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Once again, enjoyed a great dining experience at Cafe Venice. Delicious food and impeccable service. Owner Kay was, as always, on hand to ensure both. Bartender Tom's knowledge of wines is extensive and he was happy to make appropriate suggestions. An added bonus was seeing old friends there...it happens every time. A great place! PS: Try the mussels.

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

You are going to make us blush! Thank you!! Thank you! It is guests like you that make our cafe what it is today! Tom is one of our favorite bartenders around! He bar-tends every Wednesday and Friday! Come see him for Happy Hour from 3pm - 6:30pm or come see him for our signature Fish Tacos on Wednesday evenings!... More 

West Calder, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Went here for lunch one day and really enjoyed our visit the food and the service were excellent well worth a visit.

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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 - 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
Average Prices: USD 18 - 33
Cuisine: Seafood, International, Spanish, Tapas, Wine Bar

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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: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic

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?