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“It's just too bad” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Venues Cafe

Venues Cafe
34 Easy St, Carefree, AZ 85377
480-595-9909
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Ranked #17 of 22 restaurants in Carefree
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hum Road
Transit: Wild West Shuttle offers pick up and drop off at our location.
Carefree, Arizona
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153 reviews 153 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 86 cities Reviews in 86 cities
250 helpful votes 250 helpful votes
“It's just too bad”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We live in Carefree and keep hoping this restaurant will get it together - great decor but the food is always a disappointment. We vowed to never return it was so bad, but our out of town guests asked us to give it a shot for lunch, so we did. We all agreed to not waste our money or calories on such an unmemorable meal again. We wish they would get a decent chef!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Scottsdale, Arizona
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51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Upscale Pub Feel, Good Food, Pricey”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Feels like an upscale pub inside - nice fireplace going for the cooler days and outdoor seating is available. Decor is great. Had brunch: egg white omelet, quiche. The waitress was great. The food order was slow, but so is pretty much everything in Carefree so it works. Several televisions playing sports. Still spent nearly $50 between two of us, and I wouldn't go as far to say it's worth that. We would go back, but it isn't at the top of our list, nor will we become regulars. Would recommend it, just go and take your time, and be prepared to pay a little more than average.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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56 reviews 56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Beautiful and unique art”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

My husband and I went for wine and lunch. The mussels were very nice, not one bad one. A lot of times restaurants don't serve mussels fresh. All food is made to order!! That's a plus.
The chicken salad in a wrap was fantastic. Lynn our server was so very nice.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“pricey”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

A group of 5 went on sat 12/8. The specialty cocktails were ok...not as festive as they were billed on the bill of fare. 3 of our party ordered burgers and they looked huge w/a bountiful pile of fries & dill pickle. however, the seafood pasta was rather skimpy and pricey. Ordered the crab cake appetizer for dinner and there were TWO teeny tiny 'cakes' (the smallest seen on earth) and charged $13.95 (that 'burger/fries combo' was only $10.95!!!) ...but it did have a cherry tomato, sliced in half and placed on 2 corners w/a tiny dollop of sauce in the other 2 corners....we have been to other restaurants and ordered similar meals for 1/2 the price and better value. Cant think of a reason to go back, unless the 'burger' is ordered. i was starved an hr later!!!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Venue's Cafe”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Food was terrible for the price. I ordered the MahiMahi taco's and my husband ordered the Jumbo Sea Scallops. The fish tacos, had hardly any fish and the fish that was on it, tasted very old and fishy, ( freezerburn) ( it was not fresh fish)YUCK!. The jumbo Sea Scallops were rubbery and not very jumbo. That order took almost 40 minutes to get and it wasn't very busy. They charged us an additional $2.50 to split a wedge salad that already cost $9.95. We sent back our food and ordered a hamburger and split that and they charged us an additional $ 2. 50 to cut a hamburger in half, and the waitress stated I could have a side with the hamburger, I ordered a side salad ( We don't eat carbs, so I didn't order the fries) it was an additional $ 2.00 upcharge. At no point in time did the waitress ever tell us about any of the split plate fees or upcharges. So for a split hamburger, a split wedge salad and 2 waters, we paid $29.12. What a rip off!! and we sat there for almost 2 hours.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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