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“Good and great service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Venable Bistro

Venable Bistro
200 North Greensboro Street, Carr Mill, Carrboro, NC
919.904.7160
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Ranked #10 of 60 Restaurants in Carrboro
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Weaver Street
Transit: Venable is located on the CW, F and J bus lines. Convenient to all of Chapel Hill and Carrboro public transit.
Wilmington, North Carolina
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129 reviews 129 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Good and great service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

My friend and I stopped in for a quick dinner. We had a nice time. We ordered the bread appetizer with the selection of three dips to start our meal. Honestly, the dips were ok and the bread was certainly the best part of the appetizer. Cucumber salsa with shrimp just wasn't right for the bread, in my opinion. Our meals were both very good. I had the prime rib sandwich and my friend had the rotisserie chicken. The chicken was tender and juicy and the I loved the fries that came with my sandwich. We ended the meal with a pot of french press coffee that was fabulous.

Our server was amazing and was very helpful. He carefully explained different beers on tap and made a couple of great recommendations. He answered our menu questions thoughtfullly and really made it a pleasant dining experience.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Pittsboro N.C.
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92 reviews 92 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Good solid place to enjoy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

The restaurant itself is well done for a place to relax, have a light meal and a glass of wine. The menu isn't large but has a good choice of salads, sandwhiches and entrees. The food was okay and the portions were fair. The fries were cold and a little hard. Should consider adding more to appetizers (little skimpy,though good) since they are the same price as a sandwhich. Nice selection of wines,beer and cocktails. Service was efficient, but not overly friendly.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle, Washington
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220 reviews 220 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
“Come to eat.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We heard about Venable from friends, and it got solid reviews from then. To sum up, Venable serves good food. It's not high end eats - try Lantern for that - but I'd go here if I was hungry and and wanted something elemental. I think some restaurants get crazy with the butter and salt, but I could taste the food, which was appreciated. Service was good - friendly and helpful, and prices are very reasonable. Our only criticism was that the air conditioning was on and the dining room was touch on the chilly side. So, next time we'll layer. But, there will be a next time.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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80 reviews 80 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Hit or miss”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

The staff is very friendly. The food has a nice presentation but doesn't always taste good. Salads could be better. Some main dishes are good and some aren't. Their bread and butter are much better than some of their main courses. Easy parking and nice decor with pictures of Carrboro.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Wilmington, North Carolina
1 review
“Depends on what you order”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Had a delicious salad & trout entry on an early Sat. evening. The fish was very salty though. A friend really liked her baked chicken and she was able to switch the fries for vegetables. But another friend's salmon on lentils was dry and bland. By the time we finished, around 7:30 pm, it was so noisy we couldn't hear each other. Why don't restauranteurs consider how stressful it is to eat in noise.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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