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Cafe Venice

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116 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285-1929
+1 941-484-1855
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Venice, Florida
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85 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had dinner last week for the first time at Café Venice. The TA reviews were good, so we gave it a try. First of all I was a bit taken aback by their sharing policies. Not only was there a $5 plate sharing charge for entrees, which I can understand. But there was also a $5 plate sharing charge... More 

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

I do apologize if you read our split charge fee of $5 on our dinner menu and were confused. The $5 split charge only applies to our dinner entrees. It does not apply to our salads or appetizers or desserts. We do charge a $1 to share a salad, as it is more work for the kitchen staff and you... More 

Levanger, Norway
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great assortment of lunch dishes, with opportunities to mix two half portions of soup and salad etc. Fixed 3-course lunch menu at $15. All courses very tasty, and friendly staff.

Thank KathinkaM
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tasty food, complete menu, I've had lunch three times, really enjoyed it very much. Presentation drew me in to decide what to taste first. The tomatoe bisque won.. Thick, rich, creamy with melted cheese shavings. Heat was just right, fresh and tasty. Today I ordered the Rubin, to compliment the tomato bisque.. Awe, yes, piled high, GOOD! Connie, our repeat... More 

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

Thank you for your visits!! Connie is our "mamma bear" at Cafe Venice. We are so pleased you enjoyed her attention to details. The Rueben Sandwich is one of her favorites! Ours too! :) We cannot wait to see you soon! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Menu excellent. Food delicious. Quaint sidewalk tables available. Service superior. We also enjoyed take out option (to the beach)! PS. Julie rocks! 😃

Thank Dennis B
Fort Ashby, West Virginia
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167 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Café Venice is located downtown in the historic section of Venice. It is an easy walk from any of the public parking areas. We were doing the tourist shopping thing when we happened to come in for lunch during the "Taste of Sarasota" offerings. We both had the prime rib wrap with caramelized onions, which was sensational.

Thank Kam J
kay k, Owner at Cafe Venice, responded to this review

Oh, how fun! We love playing the tourist role too! We are so glad you stumbled upon us! We have been here for ten years and just love that Venice is growing with new timers. The Savor Sarasota Lunch menu for $15 has been a big hit this summer. A cup of our homemade Tomato Basil Bisque with Parmesan Cheese,... More 

Venice, Florida
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87 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner with another couple at Cafe Venice a couple of nights ago and we were very pleased with both the food and service. I had the French Pot au Feu and it was delicious, moist, flavorful, and the mashed potatoes had to be homemade. My wife and I split a Grilled Romaine salad (it was more than enough... More 

Thank jerry t
Atlanta, Georgia
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61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food was good - I had the mushroom sandwich. However, it was a small portobello for the price. The edamame salad should have been called chickpea salad with a few edamame thrown in. I would not get that again, but probably not an issue since I won't return. Not because of a bad experience, because it's pricey for what you... More 

Thank JC-sandwalker
Venice, Florida
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

LOVE this place! Food SO SO good, and our waitress could not have been sweeter to my two girls' (11 &13) and I. I was thrilled to be able to order a blackened Mahi Mahi sandwich on a GLUTEN FREE bun w/yummy side salad, which I do not often get to do. SO happy to have stumbled on this cute... More 

Thank cuffpech
Venice, Florida
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110 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited this fine restaurant many times and never disappointed. It is a nice quiet place to go for lunch with a friend or two and relax and have a nice meal and conversation. I often bring company here and they always enjoy it. The Tomato Basil Soup is the best !!!

Thank Pam D
kay k, Owner at Cafe Venice, responded to this review

Thank you for your patronage. We do appreciate you. Come back and try our lunch savor Sarasota menu. $15 for a cup of tomato basil bisque, chef's signature wrap, a piece of keylime pie and a soft drink! That offer goes until August 20th! More 

Venice, Florida
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145 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We took our grandson and his finance to dinner and wanted to choose someplace we felt was special. There could be no better choice in the area than Cafe Venice. Over the year we have experienced many wonderful meals here, enjoyed some of the best service in the area. It was a special treat for my grandson who ordered the... More 

Thank critic34293

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$18 - $33
American, International, Gluten Free
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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
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. We serve a smaller menu between 3pm and 5pm outside or at the bar as well.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?