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“Best duck in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Cafe Venice

Cafe Venice
Ranked #17 of 241 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $33
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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 (SEASONALLY)-call for availability. We serve a smaller menu between 3pm and 5pm outside or at the bar as well.
Nokomis, FL and Bedford, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Best duck in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

This is one of the busiest places in Venice, so make a reservation for dinner. It's more upscale than most. The duck is crispy and delicious, so if you like duck, it's a good bet.

Visited October 2012
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Thank wheaton24
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kay k, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Venice, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
So glad you like the duck! Ít's a half a duck and they love it crispy! (In fact, the only complaint I've ever heard on it is when the people are expecting boneless duck breast). We'll look forward to seeing you next time for some duck....duck....goose! ha ha ha. Glad to hear and we'll see you soon.
Bon Appetit!
Michelle-PR/Catering/Events
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Poor service, lunch average, disappearing waitress”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Stopped by for lunch while shopping. Was seated and finely had to ask for a waiter. Eventually got a glass of awful (almost on color) ice tea. Never was asked if I wanted a refill.
Ordered a chicken salad sandwich. So dry, I finely got the bus boy to bring me some mayo. Never saw my waitress again. Assumed she had quit !!! Had to asked the bus boy if he would please fine someone to bring me my bill. Handed tip to bus boy and no tip for waitress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Visited January 2013
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kay k, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Venice, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
I was sorry to read about your poor experience and wanted to acknowledge you. It is our ultimate goal to make every guest more than satisfied, as I hope you (and other readers) will see based on other reviews.

We have many offerings on the lunch menu, although to be honest-the chicken salad remains to be our number one best seller. I'm not sure why it may have been dry on your occaision, but nevertheless we offer some excellent fresh salads with homemade dressings, and an array of sandwiches and homemade soups and quiche.

As for the service, the team does their best to accommodate each guest-with the assistance of bussers to ensure that if they cannot be at that table, the back up person will be. As you know, we are a very seasonal area, and often times when every guest comes in at once-we may get bombarded or as we call it in the business " in the weeds" I can only assume that perhasp your unfortunate experience was during peak timing, and hope that our guests will understand when they see an unusually busy environment that we will continue to move fast and do our best to accommodate everyone.

Our Iced Tea is simple fresh brewed Lipton Tea-we put the package in and press a button and my apologies it wasn't strong enough for you. We do also offer boutique tea made by the Republic of Tea which we offer in Organic Pomegranate Green Tea as well as Ginger Peach Decaf Tea. On the other hand, we have a great wine list to choose from too. Unfortunately no booze, as we have a beer/wine license only.

Again, my apologies on your experience. We will continue to strive to exceed our guests needs--knowing that we're not going to please 100% of everyone --100% of the time--But it remains our number one goal, and we will continue to try to make people happy by offering excellent food, service and experience for all of our guests.

Hope you will try it again and be met with a better experience.

Michelle-PR/Catering/Events Mgr
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Venice, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“A Great Way to Start A New Year”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

This was our third New Year's Celebration (also our anniversary) and we could not think of a restaurant that is more special. We started the evening sharing a wonderful bottle of wine (thank you Tom) with longtime friends. As always our table was ready within minutes of our reservation (don't know how they always do it). Our appetizers, main courses (fish, lamb, pork) were all tasty and beautifully presented. All accompanied with another bottle of fine wine (great suggestion Michelle). And this remains one of the few restaurants where I venture into dessert. The creme brulee was delightful. Cafe Venice is a wonderful place for any occasion. If you find yourself in Venice, or nearby, be sure to give it a try.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank critic34293
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kay k, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Venice, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Awwww.....shucks! Thanks for the great kudos! We just love to hear things like that and it makes it so nice since it's always our goal to create an excellent experience for all of our guests! Hopefully we'll see you before next New Years! Cheers to a healthy and successfull 2013
P.S. Glad you liked the wine!
Michelle-PR/Catering/Events
Cheers!
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New City, New York
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“Beautiful restaurant, great service & food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2012

Stopped by early on a slower Monday night. Service was excellent, wine is reasonably priced, food is all a la carte, moderate prices. Mediterranean salad was especially delicious. Weather permitting, they have outdoor seating. Husband had seared tuna, beautifully done.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank nancyhughe95
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kay k, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Venice, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Glad you found us and had an enjoyable meal! We will look foward to having you again on your travels! Thanks too for taking the time to write a nice review to help fellow travelers! We appreciate you. (The weather is beachy and beautiful today!!!--I'm only adding that as I see you are from NY and all my relatives in NY are cold right now! See you on the warm side-next time you're in town)
Cheers!
Michelle-PR/Catering/Events
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Port Charlotte, Florida
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Family Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

Went to Cafe Venice for a family lunch totaling 12 people on a Saturday afternoon with shopping in downtown Venice thereafter. The service was spot on, the food was unbelievably delicious, the atmosphere was terrific. Everyone ordered a main entree and by the time lunch was over we had all shared each others lunches, remarking over how tasty and fresh everyone's food was. Tried the Grilled Romaine Heart and the fried Spinach as a lunch appetizers. We even ordered dessert and that put lunch over the top!

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Bethany R
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kay k, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Venice, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Thanks for the nice write up! We try to make everyone feel special..and so happy to hear you liked the food. Next time you're in-dine on the Terrace and check it out..it's been fabulous out there..and a great spot to enjoy downtown too!
Cheers!
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