Great food! My only very minor
Great food! My only very minor complaint is that the tables were a little close together, but this didn't stop me from having a lovely dinner.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
This place has very good food
This place has very good food and a decent wine list
I was very pleased
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
First visit and had a great
First visit and had a great dining experience. Trout was almost like salmon, and cooked with a nice crusty outside coating. Gnocchi was also one of the best; not too creamy. Tight seating, but was fine for couples.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
My new fave for breakfast
Very busy place on a Sunday morning. No reservations taken, but if you phone 30 minutes ahead of your intended arrival they make every effort to seat you when you arrive. (It worked for us, a party of two, last Sunday.) Our brunch was delicious. There are great veggie/vegan options and the bread choices include muffins and homemade biscuits served with homemade jam. Good sized servings, espresso drinks available. Street parking on Sunday morning is manageable.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Somewhat limited menu but
Somewhat limited menu but wide variety and such excellent preparation. Tables close, space small, but food is worth going out of your way for. We are regulars here but they really outdid themselves on food quality, preparation and taste on our recent visit. They can accommodate the pre-theater crowd and its location makes for a pleasant walk to the theater district between dinner and curtain time.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very nice wait Staff...food
Very nice wait Staff...food very very good. Menu a bit limited.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed a quick dinner
We enjoyed a quick dinner here on the way to the Lumineers concert Friday. We told them we were in a hurry when we walked in, and they were great in accomodating.
Happy Boy Lettuces (salad) is good
Mashed potatoes are good
Chicken was nicely cooked, slightly bland. Kumquat and Lemongrass? Who knew?
Vegan stirfry had a nice variety of vegatables, served over black(?) rice with curry. Unfortunately, too much salt overpowered any more subtle flavors that might have been in there.
We'll give them another try, we like the location, the people, the concept.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everyday fresh ingredients
Everyday fresh ingredients make this a Berkeley gem! The dishes are fun, original and change frequently!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
thank you Venus
thank goodness for restaurants like Venus that take care to create healthy food from quality organic and conscientious, wholesome sources. I feel good about eating their food--not like I have to eat at home to be healthy. I had the trout, it was ridiculously delicious. the wait staff are adorable. they happily made a substitution for me. the ambiance is lovely. great place to take a date.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresh food, lovely service
Kale salad and gnocchi dishes were superbly fresh and served in the right portions. Wine pours were spot on. Our waitress was very kind. One thing that was very annoying, however, was that our little table was parked too close to the door (on the banquette side). I think removing that table is the solution.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
a hug for Venus
This was our first time at Venus, and we were all swept away by the menu, ambiance, and service (except for the noise level). We ordered a number of different starters, main courses, and a dessert, and all were really yummy. The sauces and flavorings were delicious and the presentation well balanced. All in all creative. We'll definitely go back.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Venus is great! The food is
Venus is great! The food is delicious, I had the chicken this time, and the servers are attentive. This is one of my favorites!
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfectly prepared food, friendly
Perfectly prepared food, friendly service, and casual atmosphere.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Venus is a reliable place
Venus is a reliable place to take a date whether the first time or as part of a nice night out. Thank goodness I had a reservation, the place was packed, but it did not effect service in the least.
We both went with regular fare: I had the hanger steak while my friend tried and enjoyed the trout. We started off with a little gem salad with fava beans and chives, delicious!
We'll definitely go back!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
unique and outstanding
this place is absolutely unique and fantastic. We arrived quite early in advance of our reservation, but were accommodated quickly. The summer salad (cant remember the name) was unreal; utterly beautiful and simply fresh. the roasted chicken was terrific: tender and excellent seasonings and veggies. The room is reminescent of old NYC and is utterly quaint with no "style" or "decor" to be had! Loved the eclectic, casualness.
NOTE TO PARENTS: this super small, intimate, boutique restaurant is not approrpriate for toddlers? There must be dozens of other nice, kid freindly places. Honestly (from parents) bringing whining, crying, kids into a lovely small place puts a damper on all the other diners.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a wonderful place!
This restaurant ranks among our new favorites. Miles was a great waiter who helped us with the selections and tolerated our tendency to order single items and share. Zak did his magic in the kitchen and we were happy to support Amy as a veteran in the farm-to-table business, especially when it is so delicious and tasty. Healthy and that good, can't beat that. I had the fortune of sitting in an observation spot to see Zak working in the kitchen and I am amazed what he created with so much attention and care. It was obvious that he loves his job and it showed in the tasty dishes that we were privileged to enjoy. I wish I lived closer to Berkeley.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful food and an excellent
Wonderful food and an excellent value. Fabulous service.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
My family and I had a great time at Venus. The food was delicious. I ordered the fish and chips, I do think they could have been a little more generous with the food for the price. The staff was awesome and very accommodating to our large party of nine people. It was my uncle's birthday and he can't have a lot of sugar, so they brought out a plate of fruit with a candle, so sweet. Afterwards my family commented that we would definitely eat there again and are eager to try their breakfast sometime.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
A lovely spot!
Wonderful locavore fare, with elegant preparations that are simple enough to let the ingredients shine. The salad with apricots was exquisite, the salmon was perfectly grilled and the gnocchi was delicious. Only took off one "ambience" star because our table was in a drafty spot near the front door.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great neighborhood find
Venus is the perfect little place you'll keep coming back to. The menu offers local farm to table dishes as well as daily specials. The wilted kale salad was excellent as well as the wild king salmon. The service is friendly and efficient. I will definitely go back next time I'm in the area.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had the fabulous Vegan Stir
Had the fabulous Vegan Stir Fry and Kumquat Lemongrass Roasted Hoffman Farm Chicken for dinner.
The restaurant could use a better vent and fan system as your clothing retains plenty of the smells of cooking .
Despite that I still love the food!! And go every time I'm in Berkeley.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time and loved it
I chose Venus based on the list that Berkeley Rep offers of nearby restaurants. I was pleased with all aspects of the experience.
The menu was small but great. I wanted to order each entree but chose the salmon. Portions were on the small side which I'm coming to appreciate (but might not satisfy the heartiest appetite). Our server was friendly and competent.
All in all, it was a great dinner for 3 of us.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
LOVE this restaurant. I am
LOVE this restaurant. I am vegan and my husband isn't. There is always something a vegan dish on the menu or the chef is more than happy to help make it that way for me.
Everything looks good, almost makes me want to eat meat!
Food is beautifully prepared and always look great on the plate and tastes sensational.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh and delicious
The grilled octopus, seared salmon and asparagus dishes were all cooked to perfection. The staff were very nice and attentive. Cozy seating and the owner was delightful. We'd recommend and go back.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great experience once again
We had friends from San Francisco join us for dinner. It was their first time, for us this was a happy return. The food was excellent, we started with ribs appetizer, followed by Salmon dish for most of the party. It was prepared great, truly enjoyed it all. Service was attentive, but not overbearingly so. Great experience ell around. Friends from SF now want to return on their own.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Picture Perfect Food
Beautifully prepared, deliciously flavored, healthy, real food. Staff was very accommodating to my guest’s food allergies. Nice vegetarian as well as meat options. Everyone in our group was pleased.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely, prompt service, sensitive to our need to get to the theater on time. Excellent carrot coconut soup and delicious flavorful meatballs. Disappointment that there were no mussels, although we arrived very early and they were listed on the menu. The alternate choice of a vegetable assortment was not very tasty. The salmon was very fresh but rather bland. Excellent fruit dessert, with peaches of the season.
Would definitely return!
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious & Affordable
It is wonderful to come to a restaurant with fresh, local, and healthy ingredients that is high quality AND affordable. What a great find. The flourless chocolate cake was INCREDIBLE!!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Venus is great!
Husband and I went to Venus for the first time and had a wonderful meal! We went to the movies right after and it was a quick walk. Food was creative and farm to table fresh and we will definetly return with pleasure!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Venus is always good, but dinner last night was terrific—salmon and halibut were our entrees. Each fish had a delightful dollop of fresh chutney! Yum!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've eaten at Venus many times over the years and always have had delicious food and excellent service.
If I want to have a delicious meal every time this is a great place to go.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Real high notes but inconsistent
Our dinner had some amazing moments! The sake-based cocktails were tasty and fun and the zucchini pappardelle was fabulous. The roast chicken was fine, but the greens served alongside were stellar. The peach cobbler, on the other hand, was a complete bust. It was too sweet, and the topping amplified the sweetness rather than cutting it. To make matters worse, it was overheated to the point where it was burnt on top.
I will go back again for sure, but this wasn't consistent enough for a higher rating.
Also, the restaurant lost our reservation. There was an open table --perhaps because we had reserved it????
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is fresh, organic & locally sourced (which I really appreciate) and always delicious! One of the better scrambled eggs ever. Only not so great are the hot drinks. Tea is bleh and the coffee drinks somehow just aren't that good. Not sure if it's the brand used or the person making the drinks, but everything else is awesome. Service is always wonderful too.
8/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Whether you are going to the
Whether you are going to the theatre or not - this place is definitely worth the visit. Salmon was done to perfection and the grilled peach salad is worth having a few more times while they are still in season.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great as usual
we had a great meal for four. The selection was very good, only thing was they ran out of stuffed calimary as a special, a loss. we had wild salmon and alaskan ....., all very good. Wine was a New Zealand Pinot...quite good at a reasonable price. For desert we shared their peach crisp. Highly rcommend for an informal dinner with friends.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a wonderful place for breakfast, with a varied and interesting menu. The muffins and biscuits are extraordinary. The service was very professional, but cheery, as well. We liked the fact that they take reservations for breakfast, which can be very useful on a weekend morning in Berkeley. We will try to visit every weekend we come up for a Cal game--Go Bears!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
They take care of you at Venus!
We arrived 15 minutes late for our reservation. I had called to say we'd been delayed. As soon as we arrived, they seated us right away, and when we told them we had a play at 8 pm they took our order immediately. They offered us tasting of two wines when my husband wasn't sure which he wanted. Then the food and drinks came right away, and all were delicious. We had the pulled pork sandwich with mashed potatoes and a delicious vegetable dish with little dumplings. Boorish white guy lecturing Asian guy on Asian history at next table was annoying, but not Venus' fault. We ended up having plenty of time to dine and get to the theater. Service was wonderful, and the price and ambiance except for next table was great as well.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
best brunch in berkeley
had a wonderful breakfast.....and will be back every time when we visit our daughter at school! The biscuits were incredible and my daughter had a mocha that was sublime! Great and friendly service too! Also, checked out the dinner menu and look forward to trying that too... Yummy!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Pre-Theater Dinner
Four of us met for dinner before a 7 pm Berkeley Rep Performance. We appreciated the offer to taste a wine before ordering, the attentiveness to serving our dinner promptly, but not in a rushed manner, to allow us time to get back to the Rep for the show, and the excellent, fresh, flavorful, meals. Venus is one of very few restaurants near the Rep that starts serving at 5 pm on a Sunday rather than 5:30, and thus afforded the opportunity to savor the food a bit despite the Berkeley Rep 7 pm start time.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Experimenting with new Fall menu
They were trying their new fall menu. Pear salad had mushy dry pears and the tajine lacked spice and flavor. However, the waitress was extremely friendly and accepting of our thoughts about the food. We had a bottle of Pinot Noir made in San Francisco that was good and a nice price point, it was not listed on the menu so make sure to ask if there are any off-menu wine surprises. They gave us a complimentary dessert - a pumpkin cheesecake in a jar - which was delicious, for our trying and sharing our thoughts about the menu.
Venue is cute inside, warm and nice. A nice place to stop by before a play in Berkeley.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Venus was quite good
This delightful, small restaurant had marvelous food at decent prices, or at least for this sort of a place. I had a lamb stew that was mouth-wateringly good. They also make cocktails from sake, which I found a very clever way to deal with having just a beer and wine license. I usually have a lemon drop in places where I can have a cocktail, and they had a version of one that was quite acceptable, and quite tasty. The servers were pleasant and efficient.
All in all, a good meal in a place we will certainly return to.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome experience at venus, servers were a little busy, so a wee bit slow, but completely understandable considering how many people they were serving.
I made a reservation and immediately sat, which was fantastic, as they're very busy for lunch.
Food and drinks were excellent. Worth the wait without a reservation as well.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect date spot
Rustic, perfectly seasoned and portioned Mediterranean inspired cuisine. Really great food and atmosphere. Reasonable prices given the fantastic quality. Worth every penny.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Small portions, good food
Good food, but wish the portions were a little bigger for the price paid. They cashew vegetable dish could have been a little more flavorful. At the end of the night, the food was decent but was not worth the price. It is good for special occasions, but not for a typical evening out.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Imaginative, well thought
Imaginative, well thought out dishes. One of the under-rated restaurants in Berkeley. The grilled calamari (not always on the menu) is the best I've ever had.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We only ate twice at Venus but it is simply because it is a bit outside our beaten path and whenever I am in Berkeley looking for a good seasonal meal, Venus comes to mind. There you will have simple but perfect dish: well dressed spinach salad with mushrooms, crispy fish & chips, tangy cole slaw, flavorful vegetarian plates. The service is always friendly, attentive and beyond accomodating. At our last visit, the waiter changed a wine order, checked on the availability and ingredients of dishes and allowed us sit and catch up with our out of town friend when all other guests had left.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had not been to Venus for a few years so it was nice to return and enjoy a nice dinner. We had an early reservation and were fortunate enough to have our small two person table without neighbors for about 20 minutes. Our service was excellent! We had full attention from start to finish. We started with the warm spinach salad which was ok but was missing something like almonds or candied walnuts. Our meal was very tasty! And you cannot go wrong with the cloud nine to finish. We did end up with two very annoying parties on both sides of us so that was a bit of a damper but you cant chose your neighbors right? Overall 4 star with a 5 on service.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Convenient and Very Nice
We went prior to going to the theatre. The location was perfect. I had the trout and the food was light and fresh. The wine list was practical. They made a mistake on the bill which they corrected very quickly. I liked this restaurant a lot.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love the menu...limited but
Love the menu...limited but wide enough variety for vegetarians and meat-lovers. Squid ceviche special was a real treat. Unhurried atmosphere--no problem with lingering over dessert and tea.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a great night on Tuesday, March 19th at Venus! We were warmly welcomed by an older gentleman who was standing outside upon our arrival. We were seated by the host/manager(?) who told us about the specials and menu changes and sounded very professional and knowledgeable. We then got the most amazing olive bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The salads were perfect and the entree's left us silent through the whole meal. Perfectly seasoned and just the right amount of food. To finish the meal we had a chocolate mousse dessert that was smoother and creamier than anything I've ever had before. What a lovely night! We will definitely be going back! Oh, and the decor was darling!
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM