Venue's Cafe
Venue's Cafe

Venue's Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.venuescafe.com/Home.html
  • Phone: 4805959909x
  • Hours of Operation:



    *Brunch: *



    Saturday - Sunday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm




    *Lunch: *



    Monday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm




    *Dinner: *



    Sunday - Thursday: 12:00 pm - 10:00pm



    Friday - Saturday: 12:00 pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Celine Fabre Thomas Ryan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: A variety of catering menus offered to meet everyones needs.
  • Entertainment: Second and Fourth Sundays 7:30 - 10:00
  • Special Events: Open 365 days a year. Private Party Area

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hum Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample surface parking directly in front of the restaurant.
A word from Venue's Cafe
Located directly across from the Town Center Park, Venues Cafe is an American Bistro. The rustic interior is defined by rich finishes of brick, copper, wood and stone, with a plush leather club chair perched in the corner by a fireplace next to Venues' well-stocked wine cellar. It is in this setting that guests enjoy the finer things in life, which include great drinks, fine wines, craft beer on draught, HDTV and marvelous food.

Speaking of eats, the table d'hote here runs the gamut, from small plates of Ahi Tuna with Asian Slaw and Wasabi Sauce, Fish Tacos, to dinner entrees of Prime Cut Filet Mignon, Pan Seared Duck Breast, Eggplant Parmesan over creamy polenta and Venues special Chicken Schnitzel with lingonberries. Hearing about events at Venues is easy with our VIP email updates, join today.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Venue's Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (8)fit for foodies (5)great for outdoor dining (4)good for groups (3)vibrant bar scene (3)special occasion (2)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • As usual, the service makes
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    As usual, the service makes this place one of our favorites. Christine, our waitress, was on top of everything, even remembering us from our last visit and what type wine we wanted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    Robbin
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    We recently found Venue through Open Table and thought we would try it. Great spot! We loved the decor and the atmosphere was very inviting. Very comfortable restaurant and our server, Leslie, was great. We met the owner and appreciated her time in welcoming us. She also came over to speak with us after we told our server that the salmon was not cooked as requested. She was very apologetic and took great care of us. We would have given it a 5 for the food & overall except for this glitch with the salmon. We are sure it was a one off situation and will go back again next time we are in town. We are so glad we found it - love Open Table for just this reason - we find places that we would not have otherwise. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Experience
    Dvlawyer
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We were there on Christmas Day. The service was extremely poor. It took a long time for us to place our order and an even longer time to get our food. One person ordered a burger and it was overcooked. They did make him another and also offered to remove it from the check. I ordered a stuffed pork chop. They told us that it was the reason that it took so long to get our food. They should have said in front that it takes extra to cook and everyone is going to have to wait a long time for their food. In addition, it wasn't prepared as represented on the menus.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great place for family holiday meal
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Beautiful place ,artwork is outstanding !!! I enjoyed my experience , except all 5 of us were aware of our waitress and her abruptness and being a bit rude . And this happened as soon as we arrived to table . Almost to the point where we felt we needed to ask for new waitress .Instead decided to enjoy our family time together. Other than that , I highly recommend the restaurant. I am gluten free also and have recommended this place to the Phoenix celiac groups .
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas 2013
    4me2dineout
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    A choice made from a short list of restaurants opened on Christmas day. Arrived1/2 hour after our scheduled reservation due to getting lost which was our fault but they sat us right away. Had the bone in pork chop. Very tender withcarmelized sauce. Mom had the chicken schnitzel w/lingonberries, very tasty. Looking forward to going back and having the brussel sprout salad. Due to their Christmas menu they were not able to accommodate that request.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst service ever
    Gwen
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We expected it to be busy on Christmas Eve, but did not expect non-existent service! We spent well over two hours there and only saw our waitress when we tracked her down. The dinners were mostly average, except for mine, which was so salty it was inedible (the host agreed and offered a different side but this was 1 3/4 hours into the meal, so I declined). We were never offered an appetizer or dessert on the house, nor an apology, for our lengthy wait and lack of attention. The couple next to us (who arrived 15 mins after us and were served 15 mins before us) also had issues and were comped (different waiter). I have had good lunches there before, but we will not go there again.
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  • You can't go wrong at this
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    You can't go wrong at this place. Great atmosphere, service and food!!! Don't miss out on going here, as you will go back again!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greeting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    I am not sure the hostess understood that we had booked onOpen Table. She said that the time we arrived we did not need. a reservation. However the manager came by and reasured us the Open Table would be recognized
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Needs a Bit of a Tune Up
    ZumbanistaVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    Recommended as we visited Carefree Art Show. Dropped in late afternoon & sat on sunny patio. At this time of day, restaurant wasn't particularly busy - a few patrons sitting inside & out. Ordered bottled beer - they didn't have our 2 choices on draft. We both ordered the Spinach Salad, 1 w Salmon & 1 w Chicken. Dressing on side was OK, but no special orders due to Art Show We picked out tomatoes. Salads quite tasty, but menu made no mention Salmon grilled hot; Chicken cold. Would have preferred both hot. Server apologized for delay in getting & paying bill as management kept her busy elsewhere. Not sure how this was supposed to make us feel? Average eating experience, food ok, service needed to be crisper. Not sure we'll return/recommend.
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  • Great food, but they need
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    Great food, but they need to get more organized with regards to service. No one seems to know what tables they are serving, so it takes longer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a great place!! We are
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2013
    What a great place!! We are new to the area, and will now make Venues one of our weekly stops. Great service and prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very pleasant find
    TheArcitect
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    My wife and I are new toCave Creek. In our wandering we found Venues. The food was excellent, the atmosphere allowed conversation. The owner made us feel welcome. I have returned with friends visiting from England and South Africa and we had a wonderful evening. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    The menus looked good so we took friends for my birthday celebration. The place was empty on a Saturday night. The waitress knew it was my Birthday because I put it on special requests. The server wasn't very friendly. At end of meal she handed me the dessert menu and said pick something out on the house. That was the only acknowledgement of the special occasion. On to the food. I am vegetarian so I asked for the stir-fry with just veggies. It was pretty much over cooked noodles with a few pea pods. Very little veggies. I would have complained but she never once asked how the meal was. Even the free dessert sucked. Ugh
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cozy Delicious Restaurant
    TopTier
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Comfortable, cozy, warm feeling restaurant with an extensive lunch menu. Enjoyed the home-made potato chips that accompanied a big juicy build your own burger. The Mushroom Wrap received rave reviews. Nice dog-friendly patio in the heart of Carefree across from a beautiful desert garden, surrounded with unique shops and art galleries.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place is a wonderful
    foodjunkie
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    This place is a wonderful hole in the wall I never knew about. The ambiance is great, the food delicious, and the service exceptional. Our party of four came for the Sunday Brunch, I had the Steak Eggs Benedict and we split an order for French tst, so yummy! Everyone loved their dish. The different flavored latte’s were all good; we each had a different one. Definitely coming back. Can’t wait till they light that fireplace in the winter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cool atmosphere with a gorgeous bar
    MuffyD
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    We went here for a late lunch and it was very good. I would love to come back and try it for dinner and cocktails on the weekend!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New find!
    newriverfoodie
    Dined on 6/5/2013
    We ran across the " Venue" while shopping in Carefree during the afternoon. It was a hot day and we zipped inside to get soft drinks and water. The hostess was great and got the three of us a coke and two waters. When leaving we all remarked about how much we wanted to come back for dinner, so we did. The food was awesome! The five of us all had great meals and the service was outstanding! The atmosphere is relaxing, wine selection great and the food choices varied. We are looking forward to returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • more of a bar feel, than restaurant
    VictoireVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2013
    I was not impressed with the food or the prices. It felt more like a bar. Lots of high top tables, and few regular tables. I will not return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Invisible on Mother's Day
    CJeffries
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We had been here before and had a great experience. On Mother's Day we came to escape the $50/plate brunches offered at other restaurants. We were seated in a respectable amount of time, and initial drinks were brought in a timely manner. But then it seemed like we disappeared. I asked for water, and it never came. No one came to our table for roughly 20 minutes! We had to flag down a server to and ask someone to come take our order. When our food finally came, we didn't have enough silverware, and we weren't offered condiments or refills on our drinks; we had to flag someone down again! The Mother's Day featured meal was plenty of food, and it was tasty, but poor service left a bad taste in our mouths. I got a free mimosa, & it was strong.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We've noticed major improvements
    AZoldguy
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    We've noticed major improvements is food and service compared to earlier visits.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Gem in Carefree!
    Brookhouse
    Dined on 4/11/2013
    First time there and our entire group of 5 loved it. Great menu with lots of choices. Looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was more like eating in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    It was more like eating in a bar than restaurant. Glare in all directions. Terrible presentarion of food. The food was OK but nothing to bring us back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good brunch. Service is slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    Good brunch. Service is slow but what do you expect for a restaurant in a place called Carefree off of streets like Hohum and easy street.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • food was fair, but the service
    GraceVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2013
    food was fair, but the service was very slow. They said they had to save the desert for the party that was upstairs.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • better places to eat in Carefree.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/6/2013
    My wife had a salad that was 'good'. I had the three slider combo. The buns were dry and tasteless. The pulled pork was tasty but the hamburger was cooked thoroughly through, had the consistency of shoe leather and was very disappointing. For the price, I would have expected more. We won't go back
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  • We celebrate my daughters
    JoanieVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2013
    We celebrate my daughters birthday every yar for the past couple of year at Venues. Always enjoy our timethere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife and I had a lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    My wife and I had a lunch at Venue on a Saturday afternoon and were blown away, great service, great food, cost effective. Brought a group of 6 in for dinner one recent evening, food was average, service still great and we just love the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent meal, excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Excellent meal, excellent service will be returning
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Missed opportunity
    mckmom
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    This restaurant looked great but due to an unforseen event we weren't actually able to have dinner that night. Will definitely come back if we can.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This wasn't our first visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    This wasn't our first visit to Venue's. Our food was disappointing. I think they have new owners? We won't be going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was average at best.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    The food was average at best. It was obvious there was insufficient help, most notably in the kitchen. The chef (there could only be one person in the kitchen as the speed with which food was prepared was exceedingly slow.)could certainly use some help. The wait staff was overworked which was obvious from the service we received.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This made our familys Christmas
    Tracy
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    This made our familys Christmas meal. Really great food and atmosphere. Recommended to two friends the next day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was just marginal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    The food was just marginal for the price. We had 6 in the party and 2 of the 6 thought their entree was really good, but the other 4 were fair.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It started with them not having
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    It started with them not having our reservation and then telling me that I just made reservation and they will try to seat us. Service was SLOW and bringing drinks at different times and the same with our food Overpriced for the amount of serving.
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  • Very nice and relaxing spot
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2012
    Very nice and relaxing spot --- out of the mainstream and serving very good food at a reasonable price. Owner takes pride in making this a customer friendly place to kick back and zone out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went to see/hear a friend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    We went to see/hear a friend playing guitar/singing that night. It was a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reservations were a bit disjointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2012
    Reservations were a bit disjointed due to lack of information on the site re collection of credit card payment at the time reservation was made.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Although this was the non-season,
    BenjaminVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2012
    Although this was the non-season, the service and food was wonderful @ Venues. Ann was very attentive and took care of us as well as pointed out a number of menu items which we selected. We split the French-boned pork chop with Jasmine rice as well as the crab cakes and potato crisps. When the winter visitors return, this will be a very busy place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a staff that knows
    blocalVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2012
    This is a staff that knows how to read its patrons and deliver its services to highlight the mood the patrons have established. Toni was a fantastic server ready to recommend dishes, answer questions, and play into the mood of the table. Shannon, too, made sure we felt like valued guests. Thanks to all for Fred's birthday dessert...he devoured the cobbler! Next time we will dine at about 7:00 and stay for the music!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A very attractive and comfortable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/27/2012
    A very attractive and comfortable restaurant. The menu has something for everyone. I enjoyed an excellent sandwich with sweet potatoe fries, while the rest of the group loved the salmon. Very accomodating of our party allowing us to sit whereever we wanted as they were not crowded at that time. We were left alone to chat and catch-up without feeling rushed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall