Venable Rotisserie Bistro
Venable Rotisserie Bistro

Venable Rotisserie Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.venablebistro.com/
  • Phone: 9199047160x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday-Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm
    Late Night: Thursday-Saturday: 9:30pm-10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Whether you need sandwiches for your office staff or formal dinner for 300 Venable has it covered. Contact Owner Andrew Moore to discuss how Venable can meet your personal catering needs. 919-904-7160

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Weaver Street
  • Public Transit: Venable is located on the CW, F and J bus lines. Convenient to all of Chapel Hill and Carrboro public transit.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Carr Mill Mall has over 200 private parking spaces making parking at Venable a non-issue. Relax before you get out of the car because you can park next to the restaurant for free.
A word from Venable Rotisserie Bistro
When you join us at Venable, you'll find a family-owned and operated restaurant offering local, seasonal food in an upscale yet comfortable setting. Our elevated comfort food strikes the perfect balance between the familiar and the fresh and new. Come on in, make yourself at home, and allow us to take care of you and your guests! Venable, the name of Carrboro from 1912-1913, takes inspiration from the rich culinary offerings of our area. Think freshly roasted chicken from our in-house rotisserie, a bistro salad topped with a fried local duck egg, or a burger made from ground chuck and short rib topped with Hatch green chilis. We're also proud to offer a carefully crafted wine and cocktail list. Join us for dinner, lunch, Saturday and Sunday brunch--our doors are open and we look forward to welcoming you!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Venable Rotisserie Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (64)fit for foodies (46)great for brunch (33)kid-friendly (28)great for lunch (28)good for groups (20)great for outdoor dining (17)special occasion (17)romantic (9)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (5)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Hard to say which was better -- the food or the service! Both were incredible! The only disappointment was the fried chicken was a little bland. Everything else was superb. Will definitely be back -- again and again and again...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty food, Excellent Service
    WorldTraveler
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was well cooked and inventive. Wines by the glass were decent but not amazing. We had an excellent server--she had a great personality and provided warm service. Only recommendation I would make is to include more dishes on the menu which are on the healthier side--more vegetables and greens would be welcome addition to this New Southern American menu. Most of the appetizers and entrees are very heavy--we had a tough time finding the healthier items on the menu--got the udon noodles, trout entree and a salad.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved Venable
    lovingfreedom
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We've been wanting to try the cuisine since they opened but we can't often get up to Carrboro from Raleigh, but we were glad we did. Loved the menu - grass fed burgers, all natural chicken. We had the half chicken and the wonderful salad with beets and local cheese. We'll be back again soon to try the burgers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Love
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The fried chicken dinner is the thing to order! Delicious with a lovely presentation of arugula salad on top and a covered crock of the best mashed potatoes! The rotisserie chicken sandwich has pesto and kalamata olives and was also divine! Nice atmosphere and excellent service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sunday Brunch
    Ninalita
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I took my two teenagers here for Sunday brunch and we had a great time. There was something for everyone and my two, somewhat picky eaters, were very satisfied as was I. The eggs benedict special the day I was there came with a salmon cake, which was absolutely delicious and the coffee was in a press, my favorite. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the food
    KatnDogVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The benedict special was amazing! Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always a good choice
    WashingtonVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We live near Venable, and it's always a great choice. The menu is top notch and the service is great, but the atmosphere is relaxed. If you took the food at Acme and served it Elmo's Diner, you'd have Venable. The only downside is the pair of huge flat-screen TVs in the bar -- they take the place a little _too_ far in the casual direction. But overall, Venable is perfect for a relaxing Sunday night. It's fine dining in flip flops.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Our family frequently comes here for Brunch and Dinner (almost weekly!). Very good food, with different brunch specials every week.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food as always!
    arnettchicago
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I've been here probably 6-7 times now, but this was the first time I sat outside. This is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. Food is always fabulous! While I have to say, I quite enjoyed sitting outside and listening to outdoor music from Weaver Market, & people watching, the ambiance inside is always nice as well. I will note though, we did sit right next to the water feature and it is a little "splashy", so I guess depending on if you want to get wet or not, you may not want to sit right in that spot! If that's my only complaint, I'd say they're doing something right!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    vdurrington
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Took my wife there for her birthday dinner while visiting my son in Chapel Hill. Very pleasant. The food was excellent. Wonderful atmosphere. Great service. Wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • glorified (in a good way) pub fare
    Chowdoc
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This is a decent place for a meal. Menu tries to be inventive and service tries to be attentive. That fries come heaped on most everything tells you all. This is really very good and dressed up bar food (a step above Milltown but a few steps below places like Acme).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary celebration
    44and45years
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We were there with friends from Minnesota and we were each celebrating over 40 years of marriage. We were seated in one of the window alcoves which was perfect. Food was excellent. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    npzFLVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Not sure if the kitchen was on vacation, but this was not the same as when we were here in May. Rotisserie chicken was rather tasteless. Service was very good, food was mediocre.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ENglish Breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Should have had English or Irish style sausages and marmalade for the toast.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dc diva
    DcDiva
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Menu was interesting but limited. Fish was good but nothing special about this small pan fried trout dressed with greens and diced potatoes on top. Tasty but for nearly $20 expected more. Room is quite noisy at 6-7 but cleared out by 9. Dessert sounded better than it was, coffee was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT
    FoodVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Wonderful wonderful experience. Great service and absolutely awesome food!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dine Outside - Get a Table No Booth
    WigglyWaggly1
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Good 1st visit. Staff was accommodating and moved us outside to a table. The booths are very uncomfortable and short. Food needs more seasoning added, but other than that we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never Disappoints
    Foody
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I have been here several times with family and friends and it never disappoints. The specials are always wonderful and the service is always good. The mashed potatoes are to die for and the coffee is superb. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food. Good value
    Mark
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We've eaten at Venable several times and the overall experience has not disappointed. We look forward to going more frequently as well as taking friends there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The mashed potatoes are out of this world. I love the way they serve the coffee and tea.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great visit
    WashingtonVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    This place is great. The food is always wonderful, the amostphere is relaxed, and the service was really good this time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everythingrosie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great rotisserie chicken, as always. Service (seemed more a problem of the kitchen getting the food out) was quite slow.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better for Brunch than dinner
    luvbrunch
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I enjoyed eating here for brunch much more than dinner. The dinner portions were way to big in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Go for the food, not the service
    FromRaleigh
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The menu was limited -- but several things looked good. I ordered the cobb salad with rotisserie chicken; my dining partner had the cod. Hot bread was delicious. But the root beer floats were the best! Unfortunately, the service was awkward and uneven. When we arrived, we were greeted (not professionally or friendly). Even though we had a reservation and the dining area was less than 1/2 full -- the greeter couldn't seat us. But since he didn't talk to us, we don't know why. When we were seated, we got the worst seat in the house (remember, it was only 1/2 full)--right by the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for families or date night!
    carrborodiner
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We've gone to this restaurant both for a date night and with our kids. The food is delicious, and they have a nice selection of wine and beer. The kids menu is also really great - both nutritious and delicious (our kids love it)! We are so glad we have found a restaurant that we can enjoy as a family or for an evening out with adults!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful restaurant for lunch
    ZimZam
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Definitely worth a visit. We had the special, pulled chicken with fries and coleslaw. It was quiet. Noisier at dinnertime. Have frequented this restaurant for dinner many times. Definitely worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food & friendly staff
    NCFoodie
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Venables offers terrific food and friendly service in a casual atmosphere. Try the steak with buttered veggies and whipped potatoes- it's excellent! Also the southern fried chicken (add a side of whipped potatoes if feeling indulgent). Highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, convenient spot
    shorttooth
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    It is really nice to have a restaurant like this that makes dining out so easy and pleasant. It's in Carr Mill Mall, and they told us that it's OK to park in either the small lot out front or the large lot on the other side (where Harris Teeter is). I had the half rotisserie chicken, and it was delicious: nice browning and flavors on the outside, leg and thigh meat very flavorful and tender, and a moist, juicy breast--not dry or overcooked (always my fear where chicken breast is involved). The fries were really good too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • White Linen Left Behind...
    ManhattanStray
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Yes, the only thing that is missing at this excellent restaurant is the linen tablecloth. The ambience is sophisticated but youthful. The menu appears simple and downplays the actual food. So when the food arrives, you may be thrown off a bit. The food is much better than what the simple print says. A delightful retreat when you are in Carrboro. It certainly is worth the trip from the Triangle. Notable wine cellar.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nicest servers anywhere!
    thepassionatereaderVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Our family loves Venable. The servers there are so nice they put their cohorts in other establishments to shame. The food is always yummy and the wine pours generous. Our favorites are the Cobb salad and the Chicken pot pie. So good!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 59 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 84 reviews are from the Venable Rotisserie Bistro reviews archive.
  • great menu, great location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Fried chicken was delicious, and bloody Mary was spicy and refreshing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    TBHill
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The food was great. The only thing that could have been better was the service. It wasn't bad..our waiter was very pleasant, but we went through our entire meal without being offered more drinks. This wouldn't have been so bad if the water had been better. We could have at least had that to drink to help wash down our meal, but the water had an awful taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed our lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We were greeted by a friendly hostess, had reservations for lunch, but probably didn't need them. We were seated right away. The food was very good, but service was slow even though the restaurant was not busy. We did wait quite awhile for our beverages and then for dessert menu, but since we weren't in a big hurry it was no problem. I would have been unhappy if we needed fit our lunch into a 45 minute or 1 hour slot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • English Brunch
    Verydisgruntled
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Truly a great place to get a real English breakfast, HP sauce included.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful, hearty food
    Megg
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We loved everything we had from the perfectly cooked steak to the silky, hearty udon noodles. But hands down, the wild mushroom ragout with polenta was the favorite of our party!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Delicious Time
    KatieLou
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    We arrived for our 6:45 reservation. Since our table was not yet ready, we spent a bit of time at the bar. When some minutes passed, they served a bit of table bread with the wine. It was a thoughtful gesture. My veggie burger and roll were "extra" crisp, but delicious. My friends orders came exactly as ordered. Our waiter was attentive, but not at our elbows. We sat in a lovely window spot which made it quieter than in the middle of the floor, a nice bonus. We were not rushed at all, a Wednesday night, and had a relaxing, delicious time.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Healthy and delicious
    Delcicious
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    I ordered the pork tenderloin and it was so good. Celery root puree, lentils, kale, and pork tenderloin with a mushroom sauce. Healthy and delciious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not As Good As Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    My husband I love to go to Venable for Sunday Brunch and those meals have been fantastic. So, we decided to take some out-of-town guests for a weeknight dinner. Unfortunately, but not all of the meals were great. My Mahi Mahi was on the dry side and was pretty tasteless, but the tuna tartare appetizer was a hit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Welcome Newcomer
    tbumnncVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    With the closing of Panzanella many worried that the economy was weakening so badly that the local population was unable to support a vibrant restaurant scene. Then came Venable - a genuine value added in a good location. Plenty of parking, intelligent seating arrangement of booths and tables, friendly wait staff and a menu for everyone - literally.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Carrboro Restaurant!
    LovePod
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Great service, great food, great feel! Everyone was very friendly and the ambiance was perfect for our occasion, and I imagine would be perfect for any occasion. The food was absolutely DELICIOUS! Great selection of beer on tap too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate