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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Venue's Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (11)great for outdoor dining (5)fit for foodies (5)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Great neighborhood find
    Tiger
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We had a nice Anniversary dinner with great wine. The owner went out of her way to take good care of us on our first dinner at The Venue. Menu did not have any unusual dishes on the menu but we very much enjoyed what we had.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Great as always!! Don't miss out on this terrific place to eat good food, get great service and meet people!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    A great place where everyone knows your name!!! Very friendly atmosphere, with awesome food and service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Great place to go "where everyone knows your name'!!!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great casual place to go for great food and excellent service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Don't miss this excellent opportunity when it comes to great food and service. Venue's is a lot like the old TV series, Friends. Everybody knows your name!!!
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  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Nothing short of outstanding!! Great food and greater service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The place to go to meet people, eat great food and enjoy excellent service!!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The only place to go for relaxation, good food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This is the place to go for Happy Hour and appetizers. They also have an excellent menu and wine choices. Great service!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not sure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I guess there is always a risk on whether you will dine on a "good" night or a "not so good" night. If it had not been that we all enjoyed our dinner choices, yummy...it would have been a "not so good" night. Poor service when not real busy to us has no acceptable excuse. Wait staff all pleasant...just not organized at all. Sorry guys
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Although they were crowded, everyone insured we were being taken care of.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Get there early for Happy Hour deals. The food and service is outstanding!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Don't miss a chance to dine at a very casual and outstanding restaurant. Great food, happy hour prices and service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice weekend brunch spot
    brunchlover
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The food was delicious, and we enjoyed the local art hanging on the walls. Our waitress was very friendly and went out of her way to accommodate us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 84 reviews are from the Venue's Cafe reviews archive.
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Always a pleasure and very relaxing. The prices are reasonable and service is outstanding. A must!!!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    A good local spot, food was presented nicely, it was average fare.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Great place to go to relax and get good food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    A wonderful place to go for good service and good food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty Average
    rabbibjk
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I would not go out of my way to go to Venues. They have the advantage of being basically the only show in town in Carefree at this time of year. The food was okay, but neither destination worthy nor memorable. The menu said that the sea bass came with two side dishes, but none were offered. Bread was only fair, not great, and only served after we requested it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Always a great spot for good food, but it all depends on the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Great food and service, as usual. The new summer menu is out and it should be fun!!! Enjoy!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I can only rate this in regards to brunch. Have not been to the restaurant for dinner etc. Food was good and the waitress was delightful
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great neighborhood restaurant
    daveVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    took two grandkids there and everyone had a great time. great comfort food, dog-friendly patio, and super wait staff.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yoliali
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I liked the décor people waitress excellent very nice relaxed atmosphere did not like the buffet, no end cut for prime rib, lamb chops I would have liked a choice of a sweet sauce not just marinara, nothing stood out as spectacularly good, loved our waitress very nice and relaxed
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  • Food was great & the service
    LISATFLOWERS
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Food was great & the service was excellent! Prices were also reasonable. If I lived closer I'd return more frequently.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It all depends on who you
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    It all depends on who you get for a waitress. Great food and great to visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent place to go!! Outstanding
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Excellent place to go!! Outstanding food and exceptional service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More Spice
    Hedonist
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We had Sunday brunch. My wife had the "never stop" champagne. The servers kept her glass full. I had a Bloody Mary. Not spiced enough. Also the food was southwestern and needed more spices.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casual, great food
    MomandnurseMilwaukeeVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Great ambiance and the best beet salad I've had. The special chicken with the berries was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sophisticated friendly and perfect
    DesertDog
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    This is no ordinary restaurant. There are plenty of choices in North Scottsdale, but it's worth the drive a few miles further to Carefree for this experience. We've been there a few times and we've always enjoyed it very much. The food, service, ambience, and wine selections are all terrific. Consider Venues for a special event. The upstairs private room is spacious (can hold 50-60) and it is as beautiful as downstairs, plus it has great views and excellent acoustics. The management and staff are professionals and perfectionists. Everything exceeded our expectations. Special shout-out to Chef Celine and to Catherine, Mark, and Al.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go there anytime for a good
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Go there anytime for a good time. Especially Monday night for the "burger" deal!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The waiter said there were
    Troop1
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    The waiter said there were all kinds of beers. When I asked for one. He said no. When I asked for a second, he said no. Don't give high expectations with an opening remark on the full inventory of beer. When I asked for A-1 sauce for my filet, it took awhile to deliver. Then the bottle was practically empty. I asked for a replacement bottle and they had to search for a second and took awhile. When I asked for bread, he said they don't give bread to the table and don't have bread. I asked if they have sandwiches which means bread. He said they have rolls, not bread. I asked for that. He looked at me funny as if I was asking for gold. It took a long time to produce the rolls.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a Good Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    It was Valentine's Day, BUT!!! After waiting 40 minutes for the appetizer, (which was old, tasteless hummus and required no cooking), we waited another 30 minutes for 2 different, dried-out chicken entrees which were almost inedible from overcooking. We brought most of that home and it could not be salvaged and wound up in the garbage. What a waste of money. The wine was good at $46/bottle, but we have the same wine at home which cost us $18 at Safeway. We made our reservations on-line and they could not honor our reservation, so we were forced to sit at the bar for the entirety of the long wait. Sorry, we can never go back for dinner. My husband had lunch there with a friend and it was okay, but not great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant was nice, but
    Joni
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The restaurant was nice, but the service was lacking. My husband enjoyed his chicken but my steak was over done, our salads came out seconds before our meal, we were never asked if everything was ok or if we needed more drinks, even though our glasses were empty for a while. Not exactly a great first impression, but might give it a second chance, maybe we could get lucky and get a different server.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sad
    JimsVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    2nd visit since NY Eve. Will never go back. In 6 weeks the wait staff has completely turned over. Our server was without a clue. Only 4 of 5 entrees showed up. Last was 20 minutes later. Owner "apologized". Table was cleared before the last guest served (20 minutes later that the others) had finished eating. Even took the water glasses!! Then the server came over and asked us to leave " . . . because we have another reservation waiting for that table. . ."
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    NansulitaVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went to Venues expecting a very good dining experience given the reputation and price. Great disappointment. Food was mediocre at best, not at the level expected for what was charged. My husband's steak was overdone, my seafood was okay but the rice and fish had a lot of mysterious oil. Service was terrible - we waited more than an hour for the entree and had not had appetizers. We noticed that happened to the neighboring table as well. Only plus was that you could eat outside. We won't go back - there are too many other choices
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Monday nights are always our
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Monday nights are always our favorite. It's a great place to meet others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great to go there on
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Always great to go there on Monday's for the burger/bev deal, but your experience depends on who your waitress will be. They always seem to be overwhelmed and don't have the staff to keep up with the demand.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Special"swordfish" was overcooked . when we told the waitress, she just shrugged and moved on.
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    • Noise LevelModerate