Venue's Cafe
Venue's Cafe

Venue's Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.venuescafe.com/Home.html
  • Phone: (480) 595-9909
  • 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 - 9:00pm



    Friday - Saturday: 12:00 pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: 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 Contemporary American Cuisine based on classic French roots. The rustic interior is defined by rich finishes of brick, copper, wood and stone. The freshest ingredients are combined to produce recipes that are creative yet classic. Sit by our Copper fireplace and 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, Coq Au Vin, 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
25 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (9)great for outdoor dining (6)fit for foodies (4)notable wine list (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)good for groups (2)special occasion (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Disappointed again
    JimsVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Hostess could not locate our open table reservation for 6. Once seated service was slow, although cordial. Although not particularly busy for a Friday night it was over 50 minutes before we were served. When I mentioned the fact to the server, she went into the kitchen and produced the print out of our order that demonstrated we'd only been waiting 30 minutes since the order went in. Never did understand why it took an additional 20 minutes to turn in the order. Turkey sliders I ordered were apparently ground turkey; tasted like sausage; dressing had no flavor. Had not been there since last February when we were asked to vacate our table less than an hour after we were seated because ". . .other customers were waiting." On that occasion, the order of one in our party was "misplaced," she was consequently served late had not finished eating. Too many good places to eat in the area to waste any more time at Venue.
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  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    You can't beat this place for great food and service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Always a pleasure to go somewhere where " everybody knows your name"!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Jawifo
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Been to Venues a few times for lunch and dinner. Good food and service before but this time we invited friends for the first time and were somewhat embarrassed. Maybe bad luck, but the Brunch menu was cut in half because they were expecting high volume due to arts show right outside...nothing on their website about that when we checked menu before we booked on OT. And when we got there at 11a on Sunday and there were only 2 other tables occupied at the time and left at noon with it maybe half full. Server was smarta** and inattentive...20 min. to get water (in cheap plastic cups) refills. And forgot juice order for one guest. Will still try again based on better previous visits and I think they just guessed wrong on the traffic.
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  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    This best place around to go for a casual dinner and good wine. The service is exceptional.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VixnVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We dined here for lunch and our experience was great. I had the Niçoise salad that had fresh ahi tuna, potatoes, anchovies and a few other tasty ingredients. I would definitely recommend it. My husband had a delicious salad with chicken. They do have a brunch menu on the weekends that you can order from. Several people were having breakfast and Bloody Mary's. What we were the most impressed about was when the owner came over to introduce herself to us. We felt very welcome and are planning on going back this weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Outstanding restaurant for good food and service. The chef there is awesome!!! Go early for happy hour deals!!!
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  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    One of the best finds in Carefree/Cave Creek area. Once you go, you'll always come back. Awesome food and service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Best place to go for a very relaxed and enjoyable dinner. Excellent chef, excellent service and they make you feel at home.
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  • 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.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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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
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  • 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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  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Great place to go "where everyone knows your name'!!!
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  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great casual place to go for great food and excellent service.
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  • 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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 92 reviews are from the Venue's Cafe reviews archive.
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The place to go to meet people, eat great food and enjoy excellent service!!
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  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The only place to go for relaxation, good food and great service.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • 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!!!
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • 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
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    fit for foodies
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  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Although they were crowded, everyone insured we were being taken care of.
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    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
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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    A wonderful place to go for good service and good food.
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    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • 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
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    • 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
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    Great for Brunch
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  • 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.
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    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    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.
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    great for brunch
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  • 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.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • 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
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    I would recommend this to a friend.