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Venue's Cafe
Venue's Cafe

Venue's Cafe Details

  • 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 - 10:00pm

    Friday - Saturday: 12:00 pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • 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 & Promotions: 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 WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Although they were crowded, everyone insured we were being taken care of."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Get there early for Happy Hour deals. The food and service is outstanding!!!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Don't miss a chance to dine at a very casual and outstanding restaurant. Great food, happy hour prices and service."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Always a pleasure and very relaxing. The prices are reasonable and service is outstanding. A must!!!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "A good local spot, food was presented nicely, it was average fare."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great place to go to relax and get good food and service."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "A wonderful place to go for good service and good food."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Always a great spot for good food, but it all depends on the service."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Great food and service, as usual. The new summer menu is out and it should be fun!!! Enjoy!!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "took two grandkids there and everyone had a great time. great comfort food, dog-friendly patio, and super wait staff. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "It all depends on who you get for a waitress. Great food and great to visit."
    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."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Excellent place to go!! Outstanding food and exceptional service."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Great ambiance and the best beet salad I've had. The special chicken with the berries was very tasty."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Go there anytime for a good time. Especially Monday night for the "burger" deal!!!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    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."
    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. . .""
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Monday nights are always our favorite. It's a great place to meet others."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Special"swordfish" was overcooked . when we told the waitress, she just shrugged and moved on."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "The first time we ate there was very good, but the last two times, the food was just fair."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Always one of our favorite places to go on Monday nights; however, make sure they can handle a crowd. It gets hectic if they're busy."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "They were understaffed. The waitress even apologized for the poor service. I've always liked this restaurant, but I've heard about poor service from friends of mine. I will give them another chance and hope they get their act together."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "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."
    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."
    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 ."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 11/23/2013