Cafe Venezia

4.8
426 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Cafe Venezia was something that Leo and his brothers always dreamed to open up to meet the growing demand for Fine Italian Cuisine in the Somerset County, Northern NJ region along with BYOB convenience. In 2015, the family was able to make that dream a reality and opened Cafe Venezia in the heart of Northern NJ.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
What 426 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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viptennisdiner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great evening with friends over a delicious meal. The layers of tastes in each of the dishes was very good! Worth the drive to meet our friends half way!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner! Great Service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The food was excellent. Thank goodness it was because the service was less than desirable. A server wasn’t assigned to our table so whoever happened to walk by and actually stop is who served us. We didn’t byob (which can sometimes extend a dinner experience) and we were there for almost 2 hours, that’s how long the food took and how slow the service was. Our beverage order got forgotten twice, only to be remembered finally by the front hostess (who was the most attentive in the restaurant). No one offered a dessert menu and despite flagging someone down for a check, we never received it and had to go to the front of the restaurant to seek it out. You might guess they were short staffed but the owners were floating around all over talking to customers. We won’t be going back since the service was so poor and I wouldn’t recommend it to others.

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RobertA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Had the Pappardelle with Lamb Ragu and fresh Ricotta cheese. Also had some long hot peppers with potatoes, onions and mushrooms (all sliced thin) that was both different and delicious. Staff super friendly too.

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vipcarriew
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Restaurant was crowded and we had a reservation. I changed the number of people on our reservation 2 days prior but unfortunately the restaurant did not receive the update. Regardless, they were very accommodating. My only issue was that service was extremely slow. I think our server was partially responsible, especially with dessert, because after 20 minutes of waiting we asked for it again and she came out with it. Our dinner and appetizers were also slow to come out but they were very busy with restaurant AND takeout which was not a pre-Covid issue. I am noticing with many restaurants that the takeout is very robust and definitely impacts wait times if dining in the restaurant. Food was delicious!!!

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DavidE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always!

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NashvilleNJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our go to places. The service is always warm & friendly, and the food is delish.

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ChristineC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The owners were genuinely happy to welcome us back to indoor dining. Food and service were the good. Never missed a beat!

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JanD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Bruno made us feel very welcome, great host we had a memorable Italian meal,

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JoeHig
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cafe Venezia is one of our favorite restaurants. After getting our Covid vaccines, we decided to try indoor dining for the first time in over a year. It was great to be back, and we were welcomed like old friends. Due to the pandemic, there were only a few other occupied tables, and so it was quieter than in the past. We missed Leo, the owner, who makes everyone feel special and we look forward to seeing him again on later visits.

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MikeB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food is fantastic and the service is great as well. I forgot to bring my wine from home and the host offered to run to the store up the street and pick up a bottle for our table. Top notch ! Best Italian food outside of Italy .

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vipJeffG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing hospitality!

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vipLori
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, friendly service! Well spaced tables.

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Paulo
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. I started with the homemade burrata, which was very fresh and tasty. The veal parm was excellent and served on the bone. The sauce is so rich and thick that it really complimented the buttery breading of the veal. A+. I got dessert, which i never do because of how good everything else was. The souffle was delightful. It was more of a lava cake than a traditional chocolate souffle but it still tasted great. Small touches that i liked was that they had separators between the tables so you felt COVID safe and they have a parking lot so parking is simple. Its a BYOB so cost is reasonable too.

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vipLuv2eat
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was superb! Starters artichoke with tomatoes, followed by chicken parmigiana, delicious Orca fish special followed by tartufo, affogato and cappuccino.. Service and atmosphere good for date night, family celebration, or just a night out.

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vipToptomato1
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wonderful service and the owners are the nicest! They have the tables separated with attractive screens and they have installed air filtration systems.
Make reservations now you will not be sorry!

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Tierns10
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. The food was awesome and the staff is always personable and makes us feel very welcome. Will definitely be heading back!!!!

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vipJosephV
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our gontomrestaurant for ecellent food and service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of the top 3 places my wife and I have ever been too!

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Kens
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and delicious food including desert

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to byob in the area. The staff, the food, the ambience are all fantastic! Try one of their fish specials, you won’t be disappointed!

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MichaelW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always excellent service and fabulous meals!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service.

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vipJustDave
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food always

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JoeE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Venezia is one of our local favorites. Owners are wonderful and friendly. Food always amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

portions weren’t overwhelming. everything was delicious and came out in a timely manner. we were also given a free appetizer because the 4 of us ordered the burrata and the owner didn’t want us to not have enough since the burrata is a smaller app. very nice!

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JerseyTheatrelovers
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything about our dinner at this restaurant was wonderful! The owners have taken every precaution to make indoor dining safe and yet feel intimate, with tables set far apart from one another, privately screened off. There were oversized air purifiers at both ends of the dining room as well. The menu is superb, offering a wide variety of appetizers, salads, pasta dishes, chicken, veal, beef, and seafood entrees. A lovely assortment of desserts capped off a delicious meal. Highly recommended!

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vipFranks
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best veal parmesan i ever had and I've had a lot of veal parmesan! Overall the food is outstanding service is even better my new go-to spot!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyable. Our favorite place.

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vipRAC72
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. The owners make you feel like family and their pride in what they do is evident in every detail. Great food and experience.

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NancyH
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owners are wonderful. The food is amazing. The place is clean and felt very comfortable eating dinner inside.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Date

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner Christmas Eve. Amazing food and the staff were so friendly. A very enjoyable experience.

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MichaelW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit on a Saturday evening. The service was excellent and the food yummy! The owners friendly interaction with customers makes this a new favorite for us for Italian food.

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GinaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Venezia never disappoints!
The food and staff are exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was amazing!

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vipneverhome
New York Area
906 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our visit here. The bread basket is delicious...hard to admit, but we even ate 2 baskets full. We started with clams in white wine and garlic....some of the bread went to sopping up the delectable sauce! Entrees were veal with mushrooms and chicken martini, Parmesan crusted. We were glad to ask if we could have pasta instead of the potatoes and vegetables. Portions were large and we enjoyed the meal again for lunch the next day. It is a BYOB which saves a lot. Prices are very reasonable here though. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and the owners are so nice and accommodating! The grouper special was delicious I’m still thinking about days later and the mussels clams and burrata were to die for. Save the bread for the sauce or just drink the broth like its soup like my boyfriend did! Can’t wait to go back!

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vipLuv2eat
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whether it is a special event or just date night, always a delight. Great food, great service and very pleasant atmosphere. Large portion size and beautiful presentation, always. Staff friendly and will go to great lengths to make your lunch, dinner, or party a delight.

FAQs

Cafe Venezia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 356-3500.

Cafe Venezia is rated 4.8 stars by 426 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.