Cafe Venezia

4.8
457 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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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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vipKevinH
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brought my son there for his birthday, great meal everyone had something different, chicken veal fish and eggplant, everyone loved their dishes. Desert was perfect I love there lemon sorbet, will be back soon

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Martine
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Another delicious meal here.. we had the calamari fritti and the clams in white wine to start, they were delicious. I had the vegetable soup with pesto and it’s absolutely my favorite, it’s an ample portion and it’s simply divine. I had the chicken balsamic that was on the special menu and my son had to penne vodka which he claims is the best penne vodka he ever had. Everything here is delicious and the service is fantastic.

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vipROBIN
New York Area
695 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great dining experience. We loved the eggplant rollatina and string bean salad.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best veal parm ever!

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vipLuv2eat
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Venezzia never disappoints.....Great food, great service, beautiful presentation and great ambiance... We started off sharing the Golden Brie Chesse special-Breaded pan fried Brie with cranberries, caramelized onions and grenadine sauce. Delicious! Our entrees consisted of Roast Half Duck topped with apricots, apple, cranberries with an orange sauce reduction..... Superb! The Pappardelle Taormina-home made pasta, shrimp, mushrooms, bacon, sweet peas, in a Brandy pink sauce was perfect.. Dessert - strawberry Sabaglione and Cappuccino ended a perfect evening... Thank you Serafina and Chef Jose.

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vipMichaelF
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit and we will be back. Everything was outstanding.

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MichaelW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always great food, service and experience.

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NashvilleNJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Venezia never disappoints! The food is amazing! And the owners/staff are so welcoming and friendly. Hidden jewel in Martinsville!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue. Hosts were cordial, welcoming and accommodating. Food was excellent. No one rushed us so we could relax and enjoy our meal. This was our first visit but we’ll be back. .

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vipKellieC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here

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vipGeneM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and attention to detail was excellent ....food was very well prepared and was delicious

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WilliamZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly outstanding restaurant compared to others in the area. The Chef's sauces make any dinner so unique and flavorful. Will return there often and probably exclusively because a better meal would be hard to find elsewhere!

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JoeHig
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Café Venezia has been our "go to" restaurant for years. Everything on the menu is wonderful and, if you want something that's not on the menu, they will try to accommodate you. The owner, Lea, and his brothers, Eddie and Bruno, are friendly and cheerful hosts who go out of their way to satisfy their customers. The restaurant was quite busy for our recent Thursday evening visit, but Bruno graciously took the time to take a photo of our party of seven, and chat with us a bit about his day job. He also served us a complimentary appetizer, Calamari Venezia, which is one of my personal favorites.

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vipOutstanding
Atlantic City
57 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cafe Venezia never disappoints. Great food with a amazing selection at affordable prices and wonderful service.

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vipKevinH
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time here won’t be the last. Food was excellent appetizers were great, hot peppers stuffed with sausage and the veal was fantastic asked for something not on the menu and it was cooked perfectly. Looking around the room at other dinners they all looked very good

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance were all first frate.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food and nice evening for my husband and I to spend our anniversary dinner. We will certainly return.

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BethS
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had never been to Cafe Venezia before. Thought the food was great. Nicely casual atmosphere. Will definitely return.

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Dinnerperfect
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you want authentic Italian food, this is the right place. Everything from appetizers to main course were well prepared and tasted great.

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Goodeatsisall
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. Staff was very attentive. Restaurant was pretty full. Im sensitive to salt, so I just asked for them not to add any to my meal, and it came out as requested. We would go back.

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vipMikeylikesit
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This time, I brought two friends with me who were first timers to Cafe Venezia and they're enamored with this restaurant. I had the veal funghi for my entree and the veal was prepared to perfection. This restaurant is byob. Sound levels after 7 PM can be energetic. Come early if you want a quiet dinner for two.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our 2nd time. Food and service excellent! Highly recommend

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vipMikeB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our “go to” place.
Food and service always exceptional.
Very flexible with menu for food sensitivities or picky eaters.
Never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went there for our Son’s birthday. Service and food was great! Hat our own private space Owner and server were attentive. Good came out hit and fresh. Portions were very generous snd most importantly all pasta cooked PERFECTLY! Highly recommend and we will be back. 👍👍👍

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Impecable service. Highly recommend.

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BERNADETTEH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bruno and his staff are amazing. They work hard to give you the best experience while dining at the restaurant. The food is absolutely wonderful every time we visit.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and outstanding service! Will definitely be going back

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TimM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Got together with some family members...out first post-Covid outing together. A memorable evening. The food was amazing. I had the veal piccata and it was perfect. (“Best in the city” as they say) Everyone else raved about their dish as well. The service was very good. Our server, Amy, was great and introduced me to a new way to open a bottle of wine. Desserts delicious. Price wise, very reasonable and a great value. I highly recommend Cafe Venezia.

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BERNADETTEH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints!

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viptennisdiner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
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
7 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
15 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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vipDavidE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always!

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NashvilleNJ
New York Area
5 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,

JH
JoeHig
New York Area
4 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.

MB
vipMikeB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints

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

Cafe Venezia is rated 4.8 stars by 457 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.