Cafe Venezia

4.9
418 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 418 people are saying
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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
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
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing hospitality!

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

Great food, friendly service! Well spaced tables.

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Paulo
Toronto
3 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
26 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
23 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
San Francisco
4 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
9 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
San Francisco
4 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
901 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
26 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.

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vipJustDave
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service

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JoseD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food preparations and presentation were remarkably outstanding. The chef captured the essence of each ingredient and produced a masterful combination of healthy and flavorful delights! Will be back!

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vipLuv2eat
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding: Both food and service superb. From the burrata salad to start to our main courses, Zuppa de Peche with lobster tails, and cod oreganata all were prepared exquisitely and with extraordinary flavor. Portion size and presentation all above board. Service could not be better. Whether it is date night or special occasion, this is a neighborhood gem.

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vipDawnd
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and hands on owner. Very attentive and welcoming. Great experience. Clam sauce is amazing!

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JessicaS
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fantastic meal. Everything was terrific!!!

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PatrickM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice place
Food was delicious . The service was excellent

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vipMaryb
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining under large tent. Tables spaced nicely apart. Food delicious and staff was very accommodating.

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vipneilr
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Food was good . Generally found staff not complying to Covid rules . Some staff had their mask not covering their nose or they would walk outside the tent and walk back in without a mask . Did not feel safe at all . Customers would walk through the tent without masks and staff did not advise them to put on mask . Have always loved the food and service and unfortunately my next visit will be after Covid.

FAQs

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

Cafe Venezia is rated 4.9 stars by 418 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.