Cafe Venezia

4.8
441 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 441 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
36 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

MB
MikeB
New York Area
4 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
10 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

TM
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
6 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
14 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
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!

JD
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.

MB
vipMikeB
New York Area
5 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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Will definitely be returning.

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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
30 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
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and delicious food including desert

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 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.

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

Great food always

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 441 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.