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Venable Bistro

4.7
4.7
1013 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
When you join us at Venable, you'll find a family-owned and operated restaurant offering local, seasonal food in an upscale yet comfortable setting. Our elevated comfort food strikes the perfect balance between the familiar and the fresh and new. Come on in, make yourself at home, and allow us to take care of you and your guests! Venable, the name of Carrboro from 1912-1913, takes inspiration from the rich culinary offerings of our area. Think freshly roasted chicken , a bistro salad topped with a fried local duck egg, or a burger made from ground chuck and short rib topped with Hatch green chilis. We're also proud to offer a carefully crafted wine and cocktail list. Join us for lunch or dinner--our doors are open and we look forward to welcoming you!

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 34 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 904-7160

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Carrboro

  • Cross street

    Weaver Street

  • Parking details

    Carr Mill Mall has over 200 private parking spaces making parking at Venable a non-issue. Relax before you get out of the car because you can park next to the restaurant for free.

  • Public transit

    Venable is located on the CW, F and J bus lines. Convenient to all of Chapel Hill and Carrboro public transit.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,013 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Contemporary American

  • Durham

    Healthy

  • Durham

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. B

    Barb

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and service was outstanding. The Korean BBQ starter is definitely a favorite.
  2. BI

    BIGAL

    Raleigh

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Nice lunch menu with good selection and very good quality. Service was excellent as well.
  3. D

    Diana

    Louisville

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Don’t go for anything rotisserie! But we were delighted at the bread, fried chicken, and NC flounder!
  4. CR

    ChristineR

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and great service. Really enjoyed our meal.
  5. K

    Keith

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    good restaurant. will definitely go back there.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I were in the Durham area and I googled places to eat outside and came up on this place and had a reservation available so we ran over there and ate outside and had a great brunch! I wish we had a dinner menu but they didn’t start that service until five. Every single bit of food we had was excellent and they even gave us a free dessert that was not just thrown together it was put together beautifully. I had a chicken breast with country gravy which is totally their own recipe with a Asian flare. Panko crumbs for the chicken, A different kind of gravy, it was amazing and it didn’t come with potatoes it came with a biscuit which I thought was an excellent idea and the eggs were perfectly cooked! My husband had the French toast and he loved how the berries were cut up in small pieces. He doesn’t even like brioche and he loved it! We also got a side of bacon that was excellent and worth four dollars or five whatever it was. I saw french fries in one of the pictures so I ordered a side of those and they were amazing! And country potatoes which are also fantastic. As for the beer I just told him what I liked and he brought me the perfect beer! Perfect perfect perfect. They were having a wine tasting event right next-door at the Weaver Street market and we went in there and bought a lot of really yummy treats for home like cheese, preserves, French bread, tomatillo sauce, tofu curry salad. Two different wines that were on sale. Everything was just perfect it was a perfect day and I think the restaurant in the market for making it so along with all the people!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We look forward to brunch at Venable. So happy to order huevos rancheros. My daughter gets the kids mac n cheese. It will be cool to visit a bookstore next door soon. And I always pop into Weaver Street to grab a few things after my delicious meal at Venable.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was husband’s birthday and we had a wonderful time celebrating.
  9. l

    lwhupp

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best fried chicken!!
  10. s

    seniordiner

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Venable is one of our favorite local restaurants! We never have a bad meal there. Service is excellent, the Cosmos are great. Outdoor seating is one of the most comfortable and weather-proof around.
  11. M

    Mart

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined outside, which was very pleasant. Abby M, our waitress, was very competent and friendly. We will definitely return.
  12. H

    Hahvahd

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it as always.
  13. AR

    AlanR

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The best PEI mussels in a long time - excellent. Service was great. We thought eating outdoors would be a bit less noisy, but the tent seems to reflect the sound. An overall great exoperience
  14. R

    Roxie

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Saturday brunch outside under the tent was very nice. The food was delicious.
  15. MS

    MartinS

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire experience was just outstanding... The food was just delicious and the service was just superb...
  16. NC

    NCVisitor

    Raleigh

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Our niece was visiting and we wanted to take her to a good restaurant in the Chapel Hill area for lunch that has covered outdoor dining. Venable was perfect! The food is always good there, and our lunch was excellent. It was clear that the restaurant was a bit short-staffed like so many restaurants are now, but the staff did everything possible to make our lunch as seamless and efficient as possible. We will return to Venable soon!
  17. DM

    DawnM

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outdoors. Food and drinks were superb in taste and presentation..Wait staff knowledgeable helpful, friendly and attentive.
  18. D

    Donna

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We love Venable! One of our go-to places. Food and service is great. We always start with the bread and butter… both are house made….so good!
  19. L

    Letseatout70

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food and service
  20. N

    Notaplaceforfunconver

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    The establishment, Venable Rotisserie Bistro is a decent restaurant to dine at. From what we know, the appetizers and the Venable burger were good. The restaurants atmosphere is very basic and poor, the tables are embedded with marks from the previous users who dined here. The menu was not as descriptive as we would like. We ordered the calamari (it was good) ,and it was not fried at all. It was served in a pot with sauce and a side of baguette. The location was unexpected and so was the building. This place is good to eat at; but apart of what we criticized we would possibly eat dine here again. (We are not from NC.) For the best experience, you may want to try it here and see for yourself.
  21. AM

    AlexaM

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Appetizers served within 5 minutes of ordering- Lettuce wraps were good but only a very small amount of meat served- plate was mostly lettuce, huge amount of Thai basil, rice and condiments (mayo, chili paste). Artichoke dip was gross, looked completely unappetizing-heavily seasoned with truffle oil. Burger with hatch chilies- tasted odd with large side of saturated truffle oil fries dripping in grease. Server disappeared for long periods of time. Very disappointed, would not recommend.
  22. C

    Chicken

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Venable. Pleasantly surprised! The food was great. We were in for lunch with a party of four. Everyone was pleased.
  23. m

    marianna42

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    As usual, good food, good wine, outstanding waitress.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience5
    Had gone here a couple years prior and decided we would never go back because the food is remarkably mediocre. However, with the expensive of their patio, we decided why not try it again. Big mistake. My husband ordered a burger that looked like a junior high school cafeteria burger or one of those fake toy plastic burgers. Waiters very aloof and not service oriented. I can say for SURE now that we will never return. Tried to give it a second chance, though!
  25. LW

    LeeW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! The food was delicious and the waiter was friendly.
  26. NC

    NCNancy

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have never had a bad meal at Venable. Our favorites are the Korean BBQ starter ( as a meal) and the honey chipotle salmon is THE best we’ve ever had anywhere in the states or internationally bar none- cooked to perfection- moist and melts in your mouth like “buttah” surrounded by the best herb whipped mashed potatoes & sautéed spinach. The staff and owner/chef are very accommodating making one’s dining experience truly pleasurable.
  27. DC

    DeborahC

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We all different things and it was all amazing and our waiter Robert was the absolute best! Thanks Venable for a SUPERB evening
  28. Y

    Yummy

    Raleigh

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Venable is always great. The menu is varied and has zero bad items. All very yummy. It's a reliable go-to for me, especially since they have invested in making outdoor dining readily available and quite pleasant.
  29. s

    seniordiner

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite place for quality of food and drink, reasonable pricing, friendly service!!
  30. BP

    BarbaraP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Varied menu- all 5 of us liked the food very much. Friendly knowledgeable waitress.
  31. KK

    KariK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, amazing food, wonderful ambiance. I will definitely be back and tell everyone I know to come here!
  32. CM

    ChelleMI

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've never been disappointed when visiting Venable. The surprise of 1/2 bottles of wine on Wednesdays only enhanced the evening. Our server, Michael, was personable and friendly, without being overbearing or pushy. The food was cooked perfectly, and there were smiles all around, indicating it wasn't just my friend and I who were enjoying our meal. It was really a nice touch when the hostess said good evening and reminded us to drive safe in the stormy weather. Well done!
  33. CH

    CHBOS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food and service are always great at Venable - they're great about dietary restrictions too. It's one of our favorite places to eat in Carrboro,
  34. DM

    DianaM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I like this restaurant very much but unfortunately the restaurant was not open July 5. Even though I was able to make a reservation for their normal hours of operation they were taking a holiday. Their hours were not updated on their website or in any obvious way.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and atmosphere! Great restaurant!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and food was excellent.
  37. VP

    VickiP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was one of the best we have ever had : he was so knowledgeable about the food & how it was prepared as well as the history of the building & Carrboro which was a bonus . I had the salmon , & our guests had the jerk chicken & tortillas . All were delicious !
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was a lovely evening dining outside. Great service. Definitely will be back.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was very helpful and attentive. And knowledgeable about the menu. The food was delicious well prepared and beautifully presented.
  40. SM

    ShelleyM

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food. Friendly, informed staff. Service a little slow. Going back there tomorrow.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Venable Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 1013 OpenTable diners.

Venable Bistro does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 34 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

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Google Map for Venable Bistro

200 North Greensboro St., Suite A18, Carrboro, NC 27510

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Weaver Street

  • Neighborhood

    Carrboro

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Carr Mill Mall has over 200 private parking spaces making parking at Venable a non-issue. Relax before you get out of the car because you can park next to the restaurant for free.

  • Public transit

    Venable is located on the CW, F and J bus lines. Convenient to all of Chapel Hill and Carrboro public transit.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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