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Venable Rotisserie Bistro

4.6
4.6
999 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

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    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, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 999 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Contemporary American

  • Durham

    Healthy

  • Durham

    Great for Lunch

  • Durham

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Durham

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. MS

    MartinS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    NCVisitor

    Raleigh

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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!
  3. DM

    DawnM

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    Donna

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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!
  5. L

    Letseatout70

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food and service
  6. 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.
  7. AM

    AlexaM

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 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.
  8. 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.
  9. m

    marianna42

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. s

    seniordiner

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite place for quality of food and drink, reasonable pricing, friendly service!!
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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!
  19. 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,
  20. 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.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and food was excellent.
  23. 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 !
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Venable is of the few places with several good vegan options that aren’t afterthoughts. Had the Bibimbap and it was delicious.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Eat here. a little pricey but well worth.
  29. J

    Jack

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service was exceptional. A real standout, it might my daughter's graduation a great memory. Thank you.
  30. NN

    NoNick

    Raleigh

    82 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    We visit Venables several times a year, so are well familiar with the restaurant. Food and drinks were very good, as is usual. Unfortunately our service on this visit was particularly inattentive...missing a drink among the four--while we waited to toast our guest, having to be asked to removed our plates when all diners were done, leaving a finished plate (held to pack a take-away box) in front of one guest for a very long time while we waited for desserts, and so on. I must say that our server was assigned tables both inside and outside, making it very difficult to keep up an adequate service in either place. We regret that this was the first visit for our guests, local folks who had potential to be much impressed and return, but were not due to failed service. We look forward to improvement for our next visit.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Outdoor dining is a wonderful experience and highly recommend!
  32. DD

    DougD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Ordered the salmon, my wife's was very good she said, mine was luke warm and not completely done in the center. I told you at the time of the registration that it was my wife's birthday, the table next to us got a birthday dessert, but she didn't, and of course that was my fault!! For the cost of the meal and drinks I was disappointed.
  33. B

    Brittahknee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Venable was such a treat! My friend is vegetarian so I wanted to take him somewhere with plenty of options. They did not disappoint. Everything was delicious and the service from Layla was great! We will definitely be back!
  34. SH

    SteveH

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    We have eaten at Venable's several times, though it has been several years (pre-pandemic). We have always enjoyed the atmosphere and food, so we decided to eat there for our wedding anniversary. Perhaps it was because it was a Wednesday night, but it seemed unusually quiet. Our server was great but the menu seemed about like it was 2 years ago with few new items. My wife got the fish tacos (which were actually fish wraps) and a bit bland. I got the New York Strip Steak which was delicious (the whipped potatoes are great). Overall a nice experience but a little below what we remembered. Again, going on mid-week may have made a difference and we still recommend the restaurant.
  35. KW

    KWILLR

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We eat at Venable pretty regularly. I met the owner a few months before he was to open years ago and I was sold on his approach and history at other venues. Last night we ordered Salmon and Fish Tacos and were offered bread to start, which we accepted. I had a glass of Riesling and my wife drank Sparkling. Venue is lovely and our window seat afforded a perfect spot to appreciate the southern spring thunderstorm that hardly disturbed the outdoor diners under the large tent. My wife's Salmon, a regular for us, was its usual perfect dish. Mild char on outside, moist and cooked just right, with the creamiest mashed potatoes in the south. If I was Zagat, it would be a 30. My Fish Tacos were mixed. Fingerling french fries, the fish taco sauce and the peppers were great. The tacos themselves were okay. The fish was fine but the flavor overall was lacking a bit. I still ate almost all of the generous portion. We skipped dessert this time due to time constraints but usually stay and enjoy various options. Previously we've had the chicken (both fried and baked), Trout, Noodles, various specials and the steak. All are excellent. I would not, however, order the tacos again. Good but not as great as just about everything else we've had. Again, great venue, great value, fun spot. Highly recommend.
  36. E

    Eurogirl

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Music at just-right level—audible, not loud . Servers Jake and AJ pleasant, helpful. All food delicious. Fans+breeze +tent very comfortable despite 90’s temps.
  37. SB

    SusanB

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food, varied menu, fine for a night out with friends, but when the restaurant is crowded, it is very noisy. Not somewhere you would go to have an intimate conversation unless you went during off hours.
  38. SK

    SherrylK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Definitely a good experience. I wish: a) Servers were made to wear masks, including outside. Covid is not over and it would lead more immunocompromised people to eat there, outside. And more customers who live with immunocompromised people. b) Servers were paid a living wage (Glass Half Full and other venues nearby have done so, why not Venable)? Calamari appetizer is wonderful as is the bread that comes with it. Fries are frites, and a must.
  39. AE

    AndrewE

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Venable was highly recommended by a coworker, but I was rather disappointed unfortunately. The atmosphere was nice enough, but the Pork Tenderloin dish I ordered was a total letdown. The large plate was 90% covered in the cous cous, with a miniscule portion of pork. The port itself was cooked well but lacked much flavor for what was supposed to be a spiced dish. The servers were professional enough, but not very friendly or personable, and didn't check in very often, until there was another opportunity to ask for an order (more drinks, dessert, etc.)
  40. O

    Olivejuice

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great as expected- excited to see some brunch menu items added to the Saturday lunch. Eager for regular brunch to come back!

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
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Venable Rotisserie Bistro using the Order Online button. Venable Rotisserie Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 904-7160.

Venable Rotisserie Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 999 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Venable Rotisserie Bistro

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

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Weaver Street

  • Neighborhood

    Carrboro

  • Hours of operation

    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, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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