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The Crow's Nest, Venice, FL

The Crow's Nest

4.7
4.7
3404 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The Crow’s Nest Restaurant, Tavern and Marina has been serving the Venice, FL community since 1976. With the freshest seafood and most flavorful dishes, the Crow’s Nest strives to prides itself on providing 5-star experiences for their guests each and every time they visit.

The upstairs dining room provides a fine dining experience with a fantastic view of the water for lunch or dinner. The wood-paneled and cozy tavern downstairs serves for a more casual experience and is open all day.

You can also enjoy their full-service marina, offering overnight dockage, gas and diesel pumps, and all the supplies you need for a day or week on the water. You can also rent their paddleboat, one or two person kayaks, paddleboards, bicycles and more!
Whatever experience you choose, you’ll be sure to enjoy a 5-star experience! Stay up to date on their specials and promotions by joining their email list at CrowsNest-Venice.com!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 70 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steakhouse, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:30 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (941) 484-9551

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Executive chef

    Mike Christy

  • Private party facilities

    Private parties up to 16 people are welcome in our wine-themed Private Dining Room. Minimum charges apply and gratuity will be included.

  • Neighborhood

    Venice

  • Cross street

    Down the road from the South Jetty

  • Parking details

    Overflow parking available nearby at The South Jetty. We have a shuttle running when parking lot is full. Give us a call at 941.484.9551 if you need picked up from the South Jetty.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,404 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Great for scenic views

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Seafood

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  1. GT

    GinaT

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience The service , food and ambiance was just wonderful. Will be returning.
  2. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Food was terrible. We took one bite and left. The quality of the food for the price we paid was crazy. Nothing tasted good and everything was e trembly over priced. I was so incredibly disappointed I will never go back.
  3. B

    Barb

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great specials at 4:30 PM! Food is always fabulous!
  4. G

    Ginna

    Nashville

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely, relaxed dinner with family. Food delicious. Would love a few more small plate options appropriate for dinner.
  5. TC

    TimC

    Cincinnati

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great service.
  6. MG

    MarcG

    Columbus

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Becke was a great server tonight……..food excellent and entire dining experience was great.
  7. B

    Banjoboy

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Fried shrimp and potato was excellent. Veggies were over cooked and mushy. That could be improved. Food was a little overpriced. Ecargot was excellent as well.
  8. LH

    LisaH

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food -cozy atmosphere! Love the mashed potatoes!!
  9. JG

    JillG

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Food was just okay. Very pricey
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Everything was exceptional from the food to the service. But I do have one thing that can be improved. Parking is very limited and the parking lot is so dark and lighting at a minimum. This is very dangerous. I would recommend the management addressing more lighting for the safety of all.
  11. DS

    DennisS

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good service. food was excellent but pricey. Overall a great restaurant.
  12. d

    davidp

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    EXCELLENT SERVICE. AMPLE PORTIONS. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
  13. R

    Rettraveller

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Escargot & Scallops were great!
  14. QG

    QuakerGal

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Been a while since I had dinner at Crows Nest, but we had always enjoyed ourselves so made a reservation for a birthday celebration. Table was beautifully located and ready when we arrived -- even a bit early. Staff and our server were attentive and very pleasant. That said, the food disappointed. We were prepared to pay Crows Nest somewhat pricey menu options, but our meals were bland tasting and mine was only luke warm when presented. Our mains arrived not 5 minutes after we ordered them, which brings into question whether plates of the popular choices were just sitting in the kitchen. I had the Grouper Key Largo, Seared Grouper with Shrimp, Sea Scallops, Mushrooms, and Citrus Beurre Blanc. The Grouper was somewhat overcooked, underspiced, and relatively tasteless except for the excellent (and plentifully doused) citrus beurre blanc. The sauteed mixed vegetables were also overcooked. My scoop of garlic masked potatoes was excellent, though, and so were the warm dinner rolls. Partner had the crabcakes which he has always liked, and no complaints there, but I tasted and found them-- just ok. His baked potato was good, though... For over $40 per entree, with no salad included, I think Crows Nest needs to step their culinary game back up. I love the setting, and again, the servers, bussers, and hosts were all very pleasant and attentive -- but one does come for the fresh tasting seafood. Disappointed.
  15. MH

    MirandaH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A wonderful ocean front restaurant located in a gorgeous, somewhat secluded area. Parking at the restaurant is tough, but there is beach parking down the road with a shuttle. The food was great overall, and the staff was friendly. Will definitely be back
  16. LC

    LindaC

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was tasty and well prepared with a great selection for lunch. The restaurant was crowded but the service was very good. Nick, our waiter, was personable and efficient.
  17. KB

    KristineB

    Naples

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dining spot at the Marina. Have visited several times and never disappointed. Consistently good food in a beautiful setting, regardless if you’re indoors or outside. Though very popular with many patrons, we never felt rushed. Close to historic downtown district.
  18. SO

    SOSH

    St. Louis

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner. Food and service (Jonathan was our server) were excellent.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently great food and service. Beautiful view of the water.
  20. f

    fasteddy

    E. Tennessee

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Lovely late lunch. Superb service. Terrific view. Delicious, generous fried shrimp.
  21. K

    Kathyabc

    Detroit

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Need more parking. Food was great! Shelley was a fantastic waitress. We love her. We’ll be back.
  22. KM

    KennethM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff took great care to seat us and serve our meals in a courteous and professional manner. The seafood bisque with a side of sherry was delicious. Shrimp and grits were flavorful and perfectly prepared. Buluobaise was very tasty and also well prepared. Portions for both meals were more generous than expected. Took home leftover shrimp and grits to enjoy another day. Definitely recommend this restaurant!
  23. A

    Angel

    London

    16 reviews

    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We took friends to treat them for a meal We have been to the Crows Nest many times, over many years We normally enjoy the food and ambience there and this is why we chose to dine there yesterday evening This time the waitress was very good friendly and attentive However the food slightly disappointing this time and expensive as regards value for money The presentation of the food was extremely poor just looked a mess However It tasted quite nice and this was the seafood open ravioli Presentation of the two other dishes one being grouper and the other a steak we ordered was again not good Poor presentation ! All in all we had four entrees and one bottle of wine and a beer and it cost around $240 Not good value when it was so poorly presented! Crows Nest you Need to do better if we ever return after being a good customer for many years! Disappointing overall!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our anniversary with friends. The food was superb and the service was excellent! Thank you for a lovely evening!
  25. KM

    KellyM

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    As a non fish eater we had company in town who love fish. I was shocked and disappointed that I was told "no chicken available at all as shipment hasn't come in" I had the vegetable wrap whi was ok
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very timely with our reservation- table was available as expected. Table service more than met expectations with a very helpful server - an expert with the menus and drink availability!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Meeting friends that we have not seen for quite a while
  28. r

    robertr

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for an outstanding meal. Doesn’t get any better.
  29. 2

    2martinis

    Naples

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a great experience at the Crow's Nest. Food is excellently prepared and menu items are interesting and varied. We don't usually get the same server twice but every one of them has been terrific.
  30. MB

    MichaelB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The restaurant was crowed when we first arrived for our 8:15pm reservation but the noise level was not an issue. I was very satisfied with my meal. The waiter brought bread and crackers with hummus, butter and olive oil for dipping. I had the seafood bisque as an appetizer, which was very good but there is no added seafood. The waiter brings a shot of sherry on the side so you can add it as desired. For my entree, I had the walnut encrusted salmon with a teriyaki glaze and ginger aoili. It was moist, perfectly cooked and delicious. It came with two sides and I opted for the garlic chive mashed potatoes and coleslaw. The potatoes were delicious and the coleslaw good but not great, but I tend to like it slightly sweeter. There are no reservations beyond 8:30pm Sunday - Thursday so we were one of only 3 tables still occupied as we finished our meal. Not surprising for the Gulf Coast of Florida as diners tend to eat somewhat earlier here. BTW - they have nice wine list with plenty of options, just don't expect anything amazing.
  31. SS

    StephenS

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the fried captain's platter and the fried shrimp. Both were delicious. The server was competent, efficient and pleasant. The view would be hard to beat. We were completely satisfied.
  32. T

    Tony

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great dinner. The portions were good but the food was EXCELLENT.
  33. MC

    MelodyC

    Austin

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food2service3ambience5
    My grouper was served on a cold bun and the bun was hard. The lettuce was chopped which, I felt looked more like a salad instead of leaves for a sandwich. The sweet potatoes were very good but for a $23.00 sandwich, the presentation and taste were very lack luster. The waiter repeatedly asked my sister-in-law if we were done and we still had a half of our food still on the plate. We were celebrating a birthday, so of course I chose this restaurant for the ambiance and supposedly great reviews. I finally asked him if he needed us to leave. He got the hint that we were not in rush. I also told him of the birthday and then without asking brought out key lime pie and charged my check. We skied for coffee and he never returned to see if we needed refills, nor did he bring any sweetener. Instead he returned with the check, i guess he really needed the table. There wasn’t a wait since it was around 1:30 in the afternoon. Just know they were out of the 2 dinners that wanted, and the majority of the menu was either fried or comfort food. I won’t be going back!
  34. S

    Sueandirl

    St. Louis

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious lunch, beautiful setting. Food was great as was the service.
  35. DR

    DaveR

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Server was great but the food is not what it use to be Also no Blattons or Buffalo Trace
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always look forward to the nightly specials & tonight’s mahi mahi was absolutely melt in your mouth delicious as was the monk fish with its tasty bourbon glaze. And the key lime pie with a candle was the perfect end to our birthday celebration!
  37. CS

    CateontheSunCoast

    Naples

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I have been going to the Crow's Nest since I moved to this area 20+ years ago. It remains one of my favorite restaurants. We were even fortunate enough to be seated at my favorite table with a great view of the water. The food is always good, and the service was excellent with Bejamin as our server.
  38. SR

    SandraR

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night dinner with my husband. We had a table in the Crows Nest right beside the window. Beautiful views, excellent food and great service!
  39. AK

    AbbyKay

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great service, very nice ambiance. They were busy, but we were served promptly and accurately. Server very attentive. Mahi special was delicious. Shrimp and grits tasted a bit vinegary, as if sauce not cooked down long enough. Shrimp slightly overcooked, but tasty. Overall, a nice place and we will continue to eat there regularly.
  40. j

    johnh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    We were disappointed in the fact that we were still eating our salads when our entree arrived. We don't like to be rushed when customer in a fine dining restaurant.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • 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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Crow's Nest does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Crow's Nest also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 484-9551.

The Crow's Nest is rated 4.7 stars by 3404 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 70 times today
Google Map for The Crow's Nest

1968 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice, FL 34285

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Down the road from the South Jetty

  • Neighborhood

    Venice

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:30 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steakhouse, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    Overflow parking available nearby at The South Jetty. We have a shuttle running when parking lot is full. Give us a call at 941.484.9551 if you need picked up from the South Jetty.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mike Christy

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (941) 484-9551

  • Private party facilities

    Private parties up to 16 people are welcome in our wine-themed Private Dining Room. Minimum charges apply and gratuity will be included.

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