We had a reservation for Sunday brunch at Venable that unexpectedly grew from five to nine people. We were lucky that it was still spring break, but the staff was unflustered, accomodating, and the food was its regular excellent self. Out-of-towners (here for a reunion) remarked on how lucky we were to have a place like Venable nearby.
liked the decor; liked the service ... food was only slightly above average and, as i consider myself a foodie, probably will try somewhere else next time i'm in Carrboro.
Food was excellent and varied. The Huevos were as good as I have had anywhere including restaurants in New Mexico. The pork stew with green chilies was also top notch. Cold brew was terrific. The only issues were a minor reservation snafu, restaurant was packed, and noise level which made conversation difficult. Service was excellent .
Wonderful brunch as always. Never disappointed coming here!
We found the brunch to be creative and good in terms of taste, but pretty insubstantial overall. None of us felt like we'd actually eaten afterwards, except for the person who had french toast. The seating in window nooks and by the windows is really comfortable and conducive to conversation and enjoying natural light. Staff are nice.
Alison was a great server. Ask for her when you arrive.
The fried chicken was buried under a bed of lettuce. Thought that was odd.
Grass-fed beef sirloin was excellent, as was the baby kale side salad, mashed potatoes and buttered vegetables that I had with it. My wife had the fish tacos which she said were also excellent. Service was prompt, attentive and courteous. Noise level was quiet to moderate. Overall excellent.
So many delicious options for brunch, it was tough to decide what to order. Will definitely be back.
Delicious food and great ambience
Everything was very good except tamale. It was good but not great.
Recently, it was my son's 24 bday. We went a long time ago to venables, when it first opened, and had not been back. It was wonderful! 2 of us has wine and 2 had beer that they enjoyed, the menu varied enough so that everyone had something completely different. 2 of us had a fab dessert s
And one was complimentary for his bday! How nice!
The Chicken is Outstanding!!!!
Great food and service!! We met our son and his friend for brunch and all of us throughly enjoyed our food.
We love this place. We've been coming to brunch (and occasional other lunches and dinners) for years since moving into town, and it's always a terrific time. Great food, friendly staff, and they're really good about prompt reservations. Knowledgeable bartenders (we sit at the bar when I just go with my wife) and easy-going yet attentive waitstaff when we're at the tables (we usually sit at tables if we go for brunch with my parents and/or other friends). Really can't say enough good about it. It's one of our two (pretty much tied) favorite places in town. B-Side behind it (associated with it) is equally awesome.
Nice spot for dinner in the Old Carr Mill. Menu was small with interesting choices. Meat was an add-on to many of the menu items, which made for lots of flexibility.
First time. Very pleased. Will definitely go back again.
Always enjoy celebrating at Venable...food, service, wine always a treat!
The samon benedict special on Sunday was very disapointing... please just do a traditional benedict !
Went there for my birthday and Valentine's Day simultaneously. Was a very peaceful place, quiet enough to have intimate conversation, and the food was prompt and delicious. Would definitely return here.
This was our frist visit to this restaurant We found it to be a warm and casual environment, with friendly and helpful staff and delicious food (including GL selection) All agreed we will return.
Enjoyable first visit. Food and service was excellent - will definitely return soon.
This is a great restaurant for a casual meal with tasty food. Everyone in our party was satisfied - the very hungry teenagers, vegetarian mother, and dieting grandmother. Not many places can successfully be all things to all diners. Nice selection of beers and wines appreciated as well.
Good, but not quite up to usual quality. Busy night may explain service that was not particularly attentive.
Venable is one of my go-to places for meeting friends for lunch. The menu is nicely varied and the food is always good and servings generous. The waitstaff is nicely attentive without being overbearing. I tend to pay particular attention to noise in restaurants, and Venable is perfect in that regard. Parking is always a bit iffy in the parking lot in the front, but there is plenty of parking within a short walking distance. I highly recommend.
On a four day visit, we dined at three top-rated restaurants in Chapel Hill, all truly excellent; but Venables was the best. With a capacity crowd on a Saturday night, the place was humming--with excellence. Our "top" award goes to Venables because both the kitchen and the front of house staff clearly work as a team to ensure the great menu items are served in the most positive way. From the bus person who kept the tables available and the water filled, to the wait staff who worked flawlessly as a team, it was fun to watch and delightful to experience. We never felt rushed no matter how busy the staff was, and felt warmly welcomed and well served by Jessica, our server. The drinks were just as ordered, and the food--both specials and off the regular menu--met and exceeded expectations without exception, all prepared exactly as requested. Treat yourself to a very special restaurant experience. They don't often rise to this level of excellence.
We had brunch on a Saturday and it was delicious! Kids loved the waffles, I had the tofu salad. Serious was wonderful as always. Venable is a place we consistently return for all these reasons!
Our waiter was attentive. The food very good. The level of noise got to be too loud as the place became crowded. I would eat here again.
Excellent food, excellent service, very nice atmosphere.
The fried chicken and sausage gravy is our favorite! It is a regular on our brunch rotation.
We've had many great dinners at Venable over the last couple years, and we enjoy sitting at the bar as well, but we hadn't ever tried Venable for brunch before. I am so glad we did because it was excellent! We all ordered different things from the menu and everything was delicious! We will definitely keep Venable in mind for future brunches.
Very nice New Year’s Eve dinner with wife and friends. The server was so very nice. Great specials.
This is always a wonderful experience and thee food is always top quality.
Food was fantastic! Server was unfriendly and barely took any time at our table. Seemed totally unenthusiastic about her job.
We had the fried chicken and NC trout! Both dishes were delicious! We had a 5:30 (when they opened) reservation and needed to be at a show by 6:30. I was a little anxious that we would feel rushed, but we weren't at all. We received our food quickly, having plenty of time to enjoy every bite!
We had the Tamale dish, it was so flavorful! We will be back again as there are plenty of Gluten Free options for us.
Excellent brunch...interesting menu, and attentive service.
Absolutely love this restaurant! We’ve eaten here several times and only once were we not thrilled with one of the entrees we ordered. All together a real gem!
Although we have been to Venable for lunch and dinner this was the first brunch experience and it was fantastic! Wonderful shrimp and grits, salmon cake Benedict and croissants with jam. Because of a special celebration we also indulged in brunch cocktails which were spot on! The service was just right- not too hovering but attentive, and although it’s not priced for everyday consumption it was reasonable for a special occasion!