Venable Rotisserie Bistro

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$30 and under
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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 dinner, lunch, Saturday and Sunday brunch--our doors are open and we look forward to welcoming you!

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WillGoAgain
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was good, nice variety with quality ingredients. Service was a bit slow, we had to signal our waiter a few times for drink refills and order placement.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambience. Our waiter was kind and personable and helped us select a wine for the table. Will definitely return.

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marianaf
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding. I have never had a bad meal there. Lots of favorites and variety. And always a plus when Chef Drew stops by your table! New menu coming soon. Excited to give it a try. And Wednesday is half priced bottles of wine FYI.

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EdNBets
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We enjoyed the food and the location. The restaurant was a little loud at first but quieted down. The food was outstanding! The menu was creative and varied.

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KatieL
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and staff was very nice and helpful. Looking forward to going again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Our server, Esther, was incredibly rude and unhappy to be serving our party, even though everyone was incredibly patient and respectful with her. The food was amazing, but her service made the experience far worse.

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vipJET1228
Raleigh
37 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Disappointed that only brunch menu available for lunch in weekends. Why do so many restaurants think everyone wants to eat breakfast all day in the weekend?! My salmon had to be sent back because I don’t eat smoked. Specifically asked too. Bartender made the experience at this restaurant. She was attentive and friendly.

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MelodyW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food - attentive wait staff-overall wonderful experience and dining

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HannahM
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at Venable and we had a great experience! We came on a Wednesday night and I had mentioned in my special requests that we would love a table along the walls or windows if possible. We were pleasantly surprised to be seated in a bump-out window that faced the front of the restaurant. As this was for a date night, it was the perfect amount of intimacy, while still being a part of the dining room.

The food was delicious and our server was wonderful; she was helpful, engaging, present at the table, and offered a lot of information on what the restaurant had to offer.
We’ll be back to try out their brunch menu next time!

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vipSkye
Atlanta
55 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best place we ate while visiting Chapel Hill. The Mashed potatoes are nothing short of perfect. The trout was great, the udon noodle dish was perfect and you can't miss the apple dessert (don't recall the name) with ice cream!

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vipSCR1127
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had the Honey Chipotle Salmon dinner dish, cooked at chef's choice, for the first time and it blew my tastebuds away! So delish! And herb-whipped potatoes with crispy shallots pulled the dish together so well. We got seated in one of the window nooks and the usual noisy ambiance of the rest of the restaurant was almost unnoticeable.

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vipGranny14
New York Area
123 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Valentines Day and there was no set menu. Just their regular great something for everyone choices. We had made a reservation, spoke to Mary, the manager and requested Noam as our excellent server as we loved her the last time we ate here. Everyone loved their meals. We had the potato leek soup special...yummy! and the hazelnut gelato special dessert .. very delish. They did a great job in the kitchen.Thank you

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Milli
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food for a party of 9. We came at 11:30 on a weekday and it was quiet. I want to come back to try brunch. I would definitely recommend to friends and family.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kunch with friend visiting area. We wanted good food, a quiet place so we could chat, and not crazy expensive. Venable scores 5 stars across the board.

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BobW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good meal, brunch with our grandkids. Service was great, as was the food. Sitting on hightops by the bar (and the TVs) wouldn't have been our first choice, but maybe it was a little quieter...?

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SparkyB
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy dining here! Madison and Esther are fantastic; friendly, on point, extremely knowledgeable, and ready to suggest the perfect wine to pair with whatever dish is ordered- or just to drink on its own. Make sure you save room for dessert! The apple tart is AWESOME!

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vipNoNick
New England
62 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We love Venables and have had multiple good experiences. As seniors we do find the portion size a bit overwhelming—our salads would readily each have served two or more people, and we perhaps should have been warned that one mashed potato would have done for us both. It is learning for us, so no regrets; though I will say that $12 for a tiny sliver of cake was inconsistent with everything else and quite disappointing even if house made. We’ll learn to balance better as we continue our visits to your fine restaurant.

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vipStuartG
Raleigh
47 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always a delight to go to Venable. Comfortable. Good drink. Reasonable prices. Informative staff. Have never had a bad experience here - will be back many times!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, amazing polenta appetizer, excellent seared trout entree and a panko fried Alaskan cod special. Great service and cozy atmosphere.

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BarbaraH
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food at Venable is always fresh and delicious. Perfect place for a special meal or a casual friendly dinner.

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Disappointed
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Went for lunch in group of three. One burger, one salad and one pad Thai took over 40 minutes to be served. The waiter was apologetic but that wait time at a lunch hour was ridiculous. One in the group is in charge of planning a luncheon for 9 women the week of 2/ 17. After this experience it will not happen at Venable. What a shame !

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vipPhil
Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food for our celebration. they gave us a lice location in a small alcove at front. service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good. My husband got the venison stew. Was delicious but not much venison and way too much rice. Was very pricey. Trout was absolutely delicious as was the wedge salad with salmon. The pasta special was over peppered but otherwise good.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally THE BEST food we have had since moving to NC, and that was almost 8 years ago. This place was AMAZING!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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vipGranny14
New York Area
123 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This spot is a hidden treasure! Even though we have been coming to CH for a long time...we just discovered Venable. And we are so glad that we did! Outstanding food and service

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vipKimra
Raleigh
36 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Venable was a very nice evening. It was a girls night out, and while our table was too big, we made it work by moving to the end of the table. It wasn't a very intimate evening, but the food made it special. Food was excellent and flavorful!

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Chevyman
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Server with an excellent recommendation. The evening special pasta was superb

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Victoria
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Venable made our wedding day so special with champagne and lovely plating of our cake!! Thank you all.

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Anna KateO
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We go there because we live the Gravlax plate and the coffee. It was spot on as usual.

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VaDad
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice birthday celebration there, did everything right. Would return!

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viptraertoo
Western NC
25 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-Show dinner and service was efficient. Ahhh! the mashed potatoes!!!!

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RussellS
Pinehurst
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice experience. Service was prompt and the server was well Informed. Very convenient location allows access to all of downtown Carrboro

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goblue
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have no complaints about my experience at Venable. Going on a Wednesday night at 5:30 was great because it wasn't crowded and therefore not noisy. They don't budge on opening at 5:30 so if you get there early, you'll wait outside where there is no cover. My friend and I loved the menu selections we chose. The Polenta Cake is incredibly good. The service was great. Overall great experience. I'm bringing a large group of friends for our monthly get-together.

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SteveA
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our reserved table was ready on time. Our waiter appeared to be quite new and inexperienced. The eclectic menu had something for everyone in our party of 6. I was the only one disappointed in the food. I had a roast beef sandwich, which I thought was small for the price. The meat was not tender, and I had trouble biting it off the sandwich. I would reserve judgement until I visit again, but I am rarely in that area.

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vipVgab
Greensboro
74 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We were there for a New Year’s Day brunch which may have affected everything from food to service ( not many restaurants are ope so it was crowded. The food was just so, so. The selection somewhat limited and would difficulty finding something if it was not for special of the day. Coffee very bad. Service was good given the conditions.

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JimG
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We always have a delicious meal here, Venable never lets us down. Thanks for a great new year eve experience!

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KatieW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious and tasty. Many gluten free options available. Our server was personable, friendly, and warm. They even gave my mom a complimentary dessert for her birthday.

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Stayglassy
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and drinks were excellent.

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vipmarian
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food is always on point. The one thing I will say that drives me up a wall is when they send servers over to clean up someones plate after they are done eating but the others at the table have not. This is etiquette 101 - do not clear a table while others are
Still eating

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Venable Rotisserie Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Venable Rotisserie Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 904-7160.

Venable Rotisserie Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 785 OpenTable diners.

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