Venable Rotisserie Bistro

4.7
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744 Reviews
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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OT
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Both our orders were wrong. Staff were nice but doubt we’ll return.

B
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a job candidate here. Food was great, and plenty of non-beef/pork options. Will return soon.

LD
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Slow and less than attentive service. Difficult to find parking. Loud if u r in center of restaurant. Food is good but quite pricey.

LS
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time with friends.

A
Raleigh
28 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife went to Venable for the first time in a year or two and thoroughly enjoyed it. The menu items we liked were still there, and they had added a delicious Pad Thai dish.

SG
Raleigh
30 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great meal and drink. our waitress was lovely and really knew her menu. it was noisy but vibrant and always fun. I think a good deal and the meal is consistently good. will definitely be back.

SP
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Venable Bistro is one of our favorite places for brunch. I love the Huevos Rancheros, and my husband loves the Green Chile Pork Stew. Those are only two of the wonderful offerings, and we have never been disappointed!

b
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food wonderful! I will definitely go again.

e
New England
70 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were greeted and treated very warmly. Our food and service were gracious and we were able to attend a local movie without rushing. Southern hospitality is a reality here!

RR
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Fine. It was fine - the chicken was dry - any restaurant should get chicken right = basic mistake.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Can be a little loud at times but seating arrangements are comfortable.

EC
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at this restaurant many times and the experience is always wonderful.

RR
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu choices. Craft cocktails are great.

D
Wilmington
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Kind of hectic, mix up with our waitress and my wife waited almost 45 minutes for her drink to start our experience. Food was excellent, restaurant was fun otherwise. We’ll give it another shot another time.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great and the service was very good. The staff was very helpful and friendly. The only downside was it was quite loud as it was busy and the hard surfaces reflected the noise, which made it more difficult to have a conversation at the table.

CB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good but not great. Server attentuve initially but once it got busy did not return to our table. No ambiance at all. Cheap tables and chairs, very industrial. Menu trying too hard to be eclectic.

E
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Venable chicken and mashed potatoes are always a hit!

RR
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and reasonably priced. Very cool vibe inside.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was yummy

DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon and pad Thai were great dishes. Perfect date night

LR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, delicious cocktails, wonderful service.

s
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great place to meet friends for dinner. I bit hard to find if you come in on the Harris Teeter side of the complex.

ES
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My book club had a lovely time. We had a group of 7 and they were very timely with service and drinks. The food was outstanding. One of our group didn’t like the dessert and they took it off the bill. They also split our checks with no issues.

f
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Venable is a great restaurant, excellent choice of items that will please everyone (however for some reason everyone I know who has ordered the fried chicken hasn't liked it as it isn't traditional - so ask about it if you order it - clearly people like it as it has been on the menu for 4 years that I have been going to this restaurant).....great for meat eaters to vegans. The service is always spot on. As we are getting older the noise due to the sparse setting while not prohibitive is not preferable, so they have alcoves which are much quieter. In addition, there is an outside eating area. Great restaurant.

WB
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food and the always excellent service.

LM
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love Venable. The menu is small and it's easy to find lots of things that tempt you.
The portions are generous and the food is beautifully prepared. I had the NC trout with artichoke hearts, black olives and sun-dried tomatoes and it was amazing! My granddaughter's steak, as usual, was perfect. Two of us had the pasta (orrichette with pesto and some other things) and they said it also was perfect. Unfortunately we had dessert which was so good we wanted more -- Panna Cotta, Chocolate Mousse, and someone had just vanilla ice cream. It couldn't have been better.

MR
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We got a wonderful table in the window...kind of away from the fray. My daughter was given a complimentary apple tart a la mode because it was her birthday. Our server was excellent!

OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Server was prompt with drink refills and knowledgeable about the menu and was able to offer good suggestions. Would eat here again.

AS
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The salmon dish was superb. We made a reservation so we were seated immediately upon arriving. We will be dining here again. Parking was easy too on a Saturday night.

P
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Venable has been our go-to brunch spot for years! We decided to celebrate our anniversary there a few nights ago for dinner and were so glad we did. LIZ WAS INCREDIBLE!!! Some of the best service I've ever had at any restaurant. She made our night extra special and was so kind and friendly.

L
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy this place. It has many choices for all types of appetites.

J
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was great. Very noisy. Hard to hear friends across the table. Guess we’re just a bunch of old farts. Probably wouldn’t bother young’ns at all. Will definitely be back!

CM
County Durham
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bday! It was an awesome brunch and our waiter was fabulous ☺️

JC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Most aspects of our evening at Venable were very positive with the one major drawback the excrutiatingly loud table right next to us. The staff was very accomodating in moving us to a table a little further away but this group of four women were so outrageously loud that it still detracted from our overall experience.

DO
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Solid as usual

SP
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our very favorite places for Sunday brunch!

D
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our first time dining experience at Venable was overall a pleasant one. For me personally, being GF, DF, Soy Free and Nightshade Free is unfortunately quite a challenge when dining out. . .your staff went out of their way to accommodate me and I very very much appreciate that. For an appetizer, I had your Baby Kale Salad sans Pecorino which was wonderful. . .might I suggest bacon wrapped dates just plain or on some greens with a vinaigrette and optional chèvre perhaps for those who do dairy? I daresay I would come just for them, many in my community make them and have for a "starter" or a dessert!
For my main dish, I had your Grass Fed New York Strip steak which was good, I would wonder if it was 100% Grass Fed however (how profound "you are what you eat eats") as the flavor was not the same amazing flavor as 100% Grass Fed beef. There were no desserts available for me that night, might I suggest coconut milk ice cream ~ fruit tarts are easy to make GF DF SF and with so many delicious fruits now in season. . .
We sat in a booth which was very comfortable, however, the noise level or room acoustics issues (?) were such that we could barely hear each other converse, that was frustrating.
We will come back.
Thank you for your efforts.
Cheers,
Shannon Dancy

EC
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful dinner. I had the special which was delicious. The waitress was professional and very friendly. It also helped that Harrison Barnes, James Michael McAdoo, and Kendall Marshall were dining in close proximity to us.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, as always.

FM
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing brunch all around. Couldn’t have asked for better biscuits, gravy, avocado toast, etc

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