Venable Rotisserie Bistro

4.7
863 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 dinner, lunch, Saturday and Sunday brunch--our doors are open and we look forward to welcoming you!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 863 people are saying
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vipABM123
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First night back in Chapel Hill in many years. This place was great. Varied menu lots to pick from. Great service too!! Hope to come back!!

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NCVisitor
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Venable Bistro never disappoints. The restaurant now has an expanded outdoor seating area that we took advantage of last evening. Although like many restaurants these days Venable was a bit understaffed last evening, the service was very good and our meal was not delayed. In other words, the staff covered well and had I not overheard a comment about understaffing, I would not have known. The menu has many options, from light fare to casual fare to full dinner fare. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible dinner AGAIN. We have been coming here once a week for the last six weeks. We are still only eating outside and love the patio seating under the tent! More importantly, we love the food. I am a vegan and appreciate the numerous vegan choices. Last night, I had the udon baby bok choy, which was superb. My husband had the tuna nicoise…he said it “rang all the bells.” Who could ask for more?

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Derrick was fabulous. The fried chicken was delicious.

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PandaBear
Greensboro
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Love the diverse menu and the ambiance. They are doing a great job with all the Pandemic constraints. We will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Daughters 21st Birthday celebration. Mentioned to waiter and listed on Open Table reservation. Ordered appetizer… waited quite a while. Ordered food. Next thing we know food comes out- but never saw our appetizer. Waiter felt bad- said dessert was on him. Brought out 2 desserts- only daughters was at no charge. Was brought with a candle but no one sang Happy Birthday as I had requested. Oh well.

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vipGranny14
New York Area
124 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Rebecca was a wonderful server. And we all enjoyed our food

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SarahK
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We went here for date night and it was an excellent choice! The food is delicious and the ambiance is really nice. There is also a cute patio area outside if the weather is nice. Definitely try the cocktails here - they are so unique and tasty!!

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SteveM
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit on 10/2 with my daughter (who lives in Carrboro) was fabulous. We will be back.

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GailS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a great outdoor environment

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Hazel417
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious!! Loved sitting outside!!

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vipDiane
Portland
48 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Huge portions and good food for our Parents weekend first dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Venable was fantastic. It was wine Wednesday (which we didn’t know,) so that was awesome. My daughter also had one of the signature cocktails and it was delicious. We had fried chicken, udon noodles, and fish tacos. They were all superb. And chocolate mousse for dessert. Yum! We sat outside and it was lovely (the inside is also super cool looking, but also felt cozy.) Our server was great! Can’t wait to go back.

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BarbaraH
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve always had a great meal here! Love the atmosphere, and the food is very fresh and creatively prepared.

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raync
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Ate outside on a beautiful day evening. Nice outdoor space even if parking lot adjacent. Food was good. My chicken was a bit overdone but fine. Homemade tagliatelle with creamy mushroom sauce was very good. Standout for us was the beet salad with chevre. Really outstanding. Service was good--sat us on time, efficient table service, a bit of a longish wait between salad and entree but not an issue for us since we were unhurried. I wish the server would have pointed out that the beet salad and chicken both included a lot of greens -- I probably would have chosen a different dish had I understood the chicken was served with essentially a salad on top. But these are quibbles. Overall, good food, competent service. We will be returning.

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AnthonyC
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight dining at Venable! The staff is warm and friendly and the food is cooked to perfection.

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vipSubpar
St. Louis
25 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Nice menu and server and hostess both recommended fried chicken. Instead of the usual pieces of dipped and deep fried chicken, they pound it thin and thickly coat it before frying. Cones out dry and inedible. Then they cover it with arugula coated in overly lemon vinaigrette. Sent it back. Server brought out one dessert menu for the four of us. I asked for another menu and she looked at me like it was the oddest request and silently walked off to get another menu. Manager brought them out. Desserts were both good. Service totally lacking. It took over an hour to get dinner.

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AimeeW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Outdoor dining was comfortable and pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great variety of food options and all were delicious! We had the salmon, pork loin. Fish tacos, and pasta. They were all wonderful. Also try the Apple Tart for dessert - it was fantastic and shared by all.

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JustDesserts
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Nice variety for a relatively small menu. Pork tenderloin and the stuffed vegetable tamale were delicious!

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vipBIGAL
Raleigh
42 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good meal, spot outdoors is nice!

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TobaccoFarmGirl
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and very well prepared. Wait staff were excellent. Table conversation was easy - no problem with noise. My only issue was the long length of time for our entrees to reach the table. When they arrived they were all delicious, no problem there, but we had arrived hungry and no appetizers were ordered.

I will recommend Venable and will certainly return. This was my first restaurant dining experience, due to Covid, since January 2020. It was lovely!

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BeantownDux
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Venable has done a great job setting up outdoor eating space. Tables are far enough part to allow you to have a private conversation. The staff were attentive and had a good command of the menu. The kitchen does a good job in giving you what you ordered.

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KeithO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience across the board but especially impressed with the food, just outstanding!

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Eliza
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Waiter was nice and responsive but not knowledgeable about ingredients
For things on the menu.
Wait staff should be required to know the menu inside and out.

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Lovetoeat135
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food! Good service will be back for more.

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Denz
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our dining experience at Venable on a busy Saturday evening was five star. The staff was attentive, professional and efficient. We were well looked after but not hurried. The service was timed like a dance. Our food was delicious; the menu was quite extensive with vegetarian options. We highly recommend this restaurant.. Make a reservation!

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Mary
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Start to finish, everything was fantastic. The appetizers we ordered were delicious. We got the truffle artichoke dip (my husband ate it with a spoon when the bread ran out. They brought more bread.) and the lettuce wraps yummy. We had pad Thai, udon noodles and the trout entrees. All more flavorful than the norm. Trout was crispy and even the rice was good. Desserts were mousse, sticky toffee pudding and apple tart. Lovely and delicious. Highly recommend Venable!

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vipZimZam
Raleigh
50 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was wonderful. Have not been to Venables for a while but it lived up to our memories.

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RichardH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special tagliatelle with lobster really outstanding… lots of lobster. Server (Liz) terrific. A fine evening in every way

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ElizabethM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining space in Carrboro. Lots of great, fresh veggies and local produce.

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Norma
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening! Great food! Friendly service. We had a sweet time reconnecting after all this time of seclusion.

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SusanG
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pork tenderloin was VERY good. Moist and perfectly seasoned.
I subbed out the couscous for the herbed whipped potatoes and that
took it to a whole different level of delicious. The potatoes were
truly amazing. Great place.

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vipKCLJAR
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first time here, so we had a little problem finding it, but after calling the restaurant we got directions. We got seated quickly and our waitress was very attentive. I ordered a sweet tea to drink, it wasn't sweet at all, our waitress offered to make it sweeter, when she brought it back it was a tad sweeter, but you could tell it wasn't brewed that way, just an additive to make it sweet. My wife got a salad, it looked very good, piled high with tomatoes and cucumbers. For our entree's she ordered the pasta and I got the fried chicken with mashed potatoes. I was surprised when they set my plate down, I was expecting a breast or thigh, but what I got was a boneless filet. It was cooked perfectly and tasted good, just not what I was expecting. The mashed potatoes came in a little kettle, they also tasted good, a little runny, but good none the less. My wife seemed to like her pasta. The portions were more than either of us could finish.

There was really nothing wrong with our meal except the tea. Maybe explain in the menu that the chicken is a filet and not a whole piece of chicken. This place is nice, very casual and worth visiting if you want to try a non chain place.

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RebeccaH
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server recommended the specials and they were excellent. Beautiful dinner. Perfect for date night.

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vipHahvahd
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience as always.

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vipVictorV
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Just a great dinner. The bruschetta special was amazingly good.

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vipHahvahd
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic bar service. Food was superb.

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jude
Raleigh
28 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Tasty and plentiful starters and main dishes. Pad Thai particularly good.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Dinner with friends, very nice

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Venable Rotisserie Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 863 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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