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Venable Rotisserie Bistro

4.6
4.6
978 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 lunch or dinner--our doors are open and we look forward to welcoming you!

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 904-7160

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Carrboro

  • Cross street

    Weaver Street

  • Parking details

    Carr Mill Mall has over 200 private parking spaces making parking at Venable a non-issue. Relax before you get out of the car because you can park next to the restaurant for free.

  • Public transit

    Venable is located on the CW, F and J bus lines. Convenient to all of Chapel Hill and Carrboro public transit.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 978 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Contemporary American

  • Durham

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Durham

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great service and food was excellent.

  2. VP

    VickiP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter was one of the best we have ever had : he was so knowledgeable about the food & how it was prepared as well as the history of the building & Carrboro which was a bonus . I had the salmon , & our guests had the jerk chicken & tortillas . All were delicious !

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    It was a lovely evening dining outside. Great service. Definitely will be back.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The waiter was very helpful and attentive. And knowledgeable about the menu. The food was delicious well prepared and beautifully presented.

  5. SM

    ShelleyM

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the food. Friendly, informed staff. Service a little slow. Going back there tomorrow.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Venable is of the few places with several good vegan options that aren’t afterthoughts. Had the Bibimbap and it was delicious.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Eat here. a little pricey but well worth.

  8. J

    Jack

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The service was exceptional. A real standout, it might my daughter's graduation a great memory. Thank you.

  9. NN

    NoNick

    Raleigh

    76 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    We visit Venables several times a year, so are well familiar with the restaurant. Food and drinks were very good, as is usual. Unfortunately our service on this visit was particularly inattentive...missing a drink among the four--while we waited to toast our guest, having to be asked to removed our plates when all diners were done, leaving a finished plate (held to pack a take-away box) in front of one guest for a very long time while we waited for desserts, and so on. I must say that our server was assigned tables both inside and outside, making it very difficult to keep up an adequate service in either place. We regret that this was the first visit for our guests, local folks who had potential to be much impressed and return, but were not due to failed service. We look forward to improvement for our next visit.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service. Outdoor dining is a wonderful experience and highly recommend!

  11. DD

    DougD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Ordered the salmon, my wife's was very good she said, mine was luke warm and not completely done in the center. I told you at the time of the registration that it was my wife's birthday, the table next to us got a birthday dessert, but she didn't, and of course that was my fault!! For the cost of the meal and drinks I was disappointed.

  12. B

    Brittahknee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Venable was such a treat! My friend is vegetarian so I wanted to take him somewhere with plenty of options. They did not disappoint. Everything was delicious and the service from Layla was great! We will definitely be back!

  13. SH

    SteveH

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    We have eaten at Venable's several times, though it has been several years (pre-pandemic). We have always enjoyed the atmosphere and food, so we decided to eat there for our wedding anniversary. Perhaps it was because it was a Wednesday night, but it seemed unusually quiet. Our server was great but the menu seemed about like it was 2 years ago with few new items. My wife got the fish tacos (which were actually fish wraps) and a bit bland. I got the New York Strip Steak which was delicious (the whipped potatoes are great). Overall a nice experience but a little below what we remembered. Again, going on mid-week may have made a difference and we still recommend the restaurant.

  14. KW

    KWILLR

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We eat at Venable pretty regularly. I met the owner a few months before he was to open years ago and I was sold on his approach and history at other venues. Last night we ordered Salmon and Fish Tacos and were offered bread to start, which we accepted. I had a glass of Riesling and my wife drank Sparkling. Venue is lovely and our window seat afforded a perfect spot to appreciate the southern spring thunderstorm that hardly disturbed the outdoor diners under the large tent. My wife's Salmon, a regular for us, was its usual perfect dish. Mild char on outside, moist and cooked just right, with the creamiest mashed potatoes in the south. If I was Zagat, it would be a 30. My Fish Tacos were mixed. Fingerling french fries, the fish taco sauce and the peppers were great. The tacos themselves were okay. The fish was fine but the flavor overall was lacking a bit. I still ate almost all of the generous portion. We skipped dessert this time due to time constraints but usually stay and enjoy various options. Previously we've had the chicken (both fried and baked), Trout, Noodles, various specials and the steak. All are excellent. I would not, however, order the tacos again. Good but not as great as just about everything else we've had. Again, great venue, great value, fun spot. Highly recommend.

  15. E

    Eurogirl

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Music at just-right level—audible, not loud . Servers Jake and AJ pleasant, helpful. All food delicious. Fans+breeze +tent very comfortable despite 90’s temps.

  16. SB

    SusanB

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Delicious food, varied menu, fine for a night out with friends, but when the restaurant is crowded, it is very noisy. Not somewhere you would go to have an intimate conversation unless you went during off hours.

  17. SK

    SherrylK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Definitely a good experience. I wish: a) Servers were made to wear masks, including outside. Covid is not over and it would lead more immunocompromised people to eat there, outside. And more customers who live with immunocompromised people. b) Servers were paid a living wage (Glass Half Full and other venues nearby have done so, why not Venable)? Calamari appetizer is wonderful as is the bread that comes with it. Fries are frites, and a must.

  18. AE

    AndrewE

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    Venable was highly recommended by a coworker, but I was rather disappointed unfortunately. The atmosphere was nice enough, but the Pork Tenderloin dish I ordered was a total letdown. The large plate was 90% covered in the cous cous, with a miniscule portion of pork. The port itself was cooked well but lacked much flavor for what was supposed to be a spiced dish. The servers were professional enough, but not very friendly or personable, and didn't check in very often, until there was another opportunity to ask for an order (more drinks, dessert, etc.)

  19. O

    Olivejuice

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great as expected- excited to see some brunch menu items added to the Saturday lunch. Eager for regular brunch to come back!

  20. JN

    JoyceNM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We enjoyed a brunch special of eggs Benedict on salmon cakes with a side of beacon and a Virgin Mary . The food was perfectly prepared. The service was attentive. Lots of other customers but the noise level was still ok. We’ll go back soon

  21. AA

    AmyA

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sat outside under the tent. Perfect night to eat outside and the service was great.

  22. BB

    BocaBeth

    Orlando

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Ben was our server and was excellent, efficient, and personable. We enjoyed our food quite a bit - panko-crusted chicken with a bit too much arugula but still very tasty. I had the Bibimbap with Bulgogi beef and it was awesome. Another one in our group loved their blackened fish tacos.

  23. w

    wolfy

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Dinner was excellent. Service was well timed and attentive but not oppressive. Atmosphere was relaxed and we enjoyed very much at a window table. Strongly recommend for a special night.

  24. NN

    NoNick

    Raleigh

    77 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Happy to have Venables continuing after the pandemic, even if a bit quiet on a Monday night. Food was very good, as always. We did find the portions to be quite small now, reflected in our rating of only Fair for value. The exception was the Sticky Toffee Pudding dessert, which hit it just right. We look forward to future visits.

  25. ML

    MarciaL

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is really good, the ambiance lovely and not stuffy. One of my favorites in a restaurant rich area

  26. C

    Carol

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Started with the calamari, which was okay, but we thought it works Be fried and wasn’t. Also the lettuce wraps, which was good. The star was the chicken, and added mashed potatoes. Really crispy and good. Will go back for that!

  27. C

    Cnote

    Greensboro

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great time! Great service! Awesome food!

  28. M

    Mickie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4

    Salad overdressed, salty, almost couldn't eat it. Other food was fine, butt not flavorful.

  29. KM

    KeithM

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was fantastic. Nice selection of beer and wine. We got the lettuce wraps, chickpea fritters and gnocchi appetizers and all were delicious. Entrees were great as well. Look forward to coming again!

  30. RC

    RobertC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    All good until we ordered dessert, which never came. Other than that, very nice place.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love this place. A great location, good wine list, excellent food choices (love that a few choices are vegetarian, since we don’t eat meat.) We had great service today, as always. I know we will return!

  32. A

    Amadeus

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The entrees (and starters too) were magnificent. Really special. Different but special. I had the Bibimbap and really enjoyed it. My wife and grandson had the fried chicken which looked just like pictures displayed on line and they enjoyed it too. The lettuce rolls were great. I took advantage of the Wednesday discounts on wine. Had a whole bottle of a wonderful Lombardy offering (Pinot Nero) for only $9.00 more than just a glass. But the really great thing to mention was the service. Tables didn't become available (outside) quite as soon as the hostess counted on so they quickly set up a table for us up on the side porch and we were treated to our own somewhat secluded space. Thanks ! We'll be back. There's more wonderful things to try.

  33. C

    Cat12

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Venable just gets better and better! This place has been our favorite among the Triangle area eateries for many years - we enjoy the casual atmosphere, warm service and delightful seasonal menus. The current staff is the best yet - all of the servers are exceptionally professional, helpful and friendly. Can't wait to go back.

  34. JL

    JenL

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic fare, welcoming staff, and fun atmosphere! Definitely recommend the calamari, fried chicken, and herb fries!

  35. DC

    DonnaC

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great to be back in person. Delicious, as always!

  36. NW

    NicoleW

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4

    Ordered the Jerk Chicken. It was not Jerk Chicken it was salty barbecue sauce on baked chicken. Not yummy at all and definitely not Jerk!

  37. FD

    FeliciteD

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed the specials….monk fish. The atmosphere was wonderful. Being back in Carrboro was enjoyable.

  38. MK

    MomoduK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is great, servers are great, environment is clean and employees are respectful, but I can say that venable is not cheap, and it is not to complain, but it is pricy

  39. MW

    MaryW

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    amazing. wonderful wait staff and the food was delicious.

  40. C

    Carnetta

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious I can't wait to go back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • 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
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Venable Rotisserie Bistro using the Order Online button. Venable Rotisserie Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 904-7160.

Venable Rotisserie Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 978 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Google Map for Venable Rotisserie Bistro

200 North Greensboro St. Suite A18 Carrboro, NC 27510

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Weaver Street

  • Neighborhood

    Carrboro

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Carr Mill Mall has over 200 private parking spaces making parking at Venable a non-issue. Relax before you get out of the car because you can park next to the restaurant for free.

  • Public transit

    Venable is located on the CW, F and J bus lines. Convenient to all of Chapel Hill and Carrboro public transit.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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