Venable Rotisserie Bistro

4.7
847 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

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Good Vegetarian Options
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 847 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined a day ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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vipLovetoeat135
Raleigh
15 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
2 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
19 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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AmandaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We all enjoyed our meals and we had someone in our party who was GF and Vegan and they were very pleased. Our server Levi was on point and gave great recommendations. We will definitely be back soon!

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Gray
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience3

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Great place. Food is well cooked but blaaaaand. Mash potatoes are a slam dunk.

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vipabc123
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Everything was delicious and service great!

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Suzanne
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the NC trout and it was delicious and very nicely seasoned. My daughter had a caesar salad with added steak. She said it was good and the steak was good too. My grandson had the udon noodles and he really loved them. For dessert he had the panacotta with black cherry ice cream. He loved it. The service was good and people were well spaced apart.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent there!

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vipphillylovesgreatwine
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Extremely sad...food bad, interior of restaurant smelled horrible.

Been going there for years...very very very dissatisfied.

Staff out of it.

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GeorgeS
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and excellent service. I love the outdoor tables especially.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good menu. Good service.

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vipHahvahd
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful to be back inside! Dinner (steak and mussels) was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Mother day

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vipCA2NC
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our service was very good. We had reservations for outside but with rain on the horizon, we chose to sit inside. We were sat at a lone table in an alcove, far from the few other diners who also chose to sit inside. Love that they served our bottle of chardonnay with a chilling bucket.

The empanada dish was delicious, however, our other dishes (two couples) were not so successful. We shared an eggplant bruschetta, which was disappointing at best. I did not care for the flavor and it looked horribly unappetizing. The fish tacos were bland and were more like wraps than tacos. Also very disappointing.

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MacL
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Enjoyed a very tasty dinner outside. Chairs were uncomfortable after sitting through dinner, cushions would certainly help.

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CatR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Awful, overpriced food and bizarre menu but great service.

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ReneM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The parking lot was not great ambiance. I got Venable chicken, which is a favorite, but this time there was no thought to dressing the greens. Parm and lemon sparse, evo nonexistent. I was disappointed. First course, was great.

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SaraB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff is always excellent and helpful. The adapted outdoor seating is very pleasant. Food choices are creative and pleasing. Sitting outside on a Spring evening with good food, great service, nice beverage selections, and a sense of history from the repurposed building --well, I just need this in my life!!

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vipRichard
Raleigh
83 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Outdoors in parking area so ambience lacking.

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Justin
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

While the presentation was beautiful, I found the food to lack flavor. I also found the menu to be a bit limiting. Quality and portions were great.

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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 4.7 stars by 847 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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