Venable Rotisserie Bistro

4.7
681 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 from our in-house rotisserie, 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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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Ambience, staff and food very nice. However, salads came out with entrees.

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MD
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our visit! Great experience overall. Friendly helpful staff, great food choices...!

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Venable Bistro is our first choice for Sunday Brunch in the Chapel Hill area. We love the food selections, and we are always greeted with a smile. We also make reservations, especially during the school year when Venables is filled with both UNC students and regular Chapel Hill residents.

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L
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner was very good. Our second visit to Venable. Service was excellent. Noise level is a little loud but manageable.

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Greensboro
62 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Casual dress, interesting menu and quality ingredients served up in this revitalized, “old mill” setting. Food was good. Focus on apps as they are exciting. Salads may be split for 1/2 price which is a very nice touch. Tried and true dishes like roasted chicken, etc; are good too.

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BP
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my very favorite restaurants! We have lived in Chapel Hill for 21 years and I just love the food at your restaurant, and it also is easy to talk to people because it’s never too loud

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Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn't been in over 2 years and was delighted it was still so good! The only downside was a bad appetizer--CAPONATA BRUSCHETTA – $10 VN/AGF Fried eggplant & peppers tossed with raisins & basil with sourdough crostini--it had absolutely no taste. We had to add salt and then asked for some lemon just to get some flavor. It has potential, but this round was sadly tasteless. Otherwise, Venable is delicious! The mashed potatoes were sooo good and my steak with vegetables was perfection. My friend's trout was also great. Will definitely be going back more often!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We always love venable! So glad to see the Shrimp Provençal back on the menu. And I don’t like trout...but I LOVE their trout. So beautifully done with crispy skin and capers...yum! The wait staff is so attentive-that is my only mild complaint. There was someone over every minute either clearing something or checking on us. Sometimes it would be great to have a little more time for conversation with each other before someone comes over.

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Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Venable never disappoints. Great food. Great drinks.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I won't be recommending Venable or returning. Thank you

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed everything about our meal here. Our waiter John was exceptional and each member of our party said what they ordered was the best they'd ever had. Would especially recommend the red house wine and the Banh Mi!

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I’ve been to Venable several times and the food was always top notch. Last night, however, the steak was tough (although very flavorful) and the mashed potatoes were runny. I’ll still go back because I don’t feel that is the norm for Venable.

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GM
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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PS
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Met us with an old friend and wait staff picked up and did not rush us. Pad Thai was delicious!

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Greensboro
14 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great soups - worth a visit -- salads lackluster though...lovely service...

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mother was shown a wheelchair space at the table right away, and the wait staff was quite accommodating with our requests for substitutions.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I always like coming to Venable, so coming for Easter brunch felt good. For brunch I do wish that Venable had some vegan "sausage". But my Bloody Mary was the best. I was served some pretty tasty GF toast to go with the roasted eggs,

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bloody Mary's are just ridiculously good. Food is consistently wonderful.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their brunch menu is absolutely fantastic! And they are cool about splitting meals!! Service was great!

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GG
Greensboro
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great as usual!

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CH
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Venable once again met our expectations, and this time far exceeded them in regard to the unusually fine service provided by our wait person, Jess. What distinguishes her is her keen ability to anticipate her visitors' needs.

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Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Two of us shared two sandwiches: one was an eggplant/greek cheese and the other
fried tofu/radish.
Both were tasty but we think 1) eggplant should not be so mushy because eggplant does
have a more earthy flavor and distinct flavor when not squashed; and 2) the other sandwich
needed more dressing to enhance interesting flavors.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fried chicken and mashed potatoes were simply delicious. Service was quick and polite. Only problem was that Duke won the game we were watching.

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

The restaurant has a good location, good atmosphere, and good service - but I was disappointed in the food. It wasn't bad, but for the price and extravagance of the menu I expected a lot more. There wasn't much flavor to what we ordered in any of the dishes, and with so many options around Carrboro I would just recommend eating some place else.

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Nashville
57 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

There was a screwup with the hamachi appetizer. Not quite what we'd been told it would be, but it was very good nonetheless. The rest of the meal, from roast chicken to fish tacos was really delicious. They're not reinventing the wheel here but rather serving very tasty, well-made, honest and reliable standards. This is definitely one of my go-to restaurants in the area.

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent veggie burger and fabulous pad thai with chicken. Great beer and wine selection and very attentive service. And, a big plus, it's walking distance to the Arts Center. We'll be back!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and the service was excellent.

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Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tried the rotisserie chicken w/whipped potatoes & Brussel sprouts.
All were delicious. I also tried a friends fries which were excellent too.
Prices were reasonable.
Server was very pleasant & attentive.

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n
Greensboro
14 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i would drive 50 miles for more of that incredible beet soup...

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BL
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

The chicken was like cardboard. It was truly terrible. I don't plan to go back ever.

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DT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always has excellent food and service.

The variety of the menu is a welcome addition with its many changes.

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JT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere you can count on. Nothing over the top. Simple, and just plain wonderful.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is always very pleasant and friendly. Service is excellent and helpful. Great atmosphere, anticipatory!

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NN
New England
50 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ranked Venable as our best Chapel Hill restaurant during a 2018 visit, and for 2019 we were very well pleased. It's a casual environment, but food and service are top notch. Our server Jesse was right on target with timing and attention level. We dined at five of the top-ranked restaurants during this trip, and Venable and Tandem were nearly equal in excellence. We look forward to future meals at Venable.

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TG
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I ordered a salad with the dressing on the side. It came saturated in dressing, which had a strong vinegar taste. We had tickets to a concert and so we did not have time to have it remade. Also I had chicken added to the salad. The chicken breast had a noticeable amount of fat and gristle not trimmed off. The venue is aesthetically nice, but the salad was just ok.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here with a group of out of town work colleagues - this place is a hidden gem! Highly recommended!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to catch up with friends

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KL
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner at Venable on Wednesday evening! There were 5 of us for dinner. The rocket salad and chèvre salad were fresh and yummy! For entrees, two folks had salmon, and others had fish tacos, Cobb salad, and Rotisserie chicken. We loved that it was half price bottles of wine, too! We love Venable and look forward to another Wednesday night dinner out there sometime soon!

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Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Venable for brunch! Herb Roasted eggs, chili pork stew, huevos rancheros - all awesome. Service was perfect as always. Thank you!

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c
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation and arrived 10 minutes early. We only had a small wait but enjoyed a drink at the bar. Staff was very friendly and service was excellent! We will definitely return.

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