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Venable Rotisserie Bistro

4.6
562 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday-Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm

Visit B-Side Lounge located directly behind Venable for a great selection of beer, wine, cocktails, and small plates. No reservations needed.
Open Tuesday-Saturday 5:30pm-Midnight
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Phone number
(919) 904-7160
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Whether you need sandwiches for your office staff or formal dinner for 300 Venable has it covered. Contact Catering Manager Erin McMullen to discuss how Venable can meet your personal catering needs.
919-904-7160
erin@venablebistro.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Weaver Street
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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.
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Public transit
Venable is located on the CW, F and J bus lines. Convenient to all of Chapel Hill and Carrboro public transit.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 562 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Really good

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Venable is one of our favorite restaurants. We celebrated Father's Day this past Sunday. Had early reservation (5:30), so it was pretty quiet then. The food is always excellent, and service, the best!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Food, service & ambience were great. Really nothing but good things to say. I’ll be back!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We had a good time. Enjoyed the food. Good amount of food. Very active, exciting restaurant. Friendly servers.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Everyone loved it! I had the udon noodles and they did not disappoint!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Consistent excellent food and service. Good vegetarian options.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Excellent food. Great service. Our kids found food they enjoyed, and everyone was happy. Overall, we love this place.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Excellent food and service in pleasant environment.

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The service was excellent but my dinner was frankly mediocre to poor. Disappointing.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Fast, friendly and professional. Perfect service and top score for the menu.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

I've eaten at Venable many times and have often enjoyed the roast beef sandwich, the banh mi and the truffle artichoke dip. This time, I opted for the special: sauteed scallops on a bed of well-seasoned, creamy mashed potatoes studded with tender fava beans and pearl onions. It was probably the best meal I've ever had there. I can't remember ever having had fresher, sweeter, or more tender scallops, and the other ingredients set them off perfectly. Preceded by that truffle artichoke dip, followed by a really good tiramisu and accompanied by a local draft pilsner, it was my best restaurant meal in months. The waiter was friendly but not fawning, knew when to come and when to stay away. No getting around the fact that the place is noisy,
but the food made that small annoyance disappear

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food and experience. Service was quick and efficient. Highly recommend!!!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Feels Like Home

Venable is like the neighborhood restaurant when remember from when you were a kid -- comfortable and dependable -- except the food and friendly service are way better and the atmosphere is just right. It's not the quietest place around, but you the booths are great for conversation, and the food is excellent. The menu is varied enough that anyone should be able to find at least two or three entrees that appeal to them.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Pleasant surprise, the food was very good , especially the herb chicken and apple dessert . Reasonable prices and great food make for a good evening .

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Noise level is very high, might be hard for seniors on a busy night.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

We made reservations for lunch with our Mom and the experience was excellent. Staff were attentive and friendly and Venable offers delicious and well-prepared food. Highly recommend this bistro for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

The server was excellent as was the food. The only problem was that the space is a little noisy so conversation for 5 people was a little difficult, but we will definitely go back. The salmon was terrific.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Upon being seated waiter was very attentive but after appetizer came we never saw him again, other servers brought our food and we had difficulty ordering further glasses of wine and beer.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Six in our family recently celebrated my grandson's 10th birthday at an early evening dinner. We sat outside, where the weather was perfect and the sound level pleasing to elders who are hard of hearing. Food was wonderful, as always!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

The mashed potatoes ( paired with the fried chicken) are decadent.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

As always , Venable aimed to please and it did! The honey chipotle salmon was wonderful atop creamed potatoes and garlic spinach. I ate it all! My husband had the mussels appetizer which he said was very good and baby back ribs done just right. Our friend had the trout and said it was so good! We will be back! In fact I was there a week prior for lunch and had the fish tacos which are by far the best fish taos I have had! The sauce is fabulous!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Venable is consistently good - both food and service.

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

There were eggshells in my breakfast and it was altogether kind of horrific for that reason...

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Best entrees we have ever had and have been coming to Veneables since it opened. Loved the monkfish special and glazed salmon!!!!!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

My wife and I have eaten here twice recently, with a different couple each time. All of us enjoyed our meals. The steaks are delicious. The creamy potatoes and cauliflower are also very good. We have been pleased with a couple choices of "the appetizer of the day". The wine list is very good. There are many beers, tho some similar bistros have broader selections. Service is efficient and courteous but not rushed. While it is only moderately noisy, the acoustics can be challenging for us older folks, especially those with hearing aids, tho we discovered that it is easier to converse at the tables or the bar on the bar side.

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The server was very articulate when announcing the specials. Two of us opted for the beet-goat cheese salad which was not very good. Beets and goat cheese didn't have much flavor and red lettuce was disappointing. The server brought our bills on time, but never thanked us for dining with them. Very disappointed in this restaurant that I had frequented several times previously. Will wait to go back.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food was good. Atmoshpere was nice, but a bit loud. What really prompted this review was the waitress. She was very unfriendly, not very helpful and asked us if we wanted seperate checks without even asking if we wanted dessert.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Venable's is one of our favorite brunch places! The food is consistently delicious, uses fresh ingredients, and is beautifully presented. The waitpersons are attentive and often a lot of fun. I have my favorites (huevos rancheros, or the herbed eggs) and my husband has his favorites (green chili pork stew or eggs/bacon/potato pancake), but we also have enjoyed a number of the brunch specials. (We hear that they also serve delicious lunches and dinners. We just prefer to go out for brunch on Saturday or Sunday.)

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We really enjoyed our evening at Venable. The staff was friendly and were well informed about the menu. The menu offers gluten free options and the server was knowledgable about options for someone who has celiac disease. All of our meals were delicious and we just enjoyed the cozy and warm atmosphere . It is lively but not so loud that you can't enjoy your conversation around the table.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

My husband and I always enjoy dining at Venable. The food is consistently excellent, and the service is always friendly and professional. We are sometimes joined by adult children and grandchildren, and everyone is able to find something they really enjoy on the menu.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was so high in fast. Virtually NO healthy options. I had the salad, and it wasn't no interesting, had absolutely no dressing, tomatoes on it were not ripe or even close. Husband's eggs benedict were poor. Overall, very disappointing.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Portions were a little below average compared to pricing. Food was overpowered by rosemary and herbs. Service was good and atmosphere was nice.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

It has great cocktails and a vegan, vegetarian, gf/celiacs friendly menu with lots of options for the high quality of experience they are offering.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

This is on of our favorite restaurants and we always ecosmmend it to f fiends when they want to get together.

Wonderful all round

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We had a reservation for Sunday brunch at Venable that unexpectedly grew from five to nine people. We were lucky that it was still spring break, but the staff was unflustered, accomodating, and the food was its regular excellent self. Out-of-towners (here for a reunion) remarked on how lucky we were to have a place like Venable nearby.

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3.0Dined on March 14, 2018

liked the decor; liked the service ... food was only slightly above average and, as i consider myself a foodie, probably will try somewhere else next time i'm in Carrboro.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food was excellent and varied. The Huevos were as good as I have had anywhere including restaurants in New Mexico. The pork stew with green chilies was also top notch. Cold brew was terrific. The only issues were a minor reservation snafu, restaurant was packed, and noise level which made conversation difficult. Service was excellent .

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Wonderful brunch as always. Never disappointed coming here!

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We found the brunch to be creative and good in terms of taste, but pretty insubstantial overall. None of us felt like we'd actually eaten afterwards, except for the person who had french toast. The seating in window nooks and by the windows is really comfortable and conducive to conversation and enjoying natural light. Staff are nice.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Alison was a great server. Ask for her when you arrive.

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