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Venable Rotisserie Bistro

4.7
540 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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 540 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Venable is consistently good - both food and service.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The fried chicken was buried under a bed of lettuce. Thought that was odd.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Grass-fed beef sirloin was excellent, as was the baby kale side salad, mashed potatoes and buttered vegetables that I had with it. My wife had the fish tacos which she said were also excellent. Service was prompt, attentive and courteous. Noise level was quiet to moderate. Overall excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

So many delicious options for brunch, it was tough to decide what to order. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Delicious food and great ambience

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Everything was very good except tamale. It was good but not great.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Recently, it was my son's 24 bday. We went a long time ago to venables, when it first opened, and had not been back. It was wonderful! 2 of us has wine and 2 had beer that they enjoyed, the menu varied enough so that everyone had something completely different. 2 of us had a fab dessert s
And one was complimentary for his bday! How nice!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

The Chicken is Outstanding!!!!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great food and service!! We met our son and his friend for brunch and all of us throughly enjoyed our food.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We love this place. We've been coming to brunch (and occasional other lunches and dinners) for years since moving into town, and it's always a terrific time. Great food, friendly staff, and they're really good about prompt reservations. Knowledgeable bartenders (we sit at the bar when I just go with my wife) and easy-going yet attentive waitstaff when we're at the tables (we usually sit at tables if we go for brunch with my parents and/or other friends). Really can't say enough good about it. It's one of our two (pretty much tied) favorite places in town. B-Side behind it (associated with it) is equally awesome.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Nice spot for dinner in the Old Carr Mill. Menu was small with interesting choices. Meat was an add-on to many of the menu items, which made for lots of flexibility.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

First time. Very pleased. Will definitely go back again.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Always enjoy celebrating at Venable...food, service, wine always a treat!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The samon benedict special on Sunday was very disapointing... please just do a traditional benedict !

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Went there for my birthday and Valentine's Day simultaneously. Was a very peaceful place, quiet enough to have intimate conversation, and the food was prompt and delicious. Would definitely return here.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent friendlyservice

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

This was our frist visit to this restaurant We found it to be a warm and casual environment, with friendly and helpful staff and delicious food (including GL selection) All agreed we will return.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Enjoyable first visit. Food and service was excellent - will definitely return soon.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

This is a great restaurant for a casual meal with tasty food. Everyone in our party was satisfied - the very hungry teenagers, vegetarian mother, and dieting grandmother. Not many places can successfully be all things to all diners. Nice selection of beers and wines appreciated as well.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Good, but not quite up to usual quality. Busy night may explain service that was not particularly attentive.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Venable is one of my go-to places for meeting friends for lunch. The menu is nicely varied and the food is always good and servings generous. The waitstaff is nicely attentive without being overbearing. I tend to pay particular attention to noise in restaurants, and Venable is perfect in that regard. Parking is always a bit iffy in the parking lot in the front, but there is plenty of parking within a short walking distance. I highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

On a four day visit, we dined at three top-rated restaurants in Chapel Hill, all truly excellent; but Venables was the best. With a capacity crowd on a Saturday night, the place was humming--with excellence. Our "top" award goes to Venables because both the kitchen and the front of house staff clearly work as a team to ensure the great menu items are served in the most positive way. From the bus person who kept the tables available and the water filled, to the wait staff who worked flawlessly as a team, it was fun to watch and delightful to experience. We never felt rushed no matter how busy the staff was, and felt warmly welcomed and well served by Jessica, our server. The drinks were just as ordered, and the food--both specials and off the regular menu--met and exceeded expectations without exception, all prepared exactly as requested. Treat yourself to a very special restaurant experience. They don't often rise to this level of excellence.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We had brunch on a Saturday and it was delicious! Kids loved the waffles, I had the tofu salad. Serious was wonderful as always. Venable is a place we consistently return for all these reasons!

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