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About Venue's Cafe
Located directly across from the Town Center Park, Venues offers Contemporary American Cuisine with comfort food selections. The rustic interior is defined by rich finishes of brick, copper, wood and stone. The freshest ingredients are combined to produce recipes that are creative and affordable. Sit by our Copper fireplace and well-stocked wine cellar. It is in this setting that guests enjoy the finer things in life, which include great drinks, boutique wines, craft beer on draught, HDTV and marvelous food.
Speaking of eats, the offerings run the gamut, from small plates of deviled eggs with bacon jam, jerked shrimp served sizzling in a cast iron pot to dinner entrees of Prime Cut Filet Mignon, Shrimp Etoufee, COHO line caught salmon and Venues special Chicken Schnitzel with lingonberries. Hearing about events at Venues is easy with our VIP email updates, join today.
Carefree, AZ 85377
American, Contemporary American, European
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday - Saturday: 4:00 pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Second and Fourth Sundays 7:30 - 10:00
A variety of catering menus offered to meet everyones needs.
Ample surface parking directly in front of the restaurant.
Celine Fabre Thomas Ryan
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Open 365 days a year. Private Party Area
Venue's Cafe Ratings and Reviews
We went to the restaurant and it is located in a really neat outdoor type shop area of Carefree. It had an art showing the night we went. We just missed their happy hour but still decided to try their deviled eggs that have a special jam inside them that was delicious. Their menu has some very interesting takes on some standard foods and also some more traditional fare. I had the Chicken Shnitzel that I really loved and my significant other had the Penne with Vodka sauce with Chicken which I really liked the taste as well. Good portions, nice wine list, they had live music that night and the waiter was friendly with a very punny sense of humor.
The food is good, but the service was ridiculously slow. There were very few people at the restaurant, but nonetheless it took over an hour to get our food. And we rarely had the server ask if we needed refills of water, drinks, etc. I have been to this place before and was very disappointed in the service. And, although the food was good, but it used to be better. I do not think I will be going back.
This restaurant on "the circle/square" in downtown Carefree is really good. It has the ambiance of an auto repair garage and a mini-sized front patio, but the food and generous portions make up for it. I had sloppy joe and it was abundant and delicious. My wife had chicken salad she praised, too. After lunch, it's convenient to window shop in the shops and galleries of Carefree. All in all we really like Venue's.
Went for a couple of glasses of wine on a Tuesday night. Pretty empty @8:30.
Great wine selection with reasonable prices. I ordered cheesecake....wow! Amazing!...more than large enough to share. Nice and cool and firm. One of the best I've ever had.
Great service behind the bar too! Go....
Three of us ate a Venue's Café and before the evening was out all three of us were sick. We all had the same problem and felt fine the next day. Nothing a trip to the bathroom didn't cure. Will not eat here again and cannot recommend for anyone else to go there
We were only there for a light meal. French onion soup had strong flavor but without the rich nuttiness and complexity that a good example has. Fried calamari was good and had a good asian-inspired sauce to accompany. Waitress forgot an order of a bbq pork slider--had to request a second time. When it came, it was way overdone on the "smoke"--pretty sure they added smoke seasoning to it. Chicken-topped dinner salad was nondescript.
Took my parents here for Christmas dinner. Two of us ordered Caesar salads, but that was most definitely not Caesar dressing, as it was sweet. The best thing I can say about it is that the lettuce was very fresh and green. The service was irritating. We watched our waitress chatting and flirting with a table of guys while we sat waiting for our check. We finally had to flag down another waitress to pay.
It's a pretty place, and they have some beautiful artwork. Just not good food or service.
My husband and I discovered Venues about three years ago and have been customers since. It is nice to know that there is an actual CHEF doing the cooking and presenting occasional specials and a holiday menu. The food is very good and the setting in downtown Carefree is relaxed and pleasant. One can dine indoors or out, and there is even a patio heater for the hard-core al fresco diners. And, of course, there are excellent wine and specialty cocktails to be had. The casual atmosphere is welcoming. I am happy to recommend Venues.
Noise level seems to have improved since my previous visits.
Service was slow.
Disappointing that, though I had expressed a preference for outdoor seating on my Open Table reservation, the restaurant stated that they had no reservation at all for me and no available outdoor seating.
The waitress was very good. The food was less. We had chicken schnitzel which was dry and way too thick - more like fried chicken breast. Mashed potatoes were very good as were the veggies.
Spaghetti & meatballs was not good with only the pasta eaten.
Maybe they had an off night...
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