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Venue's Cafe

4.1
188 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, European
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Hours of operation



*Brunch: *



Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm




*Lunch: *



Monday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm




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Sunday - Saturday: 4:00 pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(480) 595-9909
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Payment options
Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Celine Fabre Thomas Ryan
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Catering
A variety of catering menus offered to meet everyones needs.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hum Road
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Parking details
Ample surface parking directly in front of the restaurant.
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Entertainment
Second and Fourth Sundays 7:30 - 10:00
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Special events & promotions
Open 365 days a year. Private Party Area

Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on August 4, 2017

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.

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2.0Dined on June 11, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2017

Sit at the bar. The waitresses are horrible .

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4.0Dined on April 24, 2017

You won't be checked in at Venue's.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2017

Double check your bill!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2017

Great short ribs, nice staff, very pleasant

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2017

Had the short ribs which were good but a bit salty, the French onion soup was even a little saltier but otherwise tasty. Loved the eggplant caprese appetizer. Service was a bit slow and at the end I had to get somebody to get my waitress for the check.

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1.0Dined on March 22, 2017

After waiting for ten minutes the service was adequate. The Dip was terrible, dry shearded beef with about a ounce ofau jus, took two bites and left the rest.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2017

Great food combined with great personable service. I have been here many times and I have never been disappointed.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2017

Good happy hour, but overpriced. Skimpy wine pours.

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2.0Dined on February 2, 2017

Venues used to be a favorite of ours, but the last couple of visits have been very disappointing. The food wasn't very good and took over 35 minutes after we ordered. I don't think I'll be coming back again in the near future.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2017

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....

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3.0Dined on January 21, 2017

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

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2.0Dined on January 9, 2017

This place did not meet my expectations. The food was ok though nothing to get excited about and the service was fine. I won't go again

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3.0Dined on January 3, 2017

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.

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2.0Dined on December 25, 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2016

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.

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3.0Dined on December 24, 2016

Waitress was very nice being she was working Christmas Eve. But that is all I can say good about the Resturant. Food was mediocre, wine list marginal.

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3.0Dined on December 12, 2016

Hamburger overcooked, fries mushy and white wine warm. You be the judge!

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4.0Dined on December 5, 2016

Make sure you check in on Open Table, as we have not been 4 times and had to call. And, don't bother requesting a specific table, you probably won't get it.

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3.0Dined on November 25, 2016

Very good service. it was a quiet night just after Thanksgiving. The food was tasty. Lots of parking. We will return again.

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2016

We had Thanksgiving dinner here and were pleasantly surprised. Nice ambiance, friendly staff, good food and drinks. We also enjoyed the scenic drive to get here.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2016

The food & service were excellent!

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4.0Dined on November 7, 2016

Service was slow. There was only one server to take care of both inside and patio. Food was good.

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4.0Dined on October 31, 2016

Very nice food...great salad options and our party of 6 liked the choices.
Seasonal berry dessert was terrific!
Outside dining was imperative since we had our puppy with us!
We will go back!

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1.0Dined on October 28, 2016

Service was extremely poor - took more than 15 minutes to get our drinks, then 25 minutes to get salads and then 45 mins to get our dinner. Problem was with the kitchen not the waitress.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2016

Great Dinner place in center of Carefree

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2016

As usual, great meal. The lobster tail was delicious, service fast. Nice relaxed feel to the restaurant. All the staff is very friendly and make you feel welcome.

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3.0Dined on September 10, 2016

Good food with a limited menu. Comfortable atmosphere, but more casual. May be a good stop for burgers or lunch.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2016

Great dinner. My lobster tail and husband's red snapper were both excellent. Staff always very friendly.

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2016

My dinner was fine. I wouldn't rush to go back.

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3.0Dined on July 18, 2016

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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5.0Dined on June 27, 2016

The best place to go in Care Free. Wonderful chef.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2016

Their daily specials are excellent.

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2016

We always enjoy eating here. Good food. Friendly wait staff.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2016

The ribs on Thursday night are excellent.

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2016

Had late lunch with friends. Good food a little noisy good service.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2016

This restaurant is notorious for not checking you in, so you have to get your points back later.

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