Cafe Venezia

4.7
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347 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Cafe Venezia was something that Leo and his brothers always dreamed to open up to meet the growing demand for Fine Italian Cuisine in the Somerset County, Northern NJ region along with BYOB convenience.
In 2016, the family was able to make that dream a reality and opened Cafe Venezia in the heart of Northern NJ.

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Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM
Tue - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM
Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM

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JZ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Always a great meal! Leo is the consummate host!

CM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I am a regular here and the place is always good. Leo takes good care of everyone and stays on top of everything!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic as always

PG
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always outstanding. Family owned business . Food is superb. The owners are wonderful, as is the wait staff.

M
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a wonderfully friendly place you walk in as a first timer and greeted with family like hospitality.

JH
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Overall we very much enjoy Café Venezia. We've been here several times over the past couple of years and always have enjoyed our meals. The owners always visit the tables and make you feel welcome. Specials and regular menu items are very good and well presented. This is a BYOB restaurant.

DE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just great overall. Food, Service, are all terrific. One of the best Italian restaurants in the area. Very accommodating to dietary needs - service of staff is impeccable. They make you feel like a “regular” even if you’re not.

CA
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Other than a place that’s a little hard to find, everything was very good. The food was tasty and the service was attentive. I had a chicken special that was very good. Also tried their butternut squash soup that was very good and a giant portion ( probably enough for 2).
Not too large inside but enough room so you’re not too close to other tables. As of right now it’s a BYOB. I believe they’re trying to get a liquor license.
Large parking lot behind the restaurant which is easy to miss the entrance and could use some more lighting. Will recommend and return.

TS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service and the food is consistent of high quality

JE
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As usual, Café Venezia hit the spot. Family in from out of town enjoyed traditional Italian food.
Specials were excellent.

G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Totally enjoyed our experience at Cafe Venezia. The food was outstanding and the service was spot on. Will definitely be visiting again!

AM
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Relaxed atmosphere
Good food
Not rushed between courses!

DN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have been to this restaurant a few times and have always been impressed with my meal. They have a varied menu with interesting options, the food is always excellent, and the service is impeccable. And it's a BYO which is helpful. They will also prepare the food to your specifications. Highly recommend!

TD
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

BYOB
The dinner was excellent! Delicious.
The food is fresh and clean. Definitely our new fave Italian restaurant. A gem.

SG
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambience was nice and the owner takes pride in the restaurant. The quality of the food was very fresh and the specials were delicious. The desserts were fabulous! It is also nice that it is a BOYB. We will come back again.

OT
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service and delicious food! Will definitely be back!

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. We will definitely come back.

M
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Great food as always. Service was not as good as it usually is. Newer waiters didn't check in during meal or dessert. Forgot about coffees but brought dessert.
We'll of course be back. Food is never disappointing. Service I'm sure will improve with the new wait staff.

A
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The experience was delightful as usual. The staff was friendly and attentive. The food, excellent.
Overall, a wonderful evening.

S
Nashville
30 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Enormous portions and everything was incredibly fresh and delicious. The Calamari Fritti was just fantastic, as well as our entrees of Pollo Paillard, Pollo Monte Carlo. The Pollo Venezia, however, is something very special and we highly recommend! Service was wonderful; nothing was too much trouble. We love eating here!

j
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this restaurant. The food is very good and the service is excellent. The owners make you feel like family and are very helpful in choosing your entree. Would recommend making reservations well in advance.
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f
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

On a quiet Thursday night we arrive for a birthday party for two. Service was warm and personable from the moment we walked in. Donica is just wonderful. Food was terrific, served at just the right temperature....pasta was beautifully al dente. then just as we were leaving the skies opened up....we were invited to sit at bar and have complimentary espresso...."stay as long as you like"....even tho we knew they were closing.....just the best

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service

R
New York Area
185 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

This is our third time here and I was a little disappointed I have to admit. The veal parm was good but the sauce was very heavy and didn't enjoy it as much as previous times. I will be back and hope it was just an off night. Staff couldn't be nicer or more accommodating.

M
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everyone is family here! Don't even bother with the menu - just ask about the specials! Everything is wonderfully tasty!

JH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Care Venezia is a great place to bring friends or family. The food is consistently good and the service is excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a great dining experience.

MR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Chose to eat here as my son was attending an event down the street at the Martinsville Gardens. Many people were on vacation this week so the restaurant was unusually empty. The owners were quite friendly throughout the meal, mingling with their customers. For the area, the food was above average Italian. Menu had some unusual choices. We opted for the branzino and veal valdistano, with tiramisu for dessert. We enjoyed them all. If your in the area and looking for another option for Italian this is a good choice for an enjoyable meal.

DK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

CV is our "go to" place for special occasions (like this visit) - the staff is great and the food is generally exceptional. My wife had a wonderful shrimp dish. Unfortunately, this wasn't one of the better visits for us. The bread given at the beginning of the meal was mostly toast and not very good. My dish was a chicken dish wrapped around shrimp - it was probably overcooked, dry, and not very tasty (unusual for CV) - I'll never order it again.

There's always a chance for a bad experience at any restaurant - this was one. I give it 4 stars for this visit because most of it was good. Generally they get 5 stars. CV generally charges a premium for its meals - this is the first time I felt it wasn't worth it. I sincerely hope that the next visit will find everything back to normal.

B
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were in Summit for a downtown stroll and decided it was time for dinner. I really had veal on my mind so looked for places that do veal. Found Cafe Venizia and headed over. Can't say enough good things. We were greeted cordially by Bruno and his staff. Service was attentive yet unintrusive. I had the broccoli in garlic and oil. My wife had the burrata special which was served in a hollowed out red pepper. Both were very well prepared. I had the veal picatta which was accompanied with veggies and potatoes. The veal was outstanding. Tender and precisely cooked. My wife had the veal agrodolce. Also very good. The vibe is very friendly. In fact, we arrived without the benefit of wine since we didnt pass a liquor store on the way from Summit, an a couple a a nearby table insisted in sharing their wine with us. Desert was a shared portion of strawberries zabaglioni and the strawberries were perfectly ripe. Suggestions, go early unless you have reservations and bring wine.

A
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

We were one of the early “committed customers” to cafe Venezia when they opened. We go to the resturant regularly and we’ve introduced many to the restaurant. Tonight they were clearly under staffed. It took an hour to get our appetizer and were not given plates for sharing - we ate off the main plate. We are planning a nice dinner with 3 couples but now feel we must look to another restaurant so that we are not embarrassed. What a shame!
Ps. It was my birthday- totally unrecognized.

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great family run restaurant with homemade food! They really take pride in the food they server as well as the satisfaction of their customers. I recommend this place to everyone!

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Tried this as a new place. Sat down quickly. Waited a bit too long to be asked for our order. Appetizer was great. Main course, my wife liked her dish, but not me. I got the Surf n Tuf. The meat was bland, absolutely no flavor. I had to put alot of salt and pepper. Also did not taste like a filet migen cut. Lobster tail was the size of my thumb. The dessert was great! But for 120 bucks I would go to many other great restaurants. Sorry we won’t be back...

OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service delicious food

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d
New York Area
141 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was wonderful. Very friendly waiter, very friendly owner, who came by the table a couple of times and was very nice and helpful. I had the bronzino and it was delicious. My husband had the same. Our friends had the salmon and the veal scaloppini, which they really enjoyed. Great neighborhood restaurant.

JD
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great food
Will definitely be back soon

BT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

In town for a baseball tournament.

This place is really good, they can cook plain and simple. Very fair pricing, warm people who want you to have a great meal.

We will be back.

B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Delicious meal as always.

R
New York Area
185 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful food, great service. Feels like you are having dinner at your best friends house. Not to be missed. Cute little byob. Veal oarm, linguini and clams, branzino were all amazing. Can’t wait to go back.

DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Unassuming place with great food & service.

G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place! Food is amazing and so are the people!