Cafe Venezia

4.7
323 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic
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.

Special Offers

FREE DESSERT OF YOUR CHOICE FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY

FREE DESSERT OF YOUR CHOICE FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY. CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY WITH US TUE-SUN.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 17 August 2019

Ends: 18 August 2118

Availability: Sun 17:00-21:00
Tue-Sat 17:00-21:00

1,000-Point Tables

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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

What 323 People Are Saying
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R
New York Area
180 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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
6 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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
19 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
32 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful service delicious food

Cafe Venezia
Responded on 30 July 2019

Thank you for your kind review.

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d
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
30 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food
Will definitely be back soon

BT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Delicious meal as always.

R
New York Area
181 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Unassuming place with great food & service.

G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

AG
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous place - fantastic service - great BYOB to add to our list of places to come back to.

PL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, food, service outstanding! My favorite spot in Somerset County!

MR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. I’m very picky about Italian food and Cafe Venezia gets my vote!!!!

T
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We are fast becoming "regulars" at this place. It is family owned and run by people who care about food, care about service and know what they are doing. The food is Italian but not the "same-old". It is varied, fresh and interesting. We like the fish specials, the veal dishes, the appetizers which recently included a kind of carpaccio that I'd never eaten before-delicious! And my wife's favorite-stuffed artichoke. The deserts are good to very good with terrific cheesecake.

M
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always fantastic!
Great food, great service! Never disappointed!

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I came to Cafe Venezia to celebrate her birthday and we were very happy with the experience. The staff is incredibly friendly and attentive and gave us special attention when they learned it was our first time there and it was a birthday dinner. I didn't get the impression that this was anything out of ordinary so I suspect this is their normal level of service. Definitely going again.

LR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very good restaurant. Very nice people. Servers and owners. Food is good but pricey.

m
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had asked for a round table for 8 but were told there was table for 8 available , just 7 and it would be crowded. We were disappointed as this was a group that travelled far and a round table would have made it cozier .
That being said , the food , service , attentiveness to our wines was all terrific. Everyone was very happy and said they would return .

When EDDIE came in as we were leaving , he said there was a table for 8 and he was sorry we did not get it.
He was upset but we tried to tell him the food , etc made the difference !!!

Cafe Venezia continues to be a wonderful place to dine .

LW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food and service! Leo makes you feel at home the minute you walk in!!

NJ
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, a great dining experience. Food and service are always great. We’ve become regulars.

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve eaten there several times. It does not disappoint. Great service and pleasant waitstaff. The chicken parm was a nice size and quite delicious. Both people who ordered it loved it! The veal was equally delish. The pasta con vongole required more seasoning. It was bland but a nice number of clams I recommend the calamari in balsamic. The prices are a bit high. We always enjoy ourselves there and byob is a plus also

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Cafe Venezia has become our favorite place for special occasions. The owner, Leo, is always very gracious and attentive (some might say too attentive, but he grows on you). Food is excellent with a wide selection of appetizers and entrees, and if it's not on the menu, just ask. It's BYOB, which helps keep the price down, but there's a complimentary shot of samuca or home-made amaretto to top off rh3 evening.

BF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Parking is a major issue for handicapped persons. Walking up the steep parking lot to a set of stairs is not acceptable in this day and age. The food quality for the entree was a miss. We had to add a lot of salt to give it some taste. It is obvious the chef doesn't taste the food before sending it out to the customer. This was a birthday celebration that didn't go so well.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food and service. Enjoyed our meal.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect! Owners & staff were extremely pleasant, professional & accommodating! Food was fantastic! You could cut the veal with a fork! Will definitely dine there again

VV
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Great food; very friendly service. We’ll definitely be back.

r
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was spot on. Definitely one of the better Italian restaurants in the area. The appetizers were delicious (left you wanting more) and the entree specials were excellent. Homemade desserts were awesomely good and the conversation with the owner who checked in on us on a very busy Saturday night was great. We will be back!

W
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Our reservation was 7 pm. We arrived on time. We waited 50 min for appetizer. The prosciutto was not good. Our pasta was not good. Same soup. It was the first time that we had a not good time.

Cafe Venezia
Responded on 14 June 2019

Hi, we thank you for your review. We are trying to understand what exactly went wrong for your specific situation. We never allow anyone to wait for food this long, ever, forget about just appetizers! We apologize for this and we would like to possibly chat with you to understand the situation and make any changes necessary. Please reach out to Bruno if possible at 732-356-3500.

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HL
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoyed our evening at Cafe Venezia. The food and service was excellent! I would highly recommend and I will definitely go back!

FD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As always it was great! This is my "go to" restaurant.....

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent family restaurant!

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JH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great. They are a very consistent restaurant which always delivers a quality product. And the service was outstanding. We had Tuty as our server and she was outstanding. We are very happy with all of our experiences at Cafe Venezia.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great first visit! In addition to the food, host Leo and staff provided an excellent dining experience.

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