VenU Restaurant at Victoria University

10 reviews
$40 and under
Global, International
VenU is our award-winning student-run restaurant at Footscray Nicholson Campus. The industry-standard facility provides a simulated work environment for hospitality students to refine their skills under the guidance of our expert teachers.

Come to VenU for lunch and enjoy seasonal dishes prepared by our apprentice chefs, and professional service from our hospitality and events students.

The licensed restaurant features:
▸a main dining room that seats 100 guests
▸a function space for 50 guests
▸à la carte, café and bistro dining
▸menus featuring seasonal and local produce
▸a selection of local wines and craft beers.

In the past, VenU has been awarded Best Training Restaurant at the Restaurant and Catering Victoria Excellence Awards.
What 10 People Are Saying
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4.1based on all time ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019

The food and the prices are very good. The staff are learning and still finding their feet which is to be expected. They are very conscientious and really want you to have a good night.

1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019

Great food at a fantastic price. Good range of drinks at very reasonable prices. Real cocktails at $10. The service staff are in training so as expected it wasn't perfect but they were very attentive and more than willing to assist. The biggest error was that the entree and mains were served at the same time, someone got there timing wrong.

1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019

Will never return. Bad food, terrible service, and couldn’t have a conversation on account of the noise level. Was extremely disappointed, as VenU came highly recommended by a close friend. Just, terrible.

1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019

The food was outstanding. The student serving us was polite and attentive. The wine list well stocked and well priced. Well definitely return. Well done to all at the Venu!

2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019

For $30 the food is an absolute knock-out, and the student chefs should be incredibly proud of the menu they've put together. The food was tasty, well-prepared and thoughtfully plated. As far as value for money, it's an incredible deal. Where else can you get three delicious, generous courses for under $50, let alone $30. The tasting platter included beautifully cooked rare girello, for mains I had perfectly cooked salmon with a walnut, beetroot and goats cheese salad, and for dessert the classic sticky date pudding. Other menu options included ham and cheese croquettes, sous vided chicken breast, scotch fillet and an eton mess. I highly commend the student chefs on their effort and output.
Unfortunately, their efforts in the kitchen were greatly let down by the service staff. The service staff were inept, we were seated without menus, had to wait over an hour to receive them, dinner rolls were brought without butter, desserts were served without cutlery, we constantly had to ask for the most basic things to be brought over, they forgot milk with tea, when we ordered wine they had to come back to confirm our order. It was very disorganised and they seemed to have no-one managing them or overseeing their efforts.
Despite this, and because of the quality of the food, we would return.

1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019

Great place for students to learn and display their knowledge in the hospitality industry

1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019

We have come here the past few years to support the students and enjoy some great food. The entrée crostini were lovely and fresh and the soup was hearty, the salmon and steaks tasty and the desserts lovely. The service had its share of learning experiences, but overall our waiter was very accommodating. It was a nice night out for our group.

5 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019

This is a hidden gem,
Venu is the training restaurant for Victoria University. You get top quality food at a very reasonable price. Usually only open for lunch a few days a week during the teaching periods, but was a lovely addition to go there last night for dinner. Set menu 3 courses for $30. Everything was superb. I had carrot and cumin soup followed by scotch fillet on potato rosti with mushrooms and for dessert fruit tart with marshmallow kisses. My partner had the tasting plate followed by pasta and for dessert salted caramel ice cream sandwich. It was faultless restaurant quality cuisine.The staff make you feel very welcome,some come across as being nervous and a few things you might expect usually from waiting staff don’t instantly occur,but keep in mind they are training to get a qualification in hospitality.

This is an all occasions place with high quality food. It does have a good selection of beer,wine and spirits again with very reasonable prices

I strongly recommend you book to avoid disappointment.

1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019

Great food, and our waitress gave us attentive service. Good effort all round, thank you, will be back

1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018

The staff were very friendly and helpful
They were a bit hectic once a few tables arrived
I think they were being closely watched by their supervisor and trying their best
They didn't have any carlton draft unfortunately


VenU Restaurant at Victoria University is rated 4.1 stars by 10 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.