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VenU Restaurant at Victoria University, Footscray, AU-VIC

VenU Restaurant at Victoria University

4.4
4.4
35 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.

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2 people

7:00 pm


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What 35 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

35 Reviews
  1. Joelled

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food, service and value for money! What more can you ask for?

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  2. AngieM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I had a delicious meal. The service was great. So good for the kids there learning a hands on hospitality experience .

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  3. Penny

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    we enjoyed a lovely lunch at VenU - the wait staff were attentive and the food was freshly prepared with quality ingredients - we will go again

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  4. barbara

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It's great to support the students gain experience and watch them make a great effort and learn. Well done!

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  5. barbara

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I highly recommend a fine dining outing at VU while providing the students with experience in the field. Definitely value for money!

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  6. SylviaM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing, we had the 3 courses choice. Great variety of foods, including vegetarian and gluten free. Really good variety of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. Service was friendly and outstanding. Ambience was very pleasant. Will definitely be back.

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  7. NutanA

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Christmas theme lunch was delicious and yummy. The portion size was great and set up 9f the VenUwas brilliant. The staff and students who served were very professional and polite. Really enjoyed our gathering with team and would definitely go back to eat again with friends and family.

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  8. QBF11

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    great service and an excellent opportunity to give students and trainees a chance to practice their skills

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  9. JudithP

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 September 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great restaurant run by the students at Vic Uni Footscray. All well presented and friendly. It is a teaching venue and good to see the students being shown "on the job" in a real life situation. We all had a variety of meals and good wine . 6 on a round table and all getting older but the background noise was minimal and all could hear the conversation at the table - so that was great. One diabetic diner i our group and with adequate notice they were able to accommodate that with low carb /low sugar meal and dessert which was very much appreciated

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  10. Monica

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 September 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food at a great price, we were so impressed.

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  11. DilaniR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 August 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and lovely atmosphere and attentive service.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 August 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice and friendly students, they try their best to provide the best service to customers and also learn from it. The food was tasty and literally worth of money, would definitely come again.

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  13. JanineD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The duck was fabulous and desserts awesome thank you for a lovely meal

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  14. StephenG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is was my 2nd visit to VenU, both times have been on a Friday for the Buffet. Although there wasn't a huge range what they did have on offer was good considering it is $15pp. The food was fresh and tasty and I would highly reccomend you give it a go. The wait staff were friendly and did a great jobs. Also, if you do visit please remember this is a restaurant for teaching so don't be too critical. Will definitely go again.

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  15. SamanthaP

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The spaghetti on the menu was bolognese was a ragu very different . The beef was served in a croc pot with no plate therefore the knife and fork would not balance in the croc pot and kept falling out on to the table cloth. plus it looked odd. The Cauliflower soup was really plain no flavor at all.

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  16. KarenD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience. Food and service was excellent. Well worth a visit

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  17. SamanthaP

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The only thing is it was raining and there is not cover out the front until the doors open at 6pm

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  18. Kathy0

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Signs was a bit confusing to find place. Please update Menu on website. The food was great and we have a relaxing and great time! Thank you.

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  19. Watler

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good value for money, keeping in mind it is a training facility.

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  20. Chee

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Not much choices for lunch , but under the circumstance, it’s understandable

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  21. JudithP

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    we all thoroughly enjoyed the evening. One lady has hearing issues and she had little trouble hearing the conversation. One lady is diabetic so that restricted her choice as she is low carb and no sugar - so no desserts were appropriate and only the soup entree: but it was not a major issue and we will return

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  22. RussellB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    very nice meal, enthusiastic service and great value for money. Bit hard to find entry after dark in deserted universityx perhaps a couple of decent sized street signs would assist.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service by the team at VenU. Highly recommend. Will come back :)

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  24. Di5ane

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    What an enjoyable evening we all had. The food was fabulous. We appreciated that it is a hospitality training venue and the wait staff did a wonderful job learning as they went. Chefs/cooks also in training and we enjoyed all 3courses. Would definitely recommend and look forward to dining there again.

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  25. Calv

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 October 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    so cheap! support the students! seasonal menu, i'm obsessed

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  26. AndrewJ

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  27. ShawnP

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    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.

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  28. RobertH

    Calgary

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    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.

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  29. Joelled

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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!

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  30. happyfoodie

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    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.

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  31. RayM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 September 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place for students to learn and display their knowledge in the hospitality industry

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  32. FoodFriendly

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    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.

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  33. KevinM

    Tasmania

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  34. RonF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, and our waitress gave us attentive service. Good effort all round, thank you, will be back

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  35. GrantP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 August 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    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

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FAQs

VenU Restaurant at Victoria University is rated 4.4 stars by 35 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Google Map for VenU Restaurant at Victoria University

Level 1 Building D, Footscray Nicholson Campus, Corner of Nicholson & Buckley Streets, Footscray, AU-VIC 3011

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    CNR Albert & Pilgrim streets
  • Area
    Footscray
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Thu, Fri 12:00 pm–1:00 pm Dinner Wed 5:30 pm–7:30 pm
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Global, International
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Footscray Station
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Fiona Lie
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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