Cafe Venezia

4.7
310 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.

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Celebrate Father's Day with only the best special menu in the Northern NJ Area.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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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 310 People Are Saying
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B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious meal as always.

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R
New York Area
176 reviews
Dined on June 1, 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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unassuming place with great food & service.

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G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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PL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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T
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 11, 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.

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M
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 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.

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LR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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m
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on May 1, 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 .

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LW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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NJ
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 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

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 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.

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BF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 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.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service. Enjoyed our meal.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 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

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VV
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

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r
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 30, 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!

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W
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 29, 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 2 days ago

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 March 23, 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!

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FD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent family restaurant!

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JH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 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.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 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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OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Great food. Nice place all around. Fresh food!
Very very good!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant run by extremely hardworking guys. Never had anything but a great experience dining here.

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TT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and the owners made it a point to come around and discuss the menu options. Greatly enjoyed the entire experience

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WR
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service

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n
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef and the owners who are always circulating in the restaurant are fabulous. The food is always fresh and outstandingly prepared. They are also extremely accommodating and will change any dish to suit your taste or dietary need. This is a gem restaurant. I hope they remain a fixture in our community.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service

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OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service n food!

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SJ
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, friendly service . Pleasant atmosphere

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been taking my girlfriend to Cafe Venezia for Valentine's Day and other special occasions for years and will continue to do so. The restaurant itself is cozy and tastefully decorated. The menu is unique in the best way possible. You will not be disappointed by anything you order, guaranteed. As a bonus, you'll receive a free dessert shot of a liqueur of your choosing. This is the best Italian cuisine I've had to date. I live an hour away from Cafe Venezia and it is worth the trip every time.

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GG
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Six thumbs up from my wife, my daughter and me! The food at Cafe Venezia is always excellent, but it is the service that makes it unique. From the moment you walk in the door until you time you pay the check, the staff is engaging with you. They always have time to say hello, share a story and cater to your needs/requests. They are forced to be less attentive on the weekends due to the crowds, so I would suggest a visit during the week to get the "full treatment." Both the regular menu items and the specials are exquisite. We always leave here with a smile (especially our daughter, Jenna).

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m
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have dined here several times and took a couple the other night and they raved about the food too. We'll be back and so will our friends. Great food... great service, a real Italian gem.

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PP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I eat out often and found our food fresh, tasty and presentation was great. The friendliness and attentiveness of the servers, and staff, simply said was terrific. Made you feel very welcome and your dining choice of their restaurant meant something. Would recommended this to anyone I know.

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DP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time and we can't wait to return. We felt very welcomed by Eddie and Leo. They were extremely friendly and made us feel like regulars, which by the way, we intend to be.
Everything we had from appys, entrees and desserts were delicious. We loved the calamari with sausage and hot peppers. Burrata was probably the freshest and best we ever had and veal melted in your mouth. Planning on bringing some friends there soon. Looking forward to another delicious meal!
Dawn P.

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