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Venable Bistro

4.7
4.7
1045 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
When you join us at Venable, you'll find a family-owned and operated restaurant offering local, seasonal food in an upscale yet comfortable setting. Our elevated comfort food strikes the perfect balance between the familiar and the fresh and new. Come on in, make yourself at home, and allow us to take care of you and your guests! Venable, the name of Carrboro from 1912-1913, takes inspiration from the rich culinary offerings of our area. Think freshly roasted chicken , a bistro salad topped with a fried local duck egg, or a burger made from ground chuck and short rib topped with Hatch green chilis. We're also proud to offer a carefully crafted wine and cocktail list. Join us for lunch or dinner--our doors are open and we look forward to welcoming you!

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2 people

7:30 p.m.


Booked 33 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Global, International

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 904-7160

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighbourhood

    Carrboro

  • Cross Street

    Weaver Street

  • Parking Details

    Carr Mill Mall has over 200 private parking spaces making parking at Venable a non-issue. Relax before you get out of the car because you can park next to the restaurant for free.

  • Public Transit

    Venable is located on the CW, F and J bus lines. Convenient to all of Chapel Hill and Carrboro public transit.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,045 people are saying

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Healthy

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Outdoor Eating

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Contemporary American

  • Durham

    Best Value

  • Durham

    Brunch

  • Durham

    Healthy

  • Durham

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Durham

    Outdoor Eating

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  1. NR

    NancyR

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my 3 rd time at Venable. Last night I had the salmon and it was delicous. My husband who can be very critical had the fried chicken and enjoyed his meal. The only thing I suggest is adding a very hoppy IPA to the beer list.
  2. JE

    JET1228

    Raleigh

    45 reviews

    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    I ordered a $16 tofu/chaat salad and it was not very good for the value.
  3. GB

    GiorgiaB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and location are really amazing! And service too!
  4. J

    Jane

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great raviolis
  5. R

    Richard

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We returned to Venable for an impromptu lunch date, not having eaten there for a month or so. A review of the online menu earlier in the day offered the promise of new options that we were excited to try, and which proved to be excellent additions to the possibilities. Even old favorites were prepared and presented with a new attention to quality. Word definitely seemed to be out, as the room was full on a Monday afternoon. Although this contributed to a higher level of ambient noise than had been the case in the past, the attentive service and quality of our meals made it easy to outlast all the other diners, while leaving with enough boxed food to another full meal!
  6. W

    Wheredayawannaeat

    New York Area

    102 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Staff is great. Food is good.
  7. e

    elbow

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious! Sitting at a booth is nice for a business lunch or brunch so there’s room to write ideas and such.
  8. A

    Amadeus

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I celebrated our 55th anniversary with a wonderful evening at the Venable Bistro in Carrboro. I had made reservations for an outside table but it was raining so they found us a cozy place in a little alcove even though they were full inside. Wonderful! Our dinners were amazing. My wife's salmon and my corvina were beyond expectations. So appealing so delicious. So was the pinot gris. Our server, Abby was delightful and completely accommodating. We'll be back soon
  9. S

    Sometimes

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Most items very good. Soup inedibly spicy. Apparently a known problem but not warned and charged for it. Kids screaming and running around our table on resonant floor unpleasant. Experience unusually bad - usually a 4 rating.
  10. R

    Rosalie

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love our dates here! Great food and drinks and nice lighting/noise level to focus on each other.
  11. JG

    JohnG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My OpenTable app tells me that I have eaten here 24 times now. I keep coming back because it is a consistently excellent dining experience. Casual, easy, and a true cut above in service, dining, and atmosphere. A treasure.
  12. SP

    SusieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch on the patio @ Venable! Our server was very attentive & just lovely!
  13. a

    anno

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Didn’t. Like the Cobb salad.. tasted bland. The waiter was slow to respond.. hence his low tip. Best thing about it was parking availability. My friend liked her salad wraps.
  14. C

    Cat12

    Raleigh

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love this place! It is unfailingly excellent. The service is great - very professional and friendly. The food keeps getting better! How do they DO that? Love the "creme brulee of the day" dessert - it is always very special. The craft cocktails are excellent, too.
  15. DN

    Doug54fromNC

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The weight staff was very efficient and friendly. I had the pork stew with egg over easy which was outstanding, and my partner Kim had the roasted eggs which were even better. Very nice brunch!
  16. GB

    GiorgiaB

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You are wonderful! Food and location are great. We have two children and also for them “Venable” is a very friendly place to have a lunch/dinner!
  17. L

    Lizzie

    Greensboro

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic!!!
  18. SB

    SaraB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitstaff is EXCELLENT, which has a large impact on the enjoyability of a meal. The menu choices are varied, creative, and customizable (yay), which is simply a gustatory delight. I am always happy to dine at Veable, and I LOVE bringing newbies to share this delightful experience.
  19. G

    Geoff

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Took an hour to get main entrees from time of seating. Food good overall. Also quite chilly in the restaurant.
  20. NL

    NatalieL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently delicious! My local favorite in Carrboro. I think we had one of everything.
  21. W

    Weekender

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent lunch, fresh ingredients, good service
  22. GA

    GAGirl

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and varied food including classics, interesting specials (mushroom rissoto) and great takes on a variety of cuisines such as banh mi, korean BBQ, and fish tacos. The service is prompt, professional, and friendly. The ambience is relaxed and festive. Venables is one of my favorite places to go and catch up with friends and family.
  23. m

    marianna42

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our wait person was personable, knowledgeable, and a pleasure. My only complaint, and it's pretty mild, is that the fish tacos don't seem to be as good as they used to be. I used to think they were the best in town, but I think they've slipped a bit, could be that the accompanying sauce isn't as good. My husband loved the tamale, as usual.
  24. JW

    JohnW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food. Kitchen had big party so we were long time waiting. Manager gave us a glass of wine. I had the pork tenderloin…terrific.
  25. KD

    KatrinaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great atmosphere for conversation. excellent food options.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  27. MT

    MartyT

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great Carrboro outdoor dining with a varied menu for parties that need a variety of menu requirements
  28. DG

    DavidG

    Raleigh

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great new choice for us. Exciting menu and great to find a new imaginative food. Try it you will be back
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Wanted to try a new place. Did not disappoint. Wonderful menu selections and delicious flavors. Would definitely recommend.
  30. CO

    CyndiO

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food and menu options were great. Space is a little noisy - hard to hear if you’re with a larger group.
  31. HD

    HillsboroughDinersClub

    Raleigh

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We are regulars, so we knew to expect great bistro food and outstanding service. Sometimes “sides” are an afterthought, but not at Venables. The bread is hot and tasty. The seasonal vegetables were outstanding, finished in a carmelized sauce. Our server, Mike, was perfect — experienced and knowledgeable.
  32. B

    Barb

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and service was outstanding. The Korean BBQ starter is definitely a favorite.
  33. BI

    BIGAL

    Raleigh

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Nice lunch menu with good selection and very good quality. Service was excellent as well.
  34. D

    Diana

    Louisville

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Don’t go for anything rotisserie! But we were delighted at the bread, fried chicken, and NC flounder!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy as usual!
  36. CR

    ChristineR

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and great service. Really enjoyed our meal.
  37. K

    Keith

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    good restaurant. will definitely go back there.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I were in the Durham area and I googled places to eat outside and came up on this place and had a reservation available so we ran over there and ate outside and had a great brunch! I wish we had a dinner menu but they didn’t start that service until five. Every single bit of food we had was excellent and they even gave us a free dessert that was not just thrown together it was put together beautifully. I had a chicken breast with country gravy which is totally their own recipe with a Asian flare. Panko crumbs for the chicken, A different kind of gravy, it was amazing and it didn’t come with potatoes it came with a biscuit which I thought was an excellent idea and the eggs were perfectly cooked! My husband had the French toast and he loved how the berries were cut up in small pieces. He doesn’t even like brioche and he loved it! We also got a side of bacon that was excellent and worth four dollars or five whatever it was. I saw french fries in one of the pictures so I ordered a side of those and they were amazing! And country potatoes which are also fantastic. As for the beer I just told him what I liked and he brought me the perfect beer! Perfect perfect perfect. They were having a wine tasting event right next-door at the Weaver Street market and we went in there and bought a lot of really yummy treats for home like cheese, preserves, French bread, tomatillo sauce, tofu curry salad. Two different wines that were on sale. Everything was just perfect it was a perfect day and I think the restaurant in the market for making it so along with all the people!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We look forward to brunch at Venable. So happy to order huevos rancheros. My daughter gets the kids mac n cheese. It will be cool to visit a bookstore next door soon. And I always pop into Weaver Street to grab a few things after my delicious meal at Venable.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was husband’s birthday and we had a wonderful time celebrating.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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You can order delivery directly from Venable Bistro using the Order Online button.

Venable Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 1045 OpenTable diners.

Venable Bistro does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 p.m.


Booked 33 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
Google Map for Venable Bistro

200 North Greensboro St., Suite A18, Carrboro, NC 27510

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Weaver Street

  • Neighbourhood

    Carrboro

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Carr Mill Mall has over 200 private parking spaces making parking at Venable a non-issue. Relax before you get out of the car because you can park next to the restaurant for free.

  • Public Transit

    Venable is located on the CW, F and J bus lines. Convenient to all of Chapel Hill and Carrboro public transit.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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