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Venable Bistro

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200 N Greensboro St, Historic Carr Mill, Carrboro, NC 27510-1833 (Weaver Street)
+1 919-904-7160
17:30 - 21:30
10:30 - 14:30
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 21:30
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Sat - Sun 10:30 - 14:30
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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148 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Definitely one of the best options in Chapel Hill/Carrboro, especially for dinner and weekend brunch. If you've been to Acme, it's pretty similar, although I think Venable is better at a similar price point (maybe a dollar or two cheaper). The fried chicken is absolutely to die for. Lightly breaded, arugula salad with parmesan on top for dinner and a... More 

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Teaneck, New Jersey
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196 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

For a local place that is in a health conscious neighborhood , mor non meat dishes on the menu would be appropriate . The food was good, the service could be a bit more attentive .

Thank Eileen E
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We have lived in Carrboro for a while and always give Venable a whirl since from the beginning they are consistently good. So they popped to the top of my list when I had friends in town visiting and we took a party of 7 their for the Sunday brunch. Everyone was thrilled with their dish. One of them got... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

The food was quite good . My salmon was well prepared and served with grits, my husband's pasta tasty - but none of it special. The wine was very low end. I tried a Sauvignon Blanc which was not great, then, being German opted for a Riesling which was no better. However, the least pleasant aspect of the evening was... More 

Thank ghminiter
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Have eaten there a handful of times, and have never been disappointed. The chicken, the trout, the salmon, even the sandwiches are great...but don't miss the beef stew - superb! The atmosphere was awake and moving, but we were quite comfortable with our quiet corner. The service was spot-on, the bartender the best...specialty bitters, and drinks to order

Thank rezzoo
Greensboro, NC
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89 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We went to the B Side Lounge at the rear of Venables. The lounge is at the back of the building and has a seperate entrance from Venebles.Nice atmosphere. Drinks were good and the bartender was friendly and informative. We had drinks and ordered an appetizer to share. It was ceviche with homemade potato chips. The ceviche was good but... More 

Thank Bill S
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

From the black stripped bass special to the Honey Chipotle Salmon over Anson Mill Grits, and the bresaola (arugula salad with fresh shaved parmesan and thin sliced beef) and the beet salad, the awesome calamari salad, and bruschetta, this menu has it all for an great dining experience. My only advice: if ordering red, like most restaurants, tell them to... More 

Thank Vegasjoe57
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

We live in Carrboro, eat out a lot and eat at Venable more than any other restaurant. Why? Great food, great prices. Some of my favorites: Banh mi, burger with Hatch chiles, shrimp provencal, wild mushroom ragout (incredibly rich and earthy, fish tacos, fries, Cobb salad, and others! If you want cutting edge, go to Elaine's, but be prepared to... More 

Thank jh555
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267 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

For those visiting Carrboro's Carr Mill shopping area, this restaurant is very conveniently located. We ordered several appetizers and salad to share. The quail egg gorgonzola was especially yummy. We requested more bread to soak up the sauce and the server promptly brought us some. We also ordered three entrees, with only the Udon being less than perfect. The restaurant... More 

Thank bamboola
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 February 2017

The best Trout I've eaten in years! My husband had the beef stew, our son the pork chop and we all agreed that everything was delicious. Comfortable, relaxed atmosphere, knowledgable and efficient waitstaff. Can't wait to return!

Thank Marianne S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
American, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
10:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
10:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200 N Greensboro St, Historic Carr Mill, Carrboro, NC 27510-1833
    (Weaver Street)
  • Public Transportation: Venable is located on the CW, F and J bus lines. Convenient to all of Chapel Hill and Carrboro public transit.
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Carrboro
  • Phone Number: +1 919-904-7160

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?