Best Restaurants in Venice, Florida (According to Locals!)

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One of the things that people love about living here in Venice, Florida is the variety of dining options in Venice and even nearby towns just a short drive away. Whether you are looking for a quick bite, brunch, or some dinner and music, there are many places to choose from. Plus, being on the Gulf Coast, we are all spoiled with the sunset views over the water and love being able to go out for a sunset dinner and drink. 

New to Venice? Be sure to read our Venice New Resident Resources Guide for some great info!

Now, we’ve got a massive list of places to eat here in Venice! While we’ve been checking them off ourselves, we still have not yet made it to all of them since moving to Venice. So we reached out to some of our local friends and community members here in Venice to get their picks and find out what their favorite restaurants are here in Venice too.

Our hope is that we can give you a big ol’ list so that you’ll have more than enough places to fill up your dining calendar (whether you are already here, just visiting…or moving here!). 

Table of Contents (we told you it’s a big list!)

 


 

Best Breakfast & Brunch Spots in Venice

Original word-of-mouth

Located on Venice Avenue (off the island), this is one of the top picks from all our friends here in town! And after our first visit, we went back the very next day (seriously). And again a couple weeks after that – it’s that good! Hands-down the BEST French toast we’ve had!

enjoying breakfast outside on the patio at the original word of mouth in venice florida one of our favorite breakfast and brunch spots.

Croissant and Co

A popular French bakery right in downtown Venice. You can’t miss it during the day, as there is often a line out the door. From coffees and breakfast pastries, but you’ll also find some great lunch sandwiches on the menu too. They only stay open until early afternoon, so be sure to stop by before then. There are tables outside and inside, but you can also get it to go and go sit in the park and people watch (one of our favorite things to do). 

Upper Crust in Venice

Another popular breakfast and lunch spot in downtown Venice. Definitely pop in here to get something to go or you can sit outside at some of the tables – we highly recommend the french toast here as well, and Josh was in LOVE with their crabcakes benedict. It’s small, but there is seating outside on the sidewalk as well.

Local tip – you can make reservations online so you don’t have to wait in line!

The Breakfast Cottage in Nokomis

Just over the water from Venice in Nokomis, the Breakfast Cottage is a popular breakfast and brunch spot you will love. I admit that we have not made it here yet…but EVERYONE says how amazing this place is. So it’s one of the next places we really need to get to. 

Blu Island Bistro

Located on “the island” in what looks like an older hotel is a great restaurant so many people in town rave about. Blu Island Bistro serves breakfast all day, including a whisky eggs benedict! But they also have a “build your own benedict” — which is our favorite, because you can’t have a bad day when it starts with eggs benedict! They also have some great lunches as well.

Blue Pineapple Bistro (south of Venice in Englewood)

Just south of Venice in downtown Englewood is the Blue Pineapple. Located right on historic Dearborn Street, the Blue Pineapple is famous for its bloody marys — they are honestly an entire meal! In fact, you can get your giant bloody mary with various toppers – and we don’t mean just a few olives…like an entire grilled cheese sandwich and burger sliders!

outside sign and patio at blue pineapple restaurant in englewood florida

We aren’t joking, you can order an entire grilled cheese cut up and stuck on the top of your bloody mary. Now that’s a hearty drink! Sit on their patio on a beautiful morning and enjoy dining under the trees. ** Note – they do serve all kinds of great dishes for lunch and dinner as well, but the bloody mary is our fave for brunch and what makes them famous in the area. 

 


 

Best Lunches and Sandwiches in Venice

Suncoast Cafe (at the Venice airport)

Yes, that’s right…there really is a fantastic restaurant located at the small Venice municipal airport. I know it seems a little strange, but honestly, it was one of the BEST lunches I’ve had recently here in Venice. Just around the corner of the main airport terminal building, Suncoast Cafe gives diners unobstructed views of the airplanes and runways.

Chef Tony is from St. Lucia in the Caribbean and the moment you walk in the restaurant you are filled with relaxed tropical vibes from the atmosphere and music. The food is phenomenal, from croissant sandwiches and traditional favorites as well as spicy Caribbean specialties including conch chowder (and the homemade chili is heaven!).  They also serve breakfast too, but not dinner.

inside having lunch at suncoast cafe at airport in venice florida

Obees Subs

With a couple of locations in town on “the island” and off, they are primarily open during lunch (so they aren’t open very late) and they really get quite busy during lunchtime.  They have some mouth-watering sandwiches that are made to order right in front of you. We recommend the “spicy bird” for a twist on the spicy Italian but with turkey instead of ham. 

Cafe Venice

Right downtown as well, this location has some nice outdoor seating for people-watching and a wonderful and elegant light lunch menu also. This restaurant also comes alive in the evenings when it turns more into a bar type of atmosphere too. 

Cafe Evergreen

Barely over the bridge from Venice in Nokomis is Cafe Evergreen. This is also a wonderful place to grab light bite for lunch including sandwiches, salads, and bowls. They also have smoothies, great coffees, and even organic draft kombucha! If you are looking for some fantastic healthy dishes in Venice, this is the place to go!

Abby’s on Miami

A great little place especially for dining outside and people watching, Abby’s is popular for both their seafood and American cuisine too. While they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, we prefer lunch because it’s nice to sit outside and have a relaxing long lunch here!

Mango Bistro (south in Englewood)

South of Venice in Englewood is another very popular restaurant for any time of the day, but it’s especially great for lunch. The Mango Bistro is located right on historic Dearborn street in downtown Englewood and has a vibrant, healthy, fresh, and fun California vibe to it. From paninis, to crepes, salads and smoothies, to specialty coffee and tea as well as hand-picked wines. This is a lovely restaurant with a great patio and they also have art and music as well – a really popular place to check out and highly recommended!

 


 

Best Place for Coffee, Sweets, Wine & Casual Socializing in Venice

Venice Wine & Coffee Company

We LOVE this place! Right downtown Venice, it’s on the corner of Venice Avenue and Nokomis Avenue but actually spans most of the block! One side is a store where you can buy some wonderful gifts of wine, coffee, chocolates, gourmet foods and more (we like to make gift baskets for people here!) and if you keep walking back, they have a dedicated wine area, coffee area…and then in the back is a whole cafe!

We love the cafe because inside they have a bar area where you can sit and socialize over a cup of coffee or wine, or even grab a snack. They also have tables outside where you can enjoy a lovely Venice day. Definitely try their “Momma’s Grilled Cheese” – they are famous for it!

liz drinking coffee at venice wine and coffee in downtown venice florida

Cafe Venice Restaurant and Bar

Even though we mentioned this above in the lunch section, it’s worth mentioning again here simply because it’s a wonderful place to chit-chat over a drink and relax outside with views of downtown during the day or on a warm Florida night!

Ciao Gelato

You can’t come to Venice and NOT have gelato, right!?!? While there are a few ice cream shops in and around downtown, Ciao Gelato is our absolute favorite! They have a variety of authentic gelatos to choose from, our pick is their key lime pie! It’s one of their specialty flavors, so they don’t have it everyday (which is sad). But they often have it as the flavor of the day and usually advertise it outside on the sidewalk sign. If you see it on the menu…definitely stop in!

Scoops

Just off “the island” on Tamiami trail south of town is Scoops Ice Cream. This eclectic place is our top pick if you want a fun ice cream shop experience with loads of crazy flavors, toppings, and other sweets. From floats, frozen key lime pie on a stick (dipped in chocolate), and so much more!  Your sweet tooth will be overwhelmed here, in a good way!

 


 

Best Place for Sunset Drinks in Venice

Pops Sunset Grill

The name says it all. This is an iconic place to have both dinner and some drinks overlooking the water and the sunset. It’s just across from Nokomis Beach outside of Venice, and they also have music entertainment nearly every night.

Pops is a lot bigger than it looks.  You can sit out in the garden area at one of their firepit tables, perfect on a chilly Florida winter evening, or you can sit over by the water and look out for dolphins and manatees. They also have a typical indoor dining area, also with large glass windows and waterviews, or you can also follow the signs and walk all the way back to their giant tiki bar! 

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Nokomis Sunset Hut

Another restaurant that’s pretty self-explanatory in the name! In fact, many say this is one of the very best places to catch a glimpse of the sun setting over the water of Donna Bay. And honestly…we have to agree!

kicking back with a drink waiting for sunset and listening to music at nokomos sunset hut in venice florida

Nokomos is located right next to highway 41 on the bay and they have some of the most beautiful unobstructed views directly out to the sunset over the water. I mean…the views are amazing! Plus, their “tiki hut” structure and vibe is the best. The food here is spectacular and there are so many fun drinks to choose from. Plus, they also have entertainment on most nights and you can sit out on the sand in some comfy chairs enjoying the tunes and awaiting the sunset. 

Evie’s at Spanish Point

If you don’t mind driving a few minutes north out of Venice toward Osprey, Evie’s at Spanish Point is a wonderful tiki bar set out on the water with amazing sunset views over the water! If you get out there earlier in the day you can even enjoy some of their games and activities they have before the sun goes down. 

What we like about Evie’s is that it’s actually one of the few places where we can go for food, drinks and entertainment with sunset views over the water that also allows dogs! Yes, there is a lovely grassy area here and pups are allowed (unlike most other venues around town).

Our pup is like family and she really enjoys coming out with us. So this is a big perk of Evie’s at Spanish Point. 

 


 

Best Waterfront Dining and Restaurants on the Water in Venice

Crows Nest

Located right in the heart of Venice between Venice Beach and the South Jetty is the Crows Nest. This is a marina, a tavern and a restaurant all in one and overlooks the bay as well as some pretty spectacular boats! You’ll enjoy fine dining in a lovely establishment that serves up fantastic cuisine, especially seafood! They are open for lunch as well, but dinner overlooking the water is a must-do in Venice!

chicken salad lunch with a view at crows nest restaurant in venice florida

Sharky’s

Located at the Venice Fishing Pier, Sharky’s is a famous establishment in the area and tops the list for most visitors, and even locals in the area. Serving lunch and dinner, as well as drinks at their walk-up bar, it’s right on the beach and looks out over the pier directly west into the sunset.

It’s a restaurant literally on the beach! In fact, it’s the ONLY restaurant and bar directly on the beach here in Venice. So you can come before or after your swim for a bite to eat, or grab a drink and enjoy some of the best in beach-front dining and waterfront views in town.

READ MORE: Best Beaches in Venice

Fin’s

Fin’s is actually owned by the same company that owns Sharky’s and shares the location — except Fin’s is up on the second floor above Sharky’s. Fin’s is more of a higher-end dining establishment that is well known for its happy hour specials too. Perched up a bit higher on the second floor, this might actually be the very best water and sunset views in all of Venice because you are high enough to look out over the pier and ocean directly toward the sunsets. 

Dockside Waterfront Grill

A personal favorite of ours is Dockside Waterfront Grill, located just off “the island” next to highway 41 along Robert’s Bay. We really enjoy their open-air atmosphere, either dining under their giant thatched roof or out overlooking their boats in the marina. They have music here regularly, and the food is absolutely fantastic! Josh has tried the fish and chips and many restaurants around town, and he insists Dockside is one of his favorites. 

And as of recently, we see now that dogs are allowed in their outdoor tiki area! Always a perk for us. Scroll down to reach more about dog-friendly restaurants in the area.

Casey Key Fish House

A popular establishment just north of Venice and Nokomis on Blackburn Road, this restaurant is literally in the middle of the bridge going to Casey Key! Right near the famous “swing bridge” (which rotates to allow boats to go through) this restaurant sits on some little islands that stick up in the middle of the bay. 

This is a great place day or evening to grab a bite to eat, a drink, and enjoy the seaside views. And of course, seafood is their specialty here! There’s plenty of boat parking here, and it’s in a great location for people heading up and down the bay. There’s also kayak launches here as well, as it’s a great place to put in and paddle around. 

There are actually 2 buildings here – one is the restaurant and the other is a “thatched-roof” tiki where you can hang out at the bar and enjoy drinks and entertainment. Another bonus for dog-lovers like us, dogs are allowed on the outside patio near where the boats park!

Watch the Video Below to See the Best Waterfront Restaurants in Venice 

 


 

Best Seafood Restaurants in Venice

Left Coast Seafood

Started in 2002 by two Venice high graduates, this is a popular restaurant that offers quality seafood at great prices. They pride themselves on being closely connected with the community and work with local suppliers and fisherman. This is a really popular seafood spot in town for locals and we’ve even heard a number of seasonal residents rave about it!

Tarpon Point Grill & Marina (formerly Myakka River Oyster Bar)

A charming restaurant that feels more like old Florida, the Tarpon Point Grill & Marina (formerly the Myakka River Oyster Bar) is located southeast of Venice on highway 41 as if you are going toward North Port. Driving towards North Port you will see the restaurant along the right side of the road sitting along the banks of the Myakka River (just before you cross the bridge). This is a wonderful place to visit if you love seafood and enjoy open-air dining on the river, and you can even drive your boat up and park it for lunch or dinner! They also have regular entertainment as well. 

Captain Eddie’s

Just over the bridge from Venice in Nokomis near the Nokomos Sunset Hut is Captain Eddie’s Seafood Restaurant. This is a casual restaurant with fresh daily seafood specialties, and they also work with local fisherman and suppliers in the area. You can dine inside or go outside for a drink at the tiki hut bar!

Lock n Key (south of Venice in Englewood)

If you are up for a drive, then head south to the Englewood Beach area for Lock n Key. This is a top-rated seafood restaurant and pub that’s also known for their steaks and prime rib as well. The restaurant is located right across the street from Englewood Beach, and if you are dining outside on their patio you can see and hear the ocean just across the road. It’s an especially vibrant atmosphere in the evenings too!

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Best Pizza in Venice

Oh this is a hotly debated subject here in Venice! There are a lot of preferences and different styles of pizza to consider. We can’t really name them all (there are really so many pizza restaurants around here) so below we’ve highlighted some of the top recommended places and a few of our personal favorites!

Vinnie’s (inside the Soda Fountain) 

Right downtown on Venice Avenue is the old Soda Shop. While you can get classic diner food here on the Soda Fountain menu, it’s also home to Vinnie’s – which is supposedly the smallest pizza shop!  Stop in here for a giant slice of pizza to go (it is enormous), or you can even sit outside and enjoy it on their patio too.

This is classic thin New York Style pizza. One of our favorite things to do is grab a whole pizza to go and drive down to the Jetty to have a picnic while sitting out the back of the car and admiring the views of the ocean. A fun and cheap night out!

vinnies pizza and soda shop in downtown venice florida best pizza in venice with largest slices

Made in Italy

This place is “OMG” so good for all their Italian food on the menu. But they also have a wonderful pizza menu with authentically Italian pizzas cooked in a wood-burning oven. We LOVE this place! It has such a charming and friendly atmosphere and the food is incredible, including the pizza. If you want to feel like you are eating real authentic Italian pizza, this is the place.

Luna

This is truly a famous establishment near downtown Venice in a beautiful building with a gorgeous outdoor patio and lighting in the evening, Luna is famous for their Italian food and particularly their pizza. The restaurant is also famous for their no-nonsense attitudes (fair warning, the owners and staff are known to be a bit brash and that can turn people off) and they also ONLY accept cash!

Everyone says the food is worth it, but don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Pizza Boss

Pizza Boss is fairly new to the area, but we are big fans! Beyond traditional pizzas, they have a massive selection of specialty pizzas – including a Hawaiian Volcano pizza. This is actually our favorite, with ham and bacon as well as pineapple and jalapenos! It’s spicy and sweet, and oh so yummy! They also have some really great lunch specials for pizza by the slice.

Joey D’s

This is more of a chain restaurant in the area that is known for their Chicago-style pizza. If you love Chicago-style, then I’m sure you will love the pizza here. They also have some fantastic calzones too.

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Best Italian Food in Venice

Tratorria de Mino

Our absolute favorite authentic Italian restaurant in downtown Venice! Having visited Italy multiple times, the moment we tasted that tomato sauce we knew it was legit because it tasted exactly like the tomato sauce in Italy (which is different…I swear!). The waiters were from Italy too, and we enjoyed chatting with them about where they were from and how they like living here.

You really can’t go wrong with the menu here, but our favorite was their chicken parmesan! Dining al fresco under the stars in the evening is a great way to feel like you are in Italy. They also have some really great lunch specials each day too.

amazing pasta at tratorria da mino in venice florda favorite italian restaurant

Made in Italy

As mentioned above, Made in Italy has some AMAZING food here and is also located in downtown Venice. If we didn’t have such a close attachment to Tratorria, then I’d probably say this is my favorite Italian restaurant in Venice. Josh and I popped in there totally last minute one day, and were absolutely blown away by the food.

The pasta here is handmade, and you can taste it! They say they use the “freshest ingredients” and yeah, it tasted pretty amazing. Josh had a special with rigatoni and sausage and I had just a classic chicken fettuccini alfredo. It was honestly one of the BEST chicken fettuccini alfredo I have ever had. And I’ve had a lot…and I’m seriously not joking, Just writing this…I might have to change my dinner plans!

Ristorante San Marco

A friend of mine was visiting town and she was looking for homemade pasta. So we were walking downtown in Venice and popped into Ristorante San Marco and — WOW! I know, I know, another great Italian restaurant, but it’s true. It was so good! The pasta tasted truly handmade and incredible. My friend had a special with liguini and shrimp and a whole bunch of other good stuff. While I had the ricotta and spinach stuffed giant ravioli with a creamy pesto sauce. It was out of this world so good!

Lucarelli’s

Many locals also recommend Lucarelli’s for their pizza as well as their pasta, although we haven’t made it there yet. A number of people have claimed that their “red sauce is life” – so we’re guessing it must be pretty authentic too! Also, Lucarelli’s is known for their meatballs and giant portions as well. So be ready for some leftovers!

LaBotte

This is a newer restaurant in town that we have really been meaning to check out because the reviews are out of this world. It’s a quaint Italian restaurant that is family-owned and operated with a chef directly from Rome, Italy. This is a small restaurant with limited seating, and it’s all the buzz so reservations are definitely recommended. Also, keep in mind they are only open for dinner. 

There are really no shortage of fantastic Italian restaurants here in Venice. Just strolling through downtown you’ll find many other fine Italian establishments to try!

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Best Fun & Family Restaurants in Venice

Snook Haven

Snook Haven was a total surprise for us…and we loved it so much that we’ve gone back multiple times. It’s easily our pick for one of the most fun restaurants in the area for both families and kids of all ages! Located directly east from downtown Venice (a few miles actually) on the shores of the Myakka River, you really feel like you’ve been transported to a place, even though you are just a few minutes from town.

Under the towering trees strung with lights along the river, the restaurant has both a table-dining section or you can do their quick walk-up window and enjoy open-seating outside by the stage.  BBQ is what’s on the menu here, and you can smell it in the parking lot. They also have all sorts of craft beer on tap, as well as a stage where they have music playing daily. If you want, you can also rent kayaks to go out on the river or take a boat cruise too! Snook Haven is a wonderful place to spend an entire afternoon or evening under the stars and twinkling lights.

Pelican Alley

On your way toward Nokomis Beach (right next to the bridge) you’ll find Pelican Alley. This is a historic restaurant that’s family-owned and family and kid-friendly. Located on the waterway, they are famous for their glass floor in the dining room where you can actually snook and other fish in the inter-coastal waterway below. They are known for their seafood chowder and key lime pie, but there are other items on the menu for non-seafood eaters, including burgers, chicken and steaks. They even have music on certain nights of the week. 

 


 

Best “Date Night” Romantic Restaurants in Venice (and Nearby)

Fins

As mentioned in our “waterfront” section above, Fin’s restaurant located above Sharky’s overlooking the ocean and the Venice Fishing Pier is known as a wonderful “date night” location because of the food and the views. They are known to have a terrific seafood menu and you just can’t go wrong with those amazing sunsets. While Fins is known for its excellent seafood dishes, it also features a number of non-seafood dishes as well as plenty of vegetarian options on their menu too. 

Fins offers an upscale dining experience. The service and ambiance are wonderful, allowing you to enjoy the culinary experience completely.

Farlows on the Water (Englewood)

This is hands-down my favorite special event / birthday / date-night restaurant in the area!  Farlow’s is actually south of Venice in Englewood and located along the water. They are known for their incredible food with a Caribbean twist, the beautiful outdoor atmosphere on the water, as well as live music.

The husband and wife owners bring a fun mix to the cuisine, as he grew up in the US Virgin Islands and brings a lot of Caribbean flair and tastes to the menu, while she brings a bit of good ol’ southern cooking!  This is a top-notch establishment that’s highly rated for a date-night out, as well as any special evening or occasion. The tropical ambiance is exactly what you look for in a local waterfront seafood restaurant!

Chaz 51 Steakhouse

For those in the mood for some good steak, Chaz 51 Steakhouse serves up mouthwatering steaks as well as beef short ribs. The service and ambiance will make you feel like you’re in a major metropolitan city with this fine dining experience. You’ll be offered an impressive wine list to pair with your entree, and you can also order something from their expansive list of martinis. The restaurant is very classy, and the food presentation is beautiful. You won’t want to miss this excellent steakhouse on your next visit to Venice Florida.

Crows Nest

Even though we already mentioned it, it’s worth mentioning again. Given its location on the water and upscale atmosphere, the Crows Nest is an extremely popular restaurant for a romantic evening out. While the downstairs tavern is more casual, the upstairs restaurant is much more of a sophisticated environment, especially in the evening. They have an expansive wine list and the food is fantastic. Whether it’s your first or fifth visit to The Crows Nest, you’ll never tire of the quality service, food, and sunset views over the water. 

The Living Room – Something So Unique!

If you are interested in a truly unique and romantic night out, make a visit to The Living Room restaurant for some comfort food and dessert. This restaurant prides itself on their recipes handed down from family and friends, especially during holidays and special events to give you a feeling of nostalgia and comfort. It’s an intimate restaurant with a social atmosphere that couples are sure to enjoy. If you’re looking for a restaurant that serves classy comfort food and desserts to die for, stop by The Living Room.

 


 

Best Places for a Burger & Wings in Venice

Brewburgers

If you’re craving a delicious burger, stop by Brewburgers! They tout themselves as having “best burger in Venice” and their menu is almost overwhelming with all the options for burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs and so much more.  They have a ton of unique baskets and starters and are also known for their award-winning chili. 

Off the Wagon Brewery and Kitchen

Personally speaking, this is my favorite place for burgers! They have an expansive menu in general with all kinds of tasty stuff, but they have this “build your own” burger section with some unique options…including a beer cheese that is out of this world! This is one of those places where the outside looks nothing like the inside. It’s unassuming inside a typical shopping center, but inside it’s quite a surprise.

It’s also a brewery, so they make a number of tasty brews onsite and they have regular entertainment too as well as pool tables and other bar games. During the evening it comes alive with a great atmosphere if you are looking for burgers, music and a little fun.

Bogey’s 

Now this is our favorite place in town for wings! Josh was really looking for a “wing place” and we definitely found it with Bogey’s. Located just off the island over the bridge on Venice Avenue, Bogey’s is a great sports bar type of venue with a ton of TVs — even personal TVs in some of the booths! The menu includes your typical sports bar type food of burgers and sandwiches and wraps…but the wings are where it’s at! Try the house Bogey’s sauce – it’s our favorite!

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Best International Food in Venice (besides Italian)

Even though Venice is a small town, you can still find a variety of ethnic and international foods here. While you won’t find as much as you would in larger cities, hopefully, you can find something to suit your craving!

Mexican & Peruvian Cuisine

  • Mi Pueblo – this is a fantastic and super friendly restaurant with beautiful art and atmosphere on the inside. It really transports you to somewhere, like Puerto Vallarta! They also have a small outdoor area to sit which comes alive at night with gorgeous lights in the plaza. It’s really quite beautiful outside on a nice Florida evening. The food is quite typical, and it’s affordable and fast.
  • Chicano’s – family-friendly and family-run Mexican restaurant here in town on the highway 41 bypass. It’s a small restaurant, but highly rated in the area for their authentic homemade dishes.
  • El Chipotle (Mexican and Peruvian) – this is actually both a Latin market and restaurant with some really tasty dishes.
  • Irmas Tacos and Tequila Bar – this is a new restaurant located out in the West Villages / Wellen Park area (between Venice and North Port). It’s a modern restaurant that right after it opened was already winning local awards and all the buzz…it’s that good! Everything is fresh and handmade, even the tortillas. There are so many tacos to choose from, but the good thing is that it’s al carte so you can pick and choose however many you want! Oh, and there’s a lot of tequila to try too.

Cuban Food

  • Belkis Cuban Deli – this place is a complete hidden gem! Seriously…it’s basically hidden inside a gas station (between the Venice hospital and the Goodwill on the island) with only a tiny sign that’s sometimes placed outside by the street. But no joke…the food here is legit! Go inside the gas station and to the right-back area and you won’t be disappointed!

Mediterranean / Greek / Turkish

  • Bodrum – located inside the Burgundy Square breezeway in downtown Venice (Miami Avenue) this is a highly rated and fantastic restaurant serving up traditional Mediterranean dishes. The Saganaki hot appetizer (basically Greek cheese that’s pan fried) is absolutely sinful!!! They also have some great lunch specials including gyros and so much more. Everything on this menu is a must-try!

Asian Cuisine:

  • Baiyoke Thai and Sushi – this is one of our favorite Thai and sushi restaurants in town. You can find both a Japanese and Thai menu with all of your favorites. And Josh is a major fan of their sushi…he craves it!
  • Thai Bistro – Located on Venice Avenue just off the island, this is a lovely restaurant that makes us feel as though we are back in Thailand (we actually lived in Thailand for quite some time). They have all your favorite dishes but beware…they don’t hold back on spicy chilis here if you request it to be spicy. Very authentic!
  • Star Thai – Another very popular and highly recommended Thai restaurant in town serving all your favorites.
  • Tikka Indian Cuisine – Frequently recommended by everyone around town, this is a fantastic Indian restaurant with some awesome food, a wonderful atmosphere and great service. As you can expect, they also have an amazing assortment of vegetarian options and are SOOOO Good!
  • Kendo Japanese & Hibachi – another popular restaurant that’s fairly new is Kendo. This is the perfect place to go if you are craving fantastic Japanese food as well as authentic Hibachi! You can sit at the Hibachi tables with your friends and have a fun and entertaining dinner, or you can sit in the dining room and order a Hibachi dish too. They also have a great sushi bar that you can sit at, or just order sushi to your table too. And if you are having an event, they have some nice private dining areas as well.

 French

  • Cote France French Bistro – another restaurant that’s right downtown across from Centennial Park, this is a charming bistro cafe really does a great job and making you feel like you are in France…even just for a moment. They have indoor and outdoor seating serving up some amazingly authentic French dishes that are of the highest quality. I’ve heard about people driving here from other parts of Florida just because of how much they love this French restaurant! Oh, they also have some really great specials and packages for special events – a wonderfully romantic place too!

 


 

Best Pet-Friendly Restaurants in Venice

If addition to a few of the restaurants already mentioned above (such as Casey Key Fish House, Evies Spanish Point Tiki Bar, and Dockside Grill), below are some other really great places where we enjoy being able to take our dog when we want to go out to eat. Read on about each restaurant or watch the video below on YouTube for dog-friendly restaurants!

 

Daquiri Deck

If you’re in the mood for some fun (and perhaps a boozy beverage), visit the Daiquiri Deck. They offer a wide range of delicious food and drinks – from burgers, to salads, wraps and more. We love their outdoor “doggy patio” that’s perfect to bring your pup. 

The Old Salty Dog

The Old Salty Dog was a restaurant that really surprised us here in Venice, because it’s so easy to miss it when you drive by! Located just on “The Island” near the Circus Bridge and airport, the Salty Dog is located in the parking lot of the Marina there off the highway.  They have a “doggy dining patio” out in the back, and it’s actually really spacious with wonderful views of the boats and the marina! We’ve eaten there a few times and always loved our meals, and they even allow us to buy a little something for the dog too. 

Jetty Jacks

Located at the South Jetty here in Venice, Jetty Jacks is a wonderful casual snack bar for those hanging out at the Jetty (including the fisherman). We enjoy it because there’s plenty of seating and gorgeous views! Most days of the week they serve breakfast sandwiches, typical burgers and hot dogs, as well as sweet treats such as fresh and hot mini donuts (oh these are dangerous!), ice cream and floats.

It’s great to bring the dog out here to walk around and sit and enjoy the views. We often see dolphins out here and love to relax and chat with people while waiting for the sun to set.

READ MORE: We Found the Best Dog Beach in Venice!

Sand Bar Tiki (south in Englewood)

If you like tiki bars, be sure to check out Sand Bar in Englewood Florida. This is a classic and very popular tiki bar right in the heart of the Englewood Beach area. They have an extensive menu with great food (the turkey burger and southern burger are out of this world…oh and those fries!). There’s a lot of seating here and many areas where dogs are allowed. We especially love the Sand Bar Tiki because it’s one of the liveliest places to hear music regularly – especially on the weekends where people will dance the night away in the sand.

(However, we don’t recommend bringing the dog during the loud music nights)

 


 

Best Restaurant for Dinner and Music in Venice

We feel lucky to have so many great venues around town for dinner and lively musical entertainment. There are so many places that we can’t list them all here. But we’ll do our best to highlight some of our favorites that you may enjoy as well. In fact, if you’ve been thoroughly reading this post you’ll notice that many of the places we’ve already listed have live music. But below are a few more that we haven’t mentioned yet:

TJ Carney’s Irish Pub

If you’re looking for a family-friendly restaurant right in downtown Venice, try TJ Carney’s Irish pub. This restaurant has a classic Irish Pub feel to it, with the dark wood on the inside and large bar area. They also seating available inside and outside on the sidewalk as well.  They have a large menu that includes many Irish staples, such as shepherds pie as well as other popular items such as burgers and wraps. TJ Carney’s is also has a lively atmosphere with regular entertainment throughout the week.

Other restaurants around town that have regular music entertainment include (many of these were already described above):

  • Dockside Grille
  • Daiquiri Deck
  • Off the Wagon
  • Nokomos Sunset Hut
  • Pop’s Sunset Grill
  • Sand Bar Tiki (south in Englewood — one of our favorite places to go dancing on the sand under the stars after dinner!)

Do You Have a Favorite Restaurant? TELL Us About It!

Phew, that is one pretty big list! However, we know there are so many other restaurants in Venice – every day we stumble across or hear about a new one we need to try. So if you have a restaurant that you highly recommend – TELL US about it!

We’d love to try it out for ourselves and include it here on the list for others to find out about.

 


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