Cafe Venezia

4.7
447 reviews
$30 and under
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 2015, the family was able to make that dream a reality and opened Cafe Venezia in the heart of Northern NJ.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
What 447 People Are Saying
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vipGeneM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and attention to detail was excellent ....food was very well prepared and was delicious

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WilliamZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly outstanding restaurant compared to others in the area. The Chef's sauces make any dinner so unique and flavorful. Will return there often and probably exclusively because a better meal would be hard to find elsewhere!

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JoeHig
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Café Venezia has been our "go to" restaurant for years. Everything on the menu is wonderful and, if you want something that's not on the menu, they will try to accommodate you. The owner, Lea, and his brothers, Eddie and Bruno, are friendly and cheerful hosts who go out of their way to satisfy their customers. The restaurant was quite busy for our recent Thursday evening visit, but Bruno graciously took the time to take a photo of our party of seven, and chat with us a bit about his day job. He also served us a complimentary appetizer, Calamari Venezia, which is one of my personal favorites.

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vipOutstanding
Atlantic City
55 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cafe Venezia never disappoints. Great food with a amazing selection at affordable prices and wonderful service.

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vipKevinH
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time here won’t be the last. Food was excellent appetizers were great, hot peppers stuffed with sausage and the veal was fantastic asked for something not on the menu and it was cooked perfectly. Looking around the room at other dinners they all looked very good

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance were all first frate.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food and nice evening for my husband and I to spend our anniversary dinner. We will certainly return.

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BethS
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had never been to Cafe Venezia before. Thought the food was great. Nicely casual atmosphere. Will definitely return.

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Dinnerperfect
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you want authentic Italian food, this is the right place. Everything from appetizers to main course were well prepared and tasted great.

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Goodeatsisall
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. Staff was very attentive. Restaurant was pretty full. Im sensitive to salt, so I just asked for them not to add any to my meal, and it came out as requested. We would go back.

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vipMikeylikesit
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This time, I brought two friends with me who were first timers to Cafe Venezia and they're enamored with this restaurant. I had the veal funghi for my entree and the veal was prepared to perfection. This restaurant is byob. Sound levels after 7 PM can be energetic. Come early if you want a quiet dinner for two.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our 2nd time. Food and service excellent! Highly recommend

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vipMikeB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our “go to” place.
Food and service always exceptional.
Very flexible with menu for food sensitivities or picky eaters.
Never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went there for our Son’s birthday. Service and food was great! Hat our own private space Owner and server were attentive. Good came out hit and fresh. Portions were very generous snd most importantly all pasta cooked PERFECTLY! Highly recommend and we will be back. 👍👍👍

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Impecable service. Highly recommend.

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BERNADETTEH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bruno and his staff are amazing. They work hard to give you the best experience while dining at the restaurant. The food is absolutely wonderful every time we visit.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and outstanding service! Will definitely be going back

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TimM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Got together with some family members...out first post-Covid outing together. A memorable evening. The food was amazing. I had the veal piccata and it was perfect. (“Best in the city” as they say) Everyone else raved about their dish as well. The service was very good. Our server, Amy, was great and introduced me to a new way to open a bottle of wine. Desserts delicious. Price wise, very reasonable and a great value. I highly recommend Cafe Venezia.

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BERNADETTEH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints!

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viptennisdiner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great evening with friends over a delicious meal. The layers of tastes in each of the dishes was very good! Worth the drive to meet our friends half way!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner! Great Service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The food was excellent. Thank goodness it was because the service was less than desirable. A server wasn’t assigned to our table so whoever happened to walk by and actually stop is who served us. We didn’t byob (which can sometimes extend a dinner experience) and we were there for almost 2 hours, that’s how long the food took and how slow the service was. Our beverage order got forgotten twice, only to be remembered finally by the front hostess (who was the most attentive in the restaurant). No one offered a dessert menu and despite flagging someone down for a check, we never received it and had to go to the front of the restaurant to seek it out. You might guess they were short staffed but the owners were floating around all over talking to customers. We won’t be going back since the service was so poor and I wouldn’t recommend it to others.

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RobertA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Had the Pappardelle with Lamb Ragu and fresh Ricotta cheese. Also had some long hot peppers with potatoes, onions and mushrooms (all sliced thin) that was both different and delicious. Staff super friendly too.

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vipcarriew
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Restaurant was crowded and we had a reservation. I changed the number of people on our reservation 2 days prior but unfortunately the restaurant did not receive the update. Regardless, they were very accommodating. My only issue was that service was extremely slow. I think our server was partially responsible, especially with dessert, because after 20 minutes of waiting we asked for it again and she came out with it. Our dinner and appetizers were also slow to come out but they were very busy with restaurant AND takeout which was not a pre-Covid issue. I am noticing with many restaurants that the takeout is very robust and definitely impacts wait times if dining in the restaurant. Food was delicious!!!

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vipDavidE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always!

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NashvilleNJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our go to places. The service is always warm & friendly, and the food is delish.

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ChristineC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The owners were genuinely happy to welcome us back to indoor dining. Food and service were the good. Never missed a beat!

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JanD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Bruno made us feel very welcome, great host we had a memorable Italian meal,

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JoeHig
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cafe Venezia is one of our favorite restaurants. After getting our Covid vaccines, we decided to try indoor dining for the first time in over a year. It was great to be back, and we were welcomed like old friends. Due to the pandemic, there were only a few other occupied tables, and so it was quieter than in the past. We missed Leo, the owner, who makes everyone feel special and we look forward to seeing him again on later visits.

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vipMikeB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food is fantastic and the service is great as well. I forgot to bring my wine from home and the host offered to run to the store up the street and pick up a bottle for our table. Top notch ! Best Italian food outside of Italy .

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vipJeffG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing hospitality!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Will definitely be returning.

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vipLori
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, friendly service! Well spaced tables.

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Paulo
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. I started with the homemade burrata, which was very fresh and tasty. The veal parm was excellent and served on the bone. The sauce is so rich and thick that it really complimented the buttery breading of the veal. A+. I got dessert, which i never do because of how good everything else was. The souffle was delightful. It was more of a lava cake than a traditional chocolate souffle but it still tasted great. Small touches that i liked was that they had separators between the tables so you felt COVID safe and they have a parking lot so parking is simple. Its a BYOB so cost is reasonable too.

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vipLuv2eat
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was superb! Starters artichoke with tomatoes, followed by chicken parmigiana, delicious Orca fish special followed by tartufo, affogato and cappuccino.. Service and atmosphere good for date night, family celebration, or just a night out.

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vipToptomato1
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wonderful service and the owners are the nicest! They have the tables separated with attractive screens and they have installed air filtration systems.
Make reservations now you will not be sorry!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this spot for special occasions, a family dinner or dinner with friends. The food is incredible, the family run business provides attention to detail, a sense of humor and familiarity. Hosted my daughters sweet 16 there which was tasteful and attended casual dinners with family quite often. Love that it’s a BYOB!

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Tierns10
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. The food was awesome and the staff is always personable and makes us feel very welcome. Will definitely be heading back!!!!

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vipJosephV
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our gontomrestaurant for ecellent food and service

FAQs

Cafe Venezia offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 356-3500.

Cafe Venezia is rated 4.7 stars by 447 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.