ULTIMATE VENICE ISLAND GUIDE

ULTIMATE VENICE ISLAND GUIDE

So, yes, it's true, we were voted #2 Happiest Seaside Town in America...but if you ask the locals, we definately think we're #1 and for good reason, Venice Florida has everything you could ever want and more! The word Paradise doesn't quite do it justice, but it's as close as our language can get.  If you're planning on visiting, make sure you book a little extra time because once you're here, you won't want to leave. Thanks to our friends at Ticket Sarasota we have a guide to the best places around town.  It's broken down into the best Bars and Restaurants, Beaches and Attractions.  Easy to navigate, explore the list and create one of your own.  

 FOOD & DRINK

 

3 Sisters Tea 225 Miami Ave. 3sisterstea.webs.com
Treat yourself to tea and morning pastries in this cozy room.

 

 

Althea’s 220 Miami Ave. W.
American/continental classics served for breakfast, lunch and dinner with plenty of dishes under 10 bucks.

 

Back Eddy Bistro 239 Miami Ave. backeddybistro.com
This fun and intimate dining experience, beloved by local creative folk, features food from renowned chef Ed Glennon, whose philosophy is "start with fresh and delicious".  The walls are decorated with works by local artists and greatful dead memorabilia.

 

Backstretch Sweets 276 Miami Ave. W.
Homemade chocolates and other delightful confections can be found at this tucked away sweets shop.

 

Bella Luna Café  200 Miami Ave. W.
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Espresso, coffee, real fruit smoothies, fresh baked goods plus breakfast and lunch are all served here.

 

 

Blu’ Island Bistro 625 S. Tamiami Trail
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Bistro excels at breakfast, lunch and, on Friday and Saturday nights, dinner dishes such as grouper, stuffed shrimp and blackened wild boar with a citrus-barbeque sauce.

 

Bogey’s of Venice  652 E. Venice Ave.
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Bogey’s serves great wings, burgers and other sports pub standards plus has a fun cocktail menu.

 

Brew House Sports Grill
231 W. Venice Ave.
Formerly TJ Carney’s, Brew House is where you can watch the game, enjoy live music or dance to the DJ’s sounds while enjoying a beverage or three in between bites.

 

Burgundy Square Cafe 227 W. Venice Ave.
Great for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Seven days a week with standouts like their lobster rolls and some of Venice's most beloved burgers.  

 

 

Café Panini 339 W. Venice Ave.
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Pizzeria and restaurant makes its mozzarella on site daily, as well as its focaccia bread, with every entrée, pizza, and panini made to order.

 

 

Cassariano’s Italian Eatery  305 W. Venice Ave.
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Contemporary Italian cuisine served in a casual, relaxed atmosphere, with a menu melding bistro dishes and fine cuisine.

 

 

Ciao Gelato  317 W. Venice Ave.
Because nothing completes a day of the beach and/or Italian dining like some caramel sea salt gelato or, for that matter, any of Ciao’s many other fabulous flavors.

 

Croissant & Company  323 W. Venice Ave.
French bakery and café offers killer croissants and much more that will appeal to pastry buffs.

 

 

Crow’s Nest  1968 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice
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Overlooking its marina located just inside the Venice Inlet, this South County landmark is the ideal spot to enjoy tropical drinks and seafood while taking in the amazing waterfront vistas.

 

Daiquiri Deck  300 W. Venice Ave.
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Like its sister locations on Siesta Key and St. Armands Circle, Daiquiri Deck’s is best known for its booze-filled slushies served until 2 a.m. daily — plus full menu and raw bar.

 

 

Europe Wine Bistro  317 W. Venice Ave.

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Diverse small plates are served with specialty sandwiches at lunch and eclectic entrees for dinner.

Flynn’s on Venice Ave.  133 W. Venice Ave.
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Touts its use of fresh, local ingredients to create traditional and new American fare such as steaks, seafood and chicken.

 

Gold Rush BBQ  661 Tamiami Trail South, Venice
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Mining-themed restaurant serves up a striking selection of season rubbed and hickory smoked barbecue in an amusing setting.

 

Island Organics 231 W. Miami Ave.
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Smoothies and juice bar promises the purest ingredients and that everything is prepared fresh daily.

 

 

Italiano’s  1055 U.S. 41 Bypass S. Venice
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Parlor serves Il Panificio pizza and breads, appetizers, salads and pasta dishes.

 

Kilwin’s  207 W. Venice Ave.
Chain shop is purveyor of chocolates, confections, truffles, cremes, candy, caramels and fudge.

 

 

La Dolce Vita  217 Miami Ave. W.
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Wine bar that knows how to have a good time also serves plenty of beers, sandwiches and hosts live entertainment.

 

 

Le Petit Jardin  1500 E. Venice Ave.
French café offers casual dining experience with old-world charm and intimacy.

 

 

Luna Ristorante  200 St. Augustine Ave.
In a city smitten by all things Italian, especially cuisine, Luna stands out with its terrific thin-crust pizzas and large, flavorful pasta dishes, all at reasonable prices.

 

 

Made In Italy  117 W. Venice Ave.
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Another recommended destination for thin-crust pizza, Made in Italy’s adjacent Aperitivo Bar is also a first-rate spot for martinis, craft cocktails and a memorable Bloody Mary given an Italian twist.

 

Marker 4 Restaurant  509 N. Tamiami Trail
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One of only a relative few waterfront restaurants on Venice Island, Marker 4 reemerged better than ever last year following an 18-month hiatus.

 

 

Old Salty Dog  1485 S. Tamiami Trail
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An offshoot of landmarks of the same name on Siesta Key and City Island, Old Salty Dog has been doing brisk sales of libations, its famed deep-fried hot dogs and other pub grub since opening along the Intracoastal Waterway by the Circus Bridge in April.

Old Venice Pub  100 W. Venice Ave.
Beer bar with all the TV packages plus pizza and barbecue occasionally offered during big games.

 

 

Ristorante San Marco  305 W. Venice Ave.
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Serving dishes inspired by the southern region of Italy, San Marco is where you will find meats, chicken, fish, vegetables and spices of the current season accompanied by breads and pastas made on site daily.

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Saltwater Cafe  1071 Tamiami Trail N.
Seafood and steak restaurant with enticing drink and eats deals during happy hour.

 

 

Scamotz Tomato Pies  113 Tampa Ave. W.
Hole-in-the-wall pizza joint advertises only the finest and freshest products available, with pies featuring quality cheeses.

 

Sharky’s on the Pier and Fins  1600 S. Harbor Drive
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The most famous dining and drinking destination in South County, Sharky’s has a tiki bar and dining area at the entrance of the Venice Fishing Pier with a fancier menu and setting upstairs at Fins.

 

 

 

The Soda Fountain 349 W. Venice Ave.
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An adorable recreation of the soda fountains that flourished in drugstores from the 1920s to ‘60s, this one offers a winning selection of sodas, ice creams, sandwiches, beers and pizza by Vinnie’s Pizzeria.

 

Thai Bistro  537 E. Venice Ave.
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Seafood and duck in various sauces, yum salads and coconut and tom yum soups as well as popular noodles plates such as pad thai and tofu are some of the many reasons patrons keep returning.

 

 

Tap & Cork  101 W. Venice Ave.
Even the snobbiest beer geeks will be impressed by the craft selections while everybody can enjoy the cozy, jovial atmosphere.

 

 

 

Trattoria Da Mino  335 W. Venice Ave.
Pizza, pasta and more traditional Italian-American cuisine served inside or alfresco.

Upper Crust Cafe & Bakery  213 W. Venice Ave.
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For the past 15 years this café and bakery has been satisfying customers with homemade baked goods ranging from classic pastries to its famous scones with Devonshire cream, plus a full breakfast and lunch menu.

 

Venice Avenue Creamery  249 W. Venice Ave.
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Homemade ice creams and frozen yogurts are just a couple of the many tantalizing treats that also include homemade caramel corn, cheese corn and hand-dipped frozen bananas.

 

 

 

Venice Wine & Coffee Co.  201 W. Venice Ave.
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Wine and coffee bar also serves sandwiches, soups and salads and don’t forget you can always cool down with the iced coffee.

 

 

BEACHES

Caspersen Beach 4100 Harbor Drive
The regions top spot for finding prehistoric sharks’ teeth, but it's not just beach combing here.  There are also nature trails through freshwater and saltwater marshes, mangrove areas, and tidal flats.

 

Maxine Barritt Park 1800 Harbor Drive South

Located between Paw Park on one side and Sharky’s and the Venice Fishing Pier on the other, the large picnic pavilion offers one of the best gulf views in the area and can be rented out for parties and events.

 

Paw Park and South Brohard Beach 1600 S. Harbor Drive
A dream come true for your furry friends.  Paw Park is the only beach in the county where canines are allowed.

Venice Fishing Pier 1600 S. Harbor Drive
Connected to Sharky’s, the pier offers Papa’s bait shop with live and frozen bait, coffee, treats, T-shirts and souvenirs.


ATTRACTIONS

Cabaret of Magic 207 W. Miami Ave.
Theater hosts awe-inspiring live performing artists and variety shows plus is home to a magic and souvenir shop.

Centennial Park 200 W. Venice Ave.
In the center of downtown, the park features an interactive splash fountain, picnic tables, benches, restrooms, memorial to veterans and an information kiosk in an area occasionally used for special events.


 

 

Hecksher Park 450 W. Venice Ave.
Across from City Hall this is a popular spot, featuring free pickup tennis games every morning and you can also get into a basketball game most nights on the outdoor courts.


Lake Venice Golf Club 1801 Harbor Dr S.
Open to the public, you can play a round of golf while taking in the scenic views of the gulf.

 

 

Venice Gallery & Studio of Clyde Butcher 237 Warfield Ave.
Another cool thing about Venice... Internationally-known landscape photographer and environmental activist Clyde Butcher lives and displays his work here.


 

Venice Symphony 1 Indian Ave.

The Venice Symphony opened its 2014-15 season in the impressive new Venice Performing Arts Center, which features a 2,000-square-foot stage and seats 1,062 on two levels.

Venice Theatre 140 W. Tampa Ave.
One of the largest community theaters in the country, Venice Theatre stays busy year-round with everything from Broadway musicals to classic dramas to a sizzling summer cabaret series.


Calendar

June 20-21: Miami Ave Craft Festival
July 17-18: Christmas in July
Sept. 5-6: Miami Ave Craft Festival
Sept. 18-19: Sidewalk Sale
Oct. 30: Halloween Parade
Nov. 7-8: Venice Main Street Art Festival
Nov. 21: Blues Festival
Nov. 28: Holiday Parade
Dec. 3: Christmas Walk

Contact Information

Flerlage Real Estate Group
RE/MAX Alliance Group
1314 B East Venice Ave
Venice FL 34285
941-882-2229
Fax: 941-244-5354