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Business Description
Venus features the best of our local foodshed, from local farms, waters and ranches, served in warm and lovely style in the heart of Downtown Berkeley. A favorite dinner spot for theater goers, Venus devotes itself to local and organic purveyors, creating delicious Northern California style dishes. The wine list focuses on bio-dynamic, and sustainably farmed grapes, and a "New World" style of wine-making, where the fruit expresses itself. An open kitchen and banquette seating create a cozy vibe. Chef Amy Murray is a 15 year veteran of the organic, farm-to-table movement. Menus are created each month to highlight the best of the season and evoke good appetites. Venus also serves a unique brunch and lunch, and offers uncommonly good beer, wine and light cocktails. We are happy to do small parties and buy outs, and tasty lunch catering.

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Extra Phones

Phone: (510) 540-5878

Fax Number: (510) 540-5878

Payment method
visa, all major credit cards, master card
Price Range
Downtown Berkeley


American Restaurants, Bars, Night Clubs, Coffee Shops, Coffee & Espresso Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Caterers, Continental Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, American, Coffee House, Cafeterias, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Continental

Wi-Fi: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Parking: Street

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

Pets Allowed: No


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Terrible Service

Three of us go for dinner and have a reservation. My daughter and son-in-law both ordered the butternut squash soup and she ordered a gnocchi appetizer and a latte. I ordered a fettucini dish. Both soups arrive and they are luke warm. They're taken back and reheated. My pasta dish arrives with my daughter's appetizer. The latte never comes until I ask for it during the middle of the meal. Our waitress seems to be ignoring us and another waitress takes our dessert order and brings us the bill. What's up with that? Food was good once it was served with the right temperature. Service was terrible.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Cute! Good food.

In reading some of the negative reviews of Venus, I can understand how bad service can taint an experience. But, I must say I haven't had any bad experiences at Venus. Every time I've gone, I've gotten great service and the food has been beyond terrific. It's a really cute place for a date! I would hate to go there when it's busy, though...(which means I don't go on the weekends.)



Provided by Citysearch - 
Brunch is yummy! Lemon ricotta pancakes are divine.

I would go back for the lemon ricotta pancakes any time. There's quite a wait on weekends, but the brunches are worth it. Been for dinner and I have to say I prefer Venus for brunch.



Provided by Citysearch - 
My All-Time Favorite Brunch

This place is fantastic. I start salivating just thinking about the food. Not only do they have the best french toast I have ever tasted (made with Challah bread and occasionally stuffed with ricotta), but everything I have ever tasted has been great. Their food is different, somewhat healthy (are belgian chocolate pancakes diet food?), and they always have great specials that change every week(around the holidays, pumpkin pancakes w/ creme fresh, a great dish called a ""veggie nest""--it's a salad with 2 soft poached eggs, mushrooms, and other good stuff). The dinner is also great. Also, I have never had a bad service experience. The waiters/waitresses are always friendly (as they are in most places if you're not a jerk). It is crowded for brunch, but that's because it's good. No crowd = bad restuarant. I highly recommend this restuarant for some great food and a good experience.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Amazing execution

Amy Murray appears cool and hip, and her food shows it. I'm not particularly into goat cheese but I ate it up with the rest of the Heirloom Apple Salad. At first glance, the ingredient combos seemed intimidating on the menu, but the appearance and the integration of the flavors were very welcoming... The food is great and it was so elegant and well executed, that I couldn't help thinking ""I can't do this at home."" Best ""comfort food"" short ribs in the bay area--not too heavy, not too frou frou. Worth the bridge for a city dweller...but try to go early for brunch.



Provided by Citysearch - 
very inspiring

Wonderful ambiance in addition to exquisite organic cuisine. Service has always been fabulous, the wait staff is personable and fun. It is definitely worth the wait if there is a line.



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User review by kj8108

Large portions, friendly staff, and delicioius organic cuisine. Every time I walk in the door I am greeted by large smiles, friendly people, beautiful unique flower arrangements, local artwork, and interesting new items on the menu and wine list. Dinner prices range from $16-18, but the portions are very generous and worth the price.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Avoid breakfast

Noisy, crowded, and the food is uninspiring. Why did this get such a good review?!? I went a few more times, no change. I had to go get my own coffee (cold). If management is so good why do they maintain such an incompetent staff. Why they ever got such a good reputation, must long be in the past.
In a word - avoid.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Friendly Morning

Great place for a friend and you to meet, have a nice relaxed breakfast or bite to eat, and get on with your day. Nice environment, and good service.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Horrible service

Food was unmemorable, but the service was, in a bad way. The waiter made us wait atleast 15 minutes before he bothered to take our orders because he was busy chatting behind the bar with coworkers. When we told he we were in a hurry (we had after dinner plans and they were lagging), he became really sarcastic and condescending - ""here is your appetizer... IN A RUSH"". Here are your entrees.. IN A HURRY"". Then he put the bill on our table - ""Pay at your LEISURE, whenever you're READY."" I don't need this kind of attitude served with my food. I called the manager the next day to complain and they offered free dessert, but I declined. I refuse to go back.

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