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Venus - Berkeley

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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223 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
(223 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 223 reviews
5 stars
(82)
4 stars
(96)
3 stars
(29)
2 stars
(12)
1 star
(4)
Food 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
Noise Level
2.2 / 3
Energetic
Value 
3.7 / 5
(Very Good) 3.7 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • fit for foodies(114)
  • neighborhood gem(99)
  • great for brunch(48)
  • great for lunch(31)
  • special occasion(31)
  • romantic(29)
Venus - Berkeley Reviews List
Review 1 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2008
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Review 2 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2012
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 3 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/17/2016
 2004
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 4 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Not as good as usual

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Service was very slow, even though we were the first in for dinner. We sat at the back of the restaurant, which is pretty noisy from the kitchen. Soup not as tasty as last time. But we will not give up, as we have had better luck in the past!"
Dined on 1/25/2016
 2011
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Review 5 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/24/2016
 2013
Dined on 1/24/2016
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/24/2016
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 6 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/24/2016
 2009
Dined on 1/24/2016
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/24/2016
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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Review 7 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Seconds

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Second time to Venus for dinner, was not disappointed. Wonderful service, the chef came out and spoke with us briefly (!) and the crew know how to make vegetables sing!"
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, notable wine list, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 8 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2004
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Review 9 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/21/2016
 2007
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Review 10 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/17/2016
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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Review 11 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Excellent service and tasty offerings

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Excellent service, attention to each plate, and a surprisingly tasty Cote du Rhone. Very happy overall and will return."
Dined on 1/17/2016
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 12 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/16/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2012
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 13 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/16/2016
 2008
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 14 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/15/2016
 2015
Dined on 1/15/2016
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/15/2016
 2015
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Review 15 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/08/2016
 2006
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2006
Special Features: special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 16 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/11/2016
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 17 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

A perfect relaxing end to the day

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Venus was a friendly and relaxing way to end a long day - offering great appetizers and mains. The size of the restaurant and the style made it seem more like visiting family than most other places, in the best sense of the term. Food was well executed, and service was perfect and friendly."
Dined on 1/11/2016
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 18 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/12/2016
 2010
Dined on 1/12/2016
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/12/2016
 2010
Special Features: great for brunch, fit for foodies
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Review 19 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Rated poor because it was too cold to stay

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Dined on 1/09/2016
 2005
Dined on 1/09/2016
 2005
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"We got to Venus exactly at 6:30, the time of our reservation. The host looked rather vexed and stated "we held your table". Okay...that was good?
The table was about three feet from the front door, which did not close all the way and even when closed tightly, reopened to allow very cold air in. That combined with the loud ambiance and the crashing of plates and silver as they were delivered to the wash bucket also not far from the tables, was just not what we were looking for as a place to chat with a friend that we had not seen in awhile. We politely declined to stay and went next door to Namaste, which was quiet, warm, and cozy, while being in a much larger space. Also, pretty good food. Whew.
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Dined on 1/09/2016
 2005
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Review 20 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/04/2016
 2007
Dined on 1/04/2016
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/04/2016
 2007
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 21 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Mediocre food, hit and miss

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"Food was mediocre and inconsistent. The only truly good dishes were the gnocchi, and the bread pudding. Everything else we asked was mediocre (lamb tagine) or just flat out bad (cheese course, NY strip steak). Server was lovely and knowledgeable... too bad the food was just bad."
Dined on 1/10/2016
 2008
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Review 22 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 23 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/03/2016
 2011
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 24 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

The food is always delicious.

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Dined on 12/28/2015
 2006
Dined on 12/28/2015
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 12/28/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 25 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

A-minus

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Everything was lovely, except charging $3 for "table bread" was a little tacky."
Dined on 12/26/2015
 2012
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Review 26 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 12/17/2015
 2011
Dined on 12/17/2015
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 12/17/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch
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Review 27 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 12/18/2015
 2003
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Review 28 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 12/14/2015
 2006
Dined on 12/14/2015
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 12/14/2015
 2006
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Review 29 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 12/13/2015
 2003
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Review 30 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 12/10/2015
 2006
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Review 31 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 12/07/2015
 2012
Dined on 12/07/2015
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 12/07/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch
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Review 32 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 12/04/2015
 2012
Dined on 12/04/2015
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 12/04/2015
 2012
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 33 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 12/06/2015
 2013
Dined on 12/06/2015
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 12/06/2015
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, fit for foodies
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Review 34 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Good enough to go back again

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Venus is a nice little restaurant that we've been to many times. It has interesting menu selections, most of them quite good! The service is friendly and efficient!!
My mistake was ordering the pork sandwich; It was tasty but very greasy, which dampened my enthusiasm for the place. Nevertheless, the food is usually quite good and we'll be back."
Dined on 12/06/2015
 2002
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 35 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Nice easy place

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I miss the great pork chop. Food was good but not special. Steak a bit gristly. Dessert was bland and disappointing."
Dined on 12/06/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 36 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 11/30/2015
 2013
Dined on 11/30/2015
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/30/2015
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 37 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Strong reccommendation

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Dined on 11/27/2015
 2006
Dined on 11/27/2015
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Excellent vibe and delicious food. Beets, mussels, salad, chicken all fabulous. Service slow, but personable."
Dined on 11/27/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 38 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dinner on Venus

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We had a wonderful time - everything was just right. Cozy environment but that adds to the late-night bistro essence here. BTW my fave IPA was available here (Black Diamond Jagged Edge) so they have a beer selection rivaling the great wine list. Server was off the hook - I would hire her for my restaurant in 2 seconds. You may not know Venus for their dinners, they are the real deal. Word is out - the place was packed!"
Dined on 11/20/2015
 2014
Special Features: romantic, notable wine list, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 39 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/21/2015
 2010
Dined on 11/21/2015
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 11/21/2015
 2010
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Review 40 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Thanks a lot, we had a great time

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I enjoyed every aspect of the meal. Service seemed a little thin, but very sweet and knowledgeable about the menu options. Good recommendations."
Dined on 11/19/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 41 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Awesome for brunch!

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Have been here for a lovely dinner and returned for brunch. Super delicious food and nice portion sizes. We split a lox eggs benedict and chicken sausage scramble. Home fried potatoes very tasty. We stayed for a while after done to have a visit and they were terrific about allowing us to do so. Highly recommend-good food, service, and charming atmosphere."
Dined on 11/19/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, fit for foodies
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Review 42 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/15/2015
 2010
Special Features: great for brunch, fit for foodies
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Review 43 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Vibrant spot with fresh updated comfort food

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Staff was attentive in accomodating our group before attending a show on campus. We shared brussels sprouts and kale salad for starters, both with fantastic almond hummus. Zucchini pappardelle polenta was perfect blend of old world comfort with zesty sauce and tasty green vegetables. Our son, still hungry after the lamb tagine, got the best recommendation from our waiter for the "sushi rice flour" chicken wings, served on a bed of lettuce with wonderfully spicy dressing."
Dined on 11/14/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 44 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Poor service

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I have been going to Venus since it opened about 20 years ago, but this may have been the last time. The service was only fair (it is normally pretty good), as none of the servers seemed to know who had ordered what, but at least we got our food in a timely manner. It was hard to ask for the bill, as they had gotten pretty busy, so the waiters all just ignore you when you are practically standing up. Then they overcharged us by 50%. Clearly a simple mistake, but then they couldn't fix it. 5 minutes later, I had to ask the manager to show them how to do it. Not a good way to treat a faithful patron. Even though the baby back ribs were delicious."
Dined on 11/14/2015
 2007
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Review 45 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/14/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, fit for foodies
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Review 46 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 11/07/2015
 2008
Dined on 11/07/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/07/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 47 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

One of our guests was late but we weren't rushed.

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Dined on 11/13/2015
 2012
Dined on 11/13/2015
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Very upbeat and fun atmosphere. It was full but we were able to hear each other. It can get a bit tight (space wise) but I'd rather have that than have them turn people away. Delicious muscles (special"
Dined on 11/13/2015
 2012
Special Features: hot spot, fit for foodies
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Review 48 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 11/14/2015
 2014
Dined on 11/14/2015
 2014
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/14/2015
 2014
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Review 49 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 11/08/2015
 2011
Dined on 11/08/2015
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 11/08/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 50 for Venus - Berkeley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Non Sandwich Berkeley Spot

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Interesting , varied menu. You could get a burger if you want, but lots of things on the menu. Don't miss the Garlic Bread ( all bread is extra). Great waiter ( had a hat). A bit of a walk, but good location for Zellerbach, and Haas. Even found parking lots pretty near by, and parking is never easy in Berkeley."
Dined on 11/07/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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