4 Venice, Florida Restaurants Locals Enjoy

There are a number of Venice, Florida restaurants to choose from within this quaint coastal town. Venice, Florida offers everything from casual fare to fine dining, and since it is located right on the Gulf of Mexico, local fisherman bring in the catch of the day to many of the area's restaurants. In addition to seafood, visitors will also find multicultural foods available as well such as Cuban, Mexican, Italian and Indian.

1. The Crow's Nest
Marina Restaurant & Tavern
1968 Tarpon Center Drive
Venice, FL 34285
(941) 484-9551
http://www.crowsnest-venice.com/

Initially opened in 1976, The Crow's Nest Restaurant has been a long time favorite of Venice, Florida locals. This restaurant offers three seating areas for patrons including outdoor porch seating, the lower-level raw bar and lounge seating that accommodates up to 50 people, and an upper dining room for up to 100 people, featuring panoramic views of the marina and Intracoastal Waterway. Florida newspapers like the Sarasota Herald Tribune have dubbed The Crow's Nest 'a landmark restaurant' giving it numerous awards over the years. Some of the more common awards received are "Best Restaurant Overall, Most Romantic Restaurant, Best Waterfront Restaurant, Best of Venice and Best Seafood."

2. Sharky's On The Pier
1600 Harbor Drive South
Venice, FL 34285
(941) 488-1456
http://www.sharkysonthepier.com/

Situated on Venice's beachside, and with its own Tiki Bar and Fishing Pier, Sharky's On The Pier is a one-of-a-kind restaurant in the Venice area. The restaurant owners chose the name of Sharky's due to Venice, Florida being the "Shark Tooth Capital of the World." This restaurant is near to many of the local Venice inns, offering amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico. Some of Sharky's signature menu items include grouper sandwiches, crab-stuffed mushrooms, coconut shrimp and lobster-stuffed flounder. Sharky's menu consists of mostly seafood items, but also serves chicken and pasta dishes, plus steak and ribs.

3. Bogey's Restaurant and Sports Pub
652 E. Venice Ave.
Venice, FL 34285
(941) 488-9156
http://www.bogeys-venice.com/

A casual-fare sports pub and restaurant in the heart of Venice, Florida, Bogey's is popular with both locals and visitors. Bogey's is the best place in town to catch any kind of sports-related event for it features 32 TVs, 12 satellites and the "NTN" network of interactive game play. Happy hour is offered twice daily and Bogey's boasts more than 15 brands of draft beer. Some of its signature menu items include New York style pizzas that are 16 inches in diameter, chicken quesadillas, hamburgers, meatloaf and the Superbowl favorite - steak and fries.

4. Cafe Venice Restaurant and Wine Bar
116 W. Venice Ave.  
Venice, FL 34285
(941) 484-1855  
http://www.cafeveniceontheisland.com/

A quaint bistro-style cafe near your Venice bed and breakfast is the Cafe Venice Restaurant. It's also a wine bar and serves some of the finest tasting vino in all of Venice. The Cafe Venice is open for lunch and dinner, serving such menu items as seafood dishes, pastas of the day, rack of lamb, veal and chicken. Entrees are prepared by Chilean chef Pamela Abdo who fuses continental dishes with her International flair.