As the warm breezes of summer sweep into Venice, Florida, our beloved snowbirds begin their annual migration back north. The city settles into a quieter pace, a contrast to the bustling winter months. While we certainly miss their presence, this transition opens a new chapter of culinary adventures for those of us who call Venice home year-round.
What Are The Summer Specials For Restaurants in Venice
Our local restaurants are more than just eateries; they’re the heartbeat of our community. They provide places for us to gather, celebrate, and savor the richness of our local cuisine. In the wake of the snowbirds’ departure, these establishments often introduce enticing summer specials, a culinary silver lining to the quieter off-season.
For the foodies who love variety, Savor Sarasota is back from June 1-14. Select restaurants will offer special prix fixe menus. Lunches will be $25 per person and dinners will be $40. This event gives diners the chance to experience multiple local venues at friendly prices.
The summer months offer a prime opportunity to enjoy these deals while supporting our local businesses. It’s a win-win situation: we indulge in delicious meals at friendly prices, and our patronage helps keep these businesses alive during the quieter months. Let’s highlight some of these enticing specials:
Shuck N Ale
If you haven’t discovered the Cajun hideaway on the island yet, make a plan to go visit! There’s live music Friday and Saturday on their “Party Deck” which is a large outdoor seating area. Happy Hour from 11-6 includes domestic drags for $3.50, well drinks for $3.50, and house wines for $2 off.
- Fat Tuesday – Beads, Beignets and Boils!
- Weekly Cajun and & Creole specials, All You Can East Crawfish Boils and a Free Beignet with the purchase of an entree.
- Wednesday – Shrimp Feast
- All You Can Eat Peel-and-Shrimp and deals on their Shrimp Boil!
- Thursday – Time to be Crabby
- Friday – Friday Fish Fry – $14 includes Haddock, Fries & Slaw
- Sunday – Brunch with a Bloody Mary Bar and a Caribbean twist on French toast with coco bread dipped in coconut custard and served with delightful berry compote.
Chaz 51 Steakhouse
Chaz 51 Steakhouse is offering a tantalizing 2 for $49 deal available until October 15. This meal includes one salad and entree per person, with a shared dessert. Start with a grilled watermelon, toasted pecan, and goat cheese salad. For the second course, choose from mustard glazed trip-tip steak served with mac and cheese, steak and potatoes with crispy french fries and creamy horseradish sauce, Chaz Jerk Chicken served with sweet plantains, black beans, and rice, or Broiled Salmon served with jasmine rice, roasted tomatoes, broccoli, and cilantro lime butter sauce. Cap off the meal with a mouth-watering white chocolate bread pudding topped with locally made vanilla gelato and caramel. And don’t forget about Wine-Down Tuesday, with 25% off select bottles all day. Just ask your server for details.
Trattoria Da Mino
Trattoria Da Mino is an authentic Italian spot is offering a Summer Wednesday Special until October 30th. Order a Salad and any Medium Pizza and get any bottle of wine for just $16. This is the perfect opportunity to pair your favorite pizza with a bottle of their excellent house wine.
Prime Serious Steak
Discover the ultimate steakhouse experience at Prime Serious Steak, where their irresistible 2 for $40 menu awaits you from Sunday to Thursday throughout the summer (excluding holidays). Indulge in a memorable three-course meal featuring unlimited table-side salad accompanied by freshly baked popovers, followed by your choice of entree with a side for each person, and a shared dessert to conclude the feast. Feast on delectable options like:
- The 12 oz NY Strip
- “Drunken” Strip marinated in hard cider
- Blackened NY Strip.
- Grilled salmon with creamy dill sauce
- Mahi-Mahi, (available grilled or blackened with a citrus beurre blanc)
- Jumbo shrimp dinner, either fried or scampi style
- Parmesan-crusted chicken with citrus beurre blanc
- Maple bourbon chicken, grilled and brushed with a maple bourbon glaze, topped with cheddar, bacon, and chives.
Conclude your meal with a choice between the rich and decadent chocolate mousse cake or the refreshing limoncello cake. Please note that substitutions are not available for this special menu. Treat yourself to an extraordinary dining experience at Prime Serious Steak, where exceptional flavors and attentive service come together to create an unforgettable meal that satisfies both your cravings and your love for great food.
Ristorante San Marco
Nestled on West Venice Ave, Ristorante San Marco offers a multitude of specials. On Mondays, enjoy a 3-course lunch for $20 or a 4-course dinner for $35. Thursdays bring a dinner for two with a full bottle of wine for just $60. Sundays offer 1/2 off all bottles of wine. And for any lunch, you can savor a pasta and salad combo for $9.99.
Known for being an affordable and delicious place to grab breakfast and lunch, Joy’s Kouzine. They are currently running two different summer specials. One for a Nathan’s 1/4 lb hot dogs (Either plain, with chili or Reuben style)
Blu Island Bistro
Experience a fantastic breakfast deal at Blu Island Bistro with their incredible special priced at only $7.99! This amazing offer includes a satisfying breakfast featuring 2 eggs cooked to your liking, 2 delicious meats of your choice, and 2 slices of toast to complete your meal. Indulge in a hearty breakfast at a great value and start your day off right at Blu Island Bistro.
Pizza Gorda Venice
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Pizza Gorda is offering their dinner for two for $55. Choose either red or white wine to start off with. For your first course, you have a choice of misto, Caesar salad or soup with your entree choice of spaghetti pomodoro, Boscaiola, or mussels in a white or red sauce. Finish your meal with a sweet dessert of either profiterole or tiramisu! Great for a middle-of-the-week date night.
Kendo Asian Cuisine Sushi and Hibachi
Craving some Japanese cuisine? Kendo Asian Cuisine Sushi and Hibachi has you covered this summer. Enjoy a free glass of house wine with your dinner – the perfect complement to their expertly crafted sushi and hibachi dishes.
Join the Lunch Bunch at this popular spot. Until October 31st, Cafe Venice is offering a lunch deal you can’t resist. Buy 5 lunches and get your 6th free! This is a great opportunity to gather friends for a summer lunch meetup, and maybe even discover a new favorite dish.
Summer Specials Galore! All offers for dine-in only and will be available until the end of August.
661 Tamiami Trl S, Venice, FL 34285
When it comes to mouthwatering BBQ, Gold Rush is a top choice in Venice, FL, and it’s perfect for the whole family. With its family-friendly atmosphere, you can enjoy a fantastic dining experience while ensuring everyone’s cravings are satisfied. What’s more, Gold Rush offers special All You Can Eat options on select days of the week, making it an excellent value when you’re looking to treat your entire family to a delicious feast.
If you visit Gold Rush on Mondays between May 1st and November 1st, you’re in for an even sweeter deal because Kids EAT FREE! This generous offer allows you to bring the little ones along without worrying about their dining expenses. It’s a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a memorable family meal together without breaking the bank.
5000 E Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34292
Immerse yourself in the charm of Old Florida at Snook Haven, a renowned restaurant in Venice, FL, offering breathtaking views of the Myakka River and its abundant wildlife. Recently redesigned, the dining room provides a perfect setting to appreciate the unspoiled beauty of the surroundings while savoring delightful meals.
Every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Snook Haven hosts Family Fun Nights, an exciting event that takes place rain or shine. Kids are in for a treat as they can participate in family karaoke and even showcase their talents on stage with Joey O during the talent show. The evening is filled with interactive games and guaranteed entertainment for the whole family. While enjoying the festivities, you can indulge in the restaurant’s delicious meals and take advantage of their special offerings.
Snook Haven is not just a place to dine but a destination where you can create lasting memories in a serene and picturesque environment. Come and experience the unique blend of nature, entertainment, and delectable cuisine at Snook Haven.
Angelo’s Italian Market and Restaurant
850 Pinebrook Rd, Venice, FL
This charming establishment invites you to indulge in their delectable cuisine and warm hospitality.
With every entree you order, you will be treated to a delightful trio of complimentary offerings. Begin your dining experience with a refreshing glass of prosecco, the sparkling Italian wine that sets the mood for a memorable meal. Savor the authentic taste of Italy with a complimentary serving of bruschetta, featuring toasted bread topped with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, and olive oil. And to conclude your dining experience on a sweet note, enjoy a complimentary profiterole dessert, a delicate pastry filled with creamy goodness.
Baiyoke Thai Bistro
1829 South Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL
Experience the vibrant flavors of Thailand at Baiyoke Thai Bistro, a charming eatery nestled on US 41 just north of Seminole Dr. Check out their enticing Happy Hour summer specials available Monday through Thursday from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM that are absolutely delicious and budget friendly.
- Appetizers like the succulent Pork Gyoza, refreshing Seaweed Salad, crispy Edamame with Fried Tofu, or the delightful Ikasansai, all priced at a mere $5. Treat your taste buds to the enticing Fried Calamari, a true delight for only $8.
- Satisfy your sweet tooth with Tempura Cheesecake, at an irresistible price of $6.95.
- Quench your thirst with the Happy Hour beverage specials, offering a selection of beers ($3), wines ($5), and sake($5/$10) to suit every palate.
- Tantalizing Sushi Roll Specials, ranging from classic favorites like Tuna, Salmon, Spicy Crab, and California rolls($5), Spicy Tuna or Salmon ($6) or Shrimp Tempura or Mexican ($7) to innovative creations like the Dragon roll, Summer Roll, and Sex on the Moon($9-$12).
Villani & Co
19790 Wellen Park Blvd Suite 101, Venice, FL
Introducing the delightful specials at Villani & Co in Wellen Park, where culinary excellence meets impeccable taste. Discover their enticing dinner specials available from Sunday to Thursday, and lunch specials served Monday to Saturday.
- Classic Dinner for 2 – $50: Comes with two glasses of house wine or draft beer
- Choose One Appetizer to share: Fried Green Tomatoes, Parmesan Crisp ‘Bruschetta’, V-Co Wings
- Choose One Entree Each: V-Co Burger, Sauteed Steak Tips, Shrimp & Riz, Pank Breaded Chicken Breast, Chimichurri Grilled Cauliflower Steak, Chickpea ‘Crabcakes'(Vegan)
- Choose One Dessert to share: Chocolate Pecan Pie, Banana Pudding Parfait, Seasonal Crisp
- Deluxe Dinner for 2 – $90: Comes with a bottle of Alverdi Pinot Grigio or Domaine Bousquet Malbec
- Choose one appetizer to share: Charcuterie or Cheese Board, Parmesan Crisp ‘Bruschetta’, Thai Coconut Curry Mussels, Oysters Wellenfeller
- Choose an Entree each: Grilled 6 oz filet*, Brined and Grilled Cheshire Bone-In Pork Chop*, Grilled Texas Redfish ‘On The Half Shell’*, Seared New England Sea Scallops*, Squid Ink Lobster Linguini, Any entree from Classic or Premium Menus
*Includes choice of sauce and sides
- Choose One Dessert to Share: Chocolate Pecan Pie, Banana Pudding Parfait, Seasonal Crisp
- Premium Dinner for 2 – $75: Comes with a bottle of Alverdi Pinot Grigio or Domaine Bousquet Malbec
- Choose one appetizer to share: Jumbo White Shrimp Cocktail, Rhode Island Fried Calamari, Parmesan Crisp ‘Bruschetta’,
- Choose an Entree each: Prime Rib French Dip, Grilled Salmon*, Grilled Teres Major*, Any of entree choices from Classic menu
*Includes choice of sauce and sides
- Choose One Dessert to Share: Chocolate Pecan Pie, Banana Pudding Parfait, Seasonal Crisp
- Summer Lunch Special – $25: comes with a glass of house wine, draft beer or any soft beverage
- Choose an Appetizer: Cup of Soup or Chowder, Fried Green Tomatoes, Parmesan Crisp ‘Bruschetta
- Choose an Entree: VCO or Caesar Salad topped with grilled chicken or shrimp, Double Smash Burger, Impossible Wellen Burger, Grilled Salmon BLT, Pear & Brie Grilled Cheese, Sauteed Steak Tips, Chickpea ‘Crabcakes'(Vegan)
- Specialty Oysters: Order selection from Pacific, Atlantic and Guld of Mexico with traditional accompaniments
- Gulf, Louisiana – $2.50
- Chesapeake, Virginia – $3
- Copps Island, Ct – $3.50
- Pink Moon, PEI – $3.50
- Chelsea Gem, WA – $3.75
Sharky’s on the Pier
1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice FL 34285
Sharky’s on the Pier has been known as a Venice landmark for decades. They bring the summer fun every year with their family friendly specials and activities.
- Tuesdays: Top Deck “2’s” Day – This fine dining experience is perfect for a date night with candlelit tables adorned with linens and an offering for a Prix Fixe 3 Course Meal for 2 – $75. Choose 1 appetizer, 2 entrees and 2 desserts. Advance reservations are required, as space is limited.
- Shrimp Cocktail
- New Orleans Shrimp
- Cabo Calamari
- Salad for the Table (Caesar or Thai-Inspired Ko Tao)
- Smoked Prime Rib
- Mahi Mahi
- Cheddar Crab Stuffed Shrimp
- Chicken Pesto Cavatappi
- Chickpea Zucchini Fritter
- Key Lime Pie
- Bread Pudding
- Flourless Chocolate Cake
- Wednesdays: crab walk races, face painting and an exciting scavenger hunt, smack dab on the Gulf. Activities begin at 6:30 PM
- Thursdays: Lobster Boils – starting at 5 pm, a special lobster menu is available served with steamed vegetables, butter, lemon and fresh bread!
- 1 1/4 pound Maine Lobster Dinner
- Low Country Boil for Two with middle neck clams, mussels, Key West pink shrimp, Gulf oysters, and andouille sausage
- Maine Lobster Pot for Two Get Both Together!
- Happy Hour: Monday-Friday from 2-4 pm with drink and appetizer specials
- Landshark Draft – $7
- Sharky’s Cheese & Bean Nachos – $10
- Loaded Buffalo Chicken Bites – $9
- Crispy Clam Strips – $10
- Tailgate Bratwurst – $7
Just Outside Venice:
Deep Lagoon Seafood & Oyster House
482 Blackburn Point Rd, Osprey, FL
From 11 AM to 5 PM daily, this restaurant offers an array of delectable dishes and refreshing beverages to satisfy your cravings. For the summer, select small plates are on sale for between $6-$9: Start off with Shrimp, Fish & Scallop Ceviche accompanied by tri-colored tortilla chips and avocado, or savor the creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip served with tri-colored tortilla chips. If you’re looking for a burst of flavor, try the Volcano Shrimp paired with chipotle aioli and mango salsa. Alternatively, the Half Order of Oyster Rockefeller, Clams or Mussels Sorrento, and Crab Rangoon are excellent options to tantalize your taste buds.
Enjoy Craft Drafts in a 16 oz glass for $5, Domestic Bottled Beer for $3.5, Premium Bottled Beer for $4, and a variety of wines available for $7 per 6 oz glass. If you prefer well liquor drinks, indulge in Rum, Vodka, Gin, or Bourbon for only $5.
Bay Leaf Osprey
1092 S Tamiami Trl, Osprey, FL 34229
Experience a culinary delight at Bay Leaf Osprey with their special Lunch Thali starting from June 1, 2023. From Monday to Sunday between 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM, you can indulge in a delectable spread that includes a Curry of your choice (Veg 13, Chicken 15 and Lamb/Goat 17), fragrant Rice, crispy Papad, two pieces of Naan, a mouthwatering Samosa, flavorful Chana Masala, and a delightful Dessert. The Lunch Thali at Bay Leaf Osprey offers a perfect combination of flavors and textures, allowing you to savor a variety of dishes in one satisfying meal. Whether you’re a fan of spicy curries, aromatic rice, or crispy appetizers, this Thali has something to please every palate.
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Remember, these specials are more than just great deals. Each meal we enjoy contributes to the livelihood of our neighbors and friends. By dining locally, we’re ensuring the survival and success of these establishments, so they can continue to serve us – and our winter visitors – for years to come.
So, let’s embrace the slower pace of summer. Let’s explore the culinary delights that our local restaurants have to offer. Together, we can make a difference, one delicious bite at a time.
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