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

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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.

Savor Sarasota

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.

Summer Deals for Venice in 2024

Ristorante San Marco

305-B W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285
(941) 800-7280

This summer, treat yourself to the exceptional dining experience at Ristorante San Marco in Venice, Florida. Every Thursday, indulge in a delightful Dinner for Two for just $60 per couple, featuring a choice of two drinks, a shared starter, two delectable entrees, and a dessert to share. Savor dishes like Zucchini Rollatini, Chicken San Marco with gluten-free pasta, and finish with a luscious Crème Brûlée. On Sundays, from 5pm to 9pm, enjoy the succulent prime rib special, with 12oz for $19.99 or 16oz for $24.99, each served with two sides. Make your summer evenings unforgettable with these exquisite culinary offerings!

Café Venice

101 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285
(941) 484-1855

Nestled in the heart of Venice, Café Venice offers an irresistible lunch special that makes it a go-to spot for your midday cravings. Buy five lunch meals and get one free, a delightful way to indulge in a delicious lunch without breaking the bank. With flavors that capture the spirit of Venice’s culinary scene, this offer is available until October 31st. Swing by Café Venice for an exceptional dining experience that perfectly blends affordability and taste.

Hot Dog Shoppe

415 Venice Bypass, Venice, FL

For a truly unbeatable deal, Hot Dog Shoppe is serving up $1 hot dogs until August 31st! With a limit of 10 per person, it’s the perfect opportunity to gather your friends or family and enjoy a delicious, affordable meal. Whether you’re a fan of classic hot dogs or prefer to experiment with various toppings, this deal is sure to satisfy your cravings without emptying your wallet.

Chaz 51 Steakhouse

549 US-41 BYP, Venice, FL 34285
(941) 484-6200

Chaz 51 Steakhouse is offering a tantalizing 2 for $49 deal available until October 20. This meal includes one house salad or oven roasted tomato bisque and entree per person, with a dessert.

Entrees include:

  • Blue Crab Martini: Jumbo lump crab meat, avocado, onions, tomatoes, citrus and chopped salad.
  • Shrimp and Grits Croquette: Crispy fried grits, wilted baby spinach, creole sauce, shaved parm. and sweet pepper relish
  • Pasta Primavera: Summer vegetables sauteed in extra virgin olive oil with garlic and fresh herbs over rigatoni.
  • Cilantro Lime Chicken Breast: Atop roasted vegetables, turmeric jasmine rise and pan-jus.
  • Full Rack of BBQ Ribs: Slow cooked, baby back served with steak fries or roasted vegetables.

Finish your meal with a mini cheesecake or white chocolate bread pudding!

Tikka Indian Cuisine

525A Us Highway 41 Byp N, Venice, FL 34285 
(941) 303-5073

Tikka Indian Cuisine located in the Bird Bay Plaza, is bringing the freshest and most exciting flavors of the season with their ever-changing summer specials. Every few weeks, the special menu is updated to highlight vibrant dishes like the aromatic Tomato Dhaniya Shorba, the rich Murgh Handi, and the sweet and creamy Jackfruit Kulfi. With offerings such as Shrimp Roast on Porotta Crisp and Paneer Mango Curry, there’s always something new and delightful to try. Embrace the season with these mouthwatering Indian culinary delights! Follow them on Facebook for the updated menus.

Seed and Bean

116 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285 
(941) 220-3234

The summer menu is on at Seed & Bean Market on Venice Island! With a special menu for a Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Appetizer, there’s certainly going to be something scrumptious to try!

Prime Serious Steak

133 Tamiami Trail S, Venice, FL 34285
(941) 837-8325

Prime Serious Steak

Discover the ultimate steakhouse experience at Prime Serious Steak, where their irresistible 2 for $42 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
  • Teriyaki NY Strip.
  • Grilled salmon with creamy dill sauce
  • Mahi-Mahi, (available grilled or blackened with a citrus beurre blanc)
  • Jumbo shrimp dinner, hand battered and fried
  • 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.

The Banyan House

19725 Wellen Park Blvd, Venice, FL 34293 
(941) 584-5300

This summer, The Banyan House in Venice, Florida, invites you to enjoy their fantastic Summer of Savings specials. Starting May 26th, diners can indulge in exquisite culinary delights at reduced prices. Whether you’re planning a leisurely lunch or a delightful dinner, their seasonal menu offers something for everyone. The Banyan House promises an unforgettable dining experience with its charming ambiance and exceptional service. Don’t miss out on these incredible deals and make your reservations today!

  • Chicken Cordon Bleu with Honey Tarragon Glazed Carrots and Whipped Potatoes
  • Wood Fired Strip Steak with truffle parmesan frites and creamed spinach
  • Rigatoni Bolognese made with homemade pasta with slow cooked beef, pork & veal sauce and parmigiano reggiano
  • Ptotao Gnocchi with truffle parmesan cream sauce
  • Bourbon Glazed Salmon with white asparagus and forbidden black rice
  • Miso Cod served with jasmine rice, ginger glazed brussel sprouts and carrot puree

Villani & Co

19790 Wellen Park Blvd Suite 101, Venice, FL
(941) 584-4434

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’, Rhode Island Calamari, Fried Grouper Bites, V-Co or Caesar Salad, Bowl of Soup of the Day or Chowder
  • Choose One Entree Each: Teres Major, Sauteed Beef Tips, Sauteed Snapper, Grilled Verlasso Salmon, Panko-Crusted Chicken, Cauiflower Steak
  • Choose a Dessert from the menu to share

Premium Dinner for 2 – $90:

Comes with a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Grigio (Options in basic dinner for 2 menu are included in choices)

  • Choose one appetizer to share:
    • Thai Coconut Curry Mussels
    • Charcuterie Board
    • 1/2 lb Peel & Eat Key West Pink Shrimp
    • Oysters Wellenfeller
  • Choose an Entree each:
    • Grilled/Blackened Red Gulf Grouper
    • Seared New England Sea Scallops
    • 6 oz Filet
    • 6 oz Prime Baseball Cut Sirloin
    • Brined & Grilled Cheshire Pork Chop
    • Shrimp & Riz
    • Squid Ink Lobster Linguini
  • Choose One Dessert to Share from the menu

Summer Lunch Special for $15

Choose any 2 out of 3. You can add fries and a soft drink for $4 or upgrade to select beer or house wine for $8

  • Any Sandwich:
  • Any Salad
  • Cup of Soup of the Day or Chowder

See Full Details and More on Their Website!

Previous Summer Specials from 2023

Shuck N Ale

648 Tamiami Trl, Venice, FL 34285
(941) 499-7200

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.

Trattoria Da Mino

335 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285
(941) 800-4466

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.

Joy’s Kouzine

539 Us Highway 41 Byp N, Venice, FL 34285
(941) 837-2158

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

625 Tamiami Trl S, Venice, FL 34285
(941) 485-8200

This July, Blu Island Bistro tantalizes taste buds with an array of $10 lunch specials offered on weekdays from 10 am to 2 pm that celebrate the season’s freshest flavors. Dive into a Grilled Chicken Breast adorned with creamy American cheese, nestled in a tender Brioche bun, or savor the delicate balance of Sliced Turkey and peppery arugula on hearty whole wheat bread. For a refreshing twist, try the Summer Spring Salad, where juicy watermelon meets tangy craisins, crunchy pecans, and velvety goat cheese, all drizzled with a vibrant Strawberry Vinaigrette. Each dish is a summer symphony, perfectly crafted to delight the palate.

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

1657 U S 41 Byp S, Venice, FL 34293
(941) 786-9132

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.

Lucarelli’s

1965 Tamiami Trl S, Venice, FL 34293
(941) 445-4755

Summer Specials Galore! All offers for dine-in only and will be available until the end of August.

T.J. Carney’s

Sharky’s on the Pier

1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice FL 34285
(941) 488-1456

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.
    • Appetizers
      • Edamame
      • Shrimp Cocktail
      • New Orleans Shrimp
      • Cabo Calamari
      • Salad for the Table (Caesar or Thai-Inspired Ko Tao)
    • Entrees:
      • Smoked Prime Rib
      • Mahi Mahi
      • Cheddar Crab Stuffed Shrimp
      • Chicken Pesto Cavatappi
      • Chickpea Zucchini Fritter
    • Desserts:
      • 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
(941) 770-3337

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.

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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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