Berkeley >Food & Dining > Venus Restaurant
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.
American bistro cuisine with an international twist and a warm, casual atmosphere make this restaurant a downtown Berkeley hit..
With brick walls, a collection of art gathered with a personal touch and an open kitchen, this casual spot feels like a favorite hangout as soon as you walk through the door. The local crowd mixes students with downtown Berkeley professionals.
Co-owner and chef Amy Murray has a world-beat flair, but her menu--which changes every six to eight weeks--also shows off her knowledge of classic pairings. Although the cafe now serves dinner too, Venus' regulars mostly come for breakfast, which features lavishly overstuffed omelettes, French toast made with homemade bread, waffles baked up in antique waffle iron and pancakes like the aptly named "luxury flaps," oozing chunks of Belgian chocolate and fresh raspberries. A flank steak sandwich is drizzled with velvet blue-cheese mayonnaise, while a grilled turkey sandwich gets a shot of smoky chipotle. Curried chicken salad, served with greens and fruit, is subtly redolent of its promised spices.
Great food; worth the wait.
My husband and I have enjoyed Amy's food since the days of the Happy Belly Café. She has really great brunches: pretty much anything on the menu is tasty. I love her home fries and roasted potatoes. At dinner, if it's available, she makes a killer autumn salad: arugula, candied pecans, bleu cheese, and pear.
Cons: there are always huge lines, since the food is good and the location is so busy. The servers are never particularly good, either...they are usually absentminded or slow to refill things or something.
Wonderful place. I love Venus - I have always had great food and great service there, and I go often. My only complaint is that too many other people want to eat there on weekends and the line can get long. The variety of food is great, and quality of the food is outstanding.
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