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Getting to know Venice

A May 2007 trip to Venice by curiouslygeorge

Quote: After buying a condo in Venice, we are getting to know and enjoy the community.
Nice local seafood restaurant with a variety of seafood and a few land lubber's choices. We went for lunch with four adults but we each got dinner entrées and the bill was $68 including drinks and two appetizers. The almond-crusted grouper was excellent as was the crab au gratin, although it was very cheesy and rich. I liked the sweet potato fries as a different side. Decor was nice and service was attentive. We went back three days later to try something else. No one was disappointed.

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Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 4, 2007

Left Coast Seafood Company
750 US 41 Bypass North
(941) 485-5064

Very informal setting but very fresh seafood so the menu changes depending on recent catches. Seating is at picnic tables or the bar but service was good. We tried the hog snapper that was the day's special and it was excellent fried or cajun grilled. Meals included a small salad and fries and the serving of fish was substantial so no one had room to try dessert.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 4, 2007

Captain Eddies Seafood
107 Colonia Ln E
Nokomis, Florida
(941) 484-4623

Advertised as the only Venice restaurant on the beach, and the location is the biggest draw. Right on the beach with seating inside or outside under a thatched roof. Popular local gathering place is great place to listen to live music and watch sundowns while sipping drinks and enjoying wide variety of appetizers. Menu has lots of choices and our selections were all good. I tried the daily special of Grouper Parmesan and it was great. Good variety on menu including appetizers, salads, pastas, dinners, and desserts. It's a popular place so you may have to wait but there is often open space outside where it is comfortable even on warm days. After dinner or lunch walk off some calories on the adjac...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 4, 2007

Sharky's on the Pier
1600 Harbor Drive South
Venice 34285
(941) 488-1456

Old Venice Avenue is what separates Venice from so many small beach communities. Venice is not just another in a row of beach suburbs. It is a small town maintaining its identity as the world grows around it. Main street is a Palm tree lined boulevard with small shops, restaurants and a park with something for everyone. Yes some of the stores are filled with typical tourist fare but there are also art stores, clothing stores, specialty shops and some great sidewalk cafes. Stores are open in the evenings during 'the season' from January through April when the snow birds come down to escape northern winters. You can window shop all year and there are two ice cream shops always open late and plenty of pa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 3, 2007

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