Family-Friendly Dining in Venice

Family-friendly restaurants in Venice Fl

Just south of Sarasota, Venice is a small city on the Gulf of Mexico mainly known for its retirement communities. However, in recent years families have been moving in and making Venice their home. With a number of wonderful places for families to spend their day like the splash pad near Centennial Park, the various playgrounds or hunting for shark’s teeth at the beach, at the end of the day the question remains. What family-friendly restaurants are in Venice?

BrewBurgers

Two locations in Venice: 370 Commercial Ct & 525 Tamiami Trail BrewBurgers has all the makings of a hometown favorite place. With fun retro-style decor for casual indoor/outdoor dining, you can feel comfortable bringing in your kids and still enjoy an awesome meal. Serving bar and grill-type fare with a flair, they are kid and pet-friendly. BrewBurgers is well known for huge specialty burgers, and they have a large beer selection.

Pinchers

900 Venetia Bay Blvd.
Pincher’s is a local chain known for its fresh crabs and seafood. The kitschy decor befits the menu. There are sandwiches, ribs, and pasta offered for those who are not crazy about seafood. A kids menu is available with alternatives, as well. Bonus! Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree.

Off the Wagon Brewery & Kitchen

2107 Tamiami Trail
Don’t let the bar imagery fool you, while this is a local hotspot for nightlife, it is extremely family-friendly the rest of the day. With a kids menu featuring items like macaroni and cheese with hot dogs and adult entrees that will delight your tastebuds, this restaurant has something for the whole family. They serve craft burgers (voted #1 Best Burger in our Venice Foodies Community!), tacos, sandwiches, steaks and more. Come ready to be entertained, as they have live musical acts nearly every night. Early-bird specials are offered daily, and kids eat free all day every Tuesday. An added note, this is a brewery, so be sure to check out the fantastic beer selection and see how it is made right behind the glass window from the dining room!

Gold Rush BBQ

661 Tamiami Trail S.
This restaurant has a gold rush theme from the decor to the menu items. The decor includes mining supplies and rocks, and some menu items are even served on miner’s pans. There is a souvenir rock shop on site following the theme. They serve bbq, catfish, ribs, and more. There are some all you can eat specials, but be sure to ask as they change from time to time. Starting in May and going through the summer season, kids eat free on Mondays.

Shark Bites Deli

1740 E. Venice Ave.
Shark Bites specializes in fresh deli foods, such as sandwiches and salads. They have indoor and outdoor seating, with a shaded seating area. They are very family friendly and offer a special kids area with toys, puzzles, and games available. Also, kids eat free from the children’s menu with an adult entree.
Tip: If you check out our specials page, you can score a free side of their baked beans with any sandwich or salad purchase!

Kids Eat Free Bonuses

In addition to all the local family-friendly small business type spots, there are several chain restaurants in Venice offering specials for kids:

IHOP– offers kids eat free every night from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m
Denny’s – offers kids eat free every night from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Perkins – offers free kids meals every day from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Pizza Hut – offers free kids meals every Tuesday.
Firehouse Subs– offers free kids meal with the purchase of a medium sub on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Bob Evans – kids eat free after 4 p.m. on Tuesdays.

There are plenty of restaurants in Venice to suit everyone’s tastes. This is sometimes a challenge when eating out with children. Not only does Venice offer great family-friendly options, but most of the places on this list offer take out or use Door Dash for delivery! If you want to add a little adventure, there are plenty of parks and areas to have a picnic as well.

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About The Author
Raye Wiedner is an active widow, living in the Midwest. She has been a health care worker for most of her life, with a passion for trying new adventures.

6 Reasons to Love Venice, Florida

6 Reasons To Love Venice

Are you looking for a vacation spot somewhere along the Gulf Coast? Or are you looking to relocate? Or are you just looking for a beautiful place to visit for the day to find some awesome food? Then you will fall in love Venice, Florida. It has a small town atmosphere and a vintage charm while still having the finer touches of a culturally rich city.

Amazing White Sandy Beaches

Venice is home to one of the most beautiful beaches located on the Gulf Coast – Venice Beach. It is a Certified Blue Wave Beach and is home to a large number of marine turtle nests between the months of May and October. There are also many opportunities to see dolphins, shorebirds and other wildlife as well as a scenic view of the Venice Public Fishing Pier.

Some of the Best Fishing

Looking for some fishing? You have come to the right place! Just visit the Venice Fishing Pier to catch a variety of the most popular gamefish. There is no fee or fishing license required to fish on the Pier, and if you need equipment head to Papa’s Bait Shop. If you are ready for a bite to eat then make sure you head to Sharky’s on the Pier. Both shops are located conveniently on the pier.

Everything From Fine Dining to the Pub

Venice is also home to a wide variety of food. Whether you are in the mood for some Italian food, good old fashioned burgers or some local organic smoothies, Venice has you covered. You shouldn’t have a problem finding a place everybody will enjoy. Check out the specialsto see what places are offering deals and happy hours!

Or You Can Dine-In

Not the dining out type and prefer to cook at home? No problem! Just head down to the Venice Farmers Market and browse the 51 vendors of fresh produce, freshly baked goods, fish, and other food products. They also have many wonderful arts and crafts for sale as well. The Venice Farmers Market accepts EBT and SNAP.

Family Fun and Friendliness

Need something for the whole family? How does a Shark’s Tooth Festival sound? A fitting place to go in the “Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World”.

How about Centennial Park? An amazingly beautiful park with a splash pad, picnic tables, veteran memorial, restrooms, and free parking.

If hiking or biking is more your style then be sure to check out Shamrock Park and Nature Center.

Community

Venice is the kind of community where neighbors meet up at the local farmer’s market on the weekends, or where friendly rounds of golf are played daily then Venice is home. With some neighborhoods better suited for certain lifestyles, you are sure to find a place to call home in Venice.

Convinced yet?

If you are looking for a quaint, vintage little town with a whole lot of community and a lot to offer, then Venice is your destination. Between Venice’s beautiful beaches, its diverse variety of local cuisines and it’s family friendliness you can’t go wrong in making Venice your #1 choice in location.

Guest post written by Krissie McCoy –
Krissie is a stay at home mom to two beautiful little ones, working her way through life one baby step at a time.

5 Places To Have A Picnic Lunch in Venice, FL

Venice, Fl is a quaint spot just south of Sarasota. It really is a unique little bubble with a wealth of great restaurants, arts, entertainment, recreation, water activities, white-sand beaches, and amazing Mediterranean architecture; hence the name Venice. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, Venice is an ideal location to find your favorite foods and go picnic with family and friends. Now all you need to know is where the best are spots to have a perfect picnic lunch.

Go get your favorite take-out food and then pick your perfect picnic spot!

Centennial Park

Bodrum in Venice, FL

200 W. Venice Ave Venice, FL 34285
This park often has events going on such as a local farmers market, jazz and blues music, seafood festival, etc. You can pair your picnic with upcoming events or watch the schedule to avoid a busier day and enjoy a relaxing picnic in the park.

Centennial Park has picnic tables ideal for taking it easy or set up a blanket on one of the open grassy areas. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, you can choose from several restaurants to pick up a picnic lunch, check out Bodrum on Miami Ave for delicious gyros, falafel, kebobs and more.

Centennial Park has benches, an interactive splash pad (fun for the kids!), ADA accessible gazebo, a veterans memorial, free parking, beautiful nature, and shady trees to relax under. There is definitely a lot to explore.

Shamrock Park & Nature Center

Sausage Express in Venice, FL

3900 Shamrock Drive Venice, FL 34293
Shamrock Park is great for picnics with its scenic nature and bountiful wildlife. Choose from picnic tables complete with grills, rent a pavilion, or lay your blanket down. If you are going during the week, stop by the food truck in front of the Lowe’s on 41, Sausage Express for a sandwich or a wrap to bring with you!

Relax and have your picnic lunch in this 80-acre park. Bask in the beauty of the butterfly gardens while enjoying your favorite fare. Check out the pet-friendly areas, playground fields, sports courts, and hiking trails which are perfect for a nice day out in nature.

Service Club Park

Wood Fired Pizza

1190 Harbor Dr. S, Venice, FL 34285
This beautiful beachfront park is a flawless spot for a romantic sunset picnic on the sand with a little vino and a wood fired pizza from Made In Italy. If you want to see a picturesque sunset, this location is matchless. There is a nice boardwalk with decks and picnic tables (some covered) if you prefer; either way, you will still enjoy the amazing view of the Gulf. Other cool things you’ll find at Service Club Park are volleyball courts, barbeque grills, walking trails and wildlife.

Maxine Barritt Park

Sushi To Go

1800 S Harbor Dr. Venice, FL 34285
Spend some time walking on the beach at Maxine Barritt Park. Then come under the shelter of one of their beautiful large gazebos. Take a walk around the park and see the fenced pond looking for birds and possibly an alligator! Then choose your favorite spot for a picnic. You can sit at one of the picnic tables with charcoal barbeques or find another hidden spot to set up your blanket and have some fresh sushi. Who said sushi isn’t a picnic food? Pick up a delicious sushi lunch from Baiyoke Thai Bistro! Being located right off the Gulf makes this park a great location for picnicking and enjoying the cool breeze. Maybe take a swim after your lunch settles!

Brohard Paw Park

Shark Bites Deli in Venice, FL

1600 Harbor Drive South Venice, FL 34285
This unique park is perfect for dog lovers. Some people may not want to leave their dogs at home so, at Brohard Paw Park, you can have the best of both worlds. It’s actually a fenced dog park with a beach, picnic tables, showers & drinking fountains for you and your furry friends. Enjoy your tasty deli sandwiches from Shark Bites Deli (check out the specials page for an exclusive coupon!) and Fido can play in the park after!


Tell Us Where You Would Have Your Picnic Lunch in Venice, FL in the Comments Below!

Guest Post Written by Stefanie Resciniti. Stefanie is a graphic designer and marketing professional with a passion for learning, traveling and trying new things. She is excited about any opportunity to inspire creative content.

Coupon Adventures at Publix in Venice

Coupon clipping is a necessity for families on a strict grocery budget!

This is how our “Crazy Coffee Drinking, Coupon Clipping Moms” club came to be. My local mom friends, including two of my best friends who live further away, meet at my home during the week and we share, clip and plan our coupons. Today’s meeting was very eventful and I felt compelled to share our experience with you all.

Photo grid depicting Alyssa and her two friends on their coupon shopping trip to Publix.

To start, let me say that couponing is not simple, it’s not easy and it can be downright frustrating. However, when you walk out of the store knowing you saved half off of your groceries to take care of your family, it feels really good.

We spent 5 hours this morning clipping coupons, matching the weekly ad at Publix and other stores to determine where the best deals were and what coupons we had to go along with it. We decided that Publix was going to be our maximum savings and went for it. With our lists and coupons in hand, we went off for our first big coupon adventure in Venice.

We searched the aisles, grabbed our coupon deals (which I will tell you all about below.) and made our way through the very crowded store. We were extremely disheartened to hear the comments being made around the three of us as we shopped.

Look how fat they are, must be why they are buying so many groceries!”

“That’s what’s wrong with this country, bet they are using food stamps too!”

Your comments linger longer than you think.

The stares, snickers and straight out rude comments made me cringe. First of all, between the three of us married women, there are 3 families with 6 children between us, that is a lot of mouths to feed!

Second of all, I have been fat my entire life, trust me, I know what my body shape is and what assumptions you make based off of that. My health issues are something I have dealt with for a long time and I do not need you or anyone else to remind me of that. My worth as a human being is not dictated by my body type.

Finally, what does it matter if someone is using benefits or not? We are three hard working parents. Regardless if all, one or none of us are receiving benefits, how much does that truly affect your life enough to make a backhanded remark in public about it? You don’t get to judge someone’s story based on the chapter you walked in on.

To the employees at the Venice Publix on Jacaranda and 41, those of you who were kind, respectful and even encouraging as we checked out today, I thank you. A manager, Kyle, went out of his way to address our concerns with how we were treated and I truly appreciated that.

Time to get off my soapbox and tell you about the coupon deals! I will be writing more about how to coupon to save more on your groceries. In addition, future posts will have various deals that I find while on our coupon adventures.

My Shopping Trip:

  • 2 bags of 50 ct Totino’s Pizza Rolls
  • 2 Atkins shrimp scampi meals
  • 2 packs ramen noodles
  • Small Slice of Brie Cheese
  • 4 large frozen pizzas
  • 4 boxes of Cheerios
  • 4 boxes Lucky Charms
  • 2 boxes Cascadian Farms Cereal
  • 2 bags Armour Meatballs
  • 2 bottles (2 Liter) of Pepsi Zero
  • 4 bags of Rana Raviolis
  • 4 containers Rana Alfredo sauce
  • 2 pints of Halo ice cream
  • 1 box honey buns
  • 4 cans of veggies
  • 4 bags of shredded cheese
  • 4 bags diced potatoes
  • 2 packs of hot dogs
  • 2 boxes animal crackers
  • 2 boxes beef broth
  • 8 cans chef boyardee
  • 2 boxes of little muffins
  • 4 jars of Bertolli pasta sauce
  • 1 box Kelloggs fruit snacks
  • 1 package of Italian deli meats
  • 3 – 12 packs of Pepsi cherry zero
  • 2 packages of Clairol Hair Color Root-Touchup

For a total out of pocket cost of $124!

As for my friends? They were able to get a 50% savings across the board on their trip which including diapers, pet food, groceries, cleaning supplies and household goods. After the five hours of work we put in planning, clipping, sorting and making coupon lists along with the 3 hours in the grocery store shopping saved us over half of our grocery bill.

If your family is on a budget, doesn’t it make sense to save as much as possible? I would say we did a great job!

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Hashtag Pizza – Food Truck!

With a rising interest for food trucks in Venice, several have popped up over the past few months.

After seeing the posts about the new pizza truck in town, located at the corner of Shamrock and 41 in between Liberty Bank and Canton Chinese across from Checkers, we decided to break Keto to try it.. (For the blog and you guys, of course) and #worthit. These 3 ladies have quite the story to tell. Each of them come from pizza backgrounds, one from Chicago, one from Detroit and one from Long Island… combined they definitely have something special. They spent 8 months rebuilding this transport van, including using welding techniques to take the entire back off to fit a real pizza oven inside of it! This isn’t just your average food truck, this is somewhere you would see Guy Fieri hanging out on his days off.

We ordered a 10″ round of the #cheese and the #CajunShrimpandGuac, and I also took home a 32 oz container of their soup of the day which was a Tomato Basil… for about $28 and that included 3 cans of soda.

The crust of the pizza has that perfectly crisp crunch to it… with the #cheese having a great flavor in the sauce with a mixture of mozzarella, asiago and sharp white cheddar. The #CajunShrimp&Guac was the star of the show though. Perfectly cooked shrimp blended with a spicy kick of cajun seasoning, creamy guacamole, blue cheese crumbles, scallions and then that expert trio of mozzarella, asiago and sharp white cheddar.

The soup, perfect for a cold night. Just the right consistency and each bite has the right balance of tomato to basil. We opted to skip the cheese nuggs as we were already pushing our carbs, but I suspect they would be incredible with this soup!

In addition, they have a Pay-It-Forward program. Add $5 to your tab and someone who can’t afford a hot meal can walk up to to the truck and eat. These ladies have a heart of gold and are a welcome addition to Venice. Go say hello and tell them I sent you! You’ll be glad you did.

*Edited to add that while some of these options are no longer available, and their location can vary, there are some spectacular flavors that are worth tracking down.

British Open Pub in Venice, FL

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Thanks to a little extra birthday cash coming in, (I LOVE my birthday month!) hubby and I were instructed to go have a date night at a restaurant in Venice.

Date Night Means Kid Free!

My wonderful mother picked up our little princess, and after driving around, decided to take the advice given to us and try British Open Pub.

We walked in and the restaurant was almost empty, which honestly, is what we prefer. Our waitress was super sweet, I believe her name was Katy, and we also had Bruce, who I believe was the manager, check in with us several times as well.

We ordered the Crab Rolls to start, which had a flaky pastry outside with a rich cream cheese, crab and chive center. It was served with a creamy sauce that had a bit of a kick which paired nicely. We both agreed that for a $8.99 appetizer, we would rather see 6 shorter sticks on the plate than 4 long ones to increase the appearance of value, but that’s just a plating opinion.


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I love a good Reuben and chose that as my entree, opting for Turkey instead of corned beef. The rye bread was delicious, but I prefer a bit harder of a toast, although that did not take away from the flavor. I love that it was served with crispy steak fries and that there was malt vinegar on the table. (Reminds me of summers down on the Jersey shore lol) The sandwich itself was so packed with meat, I opted to take half of it home for lunch tomorrow!


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Hubby decided since it was the British Open Pub, he would go for the Bangers and Mash. The sausage was great, with a smokey flavor that he couldn’t pinpoint but loved. Gravy was rich and the red potato mash had a delicious texture stood up well with the gravy and sausage. He enjoyed it a lot!​ Service was fast and friendly, especially for late on a Saturday night. We truly appreciated it.

Can’t wait to see the next restaurant in Venice we get to try for my birthday food tour!!