Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dine & Dish: Venue

This busy little restaurant is nestled in the heart of the Highlands neighborhood. We’d heard great things about Venue through my culinary momma who went to school with the proprietor, Holly. With starving stomachs, we happily over-ordered the St. Louis Pork Ribs and Mussels to start. Next time, I’d pass on the ribs and consider ordering the mussels as a delicious and savory entrée.

For the main dish, we ordered Shrimp and Grits and the Gnocchi. Both of which were flavorful and recommendation worthy. Actually, I don’t know what drew me to order the Gnocchi as it’s not something I normally enjoy. I must have been lured in by the promise of parmesan flavor and was not disappointed. It was the best dish of the night.

Of décor note, I particularly appreciated the unique kitchen utensil art. Even the lighting was in this clever food décor style with upside-down teacups and saucers as pendant lights. Clever décor amuses me.

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  1. I ate at brunch at Venue Sunday with my husband, mother-in-law and friend. I have NEVER had a worse dining experience in my life. Holly, who I didn't know was the owner until later when I called to complain, served us and demonstrated an extremely hostile, abrasive attitude. She snapped at us and generally behaved like we were an inconveince being patrons of her restaurant. When I called to discuss these, I spoke with her directly and she argued with me and was very, very harsh to me. She apologized in a very demeaning way and did not offer any compensation. I will NEVER return to Venue, which is unfortunate, because the food was wonderful.

  2. Carly, I am so sorry you had such a bad experience! Sounds like it was terrible. I've been there twice and the service has been fine but obviously something went wrong! I agree that it's too bad because the food is very nice. Good thing the Denver dining scene offers better places to get your brunch on next time.