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Top Choice Seafood in Venice

Crow's Nest Marina Restaurant

With Venice Inlet and marina views from an elegant 2nd-floor dining room within a restored Victorian, this is a longtime surf ‘n’ turf favorite. Popular dishes include the filet mignon and the Key Largo grouper, and…
Bar in Venice

Sharky's on the Pier

With the prime sunset spot at Venice Pier, Sharky's doesn't have to try too hard. It's a typical, middle-of-the-road seafood restaurant (mains $10 to $27) featuring good grouper sandwiches, frozen drinks and a tiki …
Beach in Venice

Nokomis Beach

North of Venice on Casey Key, Nokomis is yet another attractive, low-key beach. Its 'minimalist'-style beach pavilion is an intriguing architectural bauble; it has nice facilities but no kiosks (so bring lunch). Als…
Beach in Venice

Caspersen Beach

One-and-a-half miles south of Venice Pier along Harbor Dr, Caspersen is famous for the fossilized prehistoric sharks' teeth that wash up. Most teeth are the size of a fingernail, but occasionally finger-long specime…
Fusion in Venice

Fins at Sharky's

Head upstairs from Sharky's for well-executed sushi, prime cuts of mesquite-charcoal-grilled meat and sophisticated seafood dishes such as pan-seared, orange-glazed golden tilefish. The floor-to-ceiling window in th…
Italian in Venice

Ristorante San Marco

Superlative southern Italian cuisine served in a romantic art-filled dining room. All breads and pastas are made on site and daily specials showcase seasonal ingredients. Reservations advised.
Historic Building in Venice

Venice Train Depot

Built in 1927 the historic Venice Train Depot was the last stop on the line for the Seaboard Air Line Railway that extended south from Tampa to Sarasota. Passenger trains stopped coming in 1971 and freighters in 199…
Beach in Venice

Venice Pier

Off Harbor Dr 1.5 miles south of W Venice Ave, this long, wide beach with a huge parking lot is the most popular, especially for sunset. The adjacent pier, which has a bait shack and fish tables, is well equipped fo…
Beach in Venice

Venice Beach

Where W Venice Ave dead-ends you'll find a covered beach pavilion with restrooms and a snack bar. There's free yoga on the sand daily at 8am and 9am (and also at 5pm on Monday, Thursday and Saturday), and free acous…
Seafood in Venice

Robbi's Reef

This perfect simulacrum of a harbor seafood shack is incongruously sited in a strip mall a half mile south of Venice Ave. From the walls crammed with fishing photos to the flagstone bar to the unpretentious, delicio…