Carefree Arizona


Venues Carefree

Venues Café is located directly across from Town Center Park in Carefree Village in beautiful Carefree, Arizona. For more than five years, Venues has continued to offer contemporary American cuisine with plenty of comfort food selections. The rustic interior is defined by rich finishes of brick, copper, wood and stone. The freshest ingredients are combined to produce recipes that are creative and affordable.
Sit by the copper fireplace and enjoy our well-stocked wine cellar. Here, guests enjoy great drinks, boutique wines, craft beer on draught, HDTV and marvelous food. At Venues, you always have a front seat to Carefree events including Sunday afternoon concerts in the pavilion, art festivals and the widely acclaimed pumpkin festival that highlights Ray Villafane and his wonderful creations. Hearing about events at Venues is easy through our VIP email updates…join today!
The menu changes often and seasonally because Venues is known for its specials, which encompass classic American, European and ethnic offerings. Ingredients are purchased fresh and locally whenever possible and customers often like to tell us what they want to try in the future.

Speaking of eating, our offerings run the gamut, from small plates of deviled eggs with bacon jam and jerked shrimp served sizzling in a cast iron pot to dinner entrees of prime cut, grass fed, filet mignon, shrimp etoufee, Coho line-caught salmon and Venues’ special chicken schnitzel with lingonberries. We are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and our weekend champagne brunch features eggs benedict, roast beef hash and Venues’ famous huevos rancheros, rumored to be the best in the north valley.



Thank you for making Venues your local place to be...come see what everyone is talking about.

We offer gluten free and vegan offerings

Happy Hour Drinks


3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Wines by the Glass $3 Off

Draft Beer $2 Off

Bottled Beer $1 Off

Cocktails $3 Off

Enjoy these special Happy Hour Food treats and prices 3pm - 6pm

Mix ‘em up Sliders   3 ea

order one or several of each

Easter Sunday Menu Offerings  -  10am - 4pm 
Yogurt Parfait  8
Vanilla Yogurt, granola, berries
Belgian Waffle  11
Light and fluffy, berry compote, powdered sugar
add bacon 4          add sausage 4
French Toast  10
Granola and corn flake crusted
add bacon 4          add sausage 4
Easter  Platter   14
2 eggs any style, 2 sausages or 2 pieces of bacon, French toast, Venues potatoes & fruit
(half size for kids 10 and under - 8)
So Cal Burrito  9
scrambled eggs, avocado, spinach, tomato & cheddar
Huevos Rancheros   11
Pulled pork, beans, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, eggs
Benedicts and Quiche
Traditional Benedict  Canadian Bacon, hollandaise  14 
Oscar Benedict crabmeat, asparagus, hollandaise 18
Vegetarian Benedict Spinach, tomato, hollandaise 12
Vegetable Quiche mixed green salad, balsamic vinaigrette 15
Italian Wedding Soup 4/6
Deviled Eggs hard-boiled egg, dijon yolk, bacon jam 6/10
Charred Honey Garlic Wings 12
Maytag celery salad, pickled red onion, chives
Blackened String Beans 9
green beans, Cajun rub, citrus remoulade
*Grilled Ahi Tuna 15
seared, sliced with sesame seeds, wasabi, soy glaze, ginger
Hummus warm pita, veggies 11
Mussels Marinière 18
Whitewine, garlic, butter, shallots, toast points
Sliders (choose 3, mix 'em up)    13
Mahi Mahi  blackened with chipotle mayo
Turkey turkey slider, lingonberry sauce
Pot Roast caramelized onion, Swiss, au jus                     
BBQ Pork  slow roasted
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail  13
Avocado, cucumber, tomato base in a martini glass

Roasted Beet Local beets, black goat cheese, arugula, red onion, Champagne vinaigrette, balsamic reduction 15
BLAT Wedge Iceberg, bacon, avocado, tomato, pickled red onion, blue cheese 12
Roasted Chicken mixed greens, granny smith apple, blue cheese, pecans, red onion, craisins, apple cider vinaigrette, parmesan 18
Caesar romaine,shaved parmesan, house made Caesar dressing  11
Spinach  strawberries, red onion, bacon, egg and goat cheese 13
Sandwiches & Burgers
Served with Fries or a side salad or choose sweet potato fries for 1
*8 oz Beef or Turkey Burger    12/13           
all natural, house made,lettuce, tomato, onion            
Add toppings...each an additional dollar Swiss, cheddar, bacon, jalapeno, sautéed mushroom or onion;  add havarti for 2
*Sweet Heat Burger  17
All natural beef, bacon, havarti cheese, secret sauce, 
pickled red onion, chopped lettuce, bruleed bun 

Catherine's Chicken Salad Craisins, celery, almonds, lettuce, tomato 12
Sloppy Joe ground beef, tangy sauce 10
Salmon BLT  Classic BLT with salmon and avocado aoili  15
The Dip  14
Open faced, roast beef, caramelized onions, Swiss, horseradish mayo, au jus   

Chicken Schnitzel   a Venues Specialty   Crusted, lingonberries, lemon, potato, daily vegetable 20
Eggplant Parmesan     lightly fried, mozzarella, tomato sauce, over creamy risotto  20
Grilled Lamb Chops rosemary and garlic flavored and finished in a mint demi glaze, au gratin potatoes, grilled asparagus 26
*Atlantic  Salmon  locally sourced, lemon crusted, seasonal vegetable  26
*6 oz. Filet Mignon grass fed, demi glace, twice baked potato, vegetable 34 
 add Oscar Style (béarnaise, crabmeat and asparagus) $8
Seared Pacific Halibut saffron rice, mango sauce and broccolini  32
8 oz. Lobster Tail drawn butter, twice baked potato and garlic spinach  42
Kids Corner- served with FF or Fruit(10 and under)
Mac N Cheese - 6          PB&J - 5
Grilled Cheese - 6        Chicken Tenders - 8
Deserts  Ask your server for details
Carrot Cake ~ Cheese Cake ~ Crème Brule
Chocolate Mousse ~ Berry Pie ~ Chocolate Decadence

 On Weekends enjoy our Ala Carte 


Live music

Karaoke Every Sunday Night 6pm - 9pm



Ask to see our Second Floor Private Dining area
Seats up to 60 comfortably or cocktails for 80

Venues Cafe is pleased to have been named Best Brunch and Neighborhood Gem by Open Table.

Monday Night Burger & Beverage Special 
Your Choice
Angus Beef Burger or Housemade Turkey Burger 
with your choice of side and a free beer or white or red house wine  - $11.95

Fish N Chips  - $15




Venues Cafe



Owner Catherine Marr, born in Albany, New York, is ecstatic to be in Carefree and enjoys loyal patrons who have become friends as well as customers. Venues Café opened its doors on October 3, 2010 and has become a real player with multiple distinguished awards for its food and service.

car showsSaturday mornings begin at 8:00 AM, so join Venues for breakfast. You also will enjoy Carefree where you can admire a variety of classic and restored cars that adorn the streets every Saturday.

coffee at Venues



On the second floor, schedule your next private event with great views overlooking the park. Dine while surrounded by beautiful art in a working artist studio. Both upstairs and down are adorned with spectacular art from the Stentos studio. Menus are crafted according to your desires and artist Steve Stentos’ featured works will make you feel as though you are on the Amalfi coast. The room accommodates 60 people for a plated meal or up to 80 for a cocktail style event. We can coordinate all the details for a wedding in the desert gardens across the street followed by a reception at Venues. Just leave the planning to us.





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