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.
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
Pot Roast, caramelized onion, Swiss
Blackened Mahi Mahi
(3) Tacos...choose from Blackend Mahi Mahi, Chicken or Steak 8
on soft shells with lettuce, tomato and spicy sauce
Chips & Salsa 3
Tri-colored chips with house made salsa
Cheese or chicken with pico de gallo
Deviled Eggs 4/7
Dijon yolk, bacon jam
Blackened String Beans 6
Local green beans, Cajun rub, citrus remoulade
Warm pita and veggies
Lightly Breaded in seasoned flour served with
cocktail sauce or sweet chili sauce
Caprese Flatbread 8
Tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto, fresh basil
*Yellow Fin Ahi Tuna 12
Seared with sesame, wasabi cream, soy glaze, ginger
Mussels Mariniere 14
white wine, butter, shallots, garlic, toast points
Eggplant Caprese 18
Lightly fried, cocktail sauce or sweet chili sauce
Charred Honey Garlic Wings 10
Maytag celery salad, pickled red onion, chives
Venues House Salad 4
Spring mix, cherry tomato, cucumbers, croutons, shaved parmesan
On Weekends enjoy our Ala Carte
Angus Beef Burger or Housemade Turkey Burger
with your choice of side and a free beer or white or red house wine - $11.95
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.
Saturday 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.
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.