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Café Venetia

Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
Downtown North, Palo Alto
  • Ranked #5 for coffee shops in Palo Alto
  • Ashley Y.
    "Lovely hot chocolate (Italian style so it's quite thick)."(7 Tips)
    David K.
    "Watch out the French Press is a little small for two to share."(4 Tips)
    Anthony M.
    "A piece of art and great blend of milk and espresso."(28 Tips)
    Priya S.
    "It's all about the hot chocolate with extra cream!"(16 Tips)
92 Tips and reviews
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  • hot chocolate
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  • Ariana F.
    Ariana FaustiniJuly 16, 2013
    For $2.00 you get a perfect cup o' Joe. If you're feeling like you need to clog an artery, try the creamy Venetian hot chocolate. It's a bit like mousse but served in a cup and you don't get a spoon.
  • Foli
    FoliJune 5, 2013
    Get the taste of Italy in the middle of Palo Alto! The Mousse Al Cioccolato is a little taste of heaven in your mouth! Also, read complimentary magazines from Foli on your iPad here!
  • John W.
    John WeissMay 30, 2011
    I'm from Portland, OR, home of the best coffee in the world, and Caffe del Doge has one of the best Americano's I've ever had. Hands down. Awesome environment and baristas too. Highly recommend.
  • William W.
    William WangOctober 18, 2014
    They turn Wi-Fi off on weekends, only found this out after ordering and sitting down. Such a bad decision made since I searched Wi-Fi cafe on yelp, and this place was list number one.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaJuly 9, 2011
    Now called Cafe Venetia because the del Doge owner didn't want to expand, but the franchise owner did! Coffee's still from Italy and roasted by the same person.
  • Andrew S.
    I had a Chocospice with cardomman and requested soy milk instead of regular. Beauty in a cup for chocolate lovers without being too sweet.
  • Lancer K.
    Lancer KindJanuary 11, 2014
    As a Seattle coffee snob, their coffee service is excellent. Barista Nico is extremely knowledgable and will take great care of you!
  • David H.
    David HarrisNovember 17, 2010
    They make their coffee with care, running a timer with French press for example. You might wait a few extra seconds but it'll taste perfect.
  • Ondine
    OndineDecember 30, 2010
    The best are the thick mousse hot chocolates served in a martini glass. They're really rich and best if you split one with a friend ;)
  • Leo P.
    Leo ParkJune 7, 2011
    The French press is just as impressive as the espresso. Order only if u feel like sharing. Quite a lot if coffee for one to finish
  • Cafe V.
    Cafe VenetiaJune 12, 2012
    Cafe Venetia works with the very best ingredients to produce artfully designed and presented coffee drinks for your enjoyment.
  • Ingrid P.
    Ingrid PinheiroDecember 17, 2009
    Buy a bottle of wine from them and get some nuts/olives. Sit upstairs, sip, enjoy..... (grab an awesome capuccino after.
  • Elaine L.
    Elaine LowJune 3, 2014
    Good wifi, excellent coffee and desserts. Also - in summer get their Limonate - it's like a v2.0 of an Arnold Palmer.
  • Farshid K.
    Farshid KetabchiJune 8, 2013
    Gourmet coffee n desserts, small italian wine selection, with complimentary savory bites on fridays! Cool cafe.
  • Lancer K.
    Lancer KindJanuary 11, 2014
    Ask to see their single origin ground coffee sampler so you can smell and decide what you're interested in trying.
  • Al B.
    Al B.September 27, 2015
    For authentic Italian coffee, definitely give a try here. They also have wine and pastries too! Fancy :P
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteJuly 16, 2014
    Great coffee and awesome wine tastings as well! Grab a seat outside for some DTPA people watching.
  • Josh W.
    Josh WDecember 9, 2011
    Internet is spotty and the interior design isn't really conducive to studying, but it's open til midnight (Thu-Sat).
  • Ashley Y.
    Ashley YueAugust 28, 2014
    Lovely hot chocolate (Italian style so it's quite thick). Their soy matcha shake is good too.
  • Pamela C.
    Pamela ChunFebruary 1, 2015
    Hands down best cappuccino on the Peninsula. Authentic Italian espresso.
  • Priya S.
    Priya SaiprasadJune 23, 2013
    It's all about the hot chocolate with extra cream! Their lattes and cappuccinos are great as well.
  • Tony T.
    Tony TantilloNovember 9, 2012
    Greatest mocha in the bay area! Notes of clean dark chocolate flavor in a very viscous concoction. My absolute favorite!
  • Niels J.
    Niels JoubertSeptember 26, 2010
    If you are going to come inside for an hour, why don't you leave your dog at home rather than ties up in the entrance walkway? Thank you!
  • Spencer S.
    Spencer SchoebenJanuary 1, 2013
    Delicious, thick, creamy hot chocolate. Best hot chocolate in at least a 25 mile radius.
  • Sam C.
    Sam ChenJuly 16, 2013
    Pretty crowded, just remember there is seating upstairs! Great selection of teas as well.
  • Diana M.
    Diana MDecember 18, 2010
    They've taken the espresso marco polo off the menu, but if you ask they will make you one anyway.
  • Gilad S.
    Gilad SalmonJanuary 3, 2010
    Their cappuccinos are so good! Not too much foam and poured in a way that mixes with the crema.
  • Eszter V.
    Eszter VargaAugust 13, 2014
    Fab outdoor seats, the quiche with a latte was perfect:)! Love the place!!!
  • Jackie B.
    Jackie BavaroOctober 3, 2010
    Grab a panino, single origin latte, and head to the tables upstairs for a quiet meal.
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MartinNovember 14, 2010
    Best Cappuccino hands down. A piece of art and great blend of milk and espresso. Will be there this morning for my weekend delight.
  • Aarthi R.
    Aarthi RAugust 25, 2011
    Try the hot chocolate with espresso (substituted for milk). Very strong!
  • Kara M.
    Kara McCainJanuary 11, 2010
    Get one of the hot chocolates...they're rich, super thick and ridiculously good. Read more
  • Nimisha
    NimishaJanuary 5, 2012
    They have Slow Food coffee and incredible chocolate based drinks that are like pudding.
  • Craig M.
    Craig ModAugust 12, 2012
    Service has gone down significantly in past six months. Once was best in pa.
  • Gadi Z.
    Gadi ZoharNovember 6, 2010
    food and coffee is great, but not a "to go" type of place. more of a euro style relax & take your time type of place.
  • Travis K.
    Travis KatzMarch 22, 2010
    Best cappuccino in Palo Alto. Real Italian. Skip starbucks and come here.
  • Peter R.
    Peter RobinettAugust 26, 2009
    Get their thick milk-based hot chocolate. It's incredibly rich and more like pudding than a drink!
  • David K.
    David KleinJune 23, 2012
    Watch out the French Press is a little small for two to share.
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachMay 21, 2012
    Get one of the thick chocolate espressos. It's halfway between an espresso and chocolate mousse.
  • Ori S.
    Ori ShadmonJune 26, 2013
    I liked it. There is room upstairs, and its not as crowded as copa caffe down the street
  • Kimberly D.
    Kimberly DeVeraMarch 16, 2013
    Try the risotto pudding. It has mascarpone and almonds. Heavenly!
  • Alastair G.
    Alastair GoldfisherDecember 30, 2011
    Nice place to take a date. She said the mocha was tasty.
  • Matt Y.
    Matt YipAugust 6, 2014
    Coffee is great. So is the macha soy drink.
  • Vikas V.
    Vikas VadlapatlaSeptember 21, 2011
    Don't try to use the Foursquare-Bump auto checkin.. It doesn't work! My friend almost broke her knuckles trying to bump. Jk
  • Christie M.
    Christie MaAugust 11, 2014
    Amazing Hot Chocolate!!! Thick, rich....delicious.
  • Simon J.
    Simon JosefssonNovember 5, 2014
    They got soy milk and know how to not burn it for your cappuccino.
  • Shu U.
    Shu UesugiOctober 4, 2014
    my favorite cafe in Palo Alto. open late.
  • Henry W.
    Henry WuMay 10, 2014
    Guys behind the counter can be kinda snarky and snobilicious.
  • Praveen
    PraveenAugust 11, 2014
    Enough said, order the cappuccino.
  • Arthur L.
    Arthur LeeAugust 13, 2014
    finally, some REAL hot chocolate. reminds me of the cafés in Italy
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