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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."(29 Tips)
    Christie M.
    "Amazing Hot Chocolate!!! Thick, rich....delicious."(13 Tips)
97 Tips and reviews
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sergey V.
    Sergey VorontsovDecember 7, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Open late, serves good Italian wine, can be a perfect alternative to expensive and crowded bars for a short night out.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew ShuttleworthJanuary 7, 2016
    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!
  • Pamela C.
    Pamela ChunFebruary 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Hands down best cappuccino on the Peninsula. Authentic Italian espresso.
  • Elaine L.
    Elaine LowJune 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • Priya S.
    Priya SaiprasadJune 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • Ashley Y.
    Ashley YueAugust 28, 2014
    Lovely hot chocolate (Italian style so it's quite thick). Their soy matcha shake is good too.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaJuly 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ;)
  • Spencer S.
    Spencer SchoebenJanuary 1, 2013
    Delicious, thick, creamy hot chocolate. Best hot chocolate in at least a 25 mile radius.
  • 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.
  • Eszter V.
    Eszter VargaAugust 13, 2014
    Fab outdoor seats, the quiche with a latte was perfect:)! Love the place!!!
  • Leo P.
    Leo ParkJune 7, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    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
  • David H.
    David HarrisNovember 17, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Sam C.
    Sam ChenJuly 16, 2013
    Pretty crowded, just remember there is seating upstairs! Great selection of teas as well.
  • 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.
  • Ori S.
    Ori ShadmonJune 26, 2013
    I liked it. There is room upstairs, and its not as crowded as copa caffe down the street
  • Giovanni D.
    Giovanni DiGiacomoSeptember 11, 2016
    Everything is superb here. Has been one of favorite place since I got here in 2011
  • Aarthi R.
    Aarthi RAugust 25, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the hot chocolate with espresso (substituted for milk). Very strong!
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MartinNovember 14, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Best Cappuccino hands down. A piece of art and great blend of milk and espresso. Will be there this morning for my weekend delight.
  • Kimberly D.
    Kimberly DeVeraMarch 16, 2013
    Try the risotto pudding. It has mascarpone and almonds. Heavenly!
  • Josh W.
    Josh WDecember 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Internet is spotty and the interior design isn't really conducive to studying, but it's open til midnight (Thu-Sat).
  • David ☕️ K.
    David ☕️ KleinJune 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Watch out the French Press is a little small for two to share.
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachMay 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get one of the thick chocolate espressos. It's halfway between an espresso and chocolate mousse.
  • Matt Y.
    Matt YipAugust 6, 2014
    Coffee is great. So is the macha soy drink.
  • Greg V.
    Greg VJuly 5, 2013
    Delicious and photogenic Café Mocha
  • Nimisha
    NimishaJanuary 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They have Slow Food coffee and incredible chocolate based drinks that are like pudding.
  • Diana M.
    Diana MDecember 18, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    They've taken the espresso marco polo off the menu, but if you ask they will make you one anyway.
  • Praveen
    PraveenAugust 11, 2014
    Enough said, order the cappuccino.
  • Shu U.
    Shu UesugiOctober 4, 2014
    my favorite cafe in Palo Alto. open late.
  • Christie M.
    Christie MaAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing Hot Chocolate!!! Thick, rich....delicious.
  • Dmitry P.
    Dmitry PupkovAugust 10, 2014
    Awesome drinking chocolate! Best recommended :)
  • Alastair G.
    Alastair GoldfisherDecember 30, 2011
    Nice place to take a date. She said the mocha was tasty.
  • Arthur L.
    Arthur LeeAugust 13, 2014
    finally, some REAL hot chocolate. reminds me of the cafés in Italy
  • Jackie B.
    Jackie BavaroOctober 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Grab a panino, single origin latte, and head to the tables upstairs for a quiet meal.
  • Craig M.
    Craig ModAugust 12, 2012
    Service has gone down significantly in past six months. Once was best in pa.
  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan HongApril 26
    Been here 10+ times
    If you want something strong that's iced, get a poor mans freddo. It's espresso poured directly into a cup filled with ice.
  • Oleg R.
    Oleg RFebruary 17, 2015
    Best coffee and cappuccino on university!
  • Lior G.
    Lior GonnenAugust 18, 2014
    Best coffee in Palo Alto. Hands down.
  • Max I.
    Max IschenkoJune 12, 2015
    Really good espresso drinks.
  • Simon J.
    Simon JosefssonNovember 5, 2014
    They got soy milk and know how to not burn it for your cappuccino.
  • Ingrid P.
    Ingrid PinheiroDecember 17, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Buy a bottle of wine from them and get some nuts/olives. Sit upstairs, sip, enjoy..... (grab an awesome capuccino after.
  • Henry W.
    Henry WuMay 10, 2014
    Guys behind the counter can be kinda snarky and snobilicious.
  • Pavel S.
    Pavel SirotinOctober 31, 2014
    Delicious coffee.
  • Niels J.
    Niels JoubertSeptember 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Jason W.
    Jason WomackFebruary 25, 2012
    Take some time for the morning meditation over/with/about coffee.
  • Gilad S.
    Gilad SalmonJanuary 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Their cappuccinos are so good! Not too much foam and poured in a way that mixes with the crema.
  • Travis K.
    Travis KatzMarch 22, 2010
    Best cappuccino in Palo Alto. Real Italian. Skip starbucks and come here.
  • Cagdas V.
    Cagdas VarelDecember 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Loved their coffee selection!
  • cris p.
    cris perruocJune 2, 2011
    Great espresso, a real experience!
  • Shweta A.
    Shweta AgarwalNovember 26, 2013
    Great coffee and ambience !!!
  • Vikas V.
    Vikas VadlapatlaOctober 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Cioccolata in Tazza - milk based. Get it iced on a warm night!
  • Mrunal P.
    Mrunal ParikhDecember 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome tiramisu. Yummm.
  • 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.
  • Leigh K.
    Leigh KlotzSeptember 21, 2014
    Cafe Macchiato & pizette.
  • Rohini J.
    Rohini JalanDecember 29, 2013
    Bomb of a latte!
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • Bastian E.
    Bastian ErnstJuly 22, 2015
    Awesome coffee
  • Quoc L.
    Quoc LeMarch 23, 2015
    Love the japanese tea.
  • Kara M.
    Kara McCainJanuary 11, 2010
    Get one of the hot chocolates...they're rich, super thick and ridiculously good. Read more
  • Marco L.
    Marco LancieriJanuary 4, 2016
    Baked goods and the staff are excellent
  • Chris K.
    Chris KantarjievOctober 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit upstairs and enjoy the booths
  • Fedor B.
    Fedor BartoshAugust 15, 2016
    5 people behind the bar and no one cleans tables
  • Shruti N.
    Shruti NarayanNovember 14, 2011
    Serves coffee nd wine,good hot chocolates
  • Janet
    JanetNovember 15, 2013
    Friendly morning baristas an cashier.
  • Zeenat H.
    Zeenat HasanAugust 6, 2012
    Beware- No wifi on the weekends.
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiApril 6, 2015
    Lots of coffee and tea options
  • Martijn B.
    Martijn BoermansMarch 31, 2016
    Best coffee in PA
  • Veronica N.
    Veronica NeimanDecember 14, 2014
    Al organic red wines.
  • Filip M.
    Filip MaresNovember 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Individual french press coffee.
  • Diego G.
    Diego GabathulerAugust 23, 2015
    Perfect Cappuccino
  • Gleb G.
    Gleb GusevJanuary 26, 2016
    Coffee is exceptional here
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BowenJanuary 27, 2015
    Fancy hot chocolate
  • Elaine
    ElaineJuly 27, 2014
    Really unfriendly service but good coffee.
  • Ariel Z.
    Ariel ZachDecember 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Mousse espresso
  • Sally S.
    Sally StarAugust 5, 2014
    Great place
  • Max R.
    Max RostotskiFebruary 1, 2013
    Good coffee!
  • Vikas V.
    Vikas VadlapatlaSeptember 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't try to use the Foursquare-Bump auto checkin.. It doesn't work! My friend almost broke her knuckles trying to bump. Jk
  • Peter R.
    Peter RobinettAugust 26, 2009
    Get their thick milk-based hot chocolate. It's incredibly rich and more like pudding than a drink!
  • Linh H.
    Linh HoangNovember 3, 2013
    They don't provide wifi on the weekends :/
  • Josh W.
    Josh WAugust 31, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    No wifi on weekends
  • Taylor R.
    Taylor RobinsonJuly 14
    Been here 25+ times
    Poor Man's Freddo on a hot day is sublime.
  • E S.
    E SongFebruary 16, 2014
    No wifi during the weekends....? :(
  • Vahid
    VahidJune 11
    Coffee from Italy. Get's crowded during the weekend. Also they don'thave wifi in the weekends.
    Downvoted Jun 25
  • Alicia M.
    Alicia MJune 10, 2012
    Shitty customer service, but coffee is good
  • Mbwana A.
    Mbwana AlliyOctober 29, 2009
    best night coffee place- great music
  • Barak C.
    Barak CohenDecember 10, 2011
    No wifi on weekends :(
  • Noam "N.G." G.
    Noam "N.G." GordonJuly 6, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    My fav coffeeshop in palo alto. Meetings there now.
  • Grace K.
    Grace KoFebruary 9, 2010
    Internet variable
  • Advizzer
    AdvizzerOctober 24, 2012
    Вкусный кофе
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