VenU is our award-winning student-run restaurant at Footscray Nicholson Campus. The industry-standard facility provides a simulated work environment for hospitality students to refine their skills under the guidance of our expert teachers.

VenU provides seasonal dishes prepared by our apprentice chefs, and professional service from our hospitality and events students.

The licensed restaurant features:

  • a main dining room that seats 100 guests
  • a function space for 50 guests
  • à la carte, café and bistro dining
  • menus featuring seasonal and local produce
  • a selection of local wines and craft beers.

In the past, VenU has been awarded Best Training Restaurant at the Restaurant and Catering Victoria Excellence Awards.

A formal, sophisticated dinner with glass of white wine served on a table with white cloth

A young man and woman in chef uniforms smile while adding sauce to a platter

Wait staff in a Victoria University apron carries sophisticated looking dish

A room with beautifully set tables

About the restaurant

VenU offers mid-week lunch and dinner options with a changing menu that features a variety of dishes based around seasonal produce.

Hours of operation

VenU will be open 10am—12pm Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays for coffee (excluding public holidays).

Wednesday morning tea is also available, with a range of sweet cakes or muffins from 12 May—15 September 2023.

See lunch and dinner dates and times below:

Wednesday bistro lunch

Bookings available:

  • Time: 12—1.15pm
  • Dates: 12—19 July, 2 August—6 September 2023 

View Wednesday lunch menu.

Wednesday bistro dinner — 2 for 1 deal!

Two meals for the price of one.

Bookings available:

  • Time: 5.30—7pm
  • Dates: 12—19 July and 2 August—6 September 2023 

Thursday cafe lunch

Bookings available:

  • Times: 12—1.15pm
  • Dates: 13 July—14 September 2023

View Thursday lunch menu.

Friday bistro lunch

Bookings available:

  • Times: 12—1.15pm
  • Dates: 21—28 July, 11 August—15 September 2023 

View Friday lunch menu.

Hot and cold drinks are available to order with lunch and dinner. View our sample beverage menu.


Level 1 Building D, Footscray Nicholson Campus
Corner of Nicholson and Buckley Streets, Footscray
Entrance via Albert Street

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