VenU restaurant

Reserve your table at our award-winning restaurant

Sit back and enjoy seasonal dishes prepared by our culinary students, and professional service from our hospitality and events students.

VenU is our 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.

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

Wait staff in a Victoria University apron carries sophisticated looking dish

Opening hours

We're open 10am—12pm Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays for coffee (excluding public holidays).

VenU offers mid-week lunch and dinner options with a changing menu that features a variety of dishes based around seasonal produce. Monday and Tuesday morning tea is also available, with coffee and cake. Operating dates and time below.

Special events & functions

VenU offers seated format dining with the option of hiring out a private function space. Contact us at [email protected] or 03 9919 8708 for function packages.

Special events such as Christmas in July, high teas, cocktail parties and student-led events are delivered throughout the year:

  • High tea - 19 June 2024
  • Charity dinner - 27 June 2024.


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

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About the restaurant

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.

Hot and cold drinks are available to order with lunch and dinner. View our sample beverage menu (PDF, 168.89 KB).