It’s a great time to be at the Venice Yacht Club. With recent renovations and three dining options at the club’s stunning waterfront location on Robert’s Bay, this Venice institution has tapped into a modern vibe that is drawing in a lively, friendly crowd. Offering three dining experiences for its members—fine dining in the Main Dining Room, sporty-casual Pearson’s Cove, and ultra-relaxed at the rooftop Tiki Bar—the VYC offers a dining and social experience for everyone, always featuring the finest ingredients. Executive Chef Josh Arent rotates his menus regularly, taking advantage of seasonally available delicacies.
“I love the fresh fish he sources,” says VYC General Manager Bruce Furman (pictured in our Table of Contents). “Chef Josh puts so much care into what he does, he can tell you where and when your fish was caught. He cooked a delicious wahoo for me that was caught right off Jupiter.” During the pandemic, the club has been paying extraordinary attention to health safety and social distancing at its dining rooms and tiki bar, and offering curbside takeout, including ‘Family Fill-Up’ meals that are both delicious and reasonably priced. It has also added Covid regulations to its handbook, so all 50 staff know just what to do to make guests feel safe.
The VYC has what many consider to be one of the best Tiki Bars in the state, with an incredible view.
“Everyone in the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs loves our Tiki Bar,” says Bruce. “It has been fully updated and is one of the social hubs of the club.”
An active, community-oriented club, the VYC offers a variety of memberships. While connecting to the water is always the club’s goal, through wine clubs, chef’s tables, public service opportunities and more, the true success of the club are the good memories members make there.
“We have an excellent membership at our club,” Bruce says. “People love coming together here for fine food and a great time.”
1330 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice. 941.488.7708. VeniceYachtClub.com