Centanni
Centanni

Centanni

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.centannivenice.com/
  • Phone: 3103147275x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Saturday & Sunday: 12:00PM - 5:00PM;
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00PM - 9:00PM

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00PM - 9:30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Marin Santos
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our complete menu available, minimum 8 - 10 people

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Nowita Pl
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: 3 spaces available & always plenty of street parking.
A word from Centanni
Fine dining Italian cuisine at neighborhood restaurant prices. Casual, with friendly & professional service.
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Centanni reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (27)fit for foodies (17)romantic (7)special occasion (5)good for groups (5)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (2)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Centanni is worth the while
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Dined there for the first time last Sunday. I read the reviews raving about the food and was torn between the pumkin ravioli and the mushroom risotto. I chose the former and was not disappointed...it was delicious. My husband had chicken with pasta on the side and was equally pleased. Their pasta does taste as though it's freshly made. Though the atmosphere is intimate, the clientelle ranges from well heeled to flipflops, probably because the Linc is still in transition. I don't want another Abbott Kinney, but it does seem people should show a little respect for an establishment that creates a fine dining atmospheric and serves cuisine that measures up. So swap your board shorts for some nice jeans and give it a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Italian fare
    cheapfoodie
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I absolutely love this spot - can't go wrong. Don't skip the burrata. You'll leave stuffed with leftovers, and the prices are surprisingly reasonable. Service is fantastic. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid
    Dispence
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Incredible value for your $. Staff is great. It's not gonna change the world, but really good for what it is...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first visit to Centanni
    Eggwoman
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Being an out of towner the was good, a bit salty which over pied the flavors of the mushrooms. Service was very friendly!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kudos
    drsbattenVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our first time at Centanni and wanted to try it as a friend lives right around the corner. We were very impressed with the setting, service and the food. The rack of lamb was very good and quite reasonably priced. I would definitely recommend this restaurant as a great neighborhood dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service, upgrade food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I went to this restaurant to celebrate my birthday and was disappointed with the food. The meatballs were yummy but the lasagna and eggplant parmesan weren't that enjoyable. The service is excellent and a very clean, comfortable dining room. I loved how the decorated the place. If this place upgrades their menu with better food ingredients, I'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Value choice
    SteveSVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food is excellent; the service remains a little slow. Where it's located is kind of in no-man's land between Santa Monica and Marina del Rey... but the parking situation is usually favorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Centanni
    DJDG45
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Been here several times for lunch and dinner. Excellent food, lovely owners and service. A find on Lincoln Blvd for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very enjoyable
    jonfosho
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    went here for a date night, and although our first server seemed to have forgotten about us, another one took over and did an outstanding job. The dishes were very reasonably priced considering how delicious they were. Overall would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent neighborhood cafe
    LASF
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Centanni is consistently good. The service is the best, very friendly neighborhood place. My only complain is the portions are on the small side.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    It truly is a neighborhood GEM! Parking a little dicey since it is a neighborhood...had to park down the street BUT the food was DELICIOUS! There were 4 of us so we each had something different. Started with special House Bruschetta...amazing..artichoke salad with arugula..great.. The pasta Parpadel...OMG! The Butternut Ravioli.. Again..OMG.. Simple pasta Aioli...again...and Grilled Salmon with broccoli...Devine! The house wine(which I was expecting to be just ok) was GREAT...and we finished it off with the Tiramisu...again..OMG! After writing this I can't wait to go back! I'm glad we parked up the street...we needed the walk !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Hoagie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had a group of seven - on our way to a show at Witzend, across the street. They were extremely accommodating and just attentive enough. The food was excellent across the board. And we sampled a lot of "stuff". Perfect experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Value!
    Birthdaydinnerhost
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The regular menu offers Italian staples, but Centanni's treatment of them is several notches above "typical." Nighly specials extend the range of cuisine (e.g., porterhouse steak). Our overall experience on a Wednesday evening was delightful. Ambience, decor, attentive-but-not-intrusive service, good portions prepared with panache but not flamboyant, limited-but-attuned selection of beer, wine, and drinks--all of it reasonably priced. The scrolling display on the screen above the bar reveals whimsy, warmth, occasional edginess--a visual dimension that gives cultural and artistic depth to the experience of dining. Quite a package. Yes, we'll go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Pleasure
    DorseyDonVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The best deal in town for expertly conceived and made, home style italian food. It isn't marinara sauce poured over overcooked noodles. It will surprise you with its unexpected sophistication. Very warm owners and a cracker jack staff, add up to a very happy experience. Its a small space and gets full quickly. Although I've been a walk-in, and gotten a table -- I usually make a reservation just in case, because it does do a healthy business.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 166 reviews are from the Centanni reviews archive.
  • What a great find!
    lilismile
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    It was our first time at Centanni and we were basing our expectations on the reviews we found on yelp and open table. We were a group of 4 adults and 3 children. The good news is that those reviews were extremely helpful. The food was delicious from the artichoke salad to the tagliatele with beef sauce and even the chicken parm with spaghetti. My husband even had the filet mignon which was a special they had that day and he said it was wonderful (and he's a big carnivore). They had high chairs for the kids. The only thing I would say is that the service was a bit slow that day (for refills, to get our plates). All in all, we would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and family and will most definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service and Food
    lovedit
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Friendly server. Food was great and portion larger than expected. Great Value. Would definitely go back with a larger group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun for two...
    greatspot
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Liked the food. I had salmon. Too dark, limited parking. Good food, priced ok. Service was good.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian in Venice, CA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Pleasantly surprised by the high quality, presentation and taste of every dish. If you are looking for the perfect, low-key spot to enjoy some well-prepared vino and pasta (plus much more) then GO here!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great experience
    Liz470VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We just had a delicious dinner at Centanni. This was our first time and we will definitely be returning! We started with a brushetta which was absolutely heavenly. I had the pasta special in a light and delightful sauce with two giant prawns on top. My husband had the chicken parmesan which was great and we splurged on the cannelloni for dessert, a perfect sweet ending to a wonderful meal. Our very attentive waiter was Grant who he was very knowledgeable about the entire menu including all the many specials as well as the wine list. Everyone was very friendly and there were many happy patrons enjoying the evening there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Take a break...
    pkeenanVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Took my two grown kids here the other night. My son got the Ragu, my daughter got the Lasagna. I ordered the special, risotto with lobster (gout buster). All meals were delicious. My only comment is the space itself could use a little makeover but I came for the food and the food is the real deal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ddddVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Went to Centanni's for lunch a couple of months ago and decided to drive up from the South Bay for dinner....and I was not disappointed! Some of the best Italian food I have ever eaten, and I have eaten Italian food all over the world. Will definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charming and friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We hadn't been to Centanni before and chose it partly because it was the only nearby place that seemed to serve a regular menu at 3 p.m. on a Sunday. We weren't disappointed, from the ultra-friendly and attentive service to the delicious sauce on beautifully prepared sauteed sole. A chicken marsala entree was also lovely. Prices are more than fair and there's a small but decent wine list. The room is cozy, and while Centanni isn't enormous there's plenty of space. Strongly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service, Excellent Food
    Junekid
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went on Mother's Day. It wasn't too crowded at 5:30 but within an hour it was full and energetic with mostly families. The service was attentive throughout. Salmon cooked perfectly... the lemon dressing served alongside was tasty and was also good on the green beans. The lasagna was just as good as the last time. The minestrone was full of veggies. The complimentary tiramisu for mothers was a nice touch. Will keep going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • no Mother's Day madness
    Venezian
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This neighborhood gem was the perfect spot for Mother's day, a no hassle with great food and wine experience. They have a terrific $10 lunch time special available every day!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Grad Lunch
    Katie
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had a wonderful lunch on Saturday to celebrate our daughter's graduation from LMU. Our group of seven started with a range of delicious appetizers including caponata, bruschetta and a bruschetta special with burrata, prosciutto and arugula that was amazing. For our entrees we tried a range of yummy options including the grilled salmon, the paparadelle with shrimp and mushrooms, farfalle with salmon and two gnocchi's -- one with pesto and one sorrentino. Everyone raved about their choices. The cannoli for dessert was fabulous too. The service was excellent as well - personable, knowledgable and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood gem!
    AdrienneVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I have been here several times and the service is always excellent! The daily specials are great, and I like that there are several different options. I had the house made stuff ravioli and it was not too heavy and the perfect amount of sauce.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Based on Open Table reviews we chose this restaurant. Renee, our waitress, was extrememly friendly and informative. Led us to the right choices. Food was great and and very resonably priced. Very home style and a fun place. Lots of energy with people eating, drinking and laughing. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent meal and service!
    BillS
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Eclectre to open table based on it's convenient location in Venice. We went expecting more typical Italian fare. What we found was day expanded their menu and included many unusual dishes. Our party enjoyed all of our dishes. The butternut squash soup was particularly delicious as were the steak raviolis. Would highly recommend this restaurant for it's Eclectic fare. though the noise level was somewhat higher than you would like, it did not interfere with our table of four conversation. One surprising addition was the running display of art and photography on the monitor above the bar rather news or sports; a very nice change!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Italian
    dryanmillerVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We have been here a few times. Every time, the food has been excellent. The food is straight up Italian. It is very good and exactly what you want when you think of Italian. This past visit, I was a bit early to meet my part and sat at the bar for a few minutes. I ended up talking with the owners (I did not realize that at the time). They could not have been more friendly and nice and just wonderful people. They really made me like the restaurant even more. Now besides for great food and reasonable prices, you know the owners care and are just great people.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Packers13
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Second time we have eaten there. We are from wisconsin and this is becoming our favorite Italian spot. Food and staff are awesome.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    bubba
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I brought my girlfriend here for Valentine's Day. The waitstaff was very friendly, the manager checked in on our experience, and the food was delicious. The portions were also very generous, and the prices were all reasonable. My girlfriend was very happy and wanted to know how soon we could come back. My only complaint was that the table next to us was a little too close for comfort. Overall, it was a great date experience. I'll be recommending the place to many friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish
    SeaJVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    This place is amazing. Finding Italian food in Los Angeles that is actually tasty is quite difficult - this is one of the only places I'll actually. Pricing is more than reasonable, big portions for food you will wind up dreaming about. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little neighborhood
    LASF
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Great little neighborhood restaurant. Many local Venice folks frequent. Food is really good, except I ordered , the eggplant parmesan which is excellent. My only complaint is the portion was so small, I could have eaten 3, and this was entrée size. Also there was no side of anything. Love this place, just will not order that dish again, unless the portion changes.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprised and delighted
    Mike
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    The ambience was just right. Low lighting but not too dark. The meals did not leave us wanting. The portions are just perfect. We had the special brushetta of the day.. It was delicious. The Italian meats antipasto was a real hit with all of us. Every bit of the chicken marsala was good. The chicken was so tender, you could eat it without a knife and the sauce was really yummy with a generous portion of mashed potatoes. The homemade pastas we had were light and very tasty. The steak filled ravioli was something we hadn't had before and was enjoyable. The cavatelli with sausage ragu had a good ratio of pasta to sauce and had a real homemade quality to it. The only criticism, the wine poured fell short of a typical serving.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CENT'ANNI - VENICE GEM
    FrankM
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Atmospheric room, excellent service, outstanding food without being pretentious. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Centanni for a lovely, quiet lunch
    BFL44
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    We enjoyed our lunch at Centanni. It was quiet - only two other tables were filled on a Sunday afternoon. The waiter was enjoyable, and the food was fabulous! We were coming from LAX, and it was an easy drive from there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great!
    LVenice
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Consistently great specials combined with the warm atmosphere created by the owners and staff make this an easy choice when dining with friends or out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, reasonable prices
    overpricedVIP
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    The seafood risotto was the best I'd ever eaten! This is great food for very reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A ggod time was had by all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We had a table of five and all of us were thrilled with our appetizers and entrees and the menu is very well priced. Staff well informed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    QuietVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    This was our third visit to Centanni. It's located close to the place we stay when traveling to this part of the LA Area. The food is well prepared, the service is excellent but the wine list could use development. The vibe is friendly though it gets noisy when there's a full house.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.