Locanda Veneta
Locanda Veneta

Locanda Veneta

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.locandaveneta.net/
  • Phone: (310) 274-1893
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:00am - 5:00pm. Dinner: Monday - Sunday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Andre Ginekis, Sr.
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details on our catering.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Massimo Pianiri 3102741893
  • Special Events: We also cater your private parties, please call for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Btw. Robertson and San Vincente
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We have our executive Valet Service to serve YOU, that is located right next to Locanda Veneta.
A word from Locanda Veneta
Click here to read our press release! One of LA’s best Italian restaurants, Locanda Veneta aims to transport you to Venice, Italy. Where the freshest and often deceptively simplest ingredients are combined and cooked into art. The cozy room, often dotted with celebs, is elegant but there’s nothing fussy about the menu. Here you’ll find favorites such as a fresh-vegetable minestrone; wild mushroom risotto; and spinach and ricotta cheese gnocchi. Garlic, fresh herbs and olive oil dress many of the pasta, meat and fish dishes; and the veal scaloppini gets a different preparation every night. When an Italian spot is as classic as this, how can you skip a dessert of tiramisu? Our extensive wine list complements your meal, with selections mainly from Italy, France and California.
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Locanda Veneta reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (36)fit for foodies (34)romantic (21)special occasion (18)notable wine list (11)great for lunch (8)good for groups (8)great for outdoor dining (5)hot spot (4)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great Neighborhood Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I started coming to Locanda Veneta about 30 years ago, and re-discovered it in the last couple of years. It's a great neighborhood Italian restaurant - small, with friendly service and excellent food. For lunch on Thursday, I had the soup and salad option - their Sopa di Giorno was a fabulous tomato bisque with a little kick to it, and although it wasn't on the menu, they made me a delicious tricolore salad on request. Prices are reasonable. I've also been there for dinner both with small parties and with a large group and have had the same great food and friendly service. The only downside is that you have to valet park - the 3rd street neighborhood is quite crowded with cars.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    What a great restaurant and conviniently located near hospital and Beverly Center. Food was superb, service was excellent. Would definitely go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Reservation was honored on time, great table, great food, great service. Everything was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usually terrific but not this time
    foodaware
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Restaurant has a great happy vibe. Very good original Italian food. Quite small venue, part of its charm. But Saturday night - busy as expected; even so, service and the food missed the mark. Our server had too many tables to tend. The food not up to par. Too much vinegar in a simple tricolore salad vinaigrette; my lamb shank - other times excellent - not at all tender. But we'll go back because I chalk it up to business-not-as-usual.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An LA staple for great Italian fare
    TennisGuyLA
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    i have been going to Locanda Veneta for 20 years - ever since I first moved to LA. It's so great to see a restaurant maintain its quality for such an extended period of time - especially as the trendy spots have come and gone. The place is cozy. The food is always fresh and delicious. The service is impeccable. Always a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    LeemsB
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We had the grilled calamari, crab risotto, Parpadelle fileto and for dessert pana cotta. All fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Ital standby/Great service.
    JeffcLAVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I have been going here for years and it's a great upscale but not over priced Italian Classic standby. Great service From waitstaff up to the most charming manager with updated and very good food. It's got traditional good and newer items and o have never had anything but ahreat meal and a good time. Always puts me in a good mood. Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Sunday was the second time this week I ate here. The restaurant was slammed. Didn't make a difference in the service or food quality.
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  • GDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Massimo and staff bend over backwards to make sure that you have a great dining experience. I consider myself a regular. Each time I visit the LA area, I make it my business to eat here at least once.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The waiter is from Italy and that adds a nice flavor to any Italian restaurant. The food was good, not outstanding, and could be because I didn't select the right food for me that night. My husband loved his steak. I would definitely return to try other dishes.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We LOVE Locanda Veneta
    jkwdvmVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I cannot say enough great things about Locanda. The confetti gorgonzola is to die for. Their Amarone by the bottle or glass is delicious. The service is exceptional. It is the best Italian food outside of Italy. 'Nuff said.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wonderful Romantic Date Night
    LAfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was my second time at this italian restaurant. I love the small location and ambiance. Went for date night and we are both foodies and enjoyed a wonderful meal. The BURRATA is a mUST!!! by far the best I have ever had! Also, the special pasta with Truffles is just done right. This is classic Italian cuisine. And the pesto dipping sauce is so good with the bread they bring out. A great wine selection too. Everything is authentic, tasty and the service is wonderful and 5 star. Will definitely go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The authentic Italian food was delicious. Service was fantastic. I definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Elegance
    TammyVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Came here for the first time for my husband's birthday with another couple. Our service was impeccable, and the food surpassed our expectations. My Lamb Shank over Polenta was so succulent I forced myself to leave enough for the next day's lunch so I could enjoy it again later! My husband had the Pappardelle with Filet Mignon ragu which was spectacular. The Carciofa Salad was wonderful; I especially loved the shaved parmesan on top. Unfortunately we had dessert waiting at home so we didn't get to try the many great-sounding offerings, but we will most certainly be back! This is now one of our favorites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian in LA
    Ju1244
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Best food, best secret,best celebrity citings. I've been more than 25 times, also lunch is a great and affordable option
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • reviewVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Had a very enjoyable dinner. Food was pretty tasty for the most part but overall was a nice dinner along with dessert. Glad we were able to try this restaurant. Server was friendly and helpful but you could tell he had a lot of tables to worry about but he did a good job in spite of having to take care of so many tables.
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  • chuck90036
    chuck90036
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Always amazing! Had friends in from out of town and another who hadn't been there in years. All were pleased, content and will go back again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Pasta, Not so good Other
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I have eaten at Locanda Veneta many times over the years.. Each previous time I had one of their pastas which are always excellent. this time I tried the Osso Buco. I was very disappointed. The meat was excessively fatty and difficult to eat, although the sauce was delicious. Ambiance and service always first rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Have been coming here for many years and I consistently find the food and service outstanding, thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great meal! We had a great scallop appetizer and our great raved about the branzino!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Birthday Dinner
    Stephanie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Took my husband here for his birthday and it was delightful. Our waiter (maybe the owner?) was so gracious, charming, and attentive. We felt as though we were in Italy on vacation. I had a truffle pasta that was incredible and my husband had the soft shell crab risotto which was also divine. There was a cool cucumber soup and octopus carpaccio too. The Prosecco, a lovely Italian red, and finally a glass of Moscato were excellent company for the amazing dishes. I'm so glad this classic and superb Italian restaurant is still with us. A great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Each time I visit LA, I make sure that I eat here on the first and last days of my trip. Food continues to be excellent. Service as well. They make you feel at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 493 reviews are from the Locanda Veneta reviews archive.
  • GDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This is quite the neighborhood gem. Food is as good as it gets in Los Angeles. Just like mama used to make.
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  • Never disappointed
    PopPop
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    A favorite and never disappointed. An excellent selection for Dine L.A. Always pleasurable with excellent food and staff. A wonderful, leisurely dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Still Amazing!
    DeborahVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We decided to revisit Locanda Veneta during DineLA week after a decade long hiatus. Glad we did!! And sorry we had forgotten about this gem. Wow! The food was even better than we remembered. Authentic, well prepared Italian food using the freshest ingredients. The stuffed pork chop with a mushroom sauce and polenta on the side was rich, unctuous and too much to eat in one sitting. The pear tart is shaped like a pear and buttery rich, like baking should be.The best part?The restaurant is small and quiet.We could hear one another talk.How refreshing for LA!Some say it is dated.No way! It's charming like a Trattoria in Italy.How come Angelenos can't appreciate that?We will be back a lot, now. Try it. It's wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Arnie
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Food was plentiful and generally good..My pork chop was unfortunately overcooked. Service was great and the corkage fair.I will be back
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Locanda forever
    Babycakes84VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We've dined at Locanda Veneta for over 20 years. While the prices are high, the quality of the food and service remain high as well. The specials are almost always occasion worthy and the small intimate setting suits an evening of quiet conversation among friends. I highly recommend Locanda Veneta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shirking pork chop
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The last DineLA experience here was excellent, the pork chop was to die for. This time, the pork chop was 1/2 the size, still taste good, but not as good as last time. The service was OK. I didn't have my usual waiter (he was not working). The one we had was just doing his job. Food is still good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Pure Delight!!
    OCfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We decided to hit this lovely little place for our LA Dine experience. What a treat!! Everything was delicious! From my appetizer of Pulpo capriccio to my main of Scallops and pasta it was pure delight. Thinking that we had seen the very best, we were blown over by pear pastry desert! Oh My!! Perfection!! Had to miss our movie and eat our desert slowly as it was too fantastic to just gobble it down! Hats off to the Chef and crew at Locanda Veneta, you have acquired new patrons who plan to return as much as we can to relieve the experience!
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A must for anyone loving great food
    Daniel
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I have to say, both the food quality and presentation were FANTASTIC! The staff was helpful, courteous but not intrusive. I have nothing but good things to say. I started with a roasted tomato and buffalo mozzarella salad, the tomatoes were sliced and fanned out on the plate with the cheese in the center, slight drizzle of great olive oil and balsamic reduction. On to the main course, home made papparadelle pasta with short ribs, satisfying and hearty without being heavy. Then a vanilla custard that was divine. I work in a Restaurant, The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills, and have to say I had a great experience. I have already told about a dozen of my guests about your establishment and will continue to do so. Go have a great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • artfuldiner66
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food was quite good, just not particularly distinctive. The service was attentive but not overbearing. It was somewhat pricey.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Terrific in every way
    SuSu
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The menu is diverse and can satisfy any patron. Every dish we ordered was well prepared--visually appealing-- and delicious. The portions were generous. The service was courteous. This intimate restaurant is a jewel. We will definitely keep this restaurant on our "favorites" list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    greatneck
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Massimo is the consummate host and food is wonderful!
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  • Great food, excellent service
    il2eVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was a great dining experience. We listened to Ernesto's recommendations and we are glad we did. They were spot on. We will definitely come back and will request Ernesto as our server. He is great!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Old Favorite
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Many years ago we were frequent visitors to Locanda Veneta. It was an "in" spot on the local restaurant scene for Italian. After disappointing visits we stopped going there a few years ago. Our dinner Sunday night was quite good. The restaurant was quiet so service was exceptional. Bolognaise was excellent & my mother & wife shared a good Spaghetti Pomodoro. Bread, salad and steamed spinach were all good. Including a bottle of Sparkling Water and only one glass of wine for the table of three we had a bill of $107 including tip. We had a booth to the left as you enter that provided a degree of privacy....seating is in rows throughout most of the restaurant where privacy is limited. Other than pasta most entrees are expensive.
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  • Always excellent.
    Ck1000VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The grilled calamari is the best in town. Crab risotto special is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always terrific Italian
    WeedyVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I've been coming to Locanda Veneta everytime I come to LA for nearly 25 years now. And it never disappoints. The regular menu is excellent but it's the daily specials that are truly exceptional. A small intimate friendly and wonderful place.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch near Cedars Hospital
    Fern
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    If you want to feel happier after a visit to a Doctor or patient go across the street for a decent Italian meal. You can leave your car parked in the Cedars garage.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was Good as it Once Was
    ItalianVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This used to be a bustling restaurant and I haven't been here for years since I stopped working in the area. Went back with and was surprised to find that it was very quiet. Not many people at this gem. The food was still outstanding but the food came our really slow considering how few people were there. I'd still go back. Perhaps they'll revive the service at some point so things come out faster.
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    special occasion
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  • Went twice in two weeks:
    Great
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    It was so good, I went twice in two weeks and will probably continue. The tomato soup is...the best.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.