Piccolo Venice
Piccolo Venice

Piccolo Venice

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://piccolovenice.com/
  • Phone: 3103143222x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:30 - 10:00
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30- 11:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Bobo Ivan
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Speedway / 1 block south of Rose avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available on Speedway off Rose Ave. Alternative parking is also available at the end of Rose Ave. at a public parking lot (must pay at entrance, and place ticket on windshield). Please visit our website, www.piccolovenice.com, for a map and detailed directions.
A word from Piccolo Venice
S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer writes:


"At Piccolo, the tiny Italian spot in Venice, offers something more than standard fare.

It's an Indian summer night on the Venice boardwalk and a typically Fellini-esque scene with poncho-wearing retro hippies beating out tunes on battered guitars while skaters speed among joggers, bikers and beach lovers walking their pooches.

The crescent moon hangs above the palm trees ruffled by the salty breeze. And at 5 Dudley Ave., a block from the beach, bohemian bons vivants are sipping wine at tables in front of Piccolo Ristorante Italiano.

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Piccolo Venice reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (62)special occasion (56)romantic (50)neighborhood gem (47)notable wine list (37)great for outdoor dining (6)hot spot (6)scenic view (4)good for groups (3)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Perfection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This fabulous restaurant hidden on a side street steps from the water in Venice deserves accolades! The service was outstanding with great attention to detail. The bread basket arrived filled with delicious homemade breads. For our first course we split the sea scallops in a parmesan truffle fondue. The scallops were made to perfection and seemed to melt in your mouth. Next we had the squid ink pasta which left the perfect hint of the sea on your palate. The most delicious entree was the pork chop. Desserts were also incredible. In particular we enjoyed the semifreddo. Did I forget to mention the interesting wine list. This restaurant is a must if you are in Los Angeles.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • stellar evening!
    acquiredtaste
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We loved the entire experience from the gracious staff (ever-attentive with suggestions, water refills, wine recommendations) to the spectacular food. Remarkable asparagus soup with lobster was a special item, then the scallop appetizer, and on to the entree of agnolotti. For desert, cream puffs filled with hazelnut chocolate. Highly recommend. Note that it is a loud room so not for first dates, perhaps, or important conversations. Excellent otherwise.
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  • Not as good...
    ses716VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    as I recall-- Food was better on my previous visit--I think this group now has another restaurant in Beverly Hills--maybe the good chef went there--
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Average at best
    IEatVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    valet was very friendly but that's about it. Food was mediocre at best, service was average. $100 later for two and we actually ended up getting a second dinner elsewhere. I would not go back. My second dinner at bottle rock was much better. Better tasting and better service.
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  • amazing
    BLDloverVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    There's nothing to say about Piccolo that hasn't already been said. The food is out of this world. The service is great (if a little officious at times). The physical space is utterly charming...expensive but worth every penny.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    probably the best Italian food in LA. the service is awesome.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reviewVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had a great dinner here. Food was delicious, we had a course menu. Only thing odd about the course menu was two pasta dishes were served. Enjoyed the food and the wine that our server picked out for us. Service was great and had a really nice table which was wonderful since we were celebrating a birthday that night. As always this is a great place to eat in Venice, so unexpected to find such a nice restaurant practically on the Boardwalk.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Out4dinner
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was our second visit to Piccolo and it does not disappoint. The service is impeccable as is the presentation of the food and the taste. It is by far the best restaurant in Los Angeles and my favorite.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every time spent there reminds me
    JeremylovesFoodVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Every time I go to Piccolo it reminds me once again I call this restaurant my favorite in Los Angeles. Piccolo is classy and is fit for a King. The food is outstanding and decorated beautifully, the service is top notch and the ambience is a little hiden gem between Venice and Santa Monica.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wsterling
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Served us chicken and passed it off as pheasant. Also tasted like gasoline from the oil in the pan catching on fire. Everything else was good.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Cibo di qualità normali, piatti miseri come se fossimo in chiasa quale grande ristorante stellato mentre non è per niente cosí Per non parlare poi del conto esagerato con tanto di gratuity(18) inclusa nel conto quando in america si include la gratuity solo dalle 6 persone in poi al tavolo mentre noi eravamo 4! Lo sconsiglio assolutamente Normal food, small portions and am expansive bill Absolutely to avoid
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  • way too expensive
    romana
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    the ambience, the pretensiousness, the small portions... all there. the prices are obscenely high for what you get. couldn't make a simple tomato/basilico sauce for the kids. my squid ink pasta was pretty dry. i've had better at my beach haunts near rome... overall, a mediocre experience.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Overworked and under spiced
    eclecticeaterVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    All plates beautiful to look at, artistic rolades,etc. But 2of4 first courses were bland, 4 of 4 main plates were bland and boring. Mixtures of very interesting sounding "stuffings" were either mixed or blanched to a mushy tasteless goo. Italian in style only- would not survive a month in any major city in Italy.
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  • Tasting Menu Too Expensive
    UpscalehealthynaturalVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Tasting menu was too expensive for what you received. Food was good. Wine was excellent and dessert was very good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible
    foodieloversVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Let me just say we dine out 5 nights a week, so we are very savvy foodies and involved in the restaurant business. The staff is beyond rude. The restaurant was half empty and they wanted to seat across the the "Hot" kitchen, the worst table in the house. We declined. They let us stand there and wanted to take the bottle of wine we brought. We said we don't know if we are going to stay so prefer to hold on to the wine. Continued to ignore us, so we left to go elsewhere....Il Pastasio...who know what service is!
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Superb food, superb service, a little hard to find, but worth it all. We have not had such a great dinner in a long time. This is a treasure!!!!!!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Very nice restaurant. Staff excellent and well trained. Food pricey and portions small, but very good. But do highly recommend.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Piccolo never dissapoints
    DaniG
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Each time I get to dine at Piccolo I know it's going to be special. The food is truly delicious, the staff and service are warm, welcoming and spot on. The atmosphere is vibrant and fun. I always leave here feeling satisfied. Piccolo has become our "go to" place when we want to be guaranteed a great time.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Never a bad meal!
    therones
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I eat here every so often, as it's not cheap, but the food is outstanding and they know how to cook pasta. It's always al dente with just enough sauce to coat, not drown. This time was for dineLA and my date and I ordered their 5 courses for $45. The portions were just right for a satisfying, but not over-stuffed dinner with a ton of different flavors and textures.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Excellent all around
    berjVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Thank you again for another memorable night. It was worth the 2 hour drive (each way)!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great prix fixe dinner
    Filbertimo
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We went here for Restaurant Week and had a five course dinner for $45 which we thought was a great deal. The taggliatini trufaleto (truffle pasta) was perfect, and all the other courses were delicious as well: branzino tartare , veal shank, duck ragu, squid ink pasta, and Australian kobe strip steak. The bread was delicious too, reminiscent of L2O Chicago (in its better days). I would love to go back for their full 6 or 8 course meals, even without the Restaurant Week deal.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rude manager--good food
    Tellcee
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My husband is a Type 1 diabetic and cannot eat gluten. The manager said no substitutions for 2 courses of pasta on the LA restaurant week special. Then they forgot the birthday candle and celebration altogether. The manager treated us like we insulted him about "his" decisions. We would not go back again. The price is not worth the money.
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  • Amazing dinner
    ChowHoundVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We went for Dine LA restaurant week. The food was amazing and the service was truly spectacular!! I would go here on a date or for any special occasion. Love!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • thank you.
    boauni
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This is the second year we've come for LA Restaurant Week. It is the best deal in town. Food fantastic.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for DineLA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was my 2nd time coming here for a DineLA Restaurant Week dinner. Love that I can get venison, duck, veal + truffle shavings all in one meal for only $45. The service is impeccable with silverware changed out after each course. Our only complaint was that the pasta courses were almost all too salty.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Good experience
    MDenny
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We took advantage of DineLa to return to this restaurant. Three of the five miniscule dishes of the five course tasting menu were delicious. We thought the boneless veal shank was too dry, although it was very tasty and we ate every morsel, and were unimpressed by the desert, a thin slice of something white, cold and overly sweet, and a little puff pastry filed with light chocolate cream. Service was great, the wine excellent (although I personally think the list is too expensive), and the ambiance just what we expected. All in all, we left quite satisfied.
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  • Brilliant Dining Experience!
    WestSideLocal110
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Leave it to the Chef! Thank you Bobo for an extraordinary culinary experience! It was perfection, every bite. Bobo's choice tasting menu is just what very other west side restaurant in missing - a master at his craft delivering every course better than the last, creating a symphony with food and closing with a selection of desserts that will leave you craving more. The portions upon presentation seem petit yet elegance, but trust me, you will leave this gem comfortably full and wanting to make your next reservation. Amazing place and thank you all at Piccolo for providing a dining experience Venice desperately needed.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • 90025aVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    amazing on all levels. Excellent choices. Great staff.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • sjbismeVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Piccolo is consistently excellent. Terrific service, nice setting (if you sit near the front you can see the ocean in the distance). Perhaps the best pasta in LA. Piccolo is why you dine out - original preparations you cannot make at home.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy establishment
    HumanGarabageDisposal
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We went for dine LA, the food and service was great. If you are looking for pricey Italian food this is the place to go.
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  • Very Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Scallops were melt-in-your-mouth amazing. Venison carpaccio good. My issue was with the tortellini and ravioli dishes. The overall flavor was there, but at this type of place, and for the price, I do not expect, or want to eat chalky and crumbly cooked pasta. It ruined the dishes. Not sure what the cooking process entailed, but if I can cook great pasta on my stove at home, I certainly expect the same from professionals. Normally, would say a second chance is due, or maybe an off night, but when you pay $40 for a pasta dish that fits in one hand, it should be right every single time.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best italian restaurant in LA
    Michele
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    There are a few good italian restaurant in LA, bit if you look for something different and more sofisticated go to Piccolo. I am Italian and I am a foody.
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  • Wined and Dined
    TonyB
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Expensive but worth every penny. This is everything a romantic restaurant should be. We had the chef's choice multiple courses. If there's anything you can't eat, let them know and they will exclude it. Otherwise each bite is a fantastic taste treat, and includes an amazing dessert tray at the end. Small and romantic atmosphere, steps from the beach. The wait service was attentive and professional and anticipated our every need. I took my wife here for our anniversary, and she still raves about it. Highly recommended for a special occasion with that certain someone or anytime you want to be pampered with great food.
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  • Charming
    Peaceandfood
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    You will love the charming ambiance in the midst of a frenetic boardwalk. Everything else was average.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!
    venicelocalVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    It was our third visit and every time it gets better. We have done the tasting menu with wine pairings every time and we always enjoy the amazing dishes that Chef Bobo creates along with the great wines!
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good wines/ service, awful food
    4honest1review
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    A noisy experience since one table was extremely loud and was disturbing- kind of touristy crowd- Salads were very small pressed together in a 3" circle and almost non existent on the menu- My fish was never grilled,tasted greasy & fishy - Desert seemed to have come out of a box never made there- The atmosphere tries to be romantic with inspirations from Venice through images on walls and a few masks- I will not bother going there again- Also the street location in Venice at night is home to many homeless men sitting under the wall greeting you as you leave the restaurant to go back to the boardwalk- made me feel the whole area is rundown and unsafe to walk as I might get attacked or bothered-
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  • Piccolo is divine
    Virginia
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    What lusciousness! Watercress salad with palmitos and pecorino. A caprese that looks like a parfait and tastes like clouds of essence of tomatoes and basil. An amazing buckwheat tagliolini with squab, a gorgeous disc of quail egg (!) lasagna with a pungent shaving of black truffle. Steps from Venice beach, a thriving outpost of Venice, Italy. Unforgettable.
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  • Mediocre food
    Dinergirl
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Piccolo's setting is pleasing but the food was mediocre. The fish was pretty fishy tasting and the flavor was just average. The watercress salad was the best item we had. Service was generally attentive bit we had several servers, many of which repeated the specials. It was overpriced for what is was.
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  • Piccolo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Been here a few times, food is outstanding and creative. Came here again for a special event Saturday night. Food was incredible and what an oasis in an interesting neighborhood. I wish that the help would be more approachable and willing to discuss but there is an arrogance to the waitstaff. I wanted to see what we could do to share an appetizer or appetizers with the table as well as a pasta dish and they just explained it couldn't be done, which it could have easily done with the pasta dish and they did with one of the appetizers. Food was amazing though, just wish they would be more approachable, they are busy, but would be good to feel good about the interaction with the waitstaff.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service
    Anatan
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Came here for the first time. It was well worth the money. The staff was great and we had the scallops, watercress salad, venison ragu, and wagyu beef. All were excellent. Then upon leaving we got a flat tire and decided to wait inside for AAA to arrive. The staff took care of us and even gave us glasses of wine on the house for our inconvenience. Classy establishment with authentic Italian food and great people. We will definitely be back!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.