Piccolo Venice
Piccolo Venice

Piccolo Venice

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://piccolovenice.com/
  • Phone: (310) 314-3222
  • 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
68 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (46)romantic (37)special occasion (32)neighborhood gem (31)notable wine list (28)hot spot (6)good for groups (4)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (3)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • foodrocks2014
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Pork chop was overcooked, over priced and dry Pasta portions were VERY small. Pasta is cheap. Why wouldn't you give the customer a decent portion? Desserts were excellent! Lighting was nice. Service was great. Pleasant atmosphere. Not to loud.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Murray
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Pretentious and snooty.Food sounded good but tasted decidedly average.
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  • Delicious
    Laura
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We went there for our wedding anniversary. The table wasn't free when we arrived, so we were given complimentary prosecco! A nice touch as there's nowhere to wait except outside the restaurant by Venice boardwalk. We opted for the taster menu and it was delicious - excellently prepared and the service was impeccable. We will be back!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Good food
    FoodieMDVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    But very small portions and very expensive. So kinda disappointing..
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Much a do About Nothing
    Cwreviews
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Our Italian "Lurch" of a waiter wasn't personable. Everyone rushed us through our meal. Food was delicious but very pricey. Alan's meal was about 8 ravioli at 4 bucks a bite. And I mean bite. We left hungry and went to a cute tapas place.
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    fit for foodies
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Very very small portions. Over priced and generally not impressed
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    romantic
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  • Best Italian in LA
    VeniceFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food is fantastic... Veal in Black is my favorite. Any of the pastas are fantastic.. Vension Ragu is out of this world. Staff are attentive and so friendly. They treat you like royalty. I have been coming here for years and cannot rave enough about this place. All their restaurants are fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jorjo
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Every bite was amazing! I still dream about all the wonderful components and innovation that went into everything on the menu!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • A new favorite on the ocean
    baseline
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Every course we had was spectacular--the crescione salad, quail lasagna, and lobster risotto, all to die for. Even the bread was wonderful. This is now one of our go to spots when we visit Santa Monica and Venice.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Included gratuity?
    Stella
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I live in Santa Monica. I invited my brother from Paris at this restaurant . We spoke French together. We were charged 20% included gratuity. There was an additional gratuity , I put 0. It's the first time I see that . Did they think we would'nt tip at all because we are French?
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • Amazing food
    luckybVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This was my third visit and the food is as good as ever. Lat I was there was couple years ago and I must say that the prices have risen sharply and the wine list is pricey as the least expensive wine on the menu is $55
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    foodieintraining
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were staying at a hotel nearby and lucked out with this Venice gem. One of the best meals I've ever head. Home made pasta was fantastic, flavors were bold and exciting. Atmosphere and service was exceptional. Great for a special occasion or date night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • goodfood
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    great food, service amazing. You feel like your in Italy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Host
    MRJT
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Charming, authentic Italian, unusual entrees- but everything tasted great. Fish choices were limited (one) but everyone still got something great. Service was attentive without being rushed.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Intimate Setting
    TheRealZander
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    It's rare to find a restaurant in Venice that offers classic tastes with white table clothes and impeccable service. My girlfriend and I had an excellent experience at Piccolo and will definitely come back when we want to have a romantic evening out. I recommend this spot when you're looking for a quiet evening with intimate company. We started with a simple water cress salad with avocado and hearts of palms and then had the sea urchin spaghetti and the quail lasagna and had two glasses of a nice red. Everything was fantastic!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Perfection
    EatsoutVIP
    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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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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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  • Tasty food, but small portions
    OCfoodie81
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Food was great, as it was on a previous visit. Less than common dishes offered here, and everything is delicious and beautifully presented. Unfortunately, the size of the portions shrunk vastly since my previous visit. This may have been because it was part of a Blackboard Eats special, or could just be the change to the menu in general. Much less of a value now sadly. But cute location, friendly and helpful staff, and awesome food.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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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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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 600 reviews are from the Piccolo Venice reviews archive.
  • 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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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.