Italian Gem in Santa Monica, CA
Via Veneto is one of those rare finds in Southern California that takes you back to Italy. The feel is small, intimate, romantic and aromatic. It actually smells like they cook food there. The waiters, all from Italy or with an Italian accent, are friendly and knowledgeable. Wine list is very good. The bean soup was flavorful and no need to add salt or pepper. The pasta, tender, flavorful, and the vegetables perfectly cooked yet crunchy. My partner had Branzino that tasted as if it was just pulled out of the Mediterranean. The real candles add to the romantic atmosphere. The only advise I give to patrons visiting this restaurant for the first time, like true Italian Restaurants, plan on a long dinner.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous dining experience
Table for 7, we went "family style." The server had so much to say about the specials, that I wondered why they even have a menu. We started with cheese, olive, grape and date platters: delectable; red and white wines; then we had a tasting of homemade raviolis: pumpkin, lobster, asparagus. We all thought the pumpkin was the unexpected winner. For entrée, two of us had the grilled brazino. Others had pasta, lamb, steak--I cleaned my plate. The portions were also well measured (not skimpy) considering what we'd already eaten. For dessert, we couldn't decide on the gelato flavors so we ordered all 6, as well as the amaretto dessert, tiramisu and another. We all dug into them. Ambiance and service were superb. Pricey, yes! Go at least once.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Absolutely one of THE best
Absolutely one of THE best Italian restaurants in town!!
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Well-prepared, tasty Italian
Well-prepared, tasty Italian fare. Amazing burratta, clever eggplant parmagiana and terrific pastas. Downside can be ridiculously slow service, even on a slow night. As in no rush whatsoever to bring a menu, bread, food and check.
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've eaten in many italian
I've eaten in many italian restaurants, all around LA. Via Veneto is the most consistent. The food is simply delectable.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
They said they did not have
They said they did not have a record of our Open Table reservation.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the city's best italian restaurants, period.
5/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, but noisy
The food is great; we loved everything we tried (and we tried a lot). It is expensive, but I think the food is high quality. My only complaint is that is quite loud...we had trouble hearing each other and we went to dinner relatively early on a Saturday (7pm).
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very intimate setting. Excellent
Very intimate setting. Excellent neighborhood restaurant. Lots of hellos and hugs between customers and wait staff. Loved the grilled seafood salad and paparedelle with quail ragu. Limited wine list by the glass but enjoyedmy meritage with the food. It was an unexpected find in Santa Monica and would highly recommend it.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrated a graduation, birthday and father's day with a party of 9 here---everyone had a wonderful time with lots of laughter and awesome food.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Starting with the helpful, customer service friendly staff, Via Veneto is a MUST for any foodie. The appetizer veal broth is outstanding. I find it very hard to veer away from the Penne Arrabbiata because it is literally done to perfection. The short rib ragout is a standout as well.
For a person who doesn't generally care for dessert, pretty much every item on their dessert menu is a homerun. Tiramisu....unlike any other you've ever tried. It's a must. Panna Cotta (which I traditionally abhor) is PHENOMENAL. I didn't know that's how light panna cotta is supposed to taste. The Crema di Amaretto... Let me just say that my dining companion promptly commandeered my serving and we ordered an additional. :)
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
All good at via veneto
Via veneto has been part of the Main Street scene in SM for 12 years.
It isn't famous, but attracts a savvy crowd. Why?
Outstanding Italian cuisine, perhaps the best in West LA.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Best WestsIde Restaurant
This place is outstanding. Every time I go, I like it more! The food is always excellent. There are only a handful of restaurants that truly know how to create amazing gourmet food in LA. This is definitely one of them! Hello all you New Yorkers, you will not be disappointed here!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great date night restau.
i've NEVER had a poor experience here. there aren't many places you can say that about nowadays..wine - went on a date w/ a wine snob who was impressed w/ the by the glass selections. food - i had salmon special w/ vegetables which was AMAZING. a hint of smoked flavor, perfectly cooked, i think it must've gone straight from the water to kitchen to my belly. date had shrimp risotto w/ asparagus which was light and perfectly cooked. and they did NOT skimp on the shrimps, it was like the sea in there. squid carpaccio & caprese to start. i miss the caprese w/ burrata though, this time it was just moz. MUST GET: their panna cotta w/berries. it really is the best i've ever had and i am a panna cotta nerd. it's quite romantic as well. go!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our favorite Italian in LA
The food is far and above any Italian food in the LA area. There was a time when the staff was a little off-putting and not too friendly or accommodating. Somehow, things have changed. Nice wait staff , fantastic food. A bit pricey, but so worth it.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Italian in SoCal
This restaurant has the most authentic Italian food you'll find on Southern California. Lots of traditional dishes from the motherland that most Americans aren't even familiar with. It's an expensive restaurant, but truly worth every penny. The service is superb and the food undeniable. I will always come back here again and again.
8/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Via Veneto California style
Exceptional service upon arrival - great attention to
Serving our children promptly and with a smile. Our
Meal was over the top with flavour! A definite gem!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Must Try
What can I say about Via Veneto other than it is an overall excellent restaurant. The food is spectacular, the ambience very romantic, and the service quite good. While it is not the latest trend on the Westside, it certainly rivals some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles, Westside or otherwise. The fact it has been around for some time speaks to how good it really is. A must try.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Italian Restaurant in LA
A wonderfully fantastic dining experience.... The food & atmosphere transcends You to a romantic evening with amazing cuisine....
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were visitors from New
We were visitors from New Zealand who were recommended to dine at this Restaurant.We reserved a table at short notice and managed a night that was not busy.We enjoyed a beautiful meal and lovely wine and thought the ambiance was very sophisticated.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food. Portions are small so if you have a big appetite, you will spend some money.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our dinner at Via Veneto was suburb. The food was amazing, the service excellent. It was rather noisy which made even talking across a table somewhat difficult. When I return I will make sure to bring my own wine and pay the corkage fee as the wine prices were the one area in which I felt that there was some significant over-pricing. The wines seemed to be priced at 3-4 times retail which I thought was too much.
Overwise, it is one of the best restaurants at which I have dined.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best Italian Food I've Had in LA
I have been to Via Veneto twice, and each time I was blown away. It is by far the best italian food I've had in LA. All the servers are legitimately Italian. They helped us navigate the massive (mostly Italian) wine list.
This is the prefect restaurant for a special occasion. It is PRICY, but well worth it to experience something special.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM