You'll want to go back ....
We go to Woodland Hills every year to get our taxes done and need a place for dinner. Even with all the choices on Ventura Blvd., The Villa is our favorite go-to spot for this once-a-year event. My partner had the day's special, pan seared scallops over couscous and purple Brussel sprouts and he declared it “excellent!” I had the Prosciutto and arugula flatbread, a great combo and the crust was “perfect!” They brewed us a fresh pot of decaf coffee ….not something one usually brags about, but it was really good!
1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM
Food and service is better
Food and service is better with new ownership/chef. Used to be Villa Piacere.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
I had never been here before.
I had never been here before. Very pleased that there was self parking and a lot of it in the back of the restaurant. Server was very attentive and the meal was excellent.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was excellent. Service
Food was excellent. Service was okay. We were automatically charged 18% gratuity (on the tax as well !) for a party of six, with no indication of this on the menu. Not appropriate, and the service was not worthy of more than 15%. This was the only drawback though. Nice place overall.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Seriously...one of my favorite
Seriously...one of my favorite restaurants and so close to home. Couldn't be better.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Really nice dining
Had a really great meal with friends here. We started by sharing appetizers which were all of a good size to share. I like to large selection of appetizers and the fact that the pasta dishes could also be ordered in an appetizers size. All of our main courses were so good that we ended up sharing those as well. The fish dishes were fresh and well prepared. The wine list is somewhat limited but the selections were good. Our server was very friendly, attentive and extremely patient with our girl talk keeping us from ordering. We never felt rushed. The restaurant is well decorated but not stuffy. Elegant but casual. I would recommend this restaurant for anything from a girls night out, to a romantic dinner, to a group gathering
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great local dining. Tasted
Great local dining. Tasted great, decent price, beautiful place. It was slow for a Wednesday night, but we were treated very kindly.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
5 of us went for Saturday
5 of us went for Saturday brunch to celebrate a birthday. Since the patio is first come first served, we arrived when they opened at 11:30 AM and had the pick of tables. The patio is serene,brightly colored, and has comfortable tables and banquets. Each of us ordered an entre and we all shared so that we could get a sampling of different items. The food was OUTSTANDING. Hard to say which we loved the most...the "Mix it Up", "Where's the Bagel", "Wendy's Waffles", "Crab Cake Benedict", or "The Wedge". All were really beautifully presented and delicious. For dessert we all shared the Molten Lava Cake. YUMMY! Server was attentive and very sweet. Can't wait to try the dinner menu.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Elegant and delicious dining at an
We recently rediscovered this wonderful restaurant in Woodland Hills. The crowd at the bar as well as the staff are very friendly; the interior upscale and comfortable, and if you prefer to dine al fresco, the Villa has one of the most romantic patios in Los Angeles.
As for the food, Chef Robert Lia has totally revamped the menu and frequently comes out of the kitchen to chat with diners, answer questions and make sure guests are completely satisfied. Choose the calamari or the charcuterie plate to start and you’ll begin to see the new level of sophistication Robert’s brought to the restaurant. Then go on to try the Branzino, Osso Buco or Duck. You can’t miss!
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
As usual, The Villa was a very nice experience. Great food & service. Not noisy at all, which is a major positive for me.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always love sitting outside
Always love sitting outside at the villa. Lucy always treats us like royalty
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
The ahi app was a nice size
The ahi app was a nice size serving & close to being a real winner, but needed some seasoning...some heat, capers, cracked pepper, shallots,parsley, etc...I took some home & added seasoning & it was delish! Brussel Sprouts were fantastic! Wine prices were very high for the SFV, more like West Side prices!
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Found The Villa through friends'
Found The Villa through friends' recommendation, and this was our second time there. It was equally impressive this time: good food and service, and nice atmosphere.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
The carmelized brussel sprouts
The carmelized brussel sprouts were one of the best vegetable dishes I have ever had.
5/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Event Location
The outdoor accommodations for this restaurant are simply divine. The burger is incredible and the beauty of the outdoor area is unmatched. Definitely a neighborhood gem!
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Splendid dining at the Villa!
We took our family to the Villa for Father's Day for brunch. What a treat! First of all, the ambience, both inside and out, is absolutely lovely and inviting. Second, it was so refreshing to be given the choice of ordering from their regular or special Father's Day menus.Even the Father's Day special menu was very reasonably priced. We brought our 18 month old grandson and he was happy in his highchair on the patio, which was so comfortable for everyone. The servers were so very, very helpful, polite and professional. Just perfect. The food was delicious and everyone enjoyed their meals! The prices were very fair and we felt we had gotten a terrific value. We all loved it and can't wait to return!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice find in Woodland Hills
We stumbled upon the Villa while browsing YELP for a place to get some brunch. The food was good, they have a home made Bloody Mary mix that was nice and spicy. The patio was very nice.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everyone there is TOP NOTCH!!
Everyone there is TOP NOTCH!! service is great . .Bloody Marys the bomb!! brunch was great!! had friend in town from Hawaii she loved it!!
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were a group of 7 women celebrating the birthdays of 2 of our friends. We had a delightful, attentive server. The menu is varied. The remodelling of this restaurant is outstanding. It was attractive in past ownerships -- and the result of this new restaurant's remodeling is in excellent taste. One of the women in our party has a problem with noise -- and she was very pleased that it was very moderate. We could all hear one another, which you can't take for granted in most restaurants today.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful restaurant with
Delightful restaurant with lovely patio dining. Plan to return. Server advised new chef, although all liked the previous chef.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really lovely place
My friend and I were looking for a new place to meet for dinner. Because it was a very warm night & the patio was completely filled when we got there, we opted to sit inside. It was wonderful - the food was interesting, not the same old thing : the staff was pleasant but not intrusive. We must have stayed there over 3 hours and we never felt rushed or in the way. It was a Sunday so maybe that made a difference. After seeing the patio - which is FABULOUS - we decided next time to brave the weather and noise [it's much louder when it's full] and sit outside. We'll definitely be back.
If you want a nice place to have good food with good friends - or you need a great place to meet in the North end of the Valley this is the place.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ate outside on the patio. It was wonderful. The server was fantastic. He helped with the wine and was there every time we needed anything. It was very romantic. It was a first date and I wanted a nice place. I found it. Absolutely perfect for a romantic dinner!!!
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Business Dinner Success
I was under pressure to come up with a last minute restaurant choice for an informal, but upscale business dinner. We needed an upscale restaurant with a relaxing atmosphere, conducive to good conversation, for three people. The outdoor dining area at the Villa could not have been more perfect. If you are looking for the traditional spaghetti - ravioli - lasagna - tomato sauce type dishes, no, this not "Italian" faire. The menu features cream sauce type entrees with vegetables. However, the food, the wine, the table service, and the atmosphere were all wonderful. Our business dinner was a wonderful success. The owner of the company thanked me the next day for such an excellent choice in restaurants. YMMV (Your mileage may vary).
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A secret spot
I went on a date and this restaurant is "oh so romantic" with huge trees overhanging the tables - it feels like you are in a mini botanical garden with all the beautiful greenery. There are lovely cushions in various muted oranges, browns and beige and they are so comfy to sit on while you enjoy a scrumptious meal. I had the Chilean sea bass which was absolutely amazing.
I actually like it so much that I returned less than a week later and had the duck - another fabulous dish. There's a large rock with water flowing over it and the outdoor patio is definitely the best place to sit to enjoy all this. The waitress was friendly, attentive and really sweet. My companion ate the diver scallops (not the best).
Can't wait to return again
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
A really lovely, warm and welcoming patio and perfect for a special dinner. The food was very good, and the service was outstanding. I took my friend there for her birthday and we would both definitely go back.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Effortlessly amazing. Perfect
Effortlessly amazing. Perfect service for family dinner for 4. dinner, wine and dessert were impressive. Best filet mignon of this lifetime.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Having been to The Villa several times in the last few months we have found the food and service to be consistently good. Wine list is moderately priced and it has a full bar with quality cocktails. We do not hesitate to recomment this restaurant to family and friends.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I had a wonderful
My wife and I had a wonderful first time experience. Our dinner was fantastic and the outdoor eating was fantastic. Will definately go back again.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was very good. I
The food was very good. I haven't been here in over 15 years and I was pleasantly surprised with the great food they have.
Our server was very nice. Even though there were not a lot of people (Thursday night), the service was a little slow since he was the only server.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a surprise!
This Villa was a surprising find in the Valley. Beautiful décor, great food, lovely service and a great patio venue! Perfect for parties or a table for two. Loved it.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
#1 Date Night restaurant!!
The outdoor patio seating is lovely!! We are very surprised to find a place like this in the Valley. We love it~ The food quality is excellent. The service is super attentive! All the staffs are so friendly and professional. Overall, the dinning experience is unbelievable!!
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a great restaurant in the valley. I don't know why they aren't busier than they are. The atmosphere inside and outside are beautiful. The service is top notch, and the food never disappoints. We will be back for many more meals. I hope they don't go out of business because of lack of advertising. In the valley, we think this is a gem.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place!
This place is so cool looking!...great interior decor and great food. Also, if the weather is nice, the outdoor dining area is beautiful. Will continue going
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Beautiful and romantic patio! Service was fast and attentive. I went there for my bday and my family and i had great time! The food was very good and price reasonable. We loved the fact the ambience was quiet and we were able to converse and not scream.overall was a ver good experience. I recommended this little hidden gem to my colleges and friends !!
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food. Quiet romantic dining area. We could not hear any of the vibrant and noisy party upstairs. Amazing. Best of all worlds.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went here to celebrate our engagement. Just the two of is on a Tuesday night at 7. It was mostly empty, parking was smooth and we had no problem getting a table, though obviously we made a reservation ahead of time. Lovely ambience, good service and food. We ordered small plates to share, the calamari and shrimp (a bit chewy for our taste), crab cake (delicious) and proscuto, dig and basil flatbread (of which they forgot the meat). Three drinks later we were out the door for a 100 bucks. Overall, not bad and worth it for the experience.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place to dine with your honey
Very nice, cozy place to have dinner with your sweetheart . Nice atmosphere, good service and the food is amazing. I will definitely go back .
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for my friend's 40th birthday. Scott the bartender was wonderful and kind and makes great drinks. The service was top notch and food delish.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
lunch with the ladies
This is the perfect luncheon setting if you want to have peace and quiet in order to carry on a friendly conversation with your friends. The patio was perfect - we had to ask to turn down the music, but then we had no problem at all. As the afternoon went on it cooled down, so we asked the waiter to turn on the heaters too. They were very accommodating and allowed us to stay way past the lunch crowd had left. Soup was listed on the menu, but that day the chef had decided not to make any! Otherwise, food choices were satisfactory. Our server kept us filled with beverages and was attentive to our needs. I would say this is a great place if the weather is nice and you like patio dining.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was thrilled to find this restaurant nestled in the Woodland Hills wasteland. What a fantastic waiter as well.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
A true find
My girlfriend from Texas and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner with the perfect ambience at The Villa. It was my first time but her second and we just sat and relaxed in the beautiful atmosphere enjoying wonderful food, wine and the pleasure of having girl talk. We had one negative experience with our ravioli being served cold but the wait staff and chefs quickly remedied the situation and brought us another plate within minutes that was just perfect.
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM