Warm and welcoming ambience
Wonderful, warm but unobtrusive service. Cozy restaurant that doesn't rush your meal and you can actual hear your conversation. Food was tasty and portions were generous.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Homemade pasta was really
Homemade pasta was really delicious. A lot of good/variety of vegetarian options that are not your typical vegetarian dishes, which I liked because eating out as vegetarian can be boring. Delicious non-vegetarian options too.
Romantic and great service!
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food always excellent. Soups,
Food always excellent. Soups, no creme outstanding, as is the eggplant pasta dish and salads. Loved the Super Tuscan wine by the glass. John-Mark's service and helpful suggestions perfect.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
This restaurant excels in
This restaurant excels in all categories because there is great attention to the finest details. We shall return.
3/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Italian food and ambiance
This is an old favorite of ours and many of our friends. We took a friend and his wife there for his birthday Thursday night and it was packed. This is a comfortable old-stye Italian restaurant with fair prices. We shared the calamari salad among the four of us, and split two salads, which was smart since the servings are very generous. That left room for pasta; the spaghetti and lentils and the lasagna were both particularly good. The very good Italian wine selection is a decent value.
3/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Gem of an Italian Restaurant
Whether you order the whole boneless chicken or one of their homemade pasta dishes or one of their homemade desserts (i.e.panna cotta or biscotti) -- You'll always enjoy an extremely delicious meal along with superb service!
3/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place. Had a warm,
Great place. Had a warm, local feeling. The wait staff was entertaining and attentive and the food was delicious.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
We keep returning because the experience is so good and so consistent. The Branzino with steamed veggies was a standout.
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a gem of an Italian restaurant. The waiting staff care, and are always on hand though never intrusive. The wine list is pricy, but excellent, with excellent French and American choices among the comprehensive Italian options. As for the food, this is one of those places that all four of us agreed has so many mouthwatering options on the menu, that choosing becomes very hard. Between us we had various fish, the whole organic chicken, and the home-made pasta, and all were excellent. If the only faults I can find are that the portions of food are really large, and the modern decanters they use are quite ugly (!), then this is a really excellent find. We will definitely return, and look forward to doing that very much.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and atmosphere
Great good and atmosphere. Not to mention Jamie Lee Curtis was next to our table. It was awesome. I would love to be enlisted for special event if there is from the restaurant.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
it's a wonder that after all
it's a wonder that after all these years, they still deliver one of the best meals in town, easily matching much pricier places. a genuine pleasure to dine there.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still a gem!
I had not been to Locanda for years. Every element of dinner was excellent. Service from Fabrizio, excellent table, and food spot on. This is a very comfortable, relaxed spot worth returning to.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Rock Solid Cucina Italiana
My first visit to Locanda Veneto, and it certainly did not disappoint. Heirloom tomatoes and burrata were excellent, delicious and very good quality olive oil. It was a 10/10, and so many restaurants disappoint on this dish, and it's all about the quality of ingredients. I had the veal Milanese, and it was very well done with great arugula and tomatoes, fresh! My companion was likewise pleased, and reported his steak was one of the best ever. We wanted something lighter for dessert, and asked for fresh berries -- not on the menu -- and the kitchen delivered. Again they were highest quality ingredients and tasty. Definitely will return.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was at Locanda Veneta several years ago and never forgot how good it was and finally last week I got to go again with a few other people, as I recommended it highly. It was good if not better than when I was there before. Everyone enjoyed their food, the wine was amazing and dessert outstanding. We will all go back again.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Impeccable Italian Cooking
Locanda Veneta is the REAL thing when it comes to Italian restaurants. The chefs demonstrate generations of accrued culinary skills. Pastas do not get any better than presented here, Seafood (e.g., the branzino especially) are prepared with exceptional expertise. There is a splendid selection of California and Italian wines to pair with each and every menu item. One regret is that I never have sufficient appetite after the primo and secondi courses to explore the impressive dessert menu. Altogether a wonderful night out in a restaurant that revives my considerable enthusiasm, admiration and nostalgia for la cucina italiana. Bravo!
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The atmosphere, wait staff, appetizers and desserts were outstanding.
Warm, friendly and a great place to go for a special occasion.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
It had been many years since we had dinner at Locanda Veneta and the food and service were as wonderful as we remembered!
It will not be long before we are back for another fabulous meal.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Locanda Veneta has amazing
Locanda Veneta has amazing food, amazing service and a relaxing, pleasant, and if you want, romantic atmosphere. Andre and Massimo spoil us immensely and make each visit special! I regularly have business dinners here and each time we dine, my colleagues can't wait to return. We had our holiday dinner here. Andre made a venison and chestnut stew just for us that was like Christmas in your mouth. It was simply amazing and haunting. Every bite made you want to weep or smile with joy and nostagia. So if you want a perfect experience with great quality food, old school service and no attitude or upselling, and you are welcomed like family or an old friend, go here!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hadn't been here in years,
Hadn't been here in years, and don't know why. The food and service were as great as I remember. Definitely still one of the best Italian places in LA, when you take into account the food, service, ambiance and price!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Why aren't there lines to get in?
Love this place. Delicious food (have the eggplant appetizer and the filet mignon pappardelle), attentive friendly service and romantic atmosphere. Never feel rushed. An Italian gem.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent in all respects......food
Excellent in all respects......food, service, ambience !
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
True and Delicious Italian
This was our first time at Locanda but it won't be our last. We love great food and this is what we got, excellent. Starting with the delicious sauce/dip for the bread to the appetizer, salad and all the entries were superb. The waiter was always there yet we never saw him on top of us. He instinctively knew when to be there.
If there is one word to describe , it would be fresh. Every flavor, every ingredient was fresh yet elevated to an amazing dining experience. We enjoyed the baked calamari that sat over a bed of spinach, the tricolore salad, pappardelle with wild boar and the whole rack of cololette d'agnello. Delicious need I say more.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went here for our anniversary and the food did not disappoint. Everything we ordered was delicious. The risotto funghi was great, even if it is a vegetarian dish. My wife ordered a fish dish and it was also delicious. I bit pricey but the quality of the food is what you are paying for, and it's worth it. Service was good despite the waiter being the only server around. I don't think they anticipated so many people showing up for lunch on a Monday.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
If only service were faster.
Wonderful, as I remembered it to be- it dropped off my restaurant list when it was too noisy and a bit "trendy". Now wonderful food, likeable, if a bit slow. Will try it again for dinner.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our favorites
Superb food. Northern Italian cuisine - lighter and more flavorful than most restaurant Italian food. I always order one or more of the specials, even though menu items are tempting. Do have a dessert - they're marvelous. We prefer to be seated indoors, as Third can be a bit noisy.
9/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Locanda keeps on tickin'
We've been going for what seems like 20 years. I've only had a couple of misses there, and it might have been my palate, not the restaurant. Once again, an amazing set of dishes (we all tried everything), with the nicest service. Love it. Keep the loud, groovy places, I'll stay with this winner.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have visited LA at least
I have visited LA at least 20 times in the past 3 years and never thought about dining here. What a mistake. Food was better than Angelini Osteria by far. Wait staff was incredible. Can't wait to go back on my next trip.
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food, little package
The food was excellent. Buratta wrapped in melt in your mouth prosciutto, crab risotto (WOW!) and wild boar ragu over pappardelle noodles was amazing. Dessert was flour less chocolate lava cake and amaretto cheesecake with a delicious raspberry sauce that was a simple, not too sweet delicious reduction. Restaurant wasn't even packed and the noise level was very high. Tight quarters, bad acoustics and open-style kitchen did not contribute well to first date conversation.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perhaps the finest dining experience in the entire city, period. I return here as frequently as I come to LA and am never disappointed!!
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is amazing, we had such a great time.
Service was incredible, the food was some of the best i have had. I recommend the Fettuccine Fillet plate.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
FOUR HAPPY PEOPLE
Four of us had a very memorable dinner at Locanda Veneta.
Service was nice and the food was excellent. We started with Insalata Tricolore followed by Spaghetti Funghi E Gamberi .
I friend had a special pork dish and really liked it.
We will return.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quality Italian Food!
I am never a fan of Italian food but Locanda Veneta converted me into one!
Lunch with my husband last Friday. Parking could be a problem but the restaurant has valet service. I can't think of anything else to start a meal better with their crusted, warm bread basket. They have 3 lunch set selections.
1. Soup and Salad $15
2. Power Lunch $22
3. Perfect Lunch $29
Drinks not included but Biscotti was complimentary to end the meal.
I highly recommended this restaurant. Excellent food, good service (John is awesome!) and price is reasonable! You will not be disappointed.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Italian Restaurant in LA
We ate at Locanda Venta for the first time and had a great experience. The food was very good, everything from appetizers, to entrées, to the desserts. We also really enjoyed the wine we drank with our dinner. Our server was great, friendly, attentive, and actually Italian! It's a good place for date night or dinner with a small group of friends.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM