Excellent Dine-Around-Victoria menu! The food had great flavour. The bar was outstanding -very expansive drink list! I like the atmosphere of the room, but the service felt borderline slow and a bit uncaring - the waiters/waitresses seemed overly stressed and were visibly trying to interact with the customers as little as possible. Possible outbreak in the kitchen?
Overall, outstanding food, great drinks, and a cool place. Would recommend.
3/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always enjoy dining at Veneto's.
Always enjoy dining at Veneto's. The service is excellent, the atmosphere is fun and the food is great.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was fun drinks were creative.
Food was fun drinks were creative. Definitely one to return to.. a great place to share food.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a fantastic dining
We had a fantastic dining experience. From the moment we walked in the door until we left, the staff went above and beyond to make our evening enjoyable. The food was unbelievable; and with the sharing plates we got to try many different dishes. We LOVE the mystery cocktail feature!! We dine out a lot, and Veneto is one of our top choices in Victoria.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fun downtown location. Great
Fun downtown location. Great for dates or larger groups. The bar is bright and funky and the back of the restaurant has a darker, swankier feel. The sharing plates are a great option. Lots to choose from and a beautiful spread. The rest of the menu has options for any taste. The cocktails are one of a kind and the option to 'spin the drink wheel' is a great way to try something new.
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Sean Ogden is an extremely
Sean Ogden is an extremely accomplished bartender and had a tremendous amount of fun discovering the mutltitude of bespoke cocktails on the menu. The Desperado is my absolute favorite as it tastes like an Old Fashioned made from Tequila.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food that tastes amazing
Great food that tastes amazing and is superbly presented! It's worth its price though I would save it for more special/splurge-worthy occasions to really take advantage of the food and drinks. Service was very good!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a great experience. The waitress was great & made super recommendations. You must try the Brussels sprouts -OMG- they were like candy! Waffles & Chicken with corn pudding - amazing, crispy, tasty, moist. Every mouthful popped with flavor. The 3 for $10 desserts were different & good. We've already recommended the restaurant to a 2 others. The only problem was our arrival was confusing. I didn't know there was a dining room in the back and I was told the café was closed. I left and suggested to my friend that perhaps we should go elsewhere as we didn't want to be in the loud bar. She wanted to check it out & we came in the side door as that was where we stopped to talk & luckily we did as that was how we found the back dining room.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun Happy Hour with Friends
Stopped in for happy hour cocktails and tapas with friends. It did not disappoint. Good food, top notch service and a great atmosphere. Look forward to returning.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect for groups! Amazing cocktail list. Definitely feels more like ur in Chicago or NYC !!
Nice looking clientele too!
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pleasantly charmed by this
Pleasantly charmed by this place. Looks like recent reno / reopening (its been a bit since I've been to Victoria). The plates are more appys and mains then they are tapas, but they portion and serve them to be readily shareable. The beef trio was good (bit more than medium, but still good) though the spicy beans need work. More crisp, more bite, less sauce. The rockfish + shrimp tacos (two to a plate) were quite good, interesting combination of textures in them. The best of the night though was the tuna poke, almost ordered another for dessert!!
Wide wine selection, a good by-the-glass range, the Bellini's are real, and the cocktails are very tasty - especially the Bourbon + Campari one (a few odd ingredients ... trust the bartender !!)
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good food, service and ambianc
The food menu was appealing to us and we would have liked to try most things. There was a huge liquor menu. We very much enjoyed our meal. The rock fish tacos were light and delicious as were the sweet potato and pork croquettes. The halibut was cooked perfectly and tasted great. We would go back again to try others things. The desserts were not as good as the other part of the meal (although the berry cheesecake was lovely.)
Service was very good. Even the bartender came out from behind the bar to greet us when we first entered.
Also, loved the music and modern atmosphere.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was great and the
Service was great and the food was delicious as always. We love to dine here as a couple or with friends for a never disappointing dinner. Atmosphere is great for either. This is one of our favourite restraints to come to. We've been many times and look forward to many more meals.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, great food,
Great service, great food, great DJ...... Will definitely go back!!
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing cocktails, great tapas! Enjoyable modern decor and ambiance.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great drinks, the food is
Great drinks, the food is well done and the service was fantastic. Thanks for a great evening!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great drink list!
Stopped in for a quick bite and some drinks, and were blown away. Every detail was great! We were there rather early in the evening, at 5:00, so it was pretty quiet but seemed to be picking up as we were finishing up.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service and tasty food!
We enjoyed a great meal here. Our server helped ensure we didn't order too much food. The tacos were outstanding, and I really enjoyed the berry salad. Desserts were good, too!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a nice meal including four tapas and a very tasty non-alcoholic beverage based on the flavor profile I chose: tart and sweet. The bartender made a guava lime white chocolate drink that was fizzy, sweet, refreshing and flavorful. The food was good, but not incredible. We were very happy with our service and that the staff was able to accommodate gluten-free substitutions.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding service combined with delicious food made for a wonderful evening.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We'll be back...
Virant and happening restaurant / lounge. Creative and excellent drink selection. Portions are generous tapas size which allow for greater variety at an affordable cost. Excellent charcuterie. A must try in Victoria.
8/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Super awesome food. Had a few sharing plates which were all amazing. Lettuce wraps extraordinaire. Tuna poke yummy. Fish tacos out of this world! Velveteen mac and cheese.
Just beware that due to archaic BC liquor laws, families with kids under 18 need to sit in the breakfast room, which isn't quite as nice an atmosphere. BUT, it was worth it for the food. And the staff were very accommodating about setting us up in there. They put on the music and had a few candles on the tables for us.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Third time going there
I was very impressed with interesting choices and tastes of foods the first 2 times I ate here...this time not so impressed. Server was very knowledgeable about the wines and this was helpful and appreciated. NOt busy so it was quiet. 4 of us there pre-theatre, which was a block away.Handy for that...
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Despite the loss of the Trios from the menu, the sharing plates and range of choices on menu are broad and the food as ever excellent. We had wonderful service and a couple of bottles of very palatable wine. A most enjoyable evening.
8/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
The ambience was perfect for two grandparents with hearing challenges yet cool enough for our twenty something granddaughters. The food was innovative enough to be different but not over the top weird. We loved the cocktails especially Fall from Grace
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great variety of tapas - too many to choose from - guess we'll have to go back, a few more times! Rockfish and shrimp tacos are sublime - clearly the best ever. Entrees were fun as well - pecan-pesto crusted halibut was so tasty. Good ambiance, quiet enough to have a conversation but enough other folks around to feel like you are in the city and in a special spot. Definitely not your average hotel co-located restaurant and great service to boot!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
5 Girls On the Town
Amazing food as usual. Their Gin and Tonic used a new and less sweet Tonic which was delicious. I loved their teardrop shaped glasses. All 5 of us left with a huge smile on our faces.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
We were 4, and really enjoyed the food, the service and the ambience. It's not cheap, but worth it.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food but quite noisy
This was our first time at Venetos and it had been recommended by friends so we were excited to go. Our server was friendly, efficient and helpful. We all enjoyed our meals and drinks. My red snapper with rice was delicious although I was disappointed that it did not include any vegetables. Our only criticism was that it was very noisy which made conversation difficult. We were seated in a booth at the back and that area was not crowded but the sound level was very high.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We will be back soon.
As a couple dining out we like to share, and this is the perfect restaurant for trying new things. We had 3 appetizers and we were full. We tried the bruschetta three ways, the barbequed pulled pork and sweet potato croquettes, and bbq Chinese chicken lettuce wraps. We wanted to try more as everything was very tasty. Looking forward to our next dining experience at Veneto Tapa Lounge.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great menu, generous portions
Fantastic food here. And the portions are sizeable. One appy and a side veg is almost too much food! The fried Brussels sprouts are the go to dish unlike anything you've had. Only downside is the tiny diet coke bottles they serve.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for drinks and a bite
We stopped in here for drinks while we were waiting for a table at another nearby restaurant. Ended up ordering some poke, which was really delicious. Drinks were outstanding, too.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
With the help of our server Eva we chose 3 items and it was more than enough food. The menu is expansive, and all of the choices sounded wonderful. An exceptional evening.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not a frown to be found
There were four of us, each with a totally different likes in food. Yet Veneto's menu was diverse enough to satisfy each one of us. The appetizer was groaningly amazing, each plate looked beautiful, and I can't say enough about the killer desserts. A beautiful night all 'round. Thanks!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always top of the line
Veneto never disappoints! The cocktails are divine and inventive, the servers know the drinks and ingredients so can help you choose. Chicken and waffles?! How can that be good?! Trust me, one of the best meals you've ever eaten!!!! Salads and gruyere fondue are all large portions. The 3 desserts are each large enough for one person. It's a total foodie place but the prices are quite reasonable for what you get!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Wine Selection!
We had a great experience, first time at Veneto's. Will be going back, love the food, the wine and the wait staff were great! We sampled a few sips of wine and found the perfect one!!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food, great service
Food was wonderful, attentive service. We had tix to see a sow, they made sure we were out on time, without making us feel rushed.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place. Great atmosphere, amazing food, and lively crowd. A+ service with a smile. Nice place to dress up and just have fun with friends or family. Food portions are generous and full of flavor. Looking forward to returning soon to try new dishes. Thanks
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Go for the cocktails and stay...
Best cocktails! Delicious food! Excellent service from Mel (? I think?). She was THE BEST! Website makes the place look kinda douchy (sorry, it does) but it is actually just dark enough and loud enough that you can have a wicked night out, not worry that you're offending anyone and hang out for hours (even if they do make you move tables... ;)
Prices totally reasonable for what you're getting.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great location and food for our small group of seven celebrating a co workers retirement. The staff were friendly and professional and helpful in our selection of appetizers. We would recommend this restaurant.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM