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The Venetian Restaurant
The Venetian Restaurant

The Venetian Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.venetian1965.com
  • Phone: (619) 223-8197
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch
    Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Dinner
    Sunday - Thursday: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Frank Giacolone
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Book our authentic cellar room for parties up to 16. Perfect for celebrating a special occassion with family and friends, a private business meeting, or just a fun family dinner.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Chatsworth Blvd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer parking in front of the restaurant as well as street parking on the back side with a rear entrance for your convenience.
A word from The Venetian Restaurant
The Venetian’s award-winning Italian cuisine (including what critics call some of San Diego’s best pizza), relaxed setting and casual atmosphere have earned generations of fans since Vince Giacalone first welcomed customers in 1965. Sons Joey and Frank proudly continue their family traditions, making sausage, soups and sauces from scratch and drawing a devoted, all-ages clientele. Highlights of the menu include bruschetta, seafood pastas, chicken and veal piccata, and thick- or thin-crust pizzas with either traditional or trendy toppings. Located in Point Loma, The Venetian’s friendly service and “Cheers” style vibe make it a favorite destination for date night, happy hour, dinner with friends or family celebrations. Seating includes the lively bar and patio (great for families and larger parties); comfy booths and banquettes; and a private wine cellar that can be reserved for parties of up to 16. Dinner nightly; lunch Monday-Friday; Sunday brunch; full bar.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "As always the Venetian delivered great food and great service. I feel fortunate to have this resturant down the street from me. Cheers, Tony R."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to the Venetian Restaurant many times after discovering it about 1 1/2 years ago. It's the absolute best Italian Restaurant in San Diego, as I am very"picky" about Italian food. We've recently taken family & close friends to experience the great food, they all love the Venetian and will surely be back time and time again in the future. I can always count on great food, great service and just an all around fantastic dinning experience. Thanks to all at the Venetian, superb job!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "The Fettuccine Alfredo was exquisite and the pizza was great. I have been eating at this restaurant for 20 years and never disappointed with the food or service. Great Italian food and scrumptious deserst - cheesecake and Tiramisu. Neighborhood Gem!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I have been eating at the Venetian since 1985 when I worked next door in my early 20s. We celebrated birthdays with a pizza, which are fabulous, to share. Their food has been great all these years. If you love scallops they have THE BEST that I have ever tasted. They don't over cook them and they are succulent. I rarely order anything other than the linguini with clams and scallops in white sauce. The calamari strips are the best also. I always say I'm going to order a couple of servings and make it dinner but I always order more food because it is so good! One meal here will make 2 if you don't eat it all so you definitely get your money's worth. Tell them Lisa Catlin sent you!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Brought the family here for a quick dinner since it was semi-near the airport on our way home. The decor was pretty nice for a little italian place tucked away in Point Loma. Our server and bus boy were both very polite and friendly. Timing of food was good too but that's all about I can say. The food was pretty mediocre to even bad. It was also overpriced for the quality. You don't serve shrimp scampi battered and fried! My chicken marsala reminded me of my first attempt at making myself in 7th grade home-ec. The kids pizza was also pretty so so. Maybe ok if you live within a few blocks of this place if you're absolutely craving italian though there are many better choices elsewhere in San Diego."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Was visiting the San Diego area. Great place, the portions are generous. Definitely a place to go back to."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Our long-time Italian restaurant closed and we were searching for a place to be our "regular, go-to" restaurant. The Venetian was recommended by a friend. We had two of the best pizzas ever and can't wait to return for the Veal Marsala. The waitress was friendly, prompt and just the right amount of attentive. It was quite a drive but well worth it. Will be back soon!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We have been going here for years. Comfort Italian food, family friendly, generous portions and an overall "go to" choice for us when we are tired, hungry and need a break. We love the wait staff. Always smiling and helpful. Almost always get Linguini with Clams (white broth style) and Chicken Parmesan and are always pleased. Never leave hungry. make sure to get a reservations (Open table!) as they get very busy in the evenings and it consistently saves us what can be a long wait."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The food was amazing and we had the best service. Love going to the Venetian!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Great food, great service. Waitress, Gabby provided excellent service."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The evening was delicious and fun with family. There were so many delicious choices, although I didn't find many protein options that weren't breaded. The staff was very attentive but at times too attentive we had four different servers and one peaked her head around the tiny booth every fives minutes. Other than that it was a great evening out!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The Venetian proved a disappointment after reading the mostly positive reviews on Open Table. We felt misled. This is a very ordinary Italian. The pizza was the worst dish we ordered. The base appeared to have been cooked separately, the topping added later, and then uncooked (rather tough) slices of tomato added as garnish. Service was pleasant."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Chose this location due to size of party (14) and willingness to accept reservation. THANK GOODNESS!!! One of the best Italian dining experiences ever! Better than Little Italy options..........great service, great prices.........HUGE portions. Will return again and again during visits to San Diego!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner at the Venetian. The food was absolutely outstanding and the staff couldn't have taken better care of us."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Our family came to the Venetian when I was a little kid. Now run by the next generation, it was a good experience from the start to be greeted at the door by the owner. We were a family group of 10 which did not seem to fluster the staff at all. The food was delicious, generous, served correctly and people at tables around us seemed happy and satisfied also. The goal here seems to support return customers, unlike more touristy places which assume you'll never be back. I really can't think of anything negative - for a quieter environment there is a separate side of the restaurant - everyone should be happy!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I both love Italian food so we did a local search to find a place near our house. The Venetian had good reviews so we decided to try it. The first thing we noticed however was that it was extremely loud inside and there wasn't the best waiting area for guests waiting to be seated. We didn't want to get in the way of the servers haha. The wine was good and the server was attentive. Maybe we have high expectations but weI thought the food was good, not outstanding. If you're looking for a place to get your Italian food fill it isn't a bad choice though."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Great find! We had reservations and our table was ready when we arrived: Which was great b/c it's hard to dine out with kids sometimes. The staff was friendly and provided a welcoming environment: Very helpful when we needed it. The food was terrific. The recommendations from Yelp did not disappoint. One guest is usually disappointed with veal parm. so he ordered the chicken parm, but after tasting someone else's veal parm, he was pleasantly surprised at the tenderness of the meat. We would definitely recommend the Venetian to our friends, family, and neighbors who haven't discovered this local gem. :)"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Food was very good and service was excellent. I found the (outside) patio area very chilly .they need to either turn on the heat or heaters, which might be tough since it is enclosed. Overall it was good."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I had the chicken Marsala. It said sautéed worth mushrooms, so I thought I was okay. I absolutely dislike mushrooms, and when I got it, it was COVERED in mushrooms. Kind of ruined my appetite. I ended up spending $100 and definitely not worth it. So sad."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We are quickly becoming regulars at The Venetian because it doesn't seem to matter what we order everything is delicious! Such a great restaurant with excellent service!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "When in the need for some flavorful, abundant, and tasty homemade sauces for your pasta selection, go to Italy. Barring the 15 hour flight head on over to the Venetian. Joe and Frank host a very simple and traditional Italian menu which reflects their heritage and hasn't a bad item on it. The linguini pasta selections are the best of a very well prepared and productive kitchen. Nicely comfortable in a newly remodeled interior, the Old World comes alive in a culinary hot spot in Point Loma/Ocean Beach."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Lovely food, plenty of it, for a reasonable price, would recommend it!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The service was very good - the server tolerated our large group with two rambunkcious (sp) children with a smile. The food was very good bu nott inspired. Better for lunch."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We moved here in 2011 from Central NY, where good Italian restaurants abound. Here, not so much. The Venetian is terrific, exactly what we were accustomed to in NY. The service is always friendly and the food consistent and authentic. It is my favorite restaurant in San Diego, and we have tried many of them. We bring visitors from the East here all the time. Gabby was our waitress on 12/31; she was terrific, just like all the servers are there. Try The Venetian; you will not be disappointed. Great for take out, too! All the locals know and rave about this place."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This is a classic spot in Point Loma. Good food, good service. We will be back!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Nice comfortable restaurant Tables a little small for 4. Food was tasty."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Our evening was enjoyable from start to finish. Their little bar is intimate and perfect for a drink while waiting for the rest of our party to join us. We were seated at our table in a timely manner and our waiter was pleasant and attentive throughout. There were four in our party and we all ordered something different including starters and pasta dishes. We were all very pleased with our choices and thought the food and ambience was excellent overall. The restaurant was packed and it did become a little loud so if noise is a problem for you, you may not want to go on a weekend evening. We did not mind the noise, though, as we were all talking and laughing ourselves. I highly recommend The Venetian and hope to go back when in San Diego."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We have been going to The Venetian for 20+ years and always have a great meal and wonderful experience. Everything on the menu is outstanding, and the service is amazing. Always a fun night and so many Point Loma and Ocean Beach locals, never know who you are going to run in to."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Had been back only once since we had my retirement party there in 2005. It has been remodeled but Janine (hope I spelled it right) is still there after 25 years. Food and service is how I remembered, delicious and attentive."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "My wife and I have been enjoying this family owned restaurant for years. Our Italian friends from New York joined us on this latest visit to Venetian and they loved the food. They can't wait to take their kids and grandkids there. The exceptional food quality and top notch service has been consistent over the years. The Venetian has never disappointed us."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "My wife and I chose the Venetian for our 2nd wedding anniversary, it was a wonderful experience. The food was great, the service was 2nd to none. They even presented us an Italian cake to celebrate our anniversary, (something I asked for in reservation). I was pleasantly surprised when the waitress brought it out after dinner. My wife loved it. We are making the Venetian our Italian restaurant of choice. I would highly recommend the Venetian to any one who enjoys great authentic Italian food, with great service!"
    Dined on 9/24/2013
  • "The Venetian Restaurant was very good. Authentic Italian dishes. The workers knew alot about the various types of dishes. The food selection was large. We will definately come back here when we are in San Diego."
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "Good food and lots of it. Prices are about right for this neighborhood gem. The noise level was quite high and precluded convenient conversation. I suspect the levels would be lessened in a booth of after 9 pm when the kiddies have been tucked away in bed."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "Food was wonderful. There was a noise factor that made it hard to talk."
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "This was the first time we went to this restaurant. It was a very surprisingly wonderful experience. From the salad with home made blue cheese dressing to the main course. I had linguini with clams & scollops, it was absolutely delicious. There were 4 in our party & like me they were all very impressed. The service was excellent too. we've finally found our favorite Italian restaurant! I can't wait to go back! Enjoy!"
    Dined on 7/10/2013