The Venetian Restaurant
The Venetian Restaurant

The Venetian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.venetian1965.com/
  • Phone: 6192238197
  • 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
  • Payment Options:
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
The Venetian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (19)good for groups (11)fit for foodies (10)romantic (7)special occasion (7)kid-friendly (7)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Venetian
    Dominique55VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went on a Saturday night; extremely noisy but food is great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mike
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    It was my wife & I's 3 year anniversary, this was our 2nd time we celebrated it at the Venetian. We've enjoyed every signal time we've been, and we've been there at least 10 other times within the last year. The very best Italian restaurant we've ever experienced. We look forward going back again very soon. Great job Venetian!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Tony
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have been to this restaurant before but on Saturday night we were disappointed. We ordered a cheese and olive pizza and it was so heavy and greasy we threw most of it away. I remembered loving the eggplant parm but it was only average. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • warm welcome.....
    teenVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    and great food! our first time dining will not be our last. katlyn, was so delightful with us, so welcoming and attentive and our server jeanne was equally attentive to our dining adventure. very comfortable and you have the feeling of "home cooked" dishes and family fun around you. can't wait to try some other menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Venetian
    Dominique55VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    If you like Italian food, this is the place to go. Best calamari steak I've ever had - so tender! Other great dishes were veal parmigiana, chicken fettucine, etc. You must split between 2, the tiramisu dessert - also the best! Great food & reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great recommendation
    Kiwis
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I was recommended to try The Venetian by a passenger sitting next to me on a flight from Honolulu to San Diego and was most definitely pleased that I took my family along to check it out. We all really loved it. We ordered 3 pizzas and a couple of salads and had way too much food but was more than happy to take home the leftovers. We will most certainly be back in the very near future now that we've discovered it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good Food Friendly Service
    Mtns2lakes
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Parking is a challenge in this neighborhood, so allow 5-10 minutes extra. We ordered a pizza and a pasta dish. Both were above average in taste and texture and generous in the serving size. Both were served piping hot. The only average dish was the Caesar Salad. The dressing seemed to be very bland, but the lettuce was fresh. The provided garlic bread was light and very tasty. We will gladly return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fav family run Italian restaurant
    martinitom
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I never tire of this great family run neighborhood restaurant. It is one of our favorite casual places to go for a good Italian dinner on Friday or Saturday night. And, the owner is always there and makes the rounds to make sure everything is good by his customers. The service is always excellent and the bar makes great drinks. I am a martini freak and the bartenders never fail to make the best by far compared to even the high price places. We always get a booth, so it can be very private if you want. And, it is moderately priced. I almost hate to spread the word too much for fear it will get to much attention! Tom & Dawn
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    lavernoVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I am new to San Diego. This restaurant is right down the street from me and I decided to give it a try. The 3 of us were pleasantly surprised. The food is delicious! Wine list is decent. Service was wonderful. So glad we found this place!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best in Town
    TonyTony
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Italian Food
    Mike
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Venetian Restaurant
    DeeDee
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely atmosphere great food
    Immarj
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Dining at the venetian was excellent. Don't let the outside fool you. Great food and wine are served here. I had chicken Marsala that was excellent. The tiramisu was the best I ever had. We went for my boyfriend's birthday and it was busy that night but still quiet enough to be romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 32 reviews are from the The Venetian Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Eating here since 1985
    BeautifulGoddess
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Service Bad Italian Food
    Surfersteve79VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    FVDINNER
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Was visiting the San Diego area. Great place, the portions are generous. Definitely a place to go back to.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific treat
    CeeCee
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always comforting
    iZenDiegoVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely Delicious!
    GoodFoodGoodFunVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food was amazing and we had the best service. Love going to the Venetian!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kkjsd
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Great food, great service. Waitress, Gabby provided excellent service.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Classic Selections
    SamWOWVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    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!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Ordinary Italian
    SilverlakeDiner
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
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  • Great option tucked away
    umbowler
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Wonderful!
    GoodFoodGoodFunVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner at the Venetian. The food was absolutely outstanding and the staff couldn't have taken better care of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My boyfriend and I both love
    Kiwi
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local gem
    MogFamOuting
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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. :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was very good and service
    Ginocam
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mushrooms
    valentine
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So amazing!
    GoodFoodGoodFunVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Essential Italian
    Patty
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    JoKell
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Lovely food, plenty of it, for a reasonable price, would recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Server Very Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We moved here in 2011 from
    Authentic
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Classic!
    Deed
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    This is a classic spot in Point Loma. Good food, good service. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice family restaurant.
    shellbelle
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Nice comfortable restaurant Tables a little small for 4. Food was tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyable evening
    HappyDiner
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal
    obecian
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like old times
    Fooj
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An absolute favorite
    Raul
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.