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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Lovely food, plenty of it, for a reasonable price, would recommend it!"
    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
  • "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
  • "Nice comfortable restaurant Tables a little small for 4. Food was tasty."
    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