Veneto Tapa Lounge - Hotel Rialto
Veneto Tapa Lounge - Hotel Rialto

Veneto Tapa Lounge - Hotel Rialto

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.venetodining.com/
  • Phone: 2503837310x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Tod Bosence
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Email mlucas@hotelrialto.ca for our catering menu and information on our private dining room great for events from 10-50 people.
  • Private Party Facilities: Have a look at our elegant private dining room. Quiet and private with a wide variety of menu options. Perfect for small elegant dinner or a larger banquet. Our 65" flat screen TV and in in ceiling speaker system are great for presentations. No need to bring projectors.
  • Private Party Contact: Simon Ogden 2503834157x485
  • Entertainment: Live DJ every Friday and Saturday starting at 9pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pandora
  • Public Transit: One block in any direction.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking is plentiful and free after 6pm. A public parking lot is just across the street.
A word from Veneto Tapa Lounge - Hotel Rialto
A stylish sophisticated urban lounge in the heart of downtown Victoria, Veneto is the ideal place to unwind with co-workers and friends. Adorned in exotic wood, leather and Italian marble, Veneto seduces patrons with its extensive cocktail menu and its savoury offerings from our chef.
Every entrée is presented tapas style and comprised of three unique dishes within the entrée. Our executive chef Tod Bosence has designed flavours that are unique yet complimentary, and that provide an engaging taste experience, ideal for sharing.

Veneto's bartenders led by Simon Ogden, display their knowledge and passion with a classically inspired cocktail list. Fresh squeezed citrus, only top shelf spirits and exacting techniques.

Veneto offers its patrons a small but significant wine selection, both by bottle and by the glass. We specialize in North American Craft beer as well as boast the largest selection of bourbons in the city.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Veneto Tapa Lounge - Hotel Rialto reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (37)special occasion (26)good for groups (19)romantic (17)late-night find (17)vibrant bar scene (17)hot spot (16)notable wine list (11)neighborhood gem (9)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Great Tapas
    MarkHVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Really good food - the portion sizes exceeded our expectations for tapas. Fabulous drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Awesome
    JJG7
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    If you enjoy trying new things then "roll the dice" on their cocktail menu and have the amazing bartenders create a drink for you. I never went wrong and it was always something I had never tried. The food is absolutely amazing and the menu allows for so many pairings, it's easy to find something that will blow your mind. Great foodie stop in downtown Victoria!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    SW63
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Excellent restaurant with a food item for everyone. Great appetizers especially the Calamari (really liked the banana peppers) and pork sliders. The meat and cheese platter was also very good. Played spin the wheel for a cocktail and the bartender made the best vodka based tart cocktail I have ever had. Really liked the vibrant atmosphere on a Friday night. Would definitely go back next time in Victoria.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Urban oasis
    BiztravelfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Feels like you are in NYC with a hip urban feel. Great craft made cocktails with exotic ingredients. Tapas style menu allows for couples sharing with plenty of choices to satisfy everyone. Food quality was superb. Spanish dry rubbed ribs were excellent. Recommended for casual small plate dining or just "noshing" experience.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cocktails!
    Chuckie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Have never been disappointed by one of their specialty cocktails. The tapas plates are also great sized portions for older eaters with smaller stomachs (and eyes).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food..overcharged drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had amazing food and good service,although I had two glasses of the happy hour red and they charged me full price:(. When the bartender brought us the bill he stood over us waiting for us to pay so it was very awkward and uncomfortable for us to check our bill, which led to the overcharge. Do they do the on purpose? Most establish menus bring the bill and leave it for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We find many 'modern' restaurants these days to be crowded, noisy and too froufrou for words. We appreciate outstanding food, excellent service and enough room between tables to feel that our conversation can remain private, while not being forced to listen to that of the neighbouring tables. We also find many dining establishments have sparse decor, high ceilings and no sound baffles, which make it hard to hear. So it was a delightful change to discover the dining room at Veneto, where all our needs are met more than adequately. We had a delicious dinner, we could speak and hear each other perfectly, the cocktails were non pareil, our server was knowledgeable and attentive, and our overall experience was wonderful. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cocktaillian
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    always exceptional service, cocktails and food. The staff is very good and friendly. Definately need to make a reservation for large groups!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WONDERFUL
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We were on our honeymoon - sigh. Great drinks, great service, great food. Super wait staff and bartender. Went there three times during our stay! They made us feel so very special. In fact, we're heading back for our one year anniversary!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Great Service!
    Tannerlou
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Really enjoyed it - would go back again. Food was great - really different - really fresh. Service was good (and fast). Lots of uniquie items on the menu and will be back again.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cocktails!
    christy2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Not only wine flights but cocktail flights to! And the ribs were possibly the best I've ever had - delicious.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food & Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Food was delicious. Best calamari I've ever had - tender and lightly breaded. Food arrived promptly and service was friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum yum
    Yumyum
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This was our second time eating here . The food is awesome, I dont have anything bad to say about it. Great cocktails. The scallop/pork belly dish was really good. We also had the crab/lobster dip and the ceviche, and then dessert. All was excellent. We will go back. The table beside us was eating the fat tug fondu, it looked really good I also wanted to try the duck poutine but I was too full. Great place .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent experience
    Fallen0ne
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Veneto delivered everything I had hoped for everything was as I had expected if not better and I had high expectations. The food and drink were delicious and the food wait times were exceptionally short.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was fine
    Visitor
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We stayed at the hotel and were given vouchers. The drink I had was good (Mrs. Hudson). I love gin and tonic and this was a nice twist to it. The cheese platter was nicely presented with a good variety. The lobster mac and cheese tasted fine other than the fact that it wasn't lobster, it was shrimp. The cheese was creamy and the shrimp were plentiful so overall a tasty dish but it wasn't lobster. I can't find other reviews on this and we were told the kitchen said nothing has changed. So either they've always used shrimp or noone has noticed. It wasn't really a complaint per se but more of a pointing out the fact but having it taken off the bill was nice of the restaurant. If I lived in Victoria, I would go back for the drinks.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    A great evening of food and wine with exceptional service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sunday long weekend
    WeekendDiner
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    As a first time dinner at this establishment, I was very pleased. The tapas sampled were very good, with a good selection. Will certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening!
    NanooseBayFoodie
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My Husband and I had an opportunity to eat at Veneto with our Son and his Partner during our last trip to Victoria. The food, cocktails and environment were perfect for a great visit. Our Son's Partner is vegetarian, but the menu had enough options for her to choose from. Both work in the restaurant business and were impressed. The waitstaff is friendly and attentive. It was very busy (Sat. evening) so reservations were a must. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas
    Suzy
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Went there for dinner. We shared the Tapas and there were all amazingly delicious! I would recommend and will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food, service-meh.
    Victoria1130
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Food is hands down amazing. Kudos to the kitchen staff. Presentation is beautiful, but more importantly, the food tastes great. Highlights: scallops & pork bely, any of the sliders, & the sauce for the vegetable tempura-heaven! The ambience: place is dimly lit, candles at the tables- definitely a cool/romantic vibe. Although the drink prices are steep (most cocktails are >$10), the bartenders know how to make a good drink. In terms of service-it's a hit/miss. I was here before w/ a group and the server I had was friendly and upbeat. However, during this dining experience the server was unpleasant to interact with. It's all in the tone of voice/facial expression-to be a good server you need to know how to control your attitude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cocktails and Tapas
    OccansionalDiner
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    A great place to go for a well made, well balanced cocktail and tasty food. The staff seemed to really enjoy helping us chose what food and drinks went together and the atmosphere was fun without being to overwhelming.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!!
    JennyB
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    WOW! Food was amazing, the drinks were just as good! We did spin the wheel and we were not disappointed! Service was too notch. Yum! Green bean dish and the scallops were probably out faves.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great deal for appies hour
    chico
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Really great service, and as expected, tasty and well-made cocktails. The appetizers were 50% off until 6pm, which is a fantastic deal.. but disappointed that this wasn't better advertised. We knew about the deal beforehand and had to double-check with our waitress (it doesn't say anywhere in the menu and wasn't brought to our attention when we sat down). If you can catch that deal, it's very worth it!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Those chicken and waffles..
    chickenlover
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    The BEST meal Ive had, maybe ever. The combination of flavours with the aged chedder and chive waffle, the corn, the lightly crusted chicken..melted in my mouth to die for delicious. My boyfriend said the same about his steak. If your looking to treat yourself with a pricey meal, Venetos is work every cent.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 266 reviews are from the Veneto Tapa Lounge - Hotel Rialto reviews archive.
  • went here for my birthday
    splintercat
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Had a great time here for my birthday. Service was great, food was tasty - we had the Spanish ribs, fondue, and two sliders. All were fantastic, the ribs were fall off the bones.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Appy Heaven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Had been there a while ago with friends and said to my wife that we had to try it out. We got there just before 6 p.m. in time for half-price appies. What a bargain and what great food!!! The four of us went on to order a little more, although we did not need anything else. Great food, great service and a nice atmosphere made our dining experience great. we will be back and try it again. We even tried special cocktails and were delighted that the experience did not drive us back to beer and wine. An all around great place to dine. Keep up the great dining experiences. Martin & Gerry Quiring
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • as always the flavours (so
    heandi
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    as always the flavours (so many interesting combinations) were completely enjoyed and appreciated! yummy!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Impressions
    Latediners
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We really liked the tapas menu and the food was very good. Our wine was excellent however we felt the wine menu (by the glass & half-liter) was a bit limited. The restaurant is new and has a nice contemporary atmosphere that is energetic yet private. The service was prompt if not always engaging and friendly; and the staff seemed knowledgeable. My major knock against the place is that for a tapas restaurant their two-person tables are too small or their plateware is too big. Sometimes it felt like we were holding orders in our laps due to the lack of table space.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We found this place online
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We found this place online and were really excited, the drinks looked good and they were. When we got there the hostess told us we had 2 hours for dinner since they needed it for another reservation, which we had one too. I have never had a lounge say this to me. Needless to say, it will take a lot to get me back to this place. The food was good, drinks were also good, but being asked "will 2 hours be enough? We have another reservation for your table?" was quite impolite. If they reserved 100% of their tables then that is just poor management.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent experience overall.
    YByb
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Excellent experience overall. Great cocktails, outstanding service, memorable food. Lively atmosphere, almost a bit on a louder side. Very knowledgeable and accommodating for gluten free diet. Very creative drinks list - we found a bit hard to read all the details describing the ingredients: small print and intimate/low lighting, but they tasted fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food came out way too fast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The appetizers we ordered came out so fast we wondered if they had already been pre-made and were just waiting to be reheated once orders were placed in the kitchen. In fact, our pulled pork croquettes were barely lukewarm, as was the lobster and crab dip. My husband and I go often enough to notice that standard of food has gone down since Veneto's inception. I also ordered a prosecco to start which was slightly flat and almost room temperature. My husband ordered a local Pinot Gris which was more vinegar than wine. The service, however, remains friendly and efficient. We really like the concept of the tapas plates to share and prices are reasonable for the servings, but the quality of the food has gone from very good to mediocre.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were 10 mins late for our
    Victoriadiner
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We were 10 mins late for our reservation and we had to sit in the café side. No ambience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Bar
    Stinky
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Well-stocked bar with friendly and competent drink makers and nice custom drinks. Food is also good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For us, one of the most enjoyable
    EnglishAHW
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    For us, one of the most enjoyable lounge/restaurants in Victoria. Service and atmosphere is exemplary. Concept of sharing plates works perfectly with friends and equally as well with a couple. Creative cocktails and excellent wine list. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well Worth a Visit
    Jazzbot
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    A friend and I recently enjoyed the $30 Dine Around menu and every aspect of our dining experience was great - the food and wine were excellent, the service attentive but not intrusive and the atmosphere calm. I'll certainly go back and will also recommend this place to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A night out.
    Knightsfan
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Great place to start off the evening at the bar or stay for dinner as well. Probably some of the best bar service we have had in a long time and very knowledgeable staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun
    patrjar
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Good food, service, atmosphere and interesting drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rushed but good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    We went during the $30 menu special. That might explain why the whole service felt rushed. The waitress seemed to be in a real hurry to get us out of there. We would have ordered more drinks, and we wanted to have a nice dinner and talk. I'd made reservations for 7 and it wasn't full, but in under an hour we had three courses and the bill was there. It was a special night out for us so that was very disappointing. The food was alright. The pork belly appetizer was pretty dull. The tuna main my husband had was good, and so was my chicken and waffles. The food was good for the price point and It's a nice place but I don't think I will go back mainly because of the service which was impersonal and hurried.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and beautiful
    APad
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Great service and beautiful meal. Indulged in Victoria's Dine Around Menu. First time at the restaurant and was a great experience, will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant, dine dining
    RickVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Great restaurant, dine dining in laid back atmosphere. Enjoy mingling, eat in the bar/lounge area, or for a more intimate, quiet experience, dine in the adjoining upscale restaurant portion. Great menu choices, tapas oriented, choose from a sharing menu, an entree sized menu, and a desert menu. We chose from the entree menu this evening, couldn't make up our minds picking from the sharing menu. Food was very good, well prepared, very tasty, nice sized portion. Extensive cocktail menu or they will help you create something unique, nice wine choices also. Try this restaurant, you will enjoy the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.