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: (250) 383-7310
  • 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 Service
Veneto Tapa Lounge - Hotel Rialto reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (31)vibrant bar scene (20)good for groups (20)late-night find (17)special occasion (15)hot spot (15)romantic (12)neighborhood gem (6)notable wine list (5)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Sunday evening group meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Quieter than when I have been on other nights which was nice as the group could chat together and get heard! Food is always good and cocktails are one of their specialities. We all enjoyed our meals, some of us had tapa sharing dishes and other just an entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent tapas - fantastic service
    dinedowntownVic
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Veneto's excellent menu of tapas and small plates focuses on delicious seafood options that are perfect for sharing (with good size portions). The service at this restaurant should be given more than 5 stars - the staff are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The server team always makes sure that your dining experience is pleasant throughout the evening. Their 4-6pm "Unwinder" Monday to Friday special offers great 1/2 price deals on tapas, as well as beer and wine specials. I would highly recommend the Tapa Lounge to those wanting to share good food in a pleasant atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Tapas Style Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Dined on a Monday night so perhaps it was a little bit quieter than normal. Fantastic meal. The charcuterie plate was great and a big portion. Often,tapas style restaurants provide only minuscule portions but we found the portion size generous. The food was fantastic and the service was very good. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TGIF / Birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Great service, very good food, fantastic cocktails, very friendly and helpful staff. I will go back. The only negative is that we found it too loud, especially when the music was cranked up. "Energetic" is not necessarily good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, pleasant atmosphere
    PriddisCouple
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Visiting from Calgary and decided on tapas and wine for dinner. Reviews suggested Veneto was the placed to go. Contrary to other reviews, service was prompt and very pleasant. Food, while good, was not quite as outstanding as we expected. We had hoped for less fried food alternatives. Grilled veggies were very good. The aioli that came with the calamari didn't appear to include the wasabi that the menu suggested it did - was more like mayo. Overall a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rosepedal
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Funky, fun and great food. Service was incredible, all plates were brought at one time, perfect for sharing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hail Cocktails & Appys!
    gastroluv
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This was our first visit to Veneto Tapa Lounge. Very impressed by the friendly and knowledgeable serving staff. Great selection of cocktails and I like the idea of "Spin the Wheel"! Appys and small plates we ordered were great. We'll be back...soon!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let down
    WeAskedforHoyne
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We landed here after being at Little Jumbo (much better). Started off by ordering a local craft beer on draft, and it was wrong one - although wait staff & supervisor insisted they were correct (4 of us all knew better - most likely line tapped to wrong keg). It was extremely warm, even wait staff complaining, sweating away. The food we ordered was good for the most part - but with tapas style, didn't appreciate being asked several times from different staff 'are you done with that?' when clearly we were trying to enjoy conversation and not feel rushed. There's better options out there.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Allie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Lovely ambiance. Quintessential date spot. Very lively bar scene on weekends
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service cost them
    nyegroup
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The drinks and food are top notch. That being said my group and I were not able to take full advantage of the drink menu as the waitress did not seem interested in taking another drink order from us, which is to bad because we were out celebrating a birthday and would have deffinetly had a few more rounds. Instead we had one round each and then moved on to another bar down the road. The kicker was we were one of 3 tables in the entire restaraunt on a slow Sunday night you'd think they'd want the sales.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, excellent cocktails
    Chuckie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I like the quality of food at Veneto. As on older eater with a smaller appetite I especially like the smaller portions, and that's why I return to this restaurant. I always enjoy a Veneto cocktail, because they are innovative and very well made.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 285 reviews are from the Veneto Tapa Lounge - Hotel Rialto reviews archive.
  • 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
    April
    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!
    christy2014VIP
    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.
  • 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