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Via Veneto
Via Veneto

Via Veneto Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.viaveneto.us
  • Phone: (310) 399-1843
  • Hours of Operation: Sun-Thurs 6:00-11:00 Fri & Sat 6:00-11:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pier Ave. & Marine St.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Via Veneto
An authentic, European style Italian restaurant nestled in the heart of Santa Monica, Via Veneto fuses organic, locally grown & sourced ingredients with the delicious, traditional flavors of Italy.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The ambiance was very nice and warm. The food was well presented. I enjoyed the small space and the close tables. The noise level was loud enough to give everyone privacy at their own table. Overall, it was a great experience."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Via Veneto is probably the best Italian restaurant anywhere on the West Side - it's as authentic as they come, and the food is absolutely spectacular - fresh, flavorful and cooked to perfection. The ambience is romantic and classy, it's a small restaurant and usually full because it's amazing. My wife and I are going to make this our anniversary tradition. It's not inexpensive but worth every penny. I'm Italian myself and have been to many Italian restaurants in LA, and this is my favorite."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "yes they have remodeled decoration, looks very rustic modern simple clean feel to it. Food is always great there!!! Servers are amazing and very friendly!!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "we used to go here all the time but it's always a terrible wait so we stopped going. We decided to try again and we had a rez and we still waited an hour... but the food is fantastic."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Everything was impeccable from start to finish. The pasta was homemade and the truffles were definitely worth the drive!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Our evening was wonderful. Started out with proseco and a mushroom and arugula salad along with the best buffalo mozzarella I've ever had. Risotto and the meat special were divine. The service was fantastic."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I've never had a meal here that was less than exemplary. Top notch service and all of the waiters speak Italian to boot. That might sound cheesy, but trust me, it's not. The nightly specials are always special and the staple menu items never disappoint. If you like Italian food, give it a try."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I took my parents here when they came to visit from out of town and it was a highlight of their trip. Only thing to watch out for is that the dining room gets very noisy at full capacity, so I do not recommend for anyone hard of hearing"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Every time we go here, we are transported to one of the most beautiful places! The food, service and ambience are as if you are in a neighborhood spot in Italy. I always take my Italian friends here and it never disappoints! We are huge fans!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My wife and I had reservations on a Saturday night for the restaurant. A table was available, the staff was attentive, and the food was great. What wasn't so great was the very small table and the noise level of the restaurant. As I am getting older, noise level and ability to converse with my dinner guests is more important. Sad to say I will not return but not because of the food or the service which were excellent!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Unctuos waiter, expensive yet mediocre food, unbearably loud noise level making conversation impossible. Most would have been bearable if it weren't for the arrogant and discourteous server. The four of us will definitely not return."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Very loud when full- couldn't hear table mates whe reataurant full. Very expensive. Food good but I think overpriced. Waiters hard to understand w accents and noise level "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "it is lil overpriced and they have the minimalistic portions. I had the lobster ravioli and it was a lil overcooked. But the place is very charming and fun. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We love Italian food and have been to a lot of different restaurants but Via Veneto was one of the best experiences ever: outstanding food and wine & an extremely friendly service. And loved the ambience, vibrant yet romantic."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Nice place overall. Good service. Bathroom area kind of gross. Otherwise pretty good. Food was good. Good for a date."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Veal milanese was very dry, returned it and waiter said that they would remake it, then came back and said that it would come out the same. It was like a piece of shoe leather. Noise level was extremely high. Crowded tables, no privacy. . . i was very disappointed based on prior reviews that I read."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "my husband and I dined here last week for the first time with our friends that were visiting. We had an amazing time and loved everything! The food was divine, the service fantastic, and the ambiance romantic and perfect. It's a small place with high ceilings, so it's a little noisy, but it's a good energy. AND we had to bring our 1 year old to meet our friends, so the noise made it fine for kids. In fact, to my surprise, there were a couple of other kids and babies there as well. Overall, I highly recommend! Grazie, Via Veneto, for a memorable and perfect night out!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Only one criticism: it's deafening and definitely not for an intimate dinner."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Authentic Italian... hole in the wall atmosphere and impeccable food. Very special place; I have many amazing memories of it over the years."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I 1st went to Via Veneto a decade ago to celebrate my birthday because I adored one of the co-owners Warren Cucurrullo. Decided to celebrate my birthday again this year (albeit a smaller party me +1)while some things have changed around the restaurant inside is pretty much the same. Same intimate feel, somewhat dark, high class, and a few of Warren's platinum records in the back. Since there was only another couple when we arrived we were waited on by 2 of the 3 waiters at the time, Very prompt, sweet, and making sure we were well taken care of. The food was wonderful I had the pumpkin ravioli special while the portions were small for the price you get something so delicious it's worth it. Except for dessert That still seems steep at $14"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the servers friendly and helpful. The truffle appetizer was recommended by our server, and it was one of the best things I've ever tasted! Valets were friendly, too. Found out about your restaurant when I "googled" best restaurants in Santa Monica area. Thank you!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Everything was excellent! We went back two nights in a row. Homemade pasta is among best I have ever Had.....including Italy!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Food is fantastic. Very romantic, so great for dates and special occasions. They have a few large tables, so also good for groups. Wine is really good, but pricey. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. The Valet takes forever (yes, that is a petty comment.)"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food was great. Busy night in valentines day so service was a little slow. Prices were a little bit high even for someone like me from New York. But the place was packed. Great looking crowd."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "People that work here are pretentious. Beyond rude. Ridiculous prices - plenty of better Italian restaurants in LA to go to that don't have unpleasant staff and portions that don't leave you starving. When we were seated it took over 20 minutes for someone to even come up and give us menus and offer u water. They didn't even bother to bring us bread until after we finished our appetizer. When I was paying the bill the waiter was watching us like a hawk and when we got up he ran to the table to collect the check as if we were going to dine and ditch or something. We had 1 glass of wine each, an appetizer 2 pastas with tip $180. Go to Chaya Venice or Superba down the street both have better food and a better dining experience for less cost."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food, ambiance, and service are good, but not worth what I paid. The food prices are much too expensive, and you can find better dining experiences in the area for less."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A little too cramped, tables on top of one another. A little pricy for what it is."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our 41st anniversary here. The food was excellent and decor charming. The place is small and tables close together-not a problem on a Monday evening. The restaurant is lit mostly by candlelight. Very romantic but hard for aging eyes to read the menu. Be sure and ask for a light."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "I had heard a lot of great things about Via Veneto however it didn't quite live up to expectations. The food was good but the service was terrible. We were lucky enough to have an early booking but as 8pm rolled around we had people standing all over the small restaurant complaining they hadn't been seated. Our waiter was forgetting orders and serving as quickly as possible to try and get people out in order to get the next table in. I think when you're paying around $50-80 minimum per person for a 3 course meal there is no reason why you should deal with bad service. Working in hospitality myself the biggest service error was slapping the check in front of me midway through our desserts basically inviting us to leave."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Tables are too small and spaced too close together. Waiter's back end was in my date's face when he was waiting on the adjacent table. He was oblivious. Chairs are not comfortable. Restaurant is noisy and very dark. Wine and food is overpriced. Food is good not great. Waiter forgot to bring coffee. For the same money one can find far better food and ambiance: not recommended."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Had not been here in a few years and was looking for a good Italian restaurant. Can't believe I waited this long! I will be returning more often. The food is amazing, so many specials to choose from, great menu and attentive service."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "From the outside one could be forgiven to think that it is nothing special. However once you step in, it feels as though you have walked into a Renaissance painting on canvas. Mainly lit by candles, the cozy and warm atmosphere prepares you for the culinary delights that await. The wine list is superb and the wait staff will gladly help you make the right choice. Be warned though that the outstanding food and wine do come at a price. Most notable for me was their fresh seafood selection and the simply amazing Nutella panacotta for desert. Truly one of the very best Italians in LA."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Intimate Italian experience! Many variations of different dishes. Our table was not ready so we were given complimentary prosecco while waiting. The ambience is great along with the staff. Will definitely go back a will recommend to locals. Was referred by concierge at the Viceroy."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Our first time to this restaurant. Initially felt quite small since there is no real entry. But, the restaurant is beautiful and feels more "cozy" once you get seated (though you dont want to be next to the door). The restaurant is noisy, but we found it romantic and I never felt intruded upon by other diners. The food was wonderful - the panna cotta excellent; the wine very very good. Overall a wonderful evening for us."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We had a wonderful dinner. The food was outstanding but expensive as was the wine. I would highly recommend the restaurant though."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "One of the best restaurants in the United States. And, I have been to the best ones, and this is at the top. There are 3 reasons I love this restaurant. 1. The food is amazingly good, authentic, and consistent. 2. The atmosphere is charming, warm, and classy. 2 The staff and service match the high standards of the food. Superb."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "We hadn't been to Via Veneto for a while and are glad we went back. The food is outstanding -- a notch above our more local great Italian food in Brentwood. The ambiance is warm and cozy, with soft light, although the noise level was a bit high for our taste. Still, we could have a nice conversation at our table. We took some "first timers" with us and they are hooked. Via Veneto never ceases to impress and they treat you like family. A real gem."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "I am generally blown away with the food, service and experience of Via Veneto. Last night, not so much. While the spinach and ricotta ravioli I ordered was very good, it wasn't excellent. Perhaps I have been spoiled by such exquisite ravioli from them in the past including the lobster and pumpkin ravioli. My friend ordered the veal ravioli and while it tasted good, again I wasn't as impressed as I have been in the past. The buffullo mozzerella caprese thing was a delicious appetizer."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "I have been to Via Veneto twice, and each time I was blown away. It is by far the best italian food I've had in LA. All the servers are legitimately Italian. They helped us navigate the massive (mostly Italian) wine list. This is the prefect restaurant for a special occasion. It is PRICY, but well worth it to experience something special."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "Our dinner at Via Veneto was suburb. The food was amazing, the service excellent. It was rather noisy which made even talking across a table somewhat difficult. When I return I will make sure to bring my own wine and pay the corkage fee as the wine prices were the one area in which I felt that there was some significant over-pricing. The wines seemed to be priced at 3-4 times retail which I thought was too much. Overwise, it is one of the best restaurants at which I have dined."
    Dined on 11/1/2013