Via Veneto
Via Veneto

Via Veneto

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.viaveneto.us/
  • Phone: 3103991843x
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Via Veneto reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (39)special occasion (30)neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (24)notable wine list (18)hot spot (5)late-night find (4)good for groups (4)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Romantic
    goodeater
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Beautiful restaurant. Great service. Good use of sauces with the food! I was worried the service would be rushed - but they took our read well and let us take our time. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and wine
    Sandygsm
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Service good but hard to understand the highly detailed descriptions of the large number of entrees and appetizers. Bread was fresh but kind of blah compared to places like La Vecchia down the street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointed
    Jules88VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a 9pm reservation when we arrived they told us it would be a few minutes we didn't get seated until after 10pm. The service was unacceptable no one came by to see how are dinner was and the service was slow at the point when the crowd was gone. We loved the food but don't think we would go back. We are big open table diners and was our worst experience ever!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've been three times in one week!
    Lise
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I just wrote a review about Via Veneto a few days ago. Here's more! I'm visiting from Houston. The concierge at my hotel (Casa del Mar) recommended Via Veneto. It's one of the best restaurants I've ever been to and I've traveled a lot and eaten at some 5 star restaurants. I brought two friends of mine who live in LA two nights after my first visit and they freaked out at how delicious it was and how the service and ambiance are impeccable! They'd never been there before but now "Via" is number one on there list of their hometown restaurants. I went back again last night - three times in a week! this restaurant is divine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hoped for more
    steakloverVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    No doubt, good food and prompt albeit sometimes rushed service. Went for my wedding anniversary and requested a quiet table, but literally got the table right at the front door, so people are standing over you when they walk in and brush by. Again, credit where credit is due - good food and service, but would have liked more understanding for a nicer table even when we asked to relocate but was denied.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional...
    MichaelSoenenVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great experience, highly highly recommend it for a great date night or catch up with the best of friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best on West Side, maybe West Coast
    CindyC
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We love this neighborhood gem. It's expensive but worth every penny. The food is made lovingly, the waiters know and care about every dish, we bring our 3 1 /2 year old for VERY special occasions and everyone is lovely to her. This place is beautiful and unpretentious at the same time -- order the grilled portobello with truffle oil, parmesan and flash fried arugula; the homemade mozzarella with tomatoes or prosciutto is to die for; the pumpkin ravioli is perfection; the truffle anything (risotto, gnocchi, fettucini) is amazing -- just a win-win all around. The list of specials is as long as the menu and most of our favorites are on it so listen carefully. A great place to take anyone who loves authentic Italian.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bob
    Bobby
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food was fantastic. We love truffles and there was a liberal use of them on the carpacio and venison chops. The waiter scored on the wine pairings for each course, and given we're from the Sonoma wine country, they met our high expectations. The carpaccio was over the top and best we ever had. Our only complaint: we think the waiter should have told us the carpaccio was $50 and the venison special was $75. Otherwise, one of the best dinners we had in a long time. Loved the lounge chairs on the sidewalk outside....great for waiting for our ride back to the hotel!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic Italian!
    chicoVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Such a wonderful experience and the food was out of this world. We had Veal chop and ravioli which was the best we have had since being in Italy. A bit loud because restaurant is small but certainly energetic and lively even on a Thursday night.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a divine experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food here is exceptional. The tuna tartare was wonderful, as was the heirloom tomato salad. My guest loved the lobster pasta and I thoroughly enjoyed my veal Milanese. This is a place that is fit for foodies and for people who love fine food generally. Do not expect spaghetti with meatballs. The only minor annoyance is the small tables. It hasn't dissuaded me from coming back time and again over the years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing
    4Umarlot
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    we have been here several times and really enjoyed the food in the past, quality however has gone downhill the last times, maybe a change of chefs?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Intimate Dining Room
    whocareswhoiamVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This is a small restaurant. The dining room is very intimate, has a romantic vibe yet has only a few tables for two. There are three large chandeliers overhead for lighting. It is not a loud "happening" crowd here. Service is good, waiter was always available to pour the wine! The $25 cheese platter was good. The lobster ravioli appetizer is delicious, octopus appetizer had no flavor. Branzino was lovely, the "meat trio" had tasty lamb but the venison was tough and the sausage bland. Side veggie dishes were excellent. Wine list very expensive, $30 corkage here. Tiramisu was fairly good. Overall, it is very expensive dining here and perhaps not good enough to get me to return. Too many other upscale options in this price range. Valet park
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian Food Dream
    LosAngelesLisa
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    From the moment you walk into the dimly lit restaurant you know you are in for something special ... every item we had was amazing. You can't go wrong ... we had some prosciutto dish and crispy arugula salad to start and then for entree the branzino and this bolognese that used a white sauce ... beyond words. Highly recomment
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow..
    Ddnational
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    When the waiters came by to ask how the food was, all I could say was WOW.. Amazing food. Never had anything like it (Except in Italy). Waiters are all Italians, authentic food, amazing flavors! Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EXTRAORDINARY!
    P1EYE
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The Best Italian Food on this Good Earth - Fantastic Service!!- Great Wine List. No Cocktails or Bar:(( NO Worries- everything else is by far is the Best! A MUST! Bob C NYC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • average
    LeoluxukVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I’ve had a few people mention great meals here… but it wasn’t anything special for us. Id probably go back to Le Vecchia where the waiters aren’t at all cheesy (They were quite full on which was off putting). Might go back one day but certainly no rush.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not comfortable
    paky
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Tables are way too close outside of the norm. Food is good, service is great, noise level too high.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian find.
    4manga
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in town
    Mdcap
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Remodel looks great!!
    itsdeuxVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food/awful wait
    TimLikesFood
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 64 reviews are from the Via Veneto reviews archive.
  • Absolutely Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Everything was impeccable from start to finish. The pasta was homemade and the truffles were definitely worth the drive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Italian food
    KristieH
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy and Classic
    Prosecco4Starters
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Transported to Italy
    AlexfamilyVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Restaurant for food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing Evening
    Larry
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Via Veneto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing restaurant
    bwertz
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Harry ' s review
    Harry
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Nice place overall. Good service. Bathroom area kind of gross. Otherwise pretty good. Food was good. Good for a date.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veal milanese was very dry,
    ThecalabasasDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Last minute dinner plans. Huge hit!
    ItalianLover
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only one criticism: it's deafening
    Carlo15
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Only one criticism: it's deafening and definitely not for an intimate dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Via Veneto!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Authentic Italian... hole in the wall atmosphere and impeccable food. Very special place; I have many amazing memories of it over the years.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place to splurge
    Pilsy
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my experience
    yummyone
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was excellent! We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Everything was excellent! We went back two nights in a row. Homemade pasta is among best I have ever Had.....including Italy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is fantastic. Very romantic,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.