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About Canaletto Ristorante Veneto

Canaletto Ristorant Veneto features authentic Italian food made from scratch inspired by the region of Veneto. Breads from the Il Fornaio bakery along with Il Fornaio extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar begin each meal. Seafood, rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game are our specialties. Sliced-at-the-moment salami and fresh oysters from the “Mercato”. Risotto made the traditional Italian way. Housemade and imported pastas, pizzas from an oak wood-burning oven, fresh salads and soups, seasonal antipasti and a wide variety of desserts offer guests a wide selection of foods suitable for any dining occasion.
Our full bar features a selection of Italian and domestic wines, with an emphasis on wines from the “Tre Venezia” area of Italy (Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige). Extensive prosecco list as well as many grappa, spirits and after dinner drink selections.

545 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 3:00pm; Saturday - Sunday, 11:30am - 3:00pm. Dinner: Sunday - Thursday, 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday, 3:00pm - 11:00pm.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 640-0900

Website:
http://www.ilfornaio.com/

Parking Details:
Ample free covered parking available in adjacent structure and lots. Valet parking available.

Executive Chef:
Maurizio Mazzon

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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Private Dining

Bring your next special occasion to Canaletto Ristorante Veneto, for our award-winning authentic, Italian food and wine. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will assist in creating a unique and memorable occasion for parties of all sizes. Private dining rooms are available for every occassion.

Canaletto Ristorante Veneto Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (34)
Good for a Date (29)
Good for Birthdays (22)
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Good for Anniversaries (21)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Authentic (20)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Great for Lunch (17)
Romantic (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Casual (15)
Good for Groups (12)
Business Meals (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Comfort Food (9)
Cozy (8)
Fun (8)
Healthy (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
People Watching (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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Organic (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

Second time to this place and they always satisfy me. The Risotto with seafood is seasoned balanced. The chef surely knows how to cook a salt-crusted seabass--the fish is seasoned well and so are the veggies. Though the grilled polenta is lightly dry and burnt; and the edge of the fish is too salty due to the salt that is not cleaned up. The dessert trio is also one of the best ones in OC.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

I’m a frequent customer, but won’t be any more. Our sever was the worst server I have had in a long time. Just completely clueless about her role and approach. Food was not good either...just a very disappointing experience all around. I won’t be back...too many other great dining options in Orange County

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

I made a reservation for Valentine’s Day and requested a good table with side by side seating. If unable to accommodate that request somewhere cozy or patio or fireplace. I also inquired upon the dessert special they featured with initials in the cake.

When we arrived, they seated us right by the hostess stand, where carts were bumping my dates chair and without any room to relax. We even escalated a request to move to any other table and would wait... they refused.

When we were seated, we were asked what we wanted to drink. The drinks took way too long and when she arrived with them we ordered our food.

The food took a very long time as well, we had to continually ask for more olive oil and balsamic for our bread, they never cleared the table of plates or drinks, we were never asked if we wanted another drink or were ever checked on once our meals arrived.

Finally we asked for the check to just get out of there.

Needless to say, we won’t be going back.

The food was also mediocre and much better once reheated and doctored at home.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Second time here, food was again very very good. The bread is fantastic and the deserts are not from this world.
I will be back.
Service was impeccable.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

On Valentine’s Day night we were seated in a patio area with very poor lighting. The atmosphere was more of a dark warehouse and not a romantic setting for Valentine’s Day. I asked for a candle and was told they had none.

In addition, my girlfriend has some severe allergies and the waiter told her the chef would make no accommodations for her because they were so busy. If that was true, then we should have been informed of that when we made our reservation. Not customer friendly at all.

We have dined at this restaurant many times before without any complaints. Valentine’s night was a disaster.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I had a Valentine’s dinner. We were seated outside which actually made the noise level minimal and easier to hear each other. The food was great (as usual) and the service was very good minus one gaffe. Our server forgot to put in our appetizer order but accommodations were made immediately when the error was discovered. A very nice experience all around.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Tables too tight together as every time waiter or busboy tried to serve adjacent table, the either bumped into outer table or had to lean over it,

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

We had the chicken asparagus risotto and it was outstanding! The price was really expensive but the food was very good.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

The waiter was very good! He was very friendly and personable and mad

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Sad to say, this Valentine’s Day experience was not good. We arrived on time for our reservation and were seated in what was clearly an annex of some sort, set up just for the evening. It was a small square room with no ambiance at all, crammed full of small tables with folding chairs. The round table was so small the food and drinks barely fit. It did not set us up to enjoy the meal. Even the food was a bit disappointing as it was under seasoned. I don’t think the beef carpaccio, the grilled salmon, or the otherwise excellent roasted potatoes had been salted at all, and there was no salt on the table. Salt was brought promptly upon request, though. That brings me to the one bright spot - the service. Our waiter was great. This was not my first trip to Canaletto and it may not be my last. But I will definitely not be back on a holiday if any sort.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 5 days ago

Entrees took 45 minutes to come out after appetizers..then one entree came out cold. Manager didn’t even come and discuss...will never return.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Canaletto is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is amazing and the staff is always friendly and attentive. Every dish we have tried is excellent. My husband loves the oysters, and you have to try the octopus appetizer. The chocolate cake melted in my mouth. SOO GOOD. Can't wait to go back. Canaletto is a fun place to go for a date or a big gathering with friends and family.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We met friends there after a lecture at the Newport Library. We were in the small room with a fireplace. We have had the same waiter several times...a nice Italian gentleman who provided excellent service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Healthy, Vegan
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Delicious Italian food, attentive staff without hovering, nice wine selection. Just a good time in all ways.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was great the place is cute but the service was below average that night.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent , excellent , excellent !

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We had a delicious octopus/potato appetizer & they made us a grilled calamari app rather than the lighttly breaded & fried. They have a
fine wine list with many moderately priced choices & a most lovely dining room in addition to outside tables.
Our waiter was friendly & knowledgeable.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Overall quite good. The octopus appetizer was 5 stars. The fish soup had excellent, fresh ingredients but was bland.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Really a gem. Food is great. Service is great and the location is great. What else one can ask.
I will be back. Great dinner. The bread alone is fantastic.
Everything we order was very good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Never disappointed
Excellent in all respects

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 26, 2018

A friend and I had dinner before a movie. Canaletto is one of my favorite restaurants and their risotto is very good but rich. My date had the sole special which was deboned at the table very elegantly. The waiter was energetic and extremely competent.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The restaurant is located in Fashion Island so of course upscale ambience. We tried this restaurant because of restaurant week which is always a good time to try new places. Service was outstanding however I do have to say food was just so-so. Pasta, over cooked and drowned in sauce when my friend asked for light sauce. The dessert we selected, cannelloni, was not a hit with any of us. Have been to many Restaurant week places and would not recommend, sorry...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Absolutely delicious. Loved the warm octopus and potato salad. Also had the roasted pear ravioli and that was fantastic!

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The Food and Service are great. Never disappointed. We go at least every month and sometimes more..... A Must Try!!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I like it because it’s dog friendly and the service is great.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 14, 2018

A bit pricy for small portions, although the food was good. Ordered and appetizer which came out within minutes of them bringing our meals. I Informed the hostess ahead of time that we were celebrating my daughter’s birthday...she said she would take care of it... they did nothing, yet we heard the staff singing Happy Birthday to other patrons. Overall Disappointed in our family visit to Canaletto’s.

Tags: Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 14, 2018

You'll know the place by the obnoxiously exotic and expensive vehicles parked in front. I tell myself this is strictly publicity, God I hope the food isn't like the curbside show. It wasn't. The service was good, the place is lovely, gorgeous open kitchen. The food was delicious! We will most definitely go back!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent , excellent , excellent !

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We were charged for the next tables food. After that correction we were handed someone else’s credit card with the bill & our credit card was given to someone else. We had problems trying to rectify this with the manager. Our credit card was charged multiple times. After a lot of frustration & argument we left paying nothing as we insisted on the ridiculous experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Consistently a great place to have a great meal!! Whether lunch or dinner, you can’t go wrong with this place. Service is always friendly and professional. Great ambiance and accommodating for groups. Food is light and tasty 😋. Highly recommend it!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The restaurant has been very consistent. We love their food and service. Always great

Tags: Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The restaurant was super clean and fresh. The knowledgeable wait staff Argos and assistant were charming and efficient. Their recommendations were thoughtfully made and were spot on.

The octopus grilled without the potatoes was charred and lemony. The steak was scrumptious and very well presented. The children’s bolognas was tasty and all plates were cleaned off. A fun time by all.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The service was outstanding and the food was very good

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New in the area. I had dinner at Canaletto time ago in invited by a friend. Now having moved to Newport Beach it will be my place.

Tags: People Watching, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great dining experience, pizza was great-authentic.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Amazing food and service.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Orange County needs more restaurants like this one since LA County has pulled far ahead in the last decade or so.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was amazing. Service was awesome. Ambient was warm and friendly. We had a great time. The tartufo risotto was amazing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We were visiting from out of town and went for Christmas Eve dinner. The service was top notch and food was excellent. I had the veal scalloping and I.T was hands down the best I have EVER had!! I wish we lived closer We’d go all the time.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Pleasantly surprised with fabulous food and service...even on a holiday! Have already recommended to friends and family. We will be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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