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Canaletto Ristorante Veneto

4.5
1198 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for Birthdays (23)
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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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.
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Phone number
(949) 640-0900
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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Maurizio Mazzon
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Ample free covered parking available in adjacent structure and lots. Valet parking available.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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.

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What 1198 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
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4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 3 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined 4 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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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
2.0  Dined 4 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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Eduardo (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 4 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.

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OpenTable Diner 
1.0  Dined 4 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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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined 4 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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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
3.0  Dined 4 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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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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

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CharlesR 
5.0  Dined 4 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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DDBB (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined 4 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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vipJennifer (Las Vegas)
2.0  Dined 4 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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 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.

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vipGary (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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