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Veneto Kitchen + Bar

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473 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Perfect For:
  • Fun
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Business Meals
A stylish sophisticated urban lounge (19years+ no minors) 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. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Lounge
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm (dinner menu until 9:00), Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am (dinner menu until 10:00)
(no minors)
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Phone number
(250) 383-7310
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Tod Bosence
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Catering
Email mlucas@hotelrialto.ca for our catering menu and information on our private dining room great for events from 10-50 people.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pandora
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Parking details
Street parking is plentiful and free after 6pm. A public parking lot is just across the street.
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Public transit
One block in any direction.
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Entertainment
Live DJ every Friday and Saturday starting at 9pm.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

We had a reservation, but it took quite a long time to get seated. Then it took our server a long time to come over and greet us.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Son finished last final of this semester

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I along with our two closest friends have been coming to Veneto for over 10 years now and of course change is inevitable yet sometimes hard to embrace.

Veneto has changed period missing I feel is the same locale vibe as it once possessed and I miss and crave that however Veneto still offers a unique Victoria experience and for this I’m still grateful and will continue to come back.

I miss Simon and Brian..

Cheers to the new crew and new look I’ll try to embrace this change as much as I can.

Thank you,

Carl Hohol

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2018

The re-opening of Veneto left a lot to be desired. The new dining room is lacking in any kind of personality and moving the cocktail bar out of the room took out the only source of energy that the old design had.
The cocktails were excellent, so it's nice that that hasn't changed, and the food was good, but not great. The food menu made me think of an all-day diner and the cocktail menu was sticky and stained. Both were disappointing for a recently re-opened restaurant.
There may be some bugs to work out with the latest iteration of this restaurant, but if people are looking for ambience or energy, definitely ask to sit in the cocktail area and not in the dining area.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Veneto was the perfect place to bring my wife for her birthday. Josh, the head bartender, made us some truly amazing cocktails and the food was superb.

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2.0Dined on April 17, 2018

I was troubled when I was served a "gluten-free" cracker..that actually wasn't gluten-free. They were very nice and served me the drip with crudities instead. However, I could have gotten very sick. I would probably go to another restaurant next time.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had a group of 8 that came at different times to the table. The restaurant did a great job of ensuring that as each guest arrived their drink orders then appetizers were taken promptly. Food arrived quickly and our server was always attentive. A hard group to manage as their were so many conversations happening but the restaurant was excellent! Thank you 😊.

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The new Veneto was bit disappointing. The dining room feels like a hotel dining room and has lost the funky intimacy of the previous format. While food quality is still good the menu options are all quite heavy and rich. Combine this with large portions and I guess you won’t leave hungry. Maybe this will be a good fit for the tourist crowd but i think Veneto will lose some of it’s local clientele.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Used to love this place. New renovation is a disappointment. The bar side is cool but the new restaurant side is super lame. No atmosphere. Feels like you’re eating at a family restaurant instead of a happening downtown lounge. Took 20min to get a glass of beer. Lots of kinks that need sorting. Don’t think I’ll goback...after years of going here. Definitely disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Veneto has been one of our "go to" places since moving to Victoria several years go. We loved the vibe, bar scene, wait-staff, and LOVED the small plate sharing. Sadly (for us) they have removed the bar so it is no longer in the dining area. That Veneto fun vibe is now gone and was what had set it apart from other good restaurants in Victoria. The menu has changed to more single plates, with fewer small plates. The food itself is still good as was the staff. Their long very dynamic cocktail menu with the bartender who created the drink named beside the creation is gone as well, just a booklet with the list of cocktail, wines, beer etc. - like every other place. I would definitely tell people to go as we have done in the past, however.... Veneto, since their very recent (opened this week) reno has just lost the fun factor and is now just a nice restaurant. (The bar is in the lobby and is set apart from the restaurant).

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

The staff at this restaurant were really excellent. They all knew their products and all seemed to be multi-functional (the waiters repaired tables, cleaned them, and also did cash - seamlessly). Add to this some of the finest tapas I have had, and it was a really great experience. My wife and I will return on our next travels to Victoria.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Great drinks, nibbles and super staff. Service is amazing, cocktails are creative. Good price on nibbles during happy hour.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2017

The food at Veneto has always been consistently delicious and getting happy hour prices makes it even better. I love the mac and cheese and the curried garbonzas.
I did find it a little drafty where we were sitting. Sometimes the room can be chilly.

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4.0Dined on December 18, 2017

Food is excellent. Service was very good. Really appreciate that they wait for everyone to finish their meal before clearing the table.

Definitely recommend it for the ambiance especially if you are celebrating an occasion.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

A great evening of creative cocktails and sharing appies. Excellent service from Rachael.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Our Bookclub meets here for special occasions and have never been disappointed with the food nor the service from the knowledgable friendly staff. Veneto is convenient as it is a short walk from the Songhees.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Went to Veneto for happy hour and the service was excellent. The place was quite busy but our server was friendly, attentive and professional. The drinks and appies were a great price and the food was quite tasty. Loved those wings. Would definitely return!

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

We really love going here for food and drinks. The small plates and charcuterie boards are always amazing and exactly how we like to dine. We always sit at the bar and enjoy the service from the bartenders. They are very creative, knowledgeable talented. We’ve tried other similar spots around downtown and we always end up coming back here!

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Best service ever! Great food, interesting. Wonderful drinks.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

They have amazing cocktails. The best in town. Spin the wheel is always exciting and the drinks are always fabulous.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

We love it Here! Always a great experience ;)

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Went back a second time with a friend, and loved it! Great food, great service! Will definitely be back soon!

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Always a great visit. Amazing cocktails! Spin the wheel or do the monthly trio taster to add some adventure to your dining experience. Ambiance is great for date night. Best deal in town on the dessert taster!

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2017

Enjoyed the unwind menu and the drinks! Food and service are excellent! I am going back with friends in a week time.

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2017

Always wonderful. Great food and service. Convenient location. Try daily happy hour tapas and you’ll be back for more

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4.0Dined on October 27, 2017

My friends and I always enjoy our cocktail and appy nights at Veneto. The staff are always friendly and the food and drinks are delicious. We rarely choose to go anywhere else as Veneto is always consistent with their food, drinks, service and creativity! My only critique is their dessert menu, not at par with the rest of the menu

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food and cocktail list. Wonderful atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2017

Excellent meal

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3.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Went prior to a show at the theatre. Unfortunately it took almost 25 minutes to gets our cocktails after ordering. The tapas were good once they came. The second round of drinks took long as well. This was my fourth time to Venetos and it has noticeably slipped. Overall getting drinks very slow, limited wine selection food still good but less to choose from. It's a convenient location to the theatre which is good and still a good spot of an afterwork cocktail but not somewhere I'd go for a nice dinner.

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Great experience, delicious food! Need more vegan options.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

A fabulous place for a girls night out! The wine list was extensive and the server was knowledgable and friendly. The menu seemed small at first glance, but everything was done VERY well and there was a lot of thought put into each dish. The portions were larger than I had expected and every single thing we tried was mouth-wateringly delicious! I would absolutely dine here again and look forward to doing so.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Always love coming to Veneto--truly one of the best spots in all Victoria--superb, creative drinks and wonderful appetizers.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

First time dining there. Amazing service! Had a great evening

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4.0Dined on September 24, 2017

As always, we had a great time, with excellent food and fantastic cocktails - especially the Blue Light Experience - amazing!

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Birthday treat for my husband. This was our first visit. The staff were so helpful and attentive. We had our 18 year old with us and didn't know about the age restriction but the staff were really super and accommodating. Great food and a fun place. Will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2017

A fun and enjoyable setting with very good service and creative and interesting tapas. The only real downside was the noise level. Between the music and other diners, it was difficult for our party of 4 to hear each other speak.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Fantastic service, drinks and food. I will definitely be heading back on my next visit to Victoria

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3.0Dined on August 26, 2017

I fell on the slippery bamboo floor and now have a concussion. I was given prosseco which was lovely. That floor is slippery. :/

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Consistently great. Wait staff very attentive yet not intrusive. Love this place

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Great deals during happy hour

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