VENETO is absolutely fabulous. It's authentic, it's great quality food perfectly prepared and well presented. The ambiance is quite special—romantic, cozy, quaint; you feel like you could be on top of a mountain hunkered down feeling cozy and warm with an excellent glass of wine and a delicious meal, or that you could be in Italy, along the coast listening to ocean waves. The owners and the staff clearly care about this restaurant, are passionate about creating an excellent experience and want us to be talking about our dining experience days later! The only thing to think about is: if you're not interested in having a leisurely, relaxed meal, this is not the place for you. The service is "slow" intentionally so that you enjoy your time with loved ones, indulge your senses in the meal and wine, and take a break from the hectic rush of daily life.
Veneto attempts to create a European dining experience in the heart of SLC. The northern Italian food was very well prepared. The mountain gnocchi was a must try dish. Embrace the European pace of food, drink and conversation since you will be there for a good part of your evening. The food is good, the service is good, the ambiance is nice and quaint. Plan on spending a minimum of $50/person with a couple glasses of wine each. I’d return, next time with friends so I can sample more in true family style serving.
We were pleasantly surprised to find elevated, thoughtful, authentic and well-paced dining experience. The expansive wine list and suggested aperitif was lovely. We were able to try wines by the glass that we might never have tried by the bottle. The Beef tartare was exceptional, as was sage gnocchi and duck ragout for primi. Definitely appropriate for special occasions, date nights or impress out of town guests.
The entry door is not clearly marked and looked like a service entrance. There was a very strong sewer smell near the entry walkway. Food was unremarkable and overpriced. Music was quite loud and seemed inappropriate for this type of upscale restaurant.
I can’t say enough about this restaurant. From the food, wine list, service and ambience...it’s all fabulous and has quickly become a favorite! Allow yourself 2-3 hours for a great dining experience. You won’t be disappointed.
Loved this restaurant! We let the server guide us through wine selections that accompanied our dinner. Boy, are we glad we did! He pointed us to selections we never would have chosen that enhanced the already great dining experience. Two thumbs up!
Very authentic Italian and amazing food! Some of the best gnocchi I have had even more so than places I have eaten in Italy!
A hidden gem in SLC. Felt like we were actually in Italy! Superb service from the minute we walked in. Very extensive Italian wine list. Food was outstanding. Highly recommended!
We love Veneto so much! Incredible food, service and atmosphere.
The environment was nice, the staff was amazing, but the food was mediocre. The best thing we had was gnocchi which was amazing. But everything else was somewhat bland and average. Of course I don’t drink, and this is a wine bar and restaurant. I can’t speak to the wine. But, I would be willing to try it again at some point.
I heard from word of mouth about this place and had high hopes for a memorable Valentine’s dinner but it fell very short of my expectations. The staff was great. The food had a nice presentation but the quality and taste were subpar. For example, my dish, the polenta with wild game, tasted like poorly made grits with over-seasoned slow cooker stew. The high prices cannot be justified for what we received. I can not recommend this to anyone, nor will I return.
"Slow eating" really does mean a 4 hour dinner.
Veneto put a lot of emphasis on their service style, wanting to promote a "slow eating" experience. The attentive servers give you a briefing on this when you're first seated, but we weren't prepared for what that actually meant. They give you fair warning to let them know if you're in a hurry (we weren't in any real hurry, but we also weren't prepared for their interpretation of "slow eating"). 45 minutes between courses is a long time to wait, so unless you're intending to have a very long social dinner here, where no one is particularly famished, you should heed the server's warning and ask that they pace the courses faster than usual.
We made the rookie mistake of going with the flow, which meant extended waiting between each course. We were really hungry and not mentally prepared to wait that long. The food was definitely good and prepared with solid technique and quality ingredients, but not standout enough to warrant that much prep time between plates--maybe we were just too hungry to appreciate it.
First of all, the space is uninspiring! The lighting is terrible and how about some real candles? Secondly, the food is average at best. The red snapper was not fresh (totally fishy) and was overly salted to hide it. A huge disappointment for $33. We had high expectations and left feeling disappointed... $188 later. The waitstaff was attentive but pretentious, Saying mille Graze is not enough to turn it into a great Italian eating experience. We will not be back.
Had a blast drinking from the amazing wine list and trying the February menu options, this place is not for tourist that want unlimited plates of pasta. Fish was particularly good because tasted from the sea. Delicates plates with elegant seasoning.
Overall the experience was great. However, the service was very slow. Several other tables were served and gone before we had our food, ate it and wrapped it up. Other than that, it was fine.
Warm, inviting & comfortable dining experience. Special Mardi Gras gnocchi menu - each of the four gnocchi dishes was spectacular.
Not only did they pay attention to the most specific details but Seth our waiter was very experienced on the menu to basically suggest the whole course from wine until dessert, and he was as personable as it gets. Amy the owner was nice enough to come by and thank us for celebrating a birthday with them. AND they gave us a present for my girlfriends birthday(cookies). Very elegant restaurant with food that had a story and was absolutely to die for. Best Italian in SLC
Eaten there before and as always excellent. In my opinion, the best Italian in Salt Lake. Food outstanding, service impeccable and nice ambience. In addition, no tipping needed based on how they take care of their staff. Any tips left are donated to charity.
Very much enjoyed the January seasonal menu. As has been the case on previous visits food, wine, service and atmosphere have been wonderful.This restaurant continue to operate at a very high standard.
Veneto is truly a dining experience. I was in SLC on business. I live in NYC and must say I was skeptical that I could find this type of culinary experience in SLC. I was wrong. I am still dreaming about the Bigoli pasta with duck ragu. It was amazing
What can I say? I now crave this place. It has become a local favorite not only for the amazing fare, but the service we receive...outstanding! Seth goes above and beyond to make sure both food and drink are just perfect and makes sure to offer new dishes we’ve not previously tasted (the gnocchi is still my favorite). He is a standout!
If you like a fast meal, this may not be the place for you. Give yourself 2-3 hours to really enjoy Veneto. We enjoy the ambience and the Italian traditions they bring to the experience.
The food was phenomenal. The service was also excellent
We have eaten here 3 times and have enjoyed the food everytime. The wine selection is excellent.
Veneto purports to provide you with the experience of dining in the owners home, Italian style. That’s certainly a premise. I’ve been to Italy and enjoyed meals in private homes and in restaurants. This wasn’t similar to those experiences.
The food was mediocre. We started with the tempura vegetables. The fried olives and fried beets were different. The fried onion, cauliflower and bell pepper were pedestrian. Not quite tempura, not quite deep fried. We shared the pear ravioli, which was an interesting combo in a pretty tasty cheese sauce. The fact that the ravioli was a mix of hot and cold bites in the same piece of pasta reminded me of reheating leftovers in the microwave. The sliced filet and radicchio salad was exactly as advertised. 4 slices of sliced tenderloin and shaved radicchio. Nothing else. The skirt steak with prosciutto, roasted brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes was very homey.
The wine selection is extensive (and in some cases over $1000 a bottle). In our experience, don’t expect a lot of help selecting a bottle. We asked for help and were given “a few more minutes to look it over.” There’s something incongruous about selling wine at those price points and pairing it with food that is on par with Olive Garden on a good night. Maybe if someone had actually been willing to assist in parsing through the multiple pages of available choices, we could have found a nice pairing. As it was, I failed as the maitre d’ for the evening. My bad.
The noise level was pretty high. Between the background music of Italian language remakes of pop hits and the proximity of fellow diners, intimate conversation is not happening. I did get some interesting information on the surgical outcome of a new technique from the table beside us, however.
All in all, I can think of better options for spending $300+ on dinner for two.
Don’t go! This restaurant charges $35 corkage when you bring your own wine. Wow! We ordered aperitifs from their wine list ($4/glass) and still got charged corkage. The menu is difficult, with 4 courses expected, all separately priced and expensive. That would be OK if the food and service was good, but it’s not.
This restaurant is trying to be something it’s not. If you want great Italian food with warm welcoming service, go to Valter’s. I wish we had.
Wonderful opportunity to learn about Italian wines from a true expert. We were warmly welcomed by Marco and Amy (owners). Food was superbly presented and it was a delightful night! We look forward to going again soon😘
Wonderful evening with extended family! The best dining experience we had in Salt lake.
Superb cuisine and service! We should have planned on more time to savor our meal, but had a concert to which we had to run. The servers, staff and chef were very, very accommodating to our time crunch. Every course was delicious. Our server noted that planning for 2-2.5 hours for dinner is the norm. We will definitely be back and recommend Veneto highly for special events.
Great as always!
Absolutely off the hook! If you have any desire to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine you can’t miss this! Favoloso!
This, our first time at Veneto was a mixed bag. The group of 12 next to our table were so loud and rowdy, that it was hard to hear each other across the table or to her our server. Next time I hope we don't have that experience because the food was grand and the service spectacular. The space is the same old comfortable place when it was Forage, and it felt like coming home.
We went for our anniversary, and wow what a treat! Marco himself waited on us. His recommendations were spot on. From the beef tartare, to the primi pastas, (the gnocchi was bellisimo), to the wild game stew. Everything was fantastic. And his wine recommend was Perfecto!
Amazing food on their monthly menu. Possibly best steak I've ever had.
The service was only surpassed by the food. Every member of the staff was pleasant and went out of their way to care for you. The experience was the best of European and American, the meal was not rushed but the waiter still checked in with you. I will definitely be going again. The ravioli was delicious.
If you want to be treated like a slow kindergartner, this is the place for you!
We were very excited to try this restaurant because my husband and I both love Italian food. Unfortunately it wasn't a great experience. While the food was delicious, our waiter was incredibly condescending. He continually told us how things were done in Italy (we've actually been to Italy 6 times)and when my husband asked if he could have some olive oil to dip his remaining bread into, he was scoffed at and told that wasn't how it was done in Italy and his request was denied. There was a lot of eye rolling when I stated that I wasn't having an entree because I was dieting. Seriously? Every restaurant we ate at in Italy from big cities to tiny villages were kind and warm and accommodating. While the owner of this establishment is from Italy, he hasn't trained his arrogant staff in great service. This place tries to be pretentious without valid reason.
Wonderful food wine and service. The seasonal monthly menu for December was really good. This place really is unique for Salt Lake City. Have consistently had good experiences at Veneto.
The food is complex, well-cooked, from a well-planned menu of reasonable length. Not the basics of bolognese sauce or eggplant parmigiana, but the food you get at good restaurants in Italy. The flavors are fresh, the elements authentic. The menu focuses on the food of the Veneto. It is the best Italian food in Utah. The wine list is excellent. The wait staff are well-informed and helpful. While the prices appear a little higher than elsewhere, there is no tipping at the restaurant. The total will be reasonable.
My wife and I went here for our anniversary and were deeply impressed with the friendly service, the incredible food, and the overall experience. My wife and I honestly are not familiar with wine lists and authentic Italian food, but the staff was very patient and made it a very pleasant learning experience. I personally have never had food like this before. Now that I know this place exists, how will I ever go back to where I was going before? We have been making plans to get back here as soon as possible. Very wonderful restaurant!
In the charming little dining room that used to host Forage, Veneto offers a very authentic Italian menu and an incredible wine list.
Best handmade pasta I've had in a restaurant. My Italian grandmother would be proud!