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The Venetian Restaurant

4.5
253 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Casual
The Venetian’s award-winning Italian cuisine (including what critics call some of San Diego’s best pizza), relaxed setting and casual atmosphere have earned generations of fans since Vince Giacalone first welcomed customers in 1965. Sons Joey and Frank proudly continue their family traditions, making sausage, soups and sauces from scratch and drawing a devoted, all-ages clientele. Highlights of the menu include bruschetta, seafood pastas, chicken and veal piccata, and thick- or thin-crust pizzas with either traditional or trendy toppings. Located in Point Loma, The Venetian’s friendly service and “Cheers” style vibe make it a favorite destination for date night, happy hour, dinner with friends or family celebrations. Seating includes the lively bar and patio (great for families and larger parties); comfy booths and banquettes; and a private wine cellar that can be reserved for parties of up to 16. Dinner nightly; lunch Monday-Friday; Sunday brunch; full bar.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Lunch

Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dinner
Sunday - Thursday: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Phone number
(619) 223-8197
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Frank Giacolone
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Private party facilities
Book our authentic cellar room for parties up to 16. Perfect for celebrating a special occassion with family and friends, a private business meeting, or just a fun family dinner.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Chatsworth Blvd.
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Parking details
We offer parking in front of the restaurant as well as street parking on the back side with a rear entrance for your convenience.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 253 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.0
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Love the chicken piccata. Service was great. Tiramisu is also very good.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Always terrific food and nice staff. It's quickly become our favorite restaurant. We always feel welcome and the food is consistently outstanding.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great experience, great food, attentive staff and fast service. We will be back!

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Excellent service, allowed us to order as we liked, provided everything correctly and in timely manner.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

It's the way the servers and the owners make you feel...as if you are family.

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

It was very noisy. Never again will we sit in the same room with the bar. Otherwise it was very nice but it was so loud that we couldn't talk.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Once again our visit to the Venetian was an all around great experience . We will definitely continue to do the drive to enjoy this place .

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

It’s always good to be at The Venetian! Food always delicious, servers warm and efficient, prices reasonable.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Food and service very good!
Will go back again in a heart beat.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great food, great service.........................!!!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Chicken and eggplant parm are the best in town. Prices are reasonable. Service is always tops. Sit in the front area if you want less noise -- back area tends to have a din when the restaraunt is busy. Can't go wrong with any of the Italian food at Venetian.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Veal was perfectly prepared and enjoyed to the last bite. Can’t go wrong with that choice

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Always a good place to go. Food was good and tasty. My pasta portion though was small this time and our waitress did not care. She was little older and she seemed that did not care

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

As always the food was delicious!! Great family owned restaurant that has the ambiance and service you look forward to when you go there!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Amazing food, great service. Awesome for families or a date.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Always great service!!! Always great food!!!!

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3.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Food was just ok had the veal mrasala was really expecting great and just got ok. Had penne pasta with it with marinara sauce on it. I have never been served marsala with penne or marinara together just did not care for it. Usually have linguine with the marsala. I do not care for marinara sauce I was surprised it was not listed this way.

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1.0Dined on February 4, 2018

When we arrived for our 6:00 reservation, we found the Venetian closed. The Venetian should have told Open Table that they would be closed Sunday for Super Bowl.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

I enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was authentic. Service was great, very friendly and quick.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

The restaurant was packed, but we had a reservation so were seated quickly. Our waitress, Gabby, was slammed however she and her assistant, Abby, took great care of our table. The food was delicious as usual & the owner, Joey, was there & he too was making sure everything was running smoothly. Try the calamari appetizer, it’s always tasty. We love the ravioli, manicotti & linguine with clams. Everything we have ever ordered has been yummy. They also have great cocktails, wine & beer. Definitely a place to dine for great Italian food!

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Consistently great food, wonderful service... our favorite Italian restaurant. Huge menu variety - and we’ve never been disappointed. Calimari is light, crispy and amazing. Salads are always terrific... All the pastas are great and my new personal favorite is the shrimp puttanesca. You will love this place!

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was good. The menus were sticky though.... it was also loud in there. We had never been there before so didn’t know what to expect. So if you’re going for a quiet date night.... don’t. I could hardly hear my spouse on the other side of the table.... wine and food were delivered though! Definitely recommend the chocolate cake.

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2.0Dined on January 19, 2018

I am from Central NY and think it’s difficult to find authentic Italian food here in San Diego. I LOVE The Venetian; it reminds me of the Italian restaurants I go to in Syracuse when I am there. We always take friends and family who are visiting from the East here and they are never disappointed. This restaurant has been family owned and operated since the mid 60’s; they know what they are doing and do it well. Go get take - out sometime; you wait in the area facing the kitchen and get to watch the staff work- a well oiled machine- like a nicely choreographed dance. Everyone who works here is happy and seems to take pride in their work. Give it a try.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

I think they might have been under staffed that night. Service is normally pretty good.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

All the food was fabulous. We’ve been going to Venetian for 33 yrs.
We had scallops, antipasto, caprese and pizza. All scrumptious. Amazing how the food gets better over the years.
Service was awesome.

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4.0Dined on January 9, 2018

Food and service were just fine. We had vegetarian pizza and eggplant parmesan, along with fried strip calamari....very good.

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent, scrumptious food prepared to perfection! Excellent service! Knowledgable staff and always willing to accomodate any special requests!

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Great food, super good and attentive service and great ambience

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

My girlfriend and I were visiting San Diego and looking for an Italian restaurant for dinner. Found this neighborhood gem - the menu was large and lots of choices. We liked that the restaurant was family owned & operated. Wonderful service and food was excellent!! Definitely would return on our next visit to San Diego!

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

My husband and I were there for our 13th wedding anniversary. First time dining there since we have lived in the neighborhood for over 4 years. Last month we had ordered a pizza to go and it was delish. So that experience drove us to dine in for our special occasion. Our meal was divine. My husband had the steamed clams for starters and he was very content. I ordered the shrimp puttanesca, which was excellent and my husband had the manicotti. My husband was a little underwhelmed by his plate, he felt it needed something else to dress it up like maybe a side vegetable medley, but the steamed clams made up for it. We ordered dessert (which we never do) tiramisu. So happy we spoiled ourselves with this dessert. Yummy!! We will be back!

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Best Cannelonni I've ever eaten! Appetizers were amazing. All 7 of us LOVED our food.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Hadn't been to The Venetian in a few years. Some how the dining room changed but the casual ambience is still there. The food and service was outstanding as I remembered it. Easy free lot parking across from the back entrance.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Great neighborhood restaurant - quickly becoming my favorite.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

As always, the whole experience was excellent. We never leave this place disappointed.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Amazing food and amazing service! One of my favorite Italian restaurants in all of San Diego!

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Both the food and service was first rate. However, it was very noisy. I'd try it on another time than Saturday evening.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Great food, great atmosphere

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2017

We always enjoy the food, the service and the ambience at Venetian. It has a comfortable, local feel and great food.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Fantastic dinner as always. Great food, great service, and great staff.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Great local mom and pop Italian restaurant. Will go back again

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