The Venetian Restaurant

4.6
416 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 416 people are saying
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JenniferP
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We appreciated the excellent, quick service. The food was not too special; veal and calamari were a bit over cooked and the side pasta could have been more special. I urge them to change to fresh grated parm. We did love and appreciate the birthday tiramisu with candle!!!

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vipNStevenG
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was GREAT to be back following the major impact of the Pandemic. Terrific food, terrific staff.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to go to the Venetian! Steve had the lasagne and it was the best lasagne I ever had! I had the shrimp deablio and it was outstanding!!
Marilyn and Steve Downey..

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vipdineforfun
San Diego
77 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time back to The Venetian & dining in since January 2020 & the food was just as delicious as it was then!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Anchorage
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Missing out if you go to any other Italian place!! The food is so authentic and delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and outstanding food!

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vipUSAKampfswimmer
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Bartender was the server as well. Other than a couple at the bar watching basketball, we were the only diners at the time. However the bartender seeme rushed, Kurt and distant with serving us. Gave an initial impression that we should have done a pick up instead. Of course being we are under the silliness of state mandated dining restrictions so a valued review would be skewed in providing any other accurate info other than the food was Great! The service “Meh”..... we still tipped 22% for the great food and that they were at least taking some on customers. For that we were grateful.

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LauraH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Quinlan made our evening so much more enjoyable. He made great suggestions, gave us options on how we wanted our pizza, told us his favorites things and why, etc. We love that in a server! Love this restaurant!

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KarenT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was very quiet for a Friday night, but the food was delicious! The new ownership seems to be doing well with the recipes. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time my wife and I loved the food and all the vibes!!

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vipDoug
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great pandemic dining out front . The server with the Irish name was incredible. The best food on the planet. Must have: pesto caprese appetizer (and I normally don’t even like tomatoes.) Thank You.

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Sterneli
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Venetian is still homey and nice even during the COVID restrictions. They have to keep stock low because of the low number of patrons, but they focus on the customer. They ran out of a beer my husband ordered and they had to give him a similar beer as an alternate. But before he needed a second beer, someone from the restaurant had gone to the store and bought more of the beer that he wanted. So the second beer was exactly what he had originally ordered.
The food was traditional and well prepared the clams were so yummy. Small and in a wonderful sauce. We had to order more bread.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience1

I walked in and there was no one eating there which was alarming. The food averaged around 30$ a plate and It was not good. Never want to shame a restaurant but they need to step their game up for sure!

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Mandy
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved this local spot! Outstanding service, ambient music, and delicious food. They're doing a great job with outdoor seating in light of COVID restrictions, and provided a welcomed escape from quarantine life.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

While I understand the constraints of covid- it was very awkward eating on the sidewalk. The restaurant is on a hill so my husband was tilted much lower than me (the sweat off his glass rolled off the table and on his pants) while I was tilted forward. There were no heaters. Music would have been nice as the table next to us was not rude, but loud. Our dinner date was with people walking by our table as they walked down the street or were getting take out. Look forward to when they re-open the inside. The food was wonderful, large portions and came out hot!

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vipKukana
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without question one of the top Italian restaurants in San Diego. Wonderful outdoor patio areas during this time of COVID. Extensive menu with a carbonara that will knock your socks off! This was out first visit, and we shall definitely be back.

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erinz
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit The Venetian every time we visit San Diego from Palm Springs/AZ. We love the food and service! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely LOVE this place! The pizza is to die for! I have been going here for 25 years with family and friends. It truly is an Italian feel! The food is the best. The kitchen is amazing and full of great cooks! And the service and staff is amazing! A true Point Loma staple!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
52 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great old neighborhood find. Since 1965! Prices reasonable and very good quality. Shrimp Scampi was particularly tasty
Oh and the wine prices won’t hurt you either.
Good find! I’ll be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Our server was great!!!!!

Only negative was our food took a long time

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vipElizabeth
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in the area and have been going to the Venetian for at least 25 years! Until recently it was family owned and the owners and staff knew everyone and cared about everyone. The current ownership needs to respect that and celebrate it because if they don’t reinforce that atmosphere, they will lose very loyal customers who all live in the area.

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MikiM
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We’ve been enjoying Venetian for years and often bring visiting friends for casual but good meal. Yesterday we brought an old friend and n town for dinner, and it was the first time ever that we encountered rude service. Our waitress was mean and unfriendly from the moment she approached our table. Is this do to new ownership?? We were embarrassed and are in no hurry to return.

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toofat
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Restaurant was crowded, so slow service and high noise level.

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Terrific
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and super friendly staff. We will be back

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vipBarb
San Diego
71 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was outstanding and the food was delicious. Our guests had never been there and they were very impressed.

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pbkevin
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were there when a show around the corner had just ended and the Venetian was really slammed with business. They did a fabulous job of handling and serving everyone. Great response!

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SteveH
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wow - the food here was such a great surprise, just fantastic. This is a bustling restaurant and while we were there many holiday party groups were also in the restaurant, so the noise level was 'energetic'. Food was a little slow coming out of the kitchen due to the holiday crowds - but the waitress took care of our wine refill and all was good - certainly worth the small wait.

Very authentic italian dishes and recipes - my wife is Italian and has a keen palate for the real deal - and this my friends was the real deal.

I don't know what they put in the sausage, we asked where they sourced it and were told they make their own in house and it was unreal - we had a sicilian pizza and the sausage stole the show - nice heat, nice texture. If I could by this sausage by the pound uncooked - that would be awesome.

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vipJBandGina
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time there the food was delicious we loved our waitress!

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vipEverettR
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Arrived on time, NEVER got our food after 75 minutes, LOUSy!! Waste of time Waitress was kind, comped our drinks

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in San Diego!!

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Traveling1
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An old favorite. Pizza has remained the same high quality. Pleasant ambiance in a kind of old world style. Service was prompt and friendly. Excellent choice

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NStevenG
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Always terrific! Great food - amazing staff. I appreciate that the new owners have maintained the exceptional quality.

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vipPLhappy
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service!

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vipMimiL
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again Venetian Restauranr did not disappoint us. The scallops appetizer was delicious as well as the pasta, salad and pizza. And as always Jennie was excellent!
We love this place!

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my first visit, but I plan to become a regular. Great place to relax and enjoy a fabulous meal with friends and family.

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vipJonesy
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Just ok, a little costly for the quality especially given the competition in the area.

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CharlesG
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going there, was recommended by so friends and we were not disappointed the food was really good and we definitely will be going back

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RonS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service!! Staff was courteous and timely. Prices were good for the amount and quality of food.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good lasagna

FAQs

The Venetian Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 223-8197.

The Venetian Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 416 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.