The Venetian Restaurant

4.7
343 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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SJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Nice Restaurant....we will be back, the food was wonderful and our Waitress is very nice as well.
Thank You

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Florentine pizza was amazing. Fettuccini alfredo was a little bland and a little undercooked in my opinion. Restaurant is noisy and somewhat crowded as far as the seating goes. Service was good. Prices are a little steep but decent for what we got. I would go back, lots I want to try there!

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OT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Venetian and have been dining there for over 25 years. The food is delicious - best pizza in San Diego! Service was excellent on a very busy Saturday evening. The owner even helped seat us and kept a close eye on all tables to assure excellent service for all customers. We live 35 minutes away but always look forward to a special fabulous Italian dinner at the Venetian! 😊

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RS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

At the Venetian you expect to have good service and good food and they always provide that.
Probably my favorite Italian Restaurant in San Diego where i've lived for over 50 years. Good people and good food is the culture of the place.

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JS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I love the Venetian's pizza - have always down take for pizza. Decided to take some friend there and have dinner. The service was great. I had veal marsala, it surprised me on how bland it was. It seemed, and everyone at the table had a taste and agreed, that there it didn't have marsala in it. I was dissappointed but the others enjoyed their food. Not sure I'll go for dinner again but I still love the pizza, though it has gotten a bit expensive.

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d
San Diego
61 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a delicious meal and a great dining experience when we eat here. We often start with the fried calamari rings, which are so crispy and tender, then a salad and entrée. Our favorite dishes are...all of them! I know you will not be disappointed if you dine here.

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t
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

The Venetian is nothing like it was 5 years ago. The pasta was cold, to which they added hot Alfredo sauce. The chicken parm was decent but came with cold pasta that they put like warm sauce on.

The bill was $93 for 2 people. We had 2 entrees, 2 cocktails, and shared a salad. This was in no way a $100 dinner.

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I
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Typically when we have dinner at The Venetian it can be very noisy with everyone talking loudly. But this last visit time, we were pleasantly surprised that we were able to talk and actually hear each other. Although I have to say that the restaurant was not as full of people as a normal Saturday night. I guess they don't have any acoustics in the restaurant.
But, because of the food and great service, we try to go back about one a month.

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KL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food and great service. One of the best experiences my family and I have had in a long time.

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s
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Venetian never disappoints ! Delicious food, great service, very reasonably priced. A perfect couples restaurant or family restaurant!

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BH
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very good place for us to meet our grandsons. We all like the food and it's very comfortable.

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NS
San Diego
48 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite neighborhood restaurant serving my absolute favorite pizza. It just feels like home. Great staff, inviting ambience, terrific food.

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SR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were EXCELLENT despite it being a very busy night.

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OT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding meal! Service was excellent as always and we took home food as always!

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LG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous and everyone very friendly - made for a very nice evening!

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IT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent. The scallops are made to perfection! The bread and cedar salad was great as well. I would highly recommend this establishment.

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m
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent. The food was delicious and the environment was wonderful.

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood spot, lively atmosphere. Delicious scallops appetizer. Portions are big!

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LB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, hidden gem in Point Loma. Very good Italian dishes and maybe the best caesar salad I have ever had.

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NV
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The veal piccata was breaded and fried, so not my preference for preparation. But, the flavors were great and the portion was large. Service was great. My husband enjoyed his penne bolognese.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a go to for Family Italian food. Service is great as is the food. It can get a bit noisy when the restaurant is full, but otherwise I nightly recommend it.

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SR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is incredible. Never disappoints. The Server Janine Foy is outstanding. Her knowledge, humor and attentive attitude was out of this world. The veal picatta gives your palate life. Wonderful on every level.

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ZD
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to Italian for 15 years. Smiling faces, attention to detail, family friendly, full bar. we love it!

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R
New England
17 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The people who own/manage this restaurant are very nice! We will eat here again next time we visit OB!

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N
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Quinlan was phenomenal. He made us feel welcome and at home, in addition to providing well-described recommendations and wine pairings. I plan to return often due to the amazing service and equally amazing food! One of the best italian restaurants in San Diego for sure :)

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CF
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always look forward to dining at our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Four of us ordered pasta: seafood, clams, clams & scallops, and spaghetti w/ meatballs. One had salad w/ grilled shrimps. It's nice to have the option of white or red sauce. Awesome experience as usual.

A note about the noise:
I just wish people who bring their toddlers realize that other diners don't want to have to put up w/ their screaming kids.

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GL
Kansas City
21 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Large portions !

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BH
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place. We like to come here to celebrate birthdays, etc.

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MR
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food, great service, and reasonable price.

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JG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious, though a little pricey. Makes for a nice family out. Busy as always -- because it's so good. But got seated right away on Saturday night with Open Table booking.

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BF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for reserving us a great place to visit over dinner, with friends.

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PW
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

VENETIAN IS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS. CAN'T BEAT THE FOOD AND FRIENDLY SERVICE.

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DB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lots of great energy. Popular. Great food.
A great place to celebrate a special event or to just share a pizza.

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ML
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent restaurant. We’re never worried when taking people over. We know they will have a great experience and last week was not different. Our friends really enjoyed it. Thanks Venetian Staff.

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AL
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a very good experience this time, waitress was very attentive, and our dishes were cleaned up in do time and our take home bag was placed on our table with a smile. The pesto was a bit salty but otherwise dinner was delicious. Also the Tiramisu was outstanding. Everyone in our party was very happy with their dinner and service. Bread was delivered on time and water glasses were refilled as needed. Great job! Good to have things back to normal. ☺️ Thank you.

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AB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family loves the Venetian! It's our go-to for Italian - and we are from Chicago so we recognize a great plate of pasta when we find one.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Great for all.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great! The ambiance is very relaxing and enjoyable. The food is absolutely amazing, and if you can somehow eat through your huge plate of food, you’ll want to check out the desserts as they are also incredible. I highly recommend this place and would not hesitate to send any family member or friend to this location for any occasion.

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San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here; one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego; reminds me of fabulous Italian family restaurants back East, where I lived until 7 years ago,

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place for 14 years now. Great food, god service.

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