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About Veneto Tapa Lounge - Hotel Rialto

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.

1450 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC V8W 2G1
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Lounge

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)

Cross Street:
Pandora

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(250) 383-7310

Website:
http://www.venetodining.com/

Entertainment:
Live DJ every Friday and Saturday starting at 9pm.

Catering:
Email mlucas@hotelrialto.ca for our catering menu and information on our private dining room great for events from 10-50 people.

Parking Details:
Street parking is plentiful and free after 6pm. A public parking lot is just across the street.

Public Transit:
One block in any direction.

Executive Chef:
Tod Bosence

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Veneto Tapa Lounge - Hotel Rialto Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (19)
Tapas (19)
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Happy Hour (14)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
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Creative Cuisine (10)
Fun (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
People Watching (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Romantic (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Business Meals (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 31, 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.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Tapas, People Watching, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 28, 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.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 19, 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 13, 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.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 9, 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!

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 2, 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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Romantic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We love it Here! Always a great experience ;)

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 4, 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!

Tags: Romantic, Tapas, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Tapas, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 28, 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

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food and cocktail list. Wonderful atmosphere.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Excellent meal

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·Dined on October 15, 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great experience, delicious food! Need more vegan options.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 14, 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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Late-night Find
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 25, 2017

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 23, 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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Tapas
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 10, 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.

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Bar Seating, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

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

Tags: People Watching
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great deals during happy hour

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Veneto Tapa Lounge is a perfect place to meet for drinks and tapas. Service is excellent and their their tapas are tasty, with some offered at 1/2 price during happy hour. The house margarita was particularly good! Our server for the evening was helpful, friendly and very knowledgeable. We took her recommendations for food and drinks and were glad that we did. I would certainly recommend Venetos.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Excellent tapas - happy hour is extremely good value

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Spicy
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vip
 (Edmonton)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Attentive service, interesting cocktails and decent tapas. However, the decor in the seated lounge area at the back completely deflated the ambiance of the whole experience. Too Dark, way to much beige/brown and no use of color to pop the room. The room looks like it was previously the hotel's breakfast area and received a (cheap) makeover. A serious reno is in order for this space. Until then, this establishment unfortunately doesn't live up to the "hip" ambiance that it's trying to achieve.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We showed up at 5:30, ordered a few Happy Hour apps and some drinks, then ordered some mains. When we got the bill, we were charged full price for the happy hour appetizers. I was there on a date, and didn't want to seem like a cheapskate and cause a fuss over an extra $20-30. Food was good.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We joined Veneto for an excellent evening of unbelievable food, great service, and EXCELLENT cocktails. I've already recommended it to a few friends :)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 7, 2017

The food was fantastic. We shared the mussels, Korean wings and Brussels sprouts- all were flavourful and satisfying. The drinks were good- I tried the Spin the Wheel and wound up with a delightful drink. I recommend this spot for a group to enjoy.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Great place to go for Happy Hour with Half Price Appies!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Sorry, I didn't think this restaurant was going to be very good, so I didn't take any pictures. This is a great little restaurant / Bar. We didn't have dinner reservations on Canada Day, so we grabbed a spot at the bar for dinner. We ordered the Duck Poutine, the calamari, and the Crispy Risotto Arancini. The food was excellent. Who would have thought, this level of food at a tapas restaurant...in a hotel lobby. The Duck Poutine was to die for. They have a huge drink menu and 14 beers on tap. This was a great find. Hope you love it as much as we did.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Good food. Value for the money. Service was helpful.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We were able to get a last minute reservation on Canada Day so expectations were not very high. However the food (and service) far exceeded our expectations. A wide variety of items to choose although they tend to favour "spicy" items. Very generous portions at fair prices.

Tags: Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre
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