Via Veneto

4.7
550 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
An authentic, European style Italian restaurant nestled in the heart of Santa Monica, Via Veneto fuses organic, locally grown & sourced ingredients with the delicious, traditional flavors of Italy.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

It was fun an delicious. However the waiter seemed to rush us to order dinner but forgot about us when we wanted to order desert.

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CS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. Every aspect of it is phenomenal - the food, the service, the ambiance. Every dish we have had has been outstanding. They are welcoming, gracious and worth the price. Their home made bread is to die for. Their pastas are fresh and light and outstanding. Their staff is knowledgeable, welcoming and truly enjoy what they do.

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ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. A definite return.

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OT
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic Italian restaurant

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DB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! Best italian food in LA

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service, small and intimate setting.

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Via Veneto as we live in Colorado. A friend who lives in the area highly recommended Via Veneto. We were nicely greeted when we walked in and the entire staff was friendly and attentive. The wine we chose was wonderful. We started with the baby eggplant parm as our appetizer...outstanding! My wife had the sole and I had pasta/fettucine with black truffles...so delicious. Our dessert was tiramisu - amazing! We will definitely be returning to Via Veneto!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and love the waiters

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KM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Waited 35 minutes past our reservation to be seated - at the worst table they had. The food however, was absolutely delicious.

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BD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, romantic!! We had a fun sweet time. Thank you all for a wonderful time at Via Veneto!! We’re coming back try soon!!

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c
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were both outstanding. We had a lot of communication with our server about food and wine choices, and he was very helpful. The pastas were amazing. We'll be back!

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GB
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time in this cozy, intimate restaurant with excellent food.

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JD
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite food with remarkable service

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MC
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most spectacular! Such a fabulous, romantic, decadent dining experience. Highly recommend Via Veneto for special occasions or for anyone wanting a truly delightful culinary journey!

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KH
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the most amazing experiences ever. The food was amazing! The staff so kind and helpful, and patient to explain details of menu. I am so grateful to have experienced this with my family.

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KA
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Felt like being in a fine restaurant in Italy. Excellent meal, a beautiful, intimate room, great service, every bite delicious. Can’t wsit to go again.

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Z
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

very mediocre food that was not worth the price. i would not recommend this restaurant to budget diners because the food is expensive. i would not recommend this restaurant to high end customers because the food was average. i will not return. there are other restaurants that deliver the same quality food at a lower price and others that offer much better food for about the same price.

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TH
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Rushed, cramped, crowded,painfully noisy, arrogant service, obscenely expensive and stupid corkage policy that they seem to change on a whim. Under no circumstances will I ever dine there again or recommend the restaurant to anyone other than perhaps a masochist.

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m
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my top dining experiences ever. Every course was beyond delicious and the service was wonderful.

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K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from NY and were visiting the LA area - the food was absolutely amazing!!! Would 100% recommend this place! Must go if you are in the area.

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RM
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice, real Italian comfort food. Small location in the heart of Venice.

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NH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Super expensive

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L
Los Angeles
76 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was awesome, it always is, but their one bottle corkage limit is very annoying. Their inflexibility around it as well, especially as we spent $200 per head on food almost.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place!

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S
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For sure our fvorite meal/evening so far this year. It started with a most gracious hostess followed by perfect service and a magical meal. HIGHLY RECOMMEND this beautiful restaurant. Not inexpensive but worth every penny - we left happy and in love : )

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v
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was fabulous here with the exception of the noise level. When I made the reservation with Open Table I requested the table by the window for four people as two in our party wear hearing aids which makes noise an issue. I was never told that they could not hold a table and as far as table selection was concerned it was first come, first served. Had I been apprised of that we would have come earlier and secured the table that we wanted. The food was fantastic, the service was wonderful, but the lack of communication on this issue made it necessary for us to exit earlier than we would have wanted as the two folks with the hearing aids could not hear our conversation at our table. I think there needs to be better communication if a requested table is not available.

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

I wasn't sure it's good pick after reading reviews with some criticism but finally I'm happy we went. Elegant but casual atmosphere ; waiters could be found by some individuals too straightforward but I like it in Italian culture. And finally food excellent however wine significantly overpriced.

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S
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Best ravioli ever!!!

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JD
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. I had a paste make with steak and my granddaughter had a risito
with lobster. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who would like to have
a special evening.

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C
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, attentive service. Food was, as usual beyond delicious. Zucchini blossoms were excellent and the gnocchi were light and melted in your mouth.

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P
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Way overpriced. Very small pasta portions. Bone marrow was super oily and inedible. Profiterole dessert was flavorless with a cheap whip cream top. Red sauce was good. Asked for a sub on a different pasta dish and the request was denied.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Our server was extremely rude. Our service seemed extremely rushed, and the noise level made it hard to have a conversation.

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K
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening - perfect in every way! One small note- would have liked water glasses to be refreshed more. We were having wines by the glass but also wanted water, as it was a very dry day.

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AW
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious fresh Italian with a wonderful cozy ambience and friendly staff...great taste all around!

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YH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I used to love this restaurant and I always go even though I lived far away. This time is the first time I visited this year and I am a little bit disappointed. The waiters are polite, but they only came to check couple times the whole night we were there, and when I made a reservation I indicated it was for my friend’s big birthday celebration, there were not even a greeting for “Happy Birthday “..... anyway, the service has gone down.....

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T
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Italian spot on the west-side. Perfect spot for date-night.

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WL
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Although the food was very good, a bit pricey for a small amount. The risotto with funghi was quite salty. Our waiter was fine, wasn't superior! Chairs and tablecloths could have been cleaner. Most likely won't return or recommend

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PG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Incredibly small space, so we had to wait outside in the rain for 15 minutes (after our reservation time) until our table was ready. While taste-testing the bottle of wine we ordered and just opened, server began pouring the first glass before I even had a chance to taste and confirm the bottle. We had to ask three times for water refills throughout dinner, often twice each time. All in all, a beautiful place and good food, but for the price point, I expected much better service.

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C
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, our friends from the east coast loved everything about your restaurant. Service and food were impeccable.

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

I’ve been a fan of Via Veneto for many years and love their space. The past Saturday night I took my sister out to dinner for her birthday and we sat about 6 inches from the end of the staircase. Between the waiters running up and down the stairs and the other guests coming down the stairs, I watched my sister barely miss getting elbowed in the head and her wineglass almost knocked over throughout the entire meal. Eventually we just started laughing over it because our waiter was also so rude that night. I felt like an unwanted tourist in Venice, Italy. If that’s the version of authenticity you’re looking for, this is the place apparently. I ordered the Bolognese which is usually one of my favorites there and had a hard time finding the meat in the sauce. It was disappointing overall.

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