Via Veneto

4.7
719 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • 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 719 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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brendal
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always come to this restaurant for special occasions. Fantastic as always!

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vipCatherine
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best homemade pasta ever! Great service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LeRoi and I love your wonderful staff and the amazing food :) xo victoria

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Italian food as always. Love this restaurant gem.

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HHKim
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

My favorite go-to restaurant in the neighborhood. Feels like you're in Italy - somewhere in Venice or Florence. Food is just as good!

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katyM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

You can’t beat the food there. Service was a little wishy washy that night but usually pretty good.
This seems like a petty complaint but the tables are much too small for the size plates they use to serve the food. The plates were hanging off the table.

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BillB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Very disappointed in this meal.
Main dish was a 4$45 sea bass with no flavor, tasteless.
From an Italian restaurant, the cappuccino was completely disappointing.
The staff was very professional and attentive.
Bottom line: front of house, very good. Kitchen, marginal at best.

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vipTheDude
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, service, experience. And everyone stop complaining about the fact that the restaurant like every other LA restaurant has to make do with exclusively outdoor service. Yes, you are not inside and there is street noise and traffic. It is not the restaurant's doing nor fault.

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HowardL
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Good food but wine overpriced. When they went through wine list they were recommending a $258 bottle of wine (did not ask what price range I was looking for).
Very inflexible when ordering. They had a ravioli appetizer special. We tried to order one, they said both of us needed to order it. Asked if they could put in some garlic in a pasta dish and answer was no. When pasta arrived, asked for parmesan cheese and they said no. REALLY!!!.

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MikeL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My waiter Maximillian is the best and so do the bus boys.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The people there are serious about food. Their love for Italian cuisine is so obvious. Absolutely loved!

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vipZeneater
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful. Complex yet light . Ambiance lovely. The side patio is a wonderful addition

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The food was excellent. We are not from the area as I’m sure a lot of patrons are. If you are ok with spending $200+ and leaving sober and not stuffed I would absolutely recommend. While the food was very good I do feel like I’m paying more for where I am eating and not so much for what I am eating.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Tables outside right next to the road so lots of loud traffic noise and breathing car fumes unfortunately.

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AshleyR
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining out in six months because of COVID and we had a lovely time. The service was excellent! Our server had great recommendations for wine and everything we ate was delicious. There was tons of space between us and the next table, all the service staff wore face masks and face shields, and rather than give us menus they gave us a code to scan with our phones that brought up the menu. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and felt safe eating there. It was wonderful to get out for a night.

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vipKelleyM
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Due to Covid we were out on the patio which was fine but of course increases noise level and the ambiance could have been made a bit better with lighting that was on the table and bushes but not working. the wait staff was a bit snooty, their wine list was incredibly over priced for most of the under $100 a bottle compared to other restaurants, and although the food was good it was far from exceptional.

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vipbrendand
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Much better than Felix.

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GaryP
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Overall the restaurant and service was good. But since we were outside there wasn't a nice ambiance. Also, I ordered a steak but it was not tender. It took real effort to cut it with a steak knife.

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CharitoA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I always love the food except the crab cake- more breading than crab

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ChrisC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice, romantic experience. Easy reservation and honored request for a quiet outdoor table.

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DrMamaly
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Real Italian food 2 blocks from my place. And genuine and real service too.

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Veggieluv
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Waiter was rather impatient and grumpy, though he softened a bit by the end of our meal. Still, we didn’t feel welcomed upon arrival or most of the evening, which was unfortunate as the food was outstanding. It was our first visit and not sure if we’ll return.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service

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vipImeldaDulcichPR
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Professional, competent staff guided guests through the outside eating process (Covid). Tables were spaced properly. Umbrellas and heaters at the ready. The menu was as good as we had read in the reviews. The food - appetizers, main meal and dessert were all exceptional. Wine and Beer served.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! The food, the wine, our server was amazing. We were delighted to know that they all spoke Italian:).

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vipAaronbo
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Street dining is what it is.

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AmberD
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I am ever back in California, I will most definitely come back to eat! Everyone was on top of their service! So friendly, and the food was so good and fresh!!! It was beyond exceptional!!!!

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VonRuhtenberg83
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicate ravioli...so many delicious things in their menu. A place to treat yourself. Lovely staff

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved the food & service

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KinseyV
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for a date night. We dined here for Quarantine and they set everything up outside. It was very nice and quiet. The service is very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing celebration of wine by glass

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One word...AMAZING!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great experience. Great bread. Decent food. Great vibe.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in LA!

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vipPalisadesGal
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always special! A place that makes your evening a special event. The food is wonderful, the service, warm and efficient. The veal chop is a treat but the sole is incredible.

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OlgaK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an exceptional place. Such a romantic environment and welcoming staff. I’m sad I’ve never been there before. Now it is in my list of best spots in Santa Monica and whole LA

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vipWiltonbound
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

No balsamic vinegar available. Skimpy portion of the langoustine served. Octopus was not super fresh.

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JillianW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! The staff is so accommodating. One of the best restaurants in the LA area.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Via Veneto using the Order Online button. Via Veneto also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar. Via Veneto also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 399-1843.

Via Veneto is rated 4.7 stars by 719 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.