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Via Veneto

4.6
362 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Sun-Thurs 6:00-11:00 Fri & Sat 6:00-11:30
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Phone number
(310) 399-1843
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
Pier Ave. & Marine St.
Additional
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Private Room, Wine
What 362 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined a day ago

Good for a quieter, conversational atmosphere. Excellent food - the gnocchi was tremendous!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Incredible food
Great wine !

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Lovely food wine and service, and the ambiance

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Great romantic date place. True candlelight dinning.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Amazing food!

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JDick (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Impeccable food and service. A great restaurant for a romantic meal. Gratzi!

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Great little gem in Venice, amazing food and great service! Place is busy and its good to make a reservation ahead. One of the best I have had as far as italian food. My favorite pumpkin ravioli yam!!!

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vipAmyW1 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Excellent food, beautiful restaurant. Via Veneto can be a special event destination, or also a perfect spot for a cozy dinner for 2.

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vipKaryb (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Love Via Veneto for its design - great crystal chandeliers and candlelight - a welcome, different feel for LA. The food is very good. But don’t go on a Saturday night. The service can be dreadful. And tables are so close together, that you have to want to make friends with the folks next door. We did and even shared wine. It took us over an hour to get our entree - and when I asked the waiter, he shrugged and said it was very busy in the kitchen. No excuse. They have been around a long time, are busy every weekend (if not always) and know how to run a kitchen correctly. Either stop overbooking to where the kitchen is so slammed or apologize better to guests or offer something to compensate. It’s a great place with some delicious food, but every guest wants to feel cared for - part of the dining experience at this price point.

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EatieGourmet (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Via Veneto is the kind of white tablecloth, candles on the table restaurant that, one would think, attracts a crowd with a sense of propriety. The descriptions online all say "dressy." It's not.

Granted, it's been around longer than the Silicon Beach crowd which can spend $150 per person and not notice it. Yet it would be nice if they spent some of that money on attire.

Why mention this before the food? Because my enjoyment of a meal involves decor, noise level, sight lines -- not just what's on the plate. So when I'm... dressy... and everyone around me is in t-shirts, torn jeans, and baseball caps (worn throughout the meal), I'm distracted. I start to wonder whether the other patrons are mutants or whether they know they look no different than the homeless people along Main Street.

Oh, don't try to check the menu on their website. It goes through a twelve-step program of getting ever-narrower and then vanishes completely.

Now... the food on that menu. I wish it justified its price. The zucchini flowers had sufficient piquancy, but the prosciutto with grape tomatoes and bufala (which was switched to mascarpone) lacked any perceptible taste. The blandness of the cheese eliminated the flavor of the ham and tomatoes.

The lamb chops were cooked perfectly, and the seasoning was complementary. Yet the Dover Sole was unremarkable; grilled without any distinction.

The vegetables (which are separate menu items) could have come from a steam tray in high school. The asparagus seemed devoid of seasoning, and the spinach tasted as if they found its flavor, extracted it, and threw it away.

The wine list is expansive and expensive. Even for geeks. We did find a very good Italian white which added to the taste of the food.

Dessert was a tartufo-like concoction that went well with coffee and port. The service?Perfunctory. Maybe, being "dressy," they thought we were staff. If there's a next time, we'll wear beach clothes... to look more like the other patrons.

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EGSB (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Terrific food and service. Thank you. Excellent server from Milan.

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jayh (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Excellent everything. Authentic Italian.

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Still a winner every time I go. Eye rolling good. Osso Bucco was excellent, carbonara can't be beat. Best italian food I know of and its an hour drive for me but we find a way to get there once a month.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Beautiful room, great food.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Had a great time with my wife. We loved the food!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

You get what you pay for at Via Veneto. Great food service and ambience. A tad expensive but very romantic and fun.

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Marina (London)
3.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

The place is beautiful, food very good but a bit pricey for what it is and the portions.
It was too bad the owner had an attitude when we didn’t all order appetizers.( we had some beforehand and were not hungry enough!)

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Amazing from start to finish. NYE meal featuring white truffle. Trust me...make the splurge.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Beautiful spot with great service and average food.

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