Via Veneto

4.7
744 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 744 people are saying
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ParkerM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, delicious food and great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

The most over priced restaurant in Los Angeles

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vipPhilippaB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely romantic dinner sitting outside on the patio this week. The special appetizer pasta was delicious (pumpkin, lobster and asparagus) but was confusing as it ended up being $54 for 2 people when we understood it to be one appetizer divided for 2 people. The Branzino had lots of flavor and was paired nicely with the spinach. My husband had Veal Scaloppini and broccolini which was delicious. This was all pleasantly washed down with a nice bottle of Brunello.

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vipjosec
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We have been regular diners there for years. Was one of our favorite restaurants.

Three comments by waiter while ordering that the chef wouldn’t allow this or that. Things that were never an issue before. We almost left. Not what you would expect at such a quality restaurant.

Quality of food was not at previous levels. appetizers not so tasty.

All three Pastas ordered were too dry. Not the right amount of sauce/oil. Spaghetti Vongole, the Vongole although a fair amount did not appear to be Veracchi. There were only 3 empty shells on the plate.

Main dishes were the Sole. Fortunate Sole was delicious.

Don’t know if we will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here for my birthday recently, and my girlfriends and I got the royal treatment. The chef personally came out several times giving us tastings of things we didn’t order I addition to what we did. Everything was spectacular, flavorful, and authentic. I would highly recommend this spot to anyone who is able to spend some money on an amazing culinary experience. The staff is very friendly and on it when it came to taking orders, giving refills, etc. The wine selection is top notch as well.

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vipJHPP
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Exceptional Dover sole! Eggplant parm appetizer was excellent.

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HaileyR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a super cute build out on the sidewalk and great food!

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Cindy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was superb! However, due to COVID, all tables are outside on the street and the car noise was loud.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and really great service. The outdoor seating area was also well set up - they had comfortable seat coverings and heat lamps.

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BriB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great dinner here. We felt very safe and every staff person was friendly and helpful. The food was delicious!

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vipAlrightMeal
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious! Everything is currently out door dining so they did a great job at trying to keep the vibe the same. Excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining at its best. As always, great food. A little pricey, but worth the money. Can’t wait until we can go back indoors to enjoy some of the finest Italian food in Los Angeles.

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MaryD
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was terrific. We sat on the enclosed patio and felt perfectly safe (Covid). The food and service was escellent. Would recommend this place to everyone.

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vipPETERC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best Italian food in Los Angeles. Would prefer to dine indoors to enjoy the intimate restaurant but with the quality of the food we will settle for street side dining.

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Jimgrad
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was my first time. The food and service were excellent. It was quite windy and chilly as we were doing outdoor dining. The heat laps and chair cushions helped. It is pricey and a great place for a special occasion.

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vipDiner12345
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time in the outdoor dining. Our food was delicious and well timed. Our server helped us pick out great bottles of wine to go with dinner and we had just the most lovely evening out. We had two specials, the bone-in rib eye and truffle ravioli, and three menu items, the grotto misto, the bolognese, and cacio y pepe. We will definitely be heading back.

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vipToddB
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place so much its very special , authentic Italian food. Ate out front on Main street , it was chilly but they had heat lamps. Ate the barata appetizer, then the special fish and pasta dishes. The food is exceptional! It's a little expensive but it's so delicious and worth every penny!

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ChrisH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Didn’t keep the reservation time. Service was alright. A bit rude towards the end of our service.

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vipMichael
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was as amazing as usual !!!
We love this place !!

JC
vipJasonC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fabulous langoustine pasta! Amazingly delicate stuffed and fried zucchini blossums.

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vipCSPMD
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, extensive wine list, and outstanding staff. Classy (even eating outside) and delicious every time. Make it your "Special Night" dinner spot.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Bad seating even though we had reservations people that got there without got better seating. Some of the items were missing off the menu.

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vipTracieA
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Via Veneto did a wonderful job making us feel comfortable and safe dining outside. Their outdoor space is cozy and warm. The food was fabulous as usual. I highly recommend this restaurant during these crazy times!

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vipMeFA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of food and service never disappoints

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, staff, and wine were all amazing. I almost like the outside covid dining set up better than when I had gone before and dined inside.

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homerandmarge
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

molto bene!! always the best. sitting out al fresco, if you squinted a little it felt like a piazza. truffle menu was exquisite.

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KatieS
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tables all at a safe distance and a nice area to sit outside. Delicious food - our favorite for pasta in the area! Langoustines are amazing.

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brendal
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipCatherine
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best homemade pasta ever! Great service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful. The food was amazing!

Staff was great and they did pretty good with the outdoor setting. Of course not as cozy as indoor but that isn’t allowed right now. It’s Main Street Santa Monica so a little noisy with the cars and buses but I am happy to endure to support them and to have that unbelievable food. The ravioli soup was to die for!

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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
12 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!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Via Veneto using the Order Online button. 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 744 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.