Via Veneto

4.8
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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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4.7
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4.7
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Denver
40 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants on the west side. Food, service, ambiance make for a wonderful evening every time.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Delicious food. My girlfriend and I had a very romantic night here and she loved everything we ordered !

DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I was charged $48 per person for a ravioli tasting appetizer, even though I only ordered two portions to be shared among the four of us. Not wanting to embarrass my guests when the check arrived, I waited until two days later to return to Via Veneto and explain the situation, but they said that nothing could be done. Too bad. We’ve been dining there for years and have recommended the restaurant to many friends. Never again though. Addio Via Veneto.

e
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is outstanding, may be best Italian in LA. You pay for it, however, expensive.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and great service will be coming back soon !

D
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! We cleaned out plates. Portion sizes are small . We went for Valentine’s Day and they really packed the place with tables. It was kind of disappointing and took away from the evening. However I would come back here again

P
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always very good, nice service. Two things today was that our ravioli sampler platter...that we always order
and is so good came out on cold plates, which makes the last raviolis cold by the time you eat them.
Our food also came out too fast, just took the last bite and then the next dish came out, like they wanted that next seating a bit too fast...considering we showed up 30 minutes before our reservation.
That said always enjoy going there. Next time I'll tell them to warm up the plates.

TS
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent Italian food in a small well decorated restaurant. But, and it’s a big but - ridiculously expensive. With a modest bottle of wine you can expect to easily exceed $300 for dinner for two.

DS
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambience. Pricey though. I will go here on special occasions, but too pricey to be local neighborhood hang.

RT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not been there in Years, I have to say it was amazing food and ambience !!!
Great Place very romantic ;)

GC
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For years this restaurant has been our go-to for special occasions for date night as well as entertaining with family and friends. Always consistent with great service, from the greeting at the door, wait staff and of course the fabulous food. It’s the best of the best!

CM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall pleasant dining experience. Will return. Small venue. Tiny table for 2. Engineering required to get plates on table. Hard to compete with neighboring conversations once restaurant fills up. (Not an issue for early bird diners) Interesting menu. Pricey but not outlandish for high quality but smallish entrees.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal. Loved the seafood risotto.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a real Italian restaurant! We felt we were back in Italy! The service is great, the ambience wonderful and the food is excellent!! Via Veneto has an amazing wine menu as well. I highly recommend this restaurant.

DC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service was superb, ravioli ed buono, branzino yum, will recommend to friends.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Deliberate scam with the bill! Avoid these guys. They have good food and reasonable prices, mid $30 for a pasta, BUT they offer you specials at the table and then don’t mention the price! The pasta special was $100!! Don’t go near them.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Italian restaurant. I love it there.

M
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was good however a bit pricey compared with other Italian restaurants in the near by vicinity. The menu was also seemed quite limited compared to other established eateries. The staff was friendly but the restaurant itself is quite small and (party of 5) couldn't help but feel cramped.

e
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a Tuesday evening, and the place was half-full, so the noise level was very low.

Overall, it was outstanding! Word to the wise: the Tomahawk Steak can feed four people.

L
Los Angeles
82 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Always outstanding. Truly, you cannot go wrong with the food. Wine list is overly pricey though

ST
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster ravioli was awesome

PG
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to go there. Food outstanding, service perfect, fun to people watch. The veal chop is marvelous but this time I had the Dover sole and it couldn’t have been better. Not cheap but worth every penny.

EL
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always Exceptional. Service. Food. Atmosphere. Food.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took a friend to Via Veneto for his birthday to celebrate him. There were 2 vegetarians in the group. All of us were very pleased with how delicious the food was. Service was wonderful. Definitely come back.

F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and excellent service

OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BeautifulEnvironment. Exquisite simple food. Perfect for the special occasion that we had created. Also perfect noise obvious, that is we were able to have conversations without yelling over the top of people. A perfect evening.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so great! They did not have room to seat us at our reservation time so they seated us in a private space upstairs !

OT
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and wine list.

R
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience.

FM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was not especially good
It was a busy Friday night and service was good, efficient and thorough,
Starters were average and prepared and presented in a perfunctory manner
Main courses were poor lacking in flavour, flair or taste.
Pricing was far too high for such average fare.
Staff were friendly
Overall a poor cookery experience, very bad value and a very average dining event

g
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

exelente comiday atencion todo operfecto!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always!

A
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Via Veneto is the best Italian restaurant on the west side full stop. Everything is spectacular.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Best authentic Italian in LA!

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Staff was so nice, food and wine - amazing!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!!

LG
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were transported to Italy for the evening! From start to finish we had a beautiful and delicious meal and service. Molte Gratze!

OT
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very authentic, "real" Italian food -- excellent! Good wine list, with some reasonable half-bottles available as well. Definitely recommend!

OT
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience. Genuine Italian cooking. Great service. We go to Via Veneto every time we come to Santa Monica.