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About Via Veneto

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.

3009 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Sun-Thurs 6:00-11:00 Fri & Sat 6:00-11:30

Cross Street:
Pier Ave. & Marine St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 399-1843

Website:
http://www.viaveneto.us/

Additional:
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Private Room, Wine

Via Veneto Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (26)
Good for a Date (20)
Fit for Foodies (18)
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Authentic (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Special Occasion (15)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Cozy (12)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Business Meals (4)
Fun (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Casual (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food, service was very good. A bit pricey..... limited wine selection by glass.
The booths are nice and cozy, but not much privacy. Overall, very good experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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food4
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 31, 2017

the truffle fettuccine was excellent! The service was impeccable.. and the ambience is exquisite !

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Most authentic Italian restaurant I’ve ever been to in LA. Food was fabulous. Staff, who are all Italian, were warm, lovely and professional. The room is intimate and beautifully lit be three chandeliers. Conversation is easy because one doesn’t have to shout. I would dine here every night if I could. And... they make the best panna cotta I’ve ever had. Brava!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Squid ink pasta was drowned in cheap salmon roe flakes that killed the dish. Pasta soft and sauce not really consistent with good ink pasta dishes.
Dover sole average and not very flakey firm.
Olive oil on table always dead give away for quality of Italian restaurant as this was quite bitter and cheap.
Unfortunately there are many better choices for old school Italian.

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food3
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Suck a special place, wish it was local, it would be the special occasion go to!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Amazing food, great atmosphere, very fun yet elegant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Love Via, go here a few times a month. Every time I bring people they are shocked by the tomahawk Ribeye, it's a must try

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Absolutely fantastic. You pay for great food and attentive staff. Love the chandeliers

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Delicious! Our group of 4 each loved their main courses. They made fresh Peci. This homemade pasta I first tried in Sienna Italy. Can not find this pasta anywhere.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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food5
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

This is our favorite local restaurant for authentic Italian food. We eat here at least 2-3 times a month. Whenever we have friends and/or guests we usually take them to Via Veneto. Afterwards, everyone raves about their food ,dining experience and always looking to return the next time they're "in town" for a visit.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Via Veneto is old school Italian with lots of attention to wine and detail. It's an indulgence to be enjoyed on special occasions.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (México)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Un lugar chiquito pero muy acogedor, excelente servicio y muy rico. Mi pasta a la bolognesa estaba dentro de las más ricas que he probado, pero en general todo lo que pedimos estuvo muy rico. Buena música.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Delicious food. Wonderful ambiance. Great Service. Va Bene!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Waiter could not remember what we ordered. Should have written it down. Ended up bring wrong sides.

Tags: Good for a Date
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food4
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

we love going to via veneto and try to get there a few times a year. as we both travel a lot, we do view the restaurant as special and have never had a bad, or even mediocre meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Always incredible.
I my opinion, the best, most authentic Italian restaurant in LA.
The service is impeccable and friendly.
Great job.

Tags: Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Authentic, Fun, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

I've eaten here 2-3 times before over several years and this latest experience was disappointing. It was a Monday night with a small crowd that quickly ballooned into a nearly a full restaurant. It's a small place and sadly service went down hill quickly. My guest requested a pasta dish with lobster(on the menu). The waiter came back and said they were out. Our reservation was at 7:30 and they don't open until 6pm. How could that be. Un-prepared. It will be a while before I eat here again or perhaps not at all.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Amazing fresh pasta dishes. Very romantic ambience and decor. Great wine list. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Every time I go to Santa Monica, I visit this restaurant four or five times, sometimes two nights in a row. It might be my favorite restaurant in the world, and I have traveled all over and eaten in more restaurants than I could possibly count. No Italian restaurant in Italy that I have ever dined in, is as good as this cozy, yet refined and elegant Italian gem in Santa Monica. The food is divinity on earth, the service impeccable, and the atmosphere enchanting. I brought a friend of mine who has been in the restaurant/catering business in LA for 30 years. She's very successful. She freaked out about how good it was and also about the fact that she'd never heard of it. (She is in the know about all of the chefs and restaurants in LA.) I have to admit I was pretty pleased with myself that I impressed her! You will never be disappointed at Via Veneto!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 4, 2017

The best Italian food around! You can order anything and it will be the best you have ever tasted.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 21, 2017

STAY AWAY, this place is a rip off!!

Regret ever going here! Food is terrible, waiters are rude, said we would get a sauce for free and charged us 70$ extra when we got the check!! I am a big foodie and been to many restaurants but have never been treated this poorly!

Do yourself a favor, save your money or go somewhere else!

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

It was a nice restaurant with delicious food, but it was way too noisy and way too cramped.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

I ead the reviews before booking this place and they turned out to be fairly accurate. Our experience was great with the staff and service - we were seated at our table upon our arrival at the time of our reservation. The service was good, although I had to ask for water a couple of times. The food was good but not great. The langostinos were good but not great - and pricey at $55 for a plate of five. We avoided the "specials" with various truffle sauces so as to avoid the price-gouging that goes with them - no prices are provided. The wine was good but not great, and, again, pricey.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Very small space so it is cramped and noisy. Food and service were amazing though.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (London)·Dined on August 20, 2017

This is our go to favorite for authentic Italian cuisines. The service is first rate and the food never disappoints. It's the perfect date restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (London)·Dined on August 14, 2017

This restaurant is a jewel. We make a point to come here every time we're in Santa Monica. The service is professional and attentive, and you'll be transported by the ambiance, especially when the intimate dining room is lit by candles at night. And if this weren't enough, the food is wonderfully executed. I tried every course in a party of six and every dish was a knockout. Well done!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Best Italian place I've eaten in LA in a long time. Not only because the food was amazing, but because it reminded me of SOHO NYC. It was a small, cozy, intimate environment with fantastic food and service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Kept waiting 20÷ minutes for our reservation otherwise everything was great.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

This feels like the NEW
Via Veneto. The food was wonderful and creative. The service was thoughtful and attentive. All 4 of us loved our meal and intend to return soon.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

We had one of our "BEST" meals of all time. The food was tasty and delicious. We practically cleaned off all our plates from the appetizers to entrees and ending with the deserts. The service was impeccable and was not over bearing. Simone was magnificent in catering to all our needs. Overall, an A++++

FoxZ

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Absolutely had one of the greatest dinners ever. Highly recommended.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

It was the best meal we've had on a long time. Every course was exquisite . Best panda cotta I had in a long time and I order it every place they serve it. Its not about the flavor as much as it is about the texture. Pricy but worth every penny.
Can't wait to go back, even though we drove over an hour to eat there.
Excellent.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great wine list, ambience and service but it starts and ends with food, and it wasn't that good, particularly at the price point. My wife's risotto with langoustine and Meyer lemon was watery and tasted like ordinary boiled rice instead of Arborio riso cooked traditionally; the riso in my risotto with cheese and black truffle was proper, but truffle oil, which was not listed as an ingredient on the menu, had been added and too much so (perhaps to try to fill in the difference between black ruffles and white tartufo from Alba which are out of season?). My veal paillard was dry - I didn't like it and only ate half. Our near $300 bottle of Amarone was served cooler than room temperature, but still probably about 5 degrees F too warm. My wife's main course of langoustine were fine, and our appetizer of prosciutto and cantaloupe was very good. Via Veneto has everything else going for it - if they stepped it up in kitchen it would be a top restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Our dining experience was good, not exceptional. Somewhat overpriced. Service was adequate, not great. Despite mentioning when making the reservation that it was our anniversary, nothing was done as far as a special dessert or anything else. Overall, no serious complaints.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Nice however not a Michelin Star, manager knew his menu and wine, had to ask for water refill as well as olive oil.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

This is a truly exceptional dining experience. The menu is thoughtfully structured with delicious item after item. The occasion was our wedding anniversary and was worth the splurge. Instead of traveling out of Santa Monica where we reside we decided to celebrate it here. The menu is pricy but not ridiculous. It's what we expected. Not being a wine drinker payed into my favor as the sparkling Italian water was perfect. Try the ravioli sampler it's amazing way to start the dining experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Generally this is one of my favorite fine dining Italian restaurants. Most dishes with shellfish tend to be overcooked however the specials are outstanding.
Noise an issue even if at half capacity.
Sure I'll be back but will avoid the shellfish!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Dinner for 6 with only two bottles of wine cost about $750. Worth it if you can afford it! Good "once a year" type place for us plebs, if I were a millionaire local I'd eat here once a week.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 16, 2017

It was amazing. The food and service was great!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 8, 2017

My third time here. I am italian, born and raised, the food is simply amazing.

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