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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

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (19)
Good for a Date (17)
Special Occasion (12)
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Fit for Foodies (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Cozy (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Authentic (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Business Meals (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Fun (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good for Groups (2)
People Watching (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 8 hours ago

Lovely food wine and service, and the ambiance

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Great romantic date place. True candlelight dinning.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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food4
ambience5
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value3

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing food!

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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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food5
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value4

 
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Anniversary

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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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food5
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value4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·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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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 30, 2018

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Excellent everything. Authentic Italian.

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 (Hawaii)·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.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Beautiful room, great food.

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food5
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (London)·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!)

Tags: Good for a Date
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food4
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Beautiful spot with great service and average food.

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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wow! This is the best Italian food I have eaten since leaving Italy! Max, our waiter, was knowledgeable, fun, attentive, and a true asset to this restaurant. The tiramisu was light and airy. The wine list is extensive and Max was very knowledgeable about the wines and made a perfect suggestion. Risotto was memorable! A very wonderful evening and a must eat!

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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Their Food was very expensive for the amount and quality.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Amazing fine dining Italian fare! Exceptional wine list, ambiance spectacular... foodie paradise

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Amazing evening! Fantastic food and service. Wines were awesome. Great for special occasions.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Needs a cohesive staff on the floor. Main waiter was loud and irritating.
Value of food questionable. Had 2 bottles wine recommended that happened to be last bottles so I didn't order a 3rd. That wasn't a coincidence. Place beautiful inside but feels played out.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 14, 2017

It’s a lovely spot and could be considered romantic. The salmon was likely the best I’ve ever had and I eat a lot of salmon! Menu is nice with varied selections. The music they play felt weird at times-almost like Club music. It gets a bit noisy because it’s small. Quite intimate but it’s possible to reserve a large table if needed. $$$$ but I’d definitely return

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Food was fine but thoroughly spectacular. The wine list is unusual in that it is long with very few recognizable Italian wines, so I asked for recommendations. The woman who was sent to help us could only recommend the most expensive bottle and each of three sections as her suggestion, this felt inappropriately disingenuous. Service was slow and the restaurant is extremely loud.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Amazing, authentic Italian food!!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Best authentic Italian food and great ambiance. Very expensive but worth it.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 29, 2017

My wife and I had a lovely meal at Via Veneto. The service was good and the food exceptional although a bit pricey. Many excellent selections to choose from and extensive wine list

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The staff isn’t what keeps me coming back... it’s deifnitley the food. The mushroom risotto is impeccable. This last time I went, they messed up the overall order (requested amarticiana and another shrimp pasta and ended up with shrimp risotto and the shrimp pasta - SODIUM OVERLOAD) and I didn’t realize it until we actually left which was a bummer - caught up in conversation.

The staff could use improvement and come to the table more, be aware and alert of customers needs and wants. I’m not fussy by any means but at the time I went, there were only 3 tables including ourselves and we couldn’t even get their attention for over 10-15 mins.

Went to Madeo last night and maybe because we’re regulars it was more pleasant but I’d like to think I’ve been here (VV) more than the average person with friends and loved ones to give it another shot and the attitude of the staff is the same.

I love the food here and it’s close to Malibu so it’s convenient for a nice dinner so I will come back but it’s a bugger when service isn’t as expected.

A bit uptight about bring your own wine even though there’s a cork fee -eye roll. You have good wines but not always the best IMO.

I don’t care about pricing for the food here.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The food was delicious and the wait staff amazing. The ravioli starter is fantastic highly recommended. I had the Cacio e Pepe and never believed a simple dish could taste so delicious. You will not be disappointed with the food here

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Never had a bad meal here. Love the service and wine list.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 30, 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 28, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 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 25, 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 22, 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 21, 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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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 21, 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 21, 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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