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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.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Hours of Operation:
Sun-Thurs 6:00-11:00 Fri & Sat 6:00-11:30
Pier Ave. & Marine St.
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Private Room, Wine
Via Veneto Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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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