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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

4.0

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (22)
Good for a Date (20)
Special Occasion (14)
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Fit for Foodies (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Cozy (9)
Authentic (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Business Meals (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Fun (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 8, 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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·Dined on January 3, 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 January 1, 2018

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

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Beautiful spot with great service and average food.

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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 31, 2017

Their Food was very expensive for the amount and quality.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 31, 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 28, 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 15, 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 15, 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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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 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 10, 2017

Amazing, authentic Italian food!!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 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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·Dined on November 30, 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 29, 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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food5
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·Dined on November 29, 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 26, 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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·Dined on November 21, 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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food4
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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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·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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food5
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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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 (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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