Via Veneto

3.9
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459 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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Via Veneto offers authentic Italian cuisine. Family owned with affordable prices. Voted one of the top 10 Restaurants in Chicago by the Sun Times and Tribune.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday – Thursday: 11:30am - 9:30pm; Friday: 11:30am - 10:00pm; Saturday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 267-0888
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tony Barbanente
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Private party facilities
Via Veneto can accommodate parties 25 - 200. From intimate groups to elegant parties, we are even the perfect setting for business meetings with microphone and screens available for presentations.
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Private party contact
Tony Barbenente: (773) 267-0888
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Catering
Custom Menu serving authentic Italian Cuisine.
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Cross street
Central Park
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.9
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4.4
service
4.2
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4.0
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AM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal at Via Veneto. Kudos to Tony and his staff, especially the wonderful Angela.

WM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to eat Italy’s finest foods. The flavors and the presentation were excellent and the wine selection was superb Service was attentive but not overbearing. The price range was competitive for a restaurant of its stature.

EN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was terrible. Very second rate. Bland chicken and steamed vegetables for chicken Vesuvio. Salad was just shred of lettuce with an acidic balsamic they called Italian. Very disappointing.

A
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So very sad this restaurant is closing in its current location; hoping they'll find a new home soon.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood Italian restaurant. It was like being back on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.

n
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Very disappointing food experience. We went on a Saturday night and, amazingly, our main dishes were served about 5-8 minutes after ordering. Although such attentiveness is nice, this timing and the quality of the food brought to our table suggest that the dishes were not freshly prepared. It was as if they had my Veal Piccata cooked and sitting around waiting for an order, only to throw it on a plate and warm it up before bringing it out. The veal seemed boiled more than sauteed, and the liquid from the broccoli that accompanied the veal made it seem like I was given a bowl of soup instead of a properly prepared Veal Piccata. The presentation/appearance of my meal was not at all appealing. My dinner partner liked her pumpkin ravioli, but it too looked like the chef just threw things on the plate without much thought. The prices are similar to those you'd find at very nice Italian restaurants, but the quality didn't match the price.

T
Chicago
113 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Been going there for years. Now, I'm wondering where their new location will be.

O
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My date and I were on our way to see the Joker movie and in a rush. We got everything quickly and it was great. She had the mushroom risotto, I had the whole wheat fettuccine and we also had the octopus. We both thought we had very good service, food & the restaurant ambiance was nice and calm.

RM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been going here for years and introducing it to as many friends as we can. Just delicious authentic regional Italian cuisine. Simple, genuine, and tasty.

LT
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The food was just awful, I ordered a minestrone soup that I sent back because it was very acidic and did not taste fresh. We ordered pasta with a red meat sauce that was thick and acidic because they probably use cheap canned tomato’s to make it. The pasta was served warm not hot.
The restaurant was dark and dirty looking. I would never go there again.

Also they gave me a difficult time with using open table when I asked them to make sure that they acknowledged me being there. The manager said if were using a coupon which I did not have I would not be able to use open table. No where did it state that when I made the reservations.

BF
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Italy twice, from Venice to Sicily and Via Veneto is the "real deal"!
The food is completely authentic and the staff couldn't be nicer!
Great atmosphere in a casual setting, great wine list and wonderful Italian Food!
If you haven't been to Via Veneto you owe it to yourself to check it out soon!
Bill in Chicago

MB
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food and great experienced staff

T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was fantastic.

AR
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food I have ever had!

c
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The column Mari was incredibly greasy. There were puddles of oil at the bottom of the plate. The place appeared to be in disarray or under construction I couldn’t tell. I wouldn’t go again

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Pre-Symphony dinner without the Loop crush. Delectable food, personal attention from the owner. Wait staff attentive but unpolished.

JW
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like being in Italy. Great pasta dishes. Great coffee. Great service.

D
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for an early Mother’s Day. Food is always excellent and reasonably priced! Service is excellent! Enjoyed the evening very much and will return!

R
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Via Veneto is always good. Food, service, ambiance - and one of most generous wine-pours around. Great neighborhood Italian restaurant. Reliable go-to. Highly recommended.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. We were treated to a wonderful desert, Tiramisu. We have had that desert often, but never as good as it is at Via Veneto. Through the years, the food at Via Veneto is very consistently good.

JW
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

F
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met all my expectations

TM
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant overall.

JW
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, like being in Italy.

OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Perfect for a date nightm Food and service were great as well.

B
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We enjoyed the time at this long time area restaurant. Food choices were great and we all enjoyed our meal. Only issue would be the amount of time to get our check and the strange way of processing that took even longer. Needed to add s tip amount on the check before processing. But that aside, we will come back again.

WR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the favorite restaurant of a friend. When we go out, this is where we go. It has become one of my favorites too. Family owned, great food and service. They make customers feel like part of the family.

j
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Our experience was very odd. Service was spotty, even though we were the only table in the restaurant. Food was not very good. I ordered the Brasciole della nonna, which was described as being in a lite red sauce, but was flooded with it. Might as well been spaghetti with meat rolls. Caprese salad was nothing to rave about. I make a better giambotta, theirs was ,of course in red sauce. Everything was in red sauce.
Desserts were stale and not tasty at all.
I was here for my birthday and not impressed but the opposite, quite disappointed. Will not he back

c
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here with friends on an early Saturday evening. The food was outstanding and everyone enjoyed their meal. The service was attentive, the Italian wine was terrific. We will be back!

NW
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Via Veneto is always a good choice for dinner with the family. Food ranged from good (mushroom risotto, salmon with spinach) to very good (seared tuna and chicken vesuvio). The wine list has improved, and by-the-glass pours are very good for the price. The bread is also much better than it used to be. Our birthday celebrant loved the tiramisu! Service was efficient and friendly.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas lunch. Amazingly delicious and wonderful staff. Felt like family.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went here for Christmas Eve dinner and also my niece’s 10th birthday. The food was delicious and our server was great. I only wish we weren’t seated in the front room, or it looked more like the rest of the restaurant. It was a little too bright and chilly.

r
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST Italian food in Chicago! Fresh & Homemade and affordable.

QT
Naples
72 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Hoped the food would have improved since last time. It was mediocre at best - messed up the drinks, the Veal Shank ( 3 of us ordered this) was nothing more than a little shredded meat (seemed like one piece of Shank used for all 3 orders) over ALOT of pasta. Caesar Salad was the most disappointing Caesar Salad we have ever had. We went with great friends and they felt the same way. NO MAS, Via Veneto.

MT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food....great service....a downtown quality restaurant at neighborhood affordable prices.

s
Chicago
129 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a wonderful meal here - don't hesitate to order unique dishes such as the Ravioli Di Zucca (stuffed with pumpkin in a tomato and goat cheese sauce) or the Pistachio Ravioli (handmade ravioli filled with ricotta cheese and pistachio in a creamy amaretto sauce) - both are absolutely wonderful as a lighter dish. The Chicken Vesuvio and the Pork Marsala were also very good. Finished the meal with the tiramisu and the flourless chocolate cake, which was the densest, richest cake ever!

D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Dinner was great except for a couple two tables away. Very loud, and some foul language

T
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very enjoyable and delicious.

NS
Richmond
120 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Via Veneto is a pleasant neighborhood Italian eatery. They very competently prepare a varied menu of Italian favorites and have a good selection of nightly specials. The service was very friendly and efficient. We all will return for another enjoyable evening of Italian dining.

AS
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we had a great meal and great service. Everything was delicious.