Via Veneto

4.7
578 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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.

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JA
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Desert was not good at all and waiter did not seem to care. It was the "special" of the evening and seemed like it was made several days before and sat in refrigerator. Very disappointing for $16. The rest of the meal was quite nice.

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant, perfect for a romantic date or any special occasion. Great food, lovely staff, I can't say enough positive things about the place

D
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For someone that’s love good Italian food this is the place
The food is delicious very consistent and fresh
We go there at least twice a month

V
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal for 4 of us with assorted pastas. Lovely space, great service. On the pricey side.

j
Los Angeles
106 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic food. Delicious and beautifully prepared. The service was attentive and helpful. The restaurant was somewhat noisy. There was a crying baby that the parents kept taking out and bringing back. The tables are very close together. That said, it is worth going for the wonderful food and service.

BD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always excellent, inventive, yet simple, amazing servers, romantic!! I

OT
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and excellent service but the chairs are very uncomfortable

DB
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I already have recommend it to my cousin and his wife who live in LA because I live in Switzerland.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 5

28 dollars for a glass of California Cabernet Red wine...
..and the tip already included in the check (20%)...

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food in a nice ambiance

KD
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This to me is by far the best Italian restaurant in LA. The food is always delicious and the service is great as well.

R
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant ever... Definitely, I will come back... The food, the service, everything was so perfect! Great job from all people who work there... Sono molto bravi 🙌

AV
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was very good. Best thing about restaurant. Service was lacking. I was late, and my friend, on time, could not get anyone to bring her water and bread. They waited until my arrival. The table for two are quire small. They just barely hold what is necessary for dining. Because of the service, and the relatively high cost of the dinner, I doubt that I will return.

DS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A superb Italian restaurant that could have been lifted from the Via Veneto in Rome and placed on Main Street, Santa Monica.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wine is expensive

D
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible and the service was wonderful! I highly recommend eating here!

SH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Really good food. Not the friendliest staff. Really expensive. Sweet spot.

JA
London
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, cuisine is as good as any Italian restaurant in Italy, totally authentic. My risotto was perfectly executed without any temptation to “guild the lily” which American restaurants can be tempted to do sometimes. Wine list outstanding, new and old world. Definitely returning 👌🏼

LF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bravo to the chef and management! My husband and I are pretty spoiled when it comes to fine dining. Food was excellent and service was outstanding. We will be back

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good

VC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food. Service was excellent until the end, I guess they were busy wrapping up for the evening. Will definitely be coming back.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, service was top notch. However, Guy who sat next to us who sounded like a celebrity won’t stop yapping about his success and fame so loudly. It was mood killer for our intimate dining for special occasion.

MK
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very romantic

AN
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant surprise for an Italian on a business trip to Los Angeles. Excellent culinary experience and excellent hospitality.

IT
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My family and I had dinner one random night just after we finished our business in the area. We had not been here in a while, and we have forgotten how great this restaurant is. You may find other restaurants with fancier decor, a trendier concept, and fancy cocktails, but in my opinion, this is as good as it gets for a dinning experience. Delicious and perfectly prepared food, great wine list (including a good selection of half bottles), expert and attentive service, and just a wonderful experience. The mixed Ravioli appetizer (8 raviolis cooked 4 different ways) is a must. Enjoy!

SH
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

They took the food away before we were done eating. But it was delicious.

AJ
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

While the food was good, it was significantly overpriced. We had a reservation, made 3 days in advance and confirmed that morning that they couldn't find. Service was lackadaisical and we waited forever for the check. Additionally, at least one of the items on the online menu (one that I knew both teens would order) was not on the menu. When I asked, I was told that was last month and they didn't have it. Maybe update your online menu so it's correct? Very disappointing.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

It was fun an delicious. However the waiter seemed to rush us to order dinner but forgot about us when we wanted to order desert.

CS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. Every aspect of it is phenomenal - the food, the service, the ambiance. Every dish we have had has been outstanding. They are welcoming, gracious and worth the price. Their home made bread is to die for. Their pastas are fresh and light and outstanding. Their staff is knowledgeable, welcoming and truly enjoy what they do.

ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. A definite return.

OT
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic Italian restaurant

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DB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! Best italian food in LA

JM
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service, small and intimate setting.

MB
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Via Veneto as we live in Colorado. A friend who lives in the area highly recommended Via Veneto. We were nicely greeted when we walked in and the entire staff was friendly and attentive. The wine we chose was wonderful. We started with the baby eggplant parm as our appetizer...outstanding! My wife had the sole and I had pasta/fettucine with black truffles...so delicious. Our dessert was tiramisu - amazing! We will definitely be returning to Via Veneto!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and love the waiters

KM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Waited 35 minutes past our reservation to be seated - at the worst table they had. The food however, was absolutely delicious.

BD
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, romantic!! We had a fun sweet time. Thank you all for a wonderful time at Via Veneto!! We’re coming back try soon!!

c
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were both outstanding. We had a lot of communication with our server about food and wine choices, and he was very helpful. The pastas were amazing. We'll be back!

GB
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time in this cozy, intimate restaurant with excellent food.

JD
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite food with remarkable service

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