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West Los Angeles, Ocean Park
Italian Restaurants, Restaurants
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Parking: Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Dressy

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Cuisines: Mediterranean, Italian, European, Continental

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

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Posted: 5/25/2014


Went here for a date night with the husband - as some other reviewers said, it's pretty pricey. That said, for a nice date night and delicious food, it is worth it every once in a while depending on your budget. The atmosphere is romantic and the staff were very pleasant and accommodating.

My husband ordered the octopus salad and I ordered the minestrone soup to start. Both were fantastic! I had a few bites of my husband's dish and it was so good that I wanted to order a second. My minestrone was also delicious, a hearty vegetable soup with great flavor. For our mains we ordered the whole branzino special and the seafood (clams, mussels, shrimp) with spaghetti. The branzino was delicious, but a lot of work since my husband ordered it whole and had to de-bone it himself. This was his choice though, and he loved it, but just an FYI when ordering. My husband also said there was a little more salt than he would have preferred, but I tasted it and loved the salt crust, so I think that's personal preference. My spaghetti was cooked al dente and the shellfish were fresh and delicious. They also chopped up some scallops in the dish, which was a nice surprise. For dessert we had the crema di amaretto, which was creamy, rich delightfulness.

Overall we really enjoyed our meal here and will be back.


Posted: 6/26/2012

Provided by Citysearch - 
Editorial review from Citysearch

We were warmly greeted by your staff and offered one of the front tables, which I was eyeing. Instead of choosing our meal, I told your staff to bring us what they recommended. They brought out two appetizers. The tuna tartare was truly the best I have had in Santa Monica, if not all of LA. Fresh and light and perfectly seasoned. The mushroom appetizer was rich and flavorful. The sampling of raviolis was our personal favorite. Such delicate pillows of perfection! Our favorite was the pumpkin. The fish was light and perfectly cooked. It paired well with the lemony spinach and crisp potatoes. For dessert we had a trio of cheesecake, tiramisu, and banana cake. It was delicious, but I have to be honest and tell you that my favorite was the panna cotta that I had when I visited last time. I would highly recommend this to everyone.


Posted: 5/24/2012

Provided by Citysearch - 
Excellent Food!

My name is Sarah and I had dinner in your restaurant this past Saturday. It was my first time to Via Veneto and it will not be the last. The food was excellent and I thought our server was wonderful as well. I thought I would pass on the compliment and let you know that I wrote an excellent review for you on TripAdvisor. As a small business owner myself, I know how every little review can help. I wish you continued success but also not so much so on the nights when I want to come in for a table.


Posted: 11/18/2011

Provided by Citysearch - 
Terrible Food and Service

This place is so cute and comfy BUT the problem is with the food and the mean waiters- I appreciate good food and service and have dined at many fine places in NYC and all over the world- This place is a joke- A cruel joke even- The food is not prepared fresh-the pasta bland and the sauces so-so-and the prices outrages for such below average food and service They don't seem to know the diffenece between sea bass and dover sole-I'm not kidding-and think they are pulling the wool over patrons eyes- They push their bottles of wine and bottles of ""water""- I for one do not like this ""seller"" attitude- I'm there to enjoy great food and service and not feel presurred into whatever they want me to buy- This alone is unprofessional and a BIG turn OFF- Overall I will not return- I hated the food I felt taken by the expensive prices for crappy food- and the staff is plan rude - The only good thing is the room is decorated very nicely - The end


Posted: 5/20/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
High Class Italian Restaurant

Loved the atmosphere, Loved the cuisine, Loved the service. If you appreciate good food then you will know that these are people who know their food! To the lady with the partner who wanted cheese on their seafood, maybe you should try a different restaurant where their are cooks, not chefs. They are bringing their Italian traditions with them and sharing their wonderful food with us, they know how to serve it and they certainly know the proper way in which to eat it. This restaurant is obviously too far up your ally. I loved it, listen to the waiters and learn about their fantastic Italian cuisine. I haven't had better! Via Veneto - Thank you!!


Posted: 3/5/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Romantic - Pricey

Great atmosphere. If you're on a date, it's sure to impress. As a married couple, frankly, I thought we could have made a better choice. I hate to say it, but after a number of years, you just don't have to try so hard. The specials were fabulous, but my wife's langoustine plate was about $70. Ouch. Great wine list though, and the waiter was very knowledgeable so he helped me make a great choice for a bottle under $50.


Posted: 12/17/2009


Unless you own a private jet and can shuttle back and forth to Rome, italy- this cozy and elegant restaurant will spoil your taste buds endlessly.
The feast is decadent and the owners, Marco & Fabrizio and their team of Italian waiters will pamper you with effortless charm.

A must-do in Santa Monica!!


Posted: 12/15/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
I really wanted to love you

I had dined here years ago, loved it, and had yet to return. It was easy to make a reservation, even at 8 PM on a Saturday night, which was fine with me. The lobster ravioli was our appetizer, and it was good. I ordered portabello ravioli and my date ordered the seafood pasta. All dishes were above average, but nothing mind-blowing. Here's the thing -- they literally didn't allow my date to have parmesan cheese on his meal! The waiter explained that the chef claims it would deny the flavor of the seafood, etc. etc. It didn't matter. My date wanted cheese and could they please bring it on the side? No was the answer again, and the waiter, a gregarious, heavy-accented fellow, now flustered, explained that other waiters have been fired for not adhering to that rule. My date and I found this amusing...the pasta was still good without the cheese, but still, he wanted cheese! Ah well, choose your battles. Dessert -- good not great -- once again. They were nice enough to bring a second dessert when I realized that the creamy flan-like dessert was probably not pasteurized...and I am pregnant. So we got to taste the chocolate tart too. Then the bill came. They charged us for a bottle of water (we drank tap) and an extra glass of wine. Hmmm. They easily readjusted the bill while we waited. Then my date could not find his scarf. They sort of helped find it, and when they realized he wasn't leaving without it, they decided to give the hunt a little more effort. Someone had taken it to the back. All in all, my date and I had a nice evening and an indulgent meal. And although the atmosphere and society are charming enough, we concluded that the evening was strange at best, and next time, we will try elsewhere for date night. Axe, anyone?


Posted: 7/5/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
overpriced with arrogance

I am all for paying for a good meal. The wine started at $72. a bottle and went beyond $2000. That would be okay except the $100 bottle of wine is really $20 and not worth that kind of mark up.
There are a lot of specials that you have to try to understand as they rattle them off quickly in a heavy Italian accent that leaves you kinda stumped (I over heard the other table say the same thing we did: why don't they write them down).
Don't even think of asking for any kind of changes to the plates. I asked for a side of pasta with my fish. It was like I created a new item on the menu they gave me such a look. Then told me that's not going to happen. Seriously?
The apps are an average of $20. We left with 1 app and 2 entrees to a sum of $110. Fine, if the food was good. The warm seafood salad was fine and light. The Dover sole was over breaded and spongy, the risotto was undercooked and over salted.
not worth the attitude and prices to me.

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