3009 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Italian, European, Continental
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Good For Groups: Yes
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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.
06/26/2012Provided by 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.
06/06/2012Provided by Citysearch -
Your staff is attentive and friendly, the ambiance is romantic and inviting, and your food is divine. I will be back soon and bringing with me new faces. I have numerous ""foodie"" girlfriends who would absolutely love your restaurant! Thank you for your hard work in creating and maintaining such a fabulous restaurant.
05/24/2012Provided by Citysearch -
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.
11/18/2011Provided by Citysearch -
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 -
05/20/2010Provided by Citysearch -
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!!
03/05/2010Provided by Citysearch -
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.
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!!
12/15/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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?
07/05/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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.
05/10/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Consider myself an experienced diner with lots of Italian under my belt at places around the world.
Via Veneto is by far my favorite Italian in LA, as well as the West Coast as a whole.
Try the pumpkin ravioli, or the gnocchi. You can't go wrong though if you listen to your waiter.
03/23/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I read some of the reviews from other people before writing this and don't know what to say. The service the day I went was perfect. We told our waiter to suggest four dishes, he did. We asked him to make a few changes within those dishes, he did. They were busy but I never felt like I had to wait or was ignored. I recommend this to anyone who has an appreciation for Italian food with a bit extra. This is hard to find in Ca.
08/21/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The food is good. However the service is the worse I have ever experienced. The female waitress never poured the drinks into the glasses. The cutlery was dirty. The bread was still on the table while having dessert. Serving food with the wrong hand, almost hitting us with their elbow. That is not all, or not as bad. What was bad was that we ordered and the whole time we felt rushed to leave the restaurant in order to offer a second seating. We arrived at 8.30, and basically felt like swallowing the food down because two of the waiters were on top of us to see when we could leave. The check was dropped on our table while not even asking us if we wanted some desserts. We ordered dessert and the waitress dropped the check. On purpose, we did not put the CC and came by 5 times, until we had enough and it was more than uncomfortable. We still had drinks on the table and the two waiters were almost opening the door for us, it was almost that obvious that they wanted us to leave. TERRIBLE!!!!
08/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Several days prior to my wedding anniversary I made a reservation and requested window seating. I had been assured by the restaurant they would try their very best to insure a window side table. On the day of my reservation the restaurant called confirming my reservation and the request for the coveted window table. My husband and I arrived at the restaurant at the same time as a single woman without a reservation. The host decided to seat a single woman without a reservation at the only window table left in the restaurant instead of us. When we reminded the host and the manager/owner of our reservation, window table request, and anniversary, the host retorted the restaurant was too busy to accommodate such a request. My husband and I had a wonderful romantic dinner at the Hotel Bel Air instead.
07/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
That's all you need to order; it's simply delicious! Whereas most places call seafood salad a salad with some seafood on it, here they give you an abundance of seafood: clams, calamari, lagostines, prawns, scallops and white fish ( I'm getting hungry just writing about it) and they put in some arugula and a few tomatoes. The sauce is light and to-die-for.
As an entree I ate the dungeness crab and watercress salad in the shell and it was also amazing. The flavours here are light, tasty and fresh. I've never had such great food and I've eaten in many ""high end"" restaurants.
The dessert was also amazing. I asked for the Tiramisu ( my fave) but sadly they were out and our server was kind enough to bring me a sampling plate: panna cotta, and three different pies- all amazing. Panna cotta is my new favourite dessert!
It's unfortunate that there are so many bad reviews concerning the service and the manager, however our server ( the only female server) was fantastic and since we were with a regular, the manager paid (nice) attention to our table but I can believe what others have written.
The food is absolutely, hands down, amazing and I have to recommend people check it out because I haven't had a meal this great in LA.
And just remember two words: SEAFOOD SALAD!
05/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We had a bad experience once before but because of the recent ""hype"" we decided to try it again. Never again! The staff (including owner/host) have a terrible 'tude. They are not interested in you unless you are a celeb, regular or pretty young things (without male companionship). They are so concerned with turning their tables that my wife and I were literally accosted a minute after we sat down by the waitress wanting to recite a list a specials. She seemed shocked when we politely told her we just sat down and wanted a moment to look at the menu, order some wine and then hear the specials. The busboy also seemed insulted by our choice of tap water after he offered only bottled water (sparkling or flat). We were almost sitting in the lap of two other tables for 2 on either side of us. When my wife asked if she could subsitute a different pasta with one of their sauces she was told ""we don't make any changes or subsitutions to the menu""...and when we asked to order our appetizer first and then order our main course we were told ""we have a small kitchen I can only place a total order""...not customer-friendly at all. They were totally focused in moving us along; even with our battling to pace our meal and wine, etc. we were still out in an hour! As a side note, the host/owner paid particular attention to the table next to us with 2 attractive women (and they weren't regular's) providing them with a sampling of the ravioli specials. I'm sure that wasn't the only ""special"" he wanted to provide. For such a supposed fine restaurant, can you say ""cheesy""?Never again!Hint:if you want great Italian and similar ambiance, but classic, attentive service seek out Ago (West Hollywood), Osteria Latini (Brentwood) or Piccolo Paradiso (Bev Hills)-much better food without the 'tude!
I make an annual trip out to LA and Via Veneto is my #1 choice for dinner, EVERY night!
Best food anywhere, cool, hip vibe, friendly wait staff and I even got to meet the ""rock star"" owner on one of my visits. My favorite dish is the crab salad in a shell....it's to die for!! Some of these bad reviews makes me wonder as it certainly doesn't reflect my many experiences at this great restaurant. I also checked out their new place ""Hidden"" which is right across the street and that vemue is beyond description!! The ""Two Romans and a Rock Star"" are a great team.
without a doubt, the BEST italian food experience in L.A.
As an italian /american who's lived in italy, i know what i'm talking about.
Get the spaghetti botarga with razor clams. There's nothing that even comes close, anywhere.
btw, I LOVE the noise & the boys!