What Insiders Are Saying
Santa Monica locals love the classic and fancy Italian at Via Veneto.
Lovely evening - perfect in every way! One small note- would have liked water glasses to be refreshed more. We were having wines by the glass but also wanted water, as it was a very dry day.
Delicious fresh Italian with a wonderful cozy ambience and friendly staff...great taste all around!
I used to love this restaurant and I always go even though I lived far away. This time is the first time I visited this year and I am a little bit disappointed. The waiters are polite, but they only came to check couple times the whole night we were there, and when I made a reservation I indicated it was for my friend’s big birthday celebration, there were not even a greeting for “Happy Birthday “..... anyway, the service has gone down.....
Our favorite Italian spot on the west-side. Perfect spot for date-night.
Although the food was very good, a bit pricey for a small amount. The risotto with funghi was quite salty. Our waiter was fine, wasn't superior! Chairs and tablecloths could have been cleaner. Most likely won't return or recommend
Incredibly small space, so we had to wait outside in the rain for 15 minutes (after our reservation time) until our table was ready. While taste-testing the bottle of wine we ordered and just opened, server began pouring the first glass before I even had a chance to taste and confirm the bottle. We had to ask three times for water refills throughout dinner, often twice each time. All in all, a beautiful place and good food, but for the price point, I expected much better service.
Amazing, our friends from the east coast loved everything about your restaurant. Service and food were impeccable.
I’ve been a fan of Via Veneto for many years and love their space. The past Saturday night I took my sister out to dinner for her birthday and we sat about 6 inches from the end of the staircase. Between the waiters running up and down the stairs and the other guests coming down the stairs, I watched my sister barely miss getting elbowed in the head and her wineglass almost knocked over throughout the entire meal. Eventually we just started laughing over it because our waiter was also so rude that night. I felt like an unwanted tourist in Venice, Italy. If that’s the version of authenticity you’re looking for, this is the place apparently. I ordered the Bolognese which is usually one of my favorites there and had a hard time finding the meat in the sauce. It was disappointing overall.
Love this place but always late on seating us down. The waiter also was hard to understand.
One of my favorite places in LA. Their ravioli is like an escape to Italy
The very best ravioli in the world. Not to mention the pana cotta
Loved it. I was in the mood for great tasting Italian food, and I wasn’t disappointed. My wife had the ravioli. She loved it. I ordered the spaghetti...it was delicious. I was craving a great tasting red sauce...and they delivered!
I told the staff how pleased we were...and that we’d definitely return.
Via Veneto has the best Italian food in the Los Angeles area, and is always consistent.
The food was amazing! Very romantic atmosphere. The only thing I would say they could improve upon is having more space in between the tables. We felt kinda crammed in. Overall wonderful experience.
Restuarant was nice with good food and good service. We will go back!
We enjoyed the food, but it was a bit pricy. Sides were very small - not shareable. Desserts were delicious.
Best dinner on this 4 day trip to Venice beach. Classic Italian cuisine with fresh ingredients, had the octopus pasta which had a delicate taste and texture. The maitre was impeccable and the wait staff efficacious. We salute this restaurant for having an expansive menu instead of just pasta and pizza others in the area offer.
Outstanding service, outstanding food. A little pricey, but quite honestly worth it.
Fantastic meal. Incredible ambiance and service. Highly recommend for an date or special occasion or a Tuesday!
Horrible service. Never been to a
Place that bad. Expecting a nice dinner for our anniversary turned out being a bad experience. Very disappointed.
The food, wine, service, location and overall experience was beyond amazing. I would definitely r to a friend but dont know if I want to and keep it to myself. Lol.
Very romantic setting but the prices significantly high der the fodd they serve
Our go to for exceptional dining in Santa Monica, thanks for being here and sharing important days in our lives!
Everything was awesome!
The food was delicious. But we had to wait 30 minutes after our reservation for a table and then felt rushed throughout the meal. On any other occasion this would have been okay but I’d let them know ahead of time we selected the restaurant to celebrate our anniversary.
Absolutely fantastic. A+++ service, food was phenomenal, service exceptional. Love this place.
Great food! I go every time i'm in the LA area. Wait staff is amazing and the food is ridiculously good
We were placed at a table next to steep staircase and the swinging door of the kitchen. Servers were carrying dishes that barely missed hitting my husband’s
Highest quality ingredients including fresh white truffles. Exquisitely delicious dinner. Excellent wine selection. Portion size is just right. Service is in unhurried Italian style; don’t come if you are short of time.
We were celebrating our daughter’s recent engagement. Our reservations were confirmed however when we arrived, a few minutes early, we were nonchalantly given the nearest table for four and the person seating us unable to find our reservation. When ordering our appetizers we discussed, amongst ourselves but waiter nearby, ordering a prosciutto dish along with two other dishes but decided to order only the latter two - not the prosciutto. While ordering, our waiter was visibly distracted- this is a very small restaurant. He also had a large group seated upstairs. He did however repeat our order & clarify one of the two dishes with us. When the appetizers arrived via another server, the prosciutto was in place of one of the others we ordered. We explained we did not order this dish. The server was not happy. Our waiter arrived and when told, was not happy- with us! He told me, under his breath, that yes, indeed, we did order this dish! We all at our table have worked in the service industry and cannot condone either of their behaviors. While I can somewhat tolerate a nonchalant, disaffected, underwhelmed greeting certain restaurants feel is key to their ambience, a rude waitstaff simply spoils the the art of the chef.
We have been to Via Veneto several times. Sadly, we are moving away to the midwest and this was a must-go one more time before we move. I can say with certainty that we will be coming back every time we are in town. The staff is outstanding, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and not annoying or in your face too much. The food is spectacular, especially the pasta dishes. One of the specials was asparagus ravioli in a cream sauce and I could eat it again everyday for the rest of my life! Highly recommend!
Superb prego!!!! We had a super fantastic time. The veal Milanese omg. And fresh ravioli sampler. Yum!
Loved it ... absolutely absolutely go back🧡
Food was EXCELLENT! Great ambiance. Charming. QUIET! Service was wonderful.
Authentic Italian cuisine.
The food was delicious. I was extremely impressed by the octopus carpaccio. My pasta was cooked perfectly. I enjoyed it very much. Good for date night, special occasions.
Food is delicious. Just a bit cramped, not much room but worth it. Service was also great!
This restaurant is very romantic, and the food and service are excellent.
Wow! First time at this restaurant, but absolutely not the last. The food was delicious, the wine list extensive, and the service exceptional. That being said, do not make a reservation here if you're in a hurry or tight on time. Come here with lots of time to enjoy the company you're with, a glass or 2 or 3 of one of their fantastic wines, and to savor every morsel of every course. Plan on at least 2.5 hours. For appetizers, the Burrata Caprese or Frito Misto are delicious. As a main course, I picked the Zafferano e Salsiccia Rissoto with saffron rice and homemade Iberico pork sausage - to die for. While my husband and son enjoyed the Pata Negra ragout pasta, they both agreed I had made the best selection. The desserts are also delicious. All in all, a wonderful meal and a wonderful, unrushed evening.