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The Venetian Restaurant

4.8
4.8
457 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
The Venetian’s award-winning Italian cuisine (including what critics call some of San Diego’s best pizza), relaxed setting and casual atmosphere have earned generations of fans since Vince Giacalone first welcomed customers in 1965. Sons Joey and Frank proudly continue their family traditions, making sausage, soups and sauces from scratch and drawing a devoted, all-ages clientele. Highlights of the menu include bruschetta, seafood pastas, chicken and veal piccata, and thick- or thin-crust pizzas with either traditional or trendy toppings. Located in Point Loma, The Venetian’s friendly service and “Cheers” style vibe make it a favorite destination for date night, happy hour, dinner with friends or family celebrations. Seating includes the lively bar and patio (great for families and larger parties); comfy booths and banquettes; and a private wine cellar that can be reserved for parties of up to 16. Dinner nightly; lunch Monday-Friday; Sunday brunch; full bar.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 5 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon 5:00 am–5:15 am

  • Phone number

    (619) 223-8197

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Artemio Navarrete

  • Private party facilities

    Book our authentic cellar room for parties up to 16. Perfect for celebrating a special occassion with family and friends, a private business meeting, or just a fun family dinner.

  • Neighbourhood

    Point Loma

  • Cross Street

    Chatsworth Blvd.

  • Parking Details

    We offer parking in front of the restaurant as well as street parking on the back side with a rear entrance for your convenience.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

What 457 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Best Food

  • San Diego

    Neighbourhood gem

  • San Diego

    Italian

  • San Diego

    Best Food

  • San Diego

    Best Service

  • San Diego

    Neighbourhood gem

  • San Diego

    Italian

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  1. TomG

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we are regulars here. Always love the spaghetti & meatballs but the Calamari Piccata is special. Many of our friends swear by the pizza. You must try this restaurant.

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  2. AD05

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    GREAT food. Nice place and would definitely revisit

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  3. pleater

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Spinach salad and shrimp putinesca were delicious!

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  4. Tantan

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my husband’s birthday and we came here with our two kids and my mother in law. The server/ bartender was excellent! We couldn’t decide between fried zucchini or calamari for an appetizer so he offered a half order of each- both were great! The service was excellent and the food was just as good. My husband was surprised by a delicious slice of Tiramisu that we all shared. We came here often when we lived in the area and they did not disappoint after years of not being back.

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  5. BarbaraS

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Delightful and cozy casual dinner which included toasted garlic bread. The pizza and lasagna portions are generous and very delicious!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was incredible. The staff was extremely kind and the service was wonderful. Next time we come to San Diego, we will absolutely be coming back. Can’t recommend this place enough.

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  7. GregP

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I ordered the eggplant milanese, a dish that is hard to find in most Italian restaurants. It was wonderful, prepared just right. The dish was served with pasta, and provided several choices of which pasta one would like with the eggplant. Both the dipping sauce and marinara on the spaghetti were very good.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a neighborhood place. Great food Great service

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  9. SusanA

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The first time going to the Venetian restaurant and my husband and we were not disappointed. Our server Quin was very efficient and the service was great! I had the lasagna and my husband had the chicken masala and we both found the portions were of good size and very tasty, with the complimentary garlic bread we had a great dinner and to top it off Quin gave us a sample of the Tiramisu and a cannoli to try because we could not make up our minds which one to have. Overall experience was great and we will go back soon for sure!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good the food good the lighting good the music great

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good as usual.

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  12. SDCJ

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were excellent. Waiter was very polite, great personality, and answered all of our questions regarding wine selections and he selected a fabulous wine. Football game on TV in bar area and crowd was very loud and enthusiastic. I would seat dinners at opposite end of room.

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  13. chris

    Denver

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular food and service. We were craving Italian and decided to try this place. We pulled up a half hour before closing time and we thought the place looked empty from the street. We were surprised how deceptive that was because it was way more than halfway full. We split an app (zucchini) and the Cannelloni.

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  14. Luvtoeat

    Austin

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had our first date at The Venetian almost 36 years ago and the food still tastes the same and amazing! We had great service as well!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting from Boston So glad we found this place Mikey was an excellent server menu was fantastic food was yummy and the dessert a cannoli was outstanding.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Service was very attentive. Food was mediocre.

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  17. Luvtoeat

    Austin

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been coming to The Venetian since 1986 and it hasn’t changed. Amazing pizza, salads and bread. We had the best server last night (I can’t remember his name) but we will be back next week and hope to get him again.

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  18. Gordo

    Los Angeles

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Local gem, a must go to Italian restaurant in San Diego

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was exceptional - attentive, warm, friendly

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great family run restaurant. They are always exceptionally friendly and good to the customers. Their veal dishes are especially good.

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  21. Clay

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Italian cuisine in a comfortable high-backed booth setting.

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  22. MJBdinesout

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    This was our first, and probably last, visit to the Venetian. Not that it was bad but that it was a long drive for okay food but terrible service. Apparently, the large party in the "Wine Cellar" likely sharing pizzas was far more important than a table for two only spending about $100.00. The Seafood pasta was very good. Portions were large, but the Veal Marsala was more breading than veal, we couldn't get our server's attention to get a second glass of wine and we weren't even offered a dessert menu until we asked a bus person to find our server (he was outside).

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  23. CheriM

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed are dinner throughly! We celebrated my daughter’s birthday and had a great time!

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  24. Martinv

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat at the table I requested and that was the start to a fabulous evening. Our waiter and staff were nothing less then Great !!! Drinks are very good and I’m not the easiest person to please so thank you for that. The food and pizza was fantastic and can hardly wait my next experience at This lovely restaurant . Thanks, Martin

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  25. PJSmith

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Not what I expected. Simple and out of the way. We live 20 miles from the restaurant. The restaurant was busy and steady but we were seated on time and right away. Seemed like a family friendly place and looked like many "locals". They use one assistant to help the waitstaff keep drinks full and bread, etc. Very friendly and accurate waiter (Chase). Food was WONDERFUL. Food was served hot and stayed hot. Favors and taste was exceptionally good. Basic menu of Italian food but they do it right. Tiramisu was good and 1 is just enough for 2. Also cannoli available but too full to have both. Will return and enjoy again.

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  26. ColleenP

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great and the food was delicious

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!!!

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  28. CandV

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Went for a pre-Mother’s Day celebration and had a great experience! Love their pepperoni and mushroom pizza. Staff was friendly and efficient. Glad to be back!!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Delicious Clams & Linguine

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great meal.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food enjoyed by the entire family which isn’t easy to do. It has an unassuming exterior and simple interior. We may not have given it a second look in this residential neighborhood but so glad we did. We are always looking for good Italian and this restaurant delivered. Trying to figure out how to return before we leave town.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Dinner was great and service was wonderful.

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  33. Ginger

    San Diego

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is the second time I am eating at the Venetian restaurant and it is again a rave review. I had a small antipasto salad which could not have been better and I ordered the pasta with clam sauce that was superb. I have been to many other Italian restaurants, but this is by far the best. Our waiter was extremely pleasant and amenable to changes we had made and checked on us often without interrupting us. I cannot wait to go back again to this restaurant

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  34. Catalina

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, layback atmosphere. Loved the pizza! Will definitely go back for more !

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  35. LisaB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service from Quinn, delicious food and quantity, definitely order the bruschetta!

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  36. RoderickF

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    We didn't have pizza and that may have been our problem. Also, the ambience wasn't what I'd expected and there weren't enough waiters. I don't blame the one we had. He was far too busy. Finally, it was too expensive compared to similar high end Italian restaurants we've been to.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great!

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  39. Sandra

    San Diego

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Hadn’t been there in a long time…food was so delicious and the staff was attentive and friendly…will be going back again! A bit noisy in the bar area, so the restaurant side of the house might have been better for our celebration, but it was a great experience overall!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there for our anniversary dinner. The food was amazing. And the server was very kind. We got fried zucchini, veal parmigiana, and lasagna. The portions were great. The marinara sauce that came with the fried zucchini and lasagna was so fresh. The garlic bread tasted great. We’ll definitely want to go there again to try other food on the menu soon. Also there is a parking lot available behind the restaurant.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Venetian Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 223-8197.

The Venetian Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 457 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for The Venetian Restaurant

3663 Voltaire St., San Diego, CA 92106

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Chatsworth Blvd.

  • Neighbourhood

    Point Loma

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon 5:00 am–5:15 am

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    We offer parking in front of the restaurant as well as street parking on the back side with a rear entrance for your convenience.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Artemio Navarrete

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 223-8197

  • Private party facilities

    Book our authentic cellar room for parties up to 16. Perfect for celebrating a special occassion with family and friends, a private business meeting, or just a fun family dinner.

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