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The Venetian

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The spacious back room of this casual but intimate neighborhood restaurant is actually a sheltered garden that you can enjoy in any weather. The menu leans mostly toward southern Italian cuisine, with house specialties like shrimp puttanesca, and bow-tie pasta tossed with prosciutto, peas, and mushrooms in a rose-tinted cream sauce. The well-priced selection of veal, chicken, and seafood dishes is excellent, but many regulars settle for the lavishly garnished antipasto salad and one of the tender-crusted pizzas.

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  • Credit cards accepted.
  • No lunch Fri.–Sun.
Updated: 05-16-2014

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    Not worth the time or money

    So here's my recommendation for the Venetian Restaurant in Point Loma.....DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY. The service was half a$$ed, high priced, the food was mediocre, the staff was pretentious, and their problem resolution with manager not successful. We will not be going back there. Our dinner started out with the server bringing us bread. I am a bread lover and this bread was not fresh. The servers seemed very pretentious and acted as if we put them out. We ordered a refill of coke and one of the staff slammed it down on the table. We finally decided what we wanted and had to flag down our waitress to order. I ordered the Canneloni which was ok. My partner had ordered the Veal Piccatta. He said that it was mediocre and tasted like a frozen dinner. He complained that it was way too tart. My spouse loves Veal Piccata and orders it anywhere that serves it. he did not like this one. The pasta that came with it was undercooked and the sauce tasted like it came from a jar. Our friend who was with us is Sicilian and ordered the Eggplant. She did not like it at all and the meat sauce which she also said wasn't good. She sent that back as well as the Veal Piccatta. The manager came over to talk to us. His attitude was cocky at best. He was very confrontational but asked us what was wrong with the dishes. We explained to him what we didn't like and he said he would take them off. He stated to us the this restaurant had 4 gold stars and seemed surprised that we didn't like it. We didn't really care whether the restaurant had 1 star or 4 stars, we didn't like the experience. It felt like he was looking down on us. We finally got the check, and the manager only discounted $20 off and didn't remove both entrees. We asked and he stated that we enjoyed the soup and salad that came with it. Seriously, that soup or salad did not cost them anything and WILL cost them more in unhappy customers and bad reviews like this. We told that we would be happy to pay for the soup and the salad that we enjoyed. He came back and he told us he would make a new ticket charging us for the soup and the salad that came with those meals that he comped. I handed my credit card and another staff took it to process. They brought the credit card slip back to me to sign and low and behold, it was processed for the original amount. So again flagged down our waitress and told her that they incorrectly charged my card. They re-ran it for the correct amount. Now if I have to deal with my credit card company to remove an erroneous charge, I will truly be upset. A good manager wouldn't have nit picked with the soups or salads and just comped the meals that were sent back. Unfortunately, he is not one of them. Needless to say, we will not be returning.

    by da1noel, 8/25/13

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