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Venetian Hot Plate

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232 Beach St, Port Aransas, TX 78373
361-749-7617
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Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 135
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Italian on the Coast

Born and raised in New Jersey, our family dinners were staples to my childhood. Being Italian I can be a bit particular about Italian restaurants. This place does not disappoint. It was a sleepy Thursday in Port A and my husband and I were one of two tables in the whole dining room, but our server... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
Scoutbegonia
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Austin, Texas
Good for:
  • Romantic
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207 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Austin, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Born and raised in New Jersey, our family dinners were staples to my childhood. Being Italian I can be a bit particular about Italian restaurants. This place does not disappoint. It was a sleepy Thursday in Port A and my husband and I were one of two tables in the whole dining room, but our server was attentive and friendly.... More 

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Rockport, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

My partner and I ate there last weekend, the food is simply some of the best on the Island, the atmosphere is great and the wait staff is superior.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

didn't even ask us if we wanted wine, etc. just went straight to entree. After she served our food, she came back once to ask if we wanted a dessert. Did not come back to table ever. We had to ask other employees to help pay for our food.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

Make sure you make a reservation!! The phones were down when we called to make reservations and we were unable to eat. I will say the place smelled delicious. The hostess was a little pretentious. Maybe next time.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Solo business traveler.. Second trip here in a year. First trip was very good April 2014.. Tonight I had golden tile with crab and a grilled romaine salad. Everything was perfect!...I'm on a diet so I avoided the bread and desert. The golden tile was served with fabulous mash potatoes and carmilized carrots. I couldn't resist but worthbit..Service was professional.... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We ate dinner here this past weekend and would not return. The restaurant was Italian, but you will not find regular Italian dishes here. It is more of an expensive

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Grapevine, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

My wife, son and I had dinner here on our last night of Spring Break. The service was very friendly but not intrusive. The food was outstanding. It was one of the best meals I've had in a while. Very pleasant setting, reasonably good but not extensive wine list, and great service. I had the duck breast, my son had... More 

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Waco
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44 reviews 44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

Any restaurant that stays in business for 20 years has to be doing things the right way and the Venetian Hot Plate does just that: great food, good wine, great service (thanks, Paul and Nancy), lovely and gracious owner. Don't let the imagery of "hot plate" fool you. This is fine Italian (mostly) cuisine with Texas gulf coast, think local... More 

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Pearland, Texas
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226 reviews 226 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I visited Venetian Hot Plate for the first time on a business trip to Corpus Christi. We ordered the lump crab with bread as an appetizer and it was really good. I also got the house Caesar salad which was fresh, crisp and delicious. For my dinner I ordered the 14oz. Peppercorn crusted ribeye cooked medium-rare. The steak was excellent... More 

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San Francisco, California
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162 reviews 162 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Going to Texas as a vegetarian is always fraught with peril. There are not a lot of options in this town for food and I must say this place was fabulous. Good wine list. They modified many of their menu options to help us avoid the meat in the dish, the staff was helpful and kind. Great place!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 232 Beach St, Port Aransas, TX 78373
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Port Aransas
  • Phone Number: 361-749-7617

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?