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Venetian Hot Plate

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232 Beach Ave, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5312
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Lake Jackson, Texas
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a superb dining experience and an unexpected treat in this small vacation oriented coastal Texas town. The food was outstanding and the wines were perfectly paired.

Thank loladoc56
Yoakum, Texas
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Without a doubt the Venetian Hot Plate is the place to eat in Port A if you are looking for outstanding service and out of this world food. It's nice to have a place that is not your run-of-the-mill seafood eatery.

Thank dwendel2016
Templeton, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Eating here was a very nice experience from beginning to end. We didn't have reservations, but they took us anyway and we didn't have to wait long. The atmosphere was very charming with candlelight. The food was spectacular rivaling Italian dishes I have had in the Noth End of Boston. Service was fantastic, our waiter even gave us some suggestions... More 

Thank nettielou07
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came at 530 on a Saturday night. There were 8 in our group. From the beginning, they were really slow getting out drinks, bread and oil, and salads. We got the bread, the waiter said he would be right back with the oil; we waited for a good 10 minutes and never got the oil. We had to ask... More 

1 Thank Briana T
San Antonio, Texas
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is, and has been one of my favorite places in Port Aransas. A little piece of Europe in a beach town. It is authentic European/southern Italian cuisine owned and run like a well oiled machine by "Linda," a beautiful Italiana who continues to run the place even after she lost her husband years ago. Dont bring your sandy kids... More 

Thank Laura C
Dallas, Texas
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were told to come here by someone who grew up coming to Port A and now owns her family's summer house. It's definitely a place regulars and locals go. This was now our third time to come to the Venetian and while we did once, in the past, have a less than warm reception by the lady in the... More 

1 Thank sbjames77
mpulich, Manager at Venetian Hot Plate, responded to this review

Thank You for your kind review, and we look forward to the next time you come in. WE will try to maintain the same level of food and service as your previous visits. More 

San Antonio, Texas, United States
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loooonnnngggggg wait for a salad. The two of us were almost through with our bottle of wine before our entrees came out. Our dishes were mostly a mound of spaghetti with bland sauce and some seafood in it.

Thank Casey F
mpulich, Manager at Venetian Hot Plate, responded to this review

I apologize for your extended wait time. I have addressed this review with the staff and we are trying to remedy the problem it is most likely due to a recent change in personnel in the kitchen and training takes time. AS for your pasta if you are not happy with any dish from our kitchen please let us know... More 

Port Aransas, Texas
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352 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

Linda and her staff consistently offer a unique dining experience. Lovely atmosphere, and a place to relax. This is a place to be enjoyed sans children. I for one, am glad that there's not kids running around. It's a romantic place, but a nice, quiet one too. We usually start out with a caesar salad, with or without anchovies, or... More 

1 Thank London2121
mpulich, Manager at Venetian Hot Plate, responded to this review

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Bad service, overrated. Long waits for water, your main course and someone who cared. My husband almost cancelled our dinner order. He asked for water 3x to no avail. They arrogantly do not seat parties of 6 or more together and for the price? Not worth it..I won't return. Ever.

4 Thank Melissa S
Bandera, Texas
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121 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

We have been here before, loved it, wanted to go again, but it didn't make the list this time. Why? No children's menu. I called to ask. We had our 7 year old great niece with us, and the best this great restaurant could do is a half order of pasta with a red sauce. An Italian menu with no... More 

Thank AirstreamR

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Italian, Seafood
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 232 Beach Ave, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5312
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Port Aransas
  • Phone Number: 361-749-7617

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