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“One of the most valuable places I've ever been to, for sure.”
Review of Veneto Tapa Lounge

Veneto Tapa Lounge
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Ranked #35 of 1,216 Restaurants in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $22
Cuisines: Contemporary, Fusion
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Pandora
Transit: One block in any direction.
Description: A stylish sophisticated urban lounge in the heart of downtown Victoria, Veneto is the ideal place to unwind with co-workers and friends. Adorned in exotic wood, leather and Italian marble, Veneto seduces patrons with its extensive cocktail menu and its savoury offerings from our chef. Every entree is presented tapas style and comprised of three unique dishes within the entree. Our executive chef Tod Bosence has designed flavours that are unique yet complimentary, and that provide an engaging taste experience, ideal for sharing. Veneto's bartenders led by Simon Ogden, display their knowledge and passion with a classically inspired cocktail list. Fresh squeezed citrus, only top shelf spirits and exacting techniques. Veneto offers its patrons a small but significant wine selection, both by bottle and by the glass. We specialize in North American Craft beer as well as boast the largest selection of bourbons in the city.
Reviewed August 29, 2013

So, what is to say about this lounge. It is excellent in all respects. Granted, this place is expensive, it looks a little upper classy, one might even say snobbish, but if you don't plan to go there everyday you should be fine. We were seated right away, the atmosphere was great, it was somewhat darkish, candlelight, piano music playing in the background, overall a really fitting atmosphere.
The waitresses were attentive and very nice, they were constantly checking on us and were really professional. You would just have to give them a quick look and they would come over directly.
Moving on to the food and drinks... what can I say? Was I blown away? Yes, indeed.
The cocktails were totally not what I had expected, but they were even better, All of them were self-creations made my the bartenders, so they had their individual tastes and incomparable flavours. They were not very big, but really strong and this is what I like about drinks, when they're not full of water and juices, so this was a major plus. My dad ordered bruschette in three different variants which turned out to be delicious as well. They were creatively decorated and served hot with lots of different toppings.
I would go there again anytime. It's a fancy place, depending on what you like this might seem too over the tops at first, but it fits the reputation very well.

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

The servings at Veneto are extra-generous. So unless you're super hungry be careful. My Veggie order was a meal in itself. And the combinations and flavours are original and delicious. It's definitely worth a stop - and be sure to try the spanish ribs.

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1  Thank jasonakeenan
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Excellent food and service, but not exactly cheap.
And they don't allow children under 19!
Since you are missing the wonderful sunsets in Victoria (only indoor seating), it's a better choice later at night (after sunset) or when the weather isn't good.

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1  Thank RolandMichelitsch
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Great service and wondrous food! Rockfish and shrimp tacos that I will remember a long while. Excellently prepared pesto-pecan crusted halibut as well as seafood/shellfish pasta. Nice atmosphere, well timed food. Too many alcohol based desserts - would do well to add a few dry options but otherwise a fabulous meal.

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

This is my favorite place for cocktails and the duck poutine is sinfully delicious! Play spin the wheel and let your bartender make you your new favorite cocktail.

Thank Trapper20
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