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“Thatsa great Italian restaurant!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Venetian Hot Plate

Venetian Hot Plate
Ranked #9 of 78 Restaurants in Port Aransas
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
San Antonio, Texas
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200 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Thatsa great Italian restaurant!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

While staying in Port Aransas you cannot miss an opportunity to dine at the Venetian Hot Plate. Great service, friendly staff and fabulous food await your dining experience. There is a wide variety of Italian entrees to suit any taste and the food is without a doubt some of the most delicious Italian cuisine I have enjoyed...especially in the Port Aransas area. Suggest you call ahead for reservations as the place is not huge and if there is a crowd at the beach during your stay you may have a little bit harder time getting in for dinner but otherwise it's terrific!

  • Visited September 2013
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Austin, Texas, United States
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“Hope Springs Eternal at Venetian Hot Plate”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

We went looking for dinner on a crazy busy night - the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. We'd read good reviews of the Venetian Hot Plate and decided to give it a shot even though we didn't have a reservation, and we managed to get a couple of spots at the bar, which we're always open for - and everything was lovely. Even as busy as the restaurant was, the service was upbeat, friendly and felt like family. Our server, Hope, was wonderful - attentive, happy to advise on menu and wine list, solicitous and warm. The bartender was busy but amazingly happy-go-lucky - I don't think I ever saw her without a smile on her face! And the host/manager had the whole place running like a well-oiled machine.

The food was also amazing. Our salads were fresh and crisp, without a wimpy leaf - every bite was delicious, and the tomato basil salad dressing was so good I wanted to lick it. For our entrees, my husband had a snapper special with crab meat and devoured every bite. I had the spaghetti pescatora, and it was sublime - velvety sauce, tons of seafood and perfect pasta. I ate as much as I could, and still took home a full plate of pasta laden with clams for lunch the next day. We finished with the creme brulee, and I'd say it's one of the best I've ever eaten - not heavy and thick like some - light and delicious, with vanilla flecks in abundance.

Considering that we were hopeful diners on one of the busiest nights of the year, we found Hope (the waitress and the hope that we'd find a great meal) sprang eternal!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Kami H
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San Antonio, Texas
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great restaurant!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

Great restaurant! This is always a highlight of our annual beach trip This year they had a special - ribeye steak with crab on top It was cooked perfectly I saw a post that said no kids, our kids loved it Great food and atmosphere

  • Visited August 2013
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Texas
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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“Fabulous food, atmosphere! If you did not know it, would think you were eating in a restaurant in Europe!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

We will be back! Wonderful food and atmosphere, tuna was amazing and Verne brûlée was the BEST I have ever have had!!

  • Visited August 2013
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The Woodlands, Texas
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

Excellent Italian and seafood in a quiet, relaxes atmosphere. Service is fantastic, and the pork ribeye was superb.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank WoodlandsMike
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