I have been to Veneto a few times since it opened, and have always had a great time. The drink list is fantastic with a lot of variety and fun items, and the food menu is great with all of the options of tasting trios and light snacks. I like the idea that you can order crab or other items and taste it served 3 different ways, and that you can try a few things on the menu without getting too full. Nice lounge ambiance and the service is friendly and helpful.
Brought the girlfriends for a drink here, the lounge has cozy lounge areas along the wall to relax. The cocktail list is extensive and inventive, enjoyed the cocktail experience! While we didn't eat here this time, the list seems impressive and the plates we saw leaving the kitchen had good sized portions for a tapas place.
The girlfriend and I wandered into Veneto in the newly reno'd Rialto Hotel Staurday night. The location is in a bit of an "economically depressed" strip of Douglas, but that was quickly forgotten. This may work to the advantage of the "tourist jaded locals" who are looking for a culinary experience restaurant and not just a "fill the seats with fat wallet tourists" eatery that pervades the Victoria restaurant scene.
The place looks fantastic! The marble and walnut finish is very casual classy. (Make sure you take the looong journey to the washrooms! )
The food selection wasn't exactly unique for a tapas restaurant, but preparation and presentation were exceptional. The grilled shrimp with smoked chili butter and roasted corn salsa was perhaps one of the best prawns I have ever eaten. The blue crab spring roll with fresh cilantro and smoked chile dressing was my GF's favorite and got high marks from me.
They have an excellent wine selection and offer a great 3/2oz wine sampler.
All the staff were very friendly and personable.
Dinner for two was about $100, but compared to other Victoria restaurants, we'll be back very soon.