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“Great Meal”

Venetia Italian Restaurant & Boutique
Ranked #12 of 43 Restaurants in Abersoch
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, British
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Northwich, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great Meal”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

Third visit to Venetia and the food is as good as ever. Make sure you book, then you'll receive great service, fab food which just tastes great, really fresh and so much flavour. A real must if in Abersoch.

  • Visited May 2014
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Porthmadog
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132 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“A must place to eat”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

We went as a party of ten for Sunday lunch. First class service and warm welcome. Good choice of meats-and fish dishes. Great value for money. Good quality. Wel done. We all shall return

  • Visited April 2014
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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“Well presented, good food”
Reviewed 11 April 2014

I have eaten at Venetia a number of times and it has always been good. The (short) menu has something for everyone and all the food appears fresh and is well prepared. The fish is especially good. Portion sizes are good and the food is complimented by a good wine list, with the staff happy to make recommendations to accompany your choice of food. I don't eat them but apparently the deserts are fantastic! Service has always been good and the restaurant, even when half empty out of season, has a nice atmosphere.

Visited September 2013
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Crewe
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“Only the service here was worthy of note!”
Reviewed 1 April 2014 via mobile

I'd never been here before. I'm not in the catering business nor I have any other reason to "tell it as it was". We'd actually managed to get a table here, umpteenth time of trying...hooray. A couple of days before I walked past the front gates and carefully read the menu, it looked promising.

Pros:

The service was attentive and the waiting staff were on the ball.

The wine list was different, Italian wines. I chose one of the house wines, that I'd never had before, a Falanghina. It was inexpensive. Good value for money, and a good match for fish.

The chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream and caramelised nuts was superb.

Cons:

The place is like a barn, especially the reception area, for pre dinner drinks. Bare floors, uncomfortable chairs/stools of varying sizes, most of which were barely big enough for a 10 year old. The only comfortable place to sit was in the window. The bar area had a few high, white bar stools but the rest was empty. The art on the wall of the reception area was basically photos of the beach, fine.

The restaurant: bare floors, noisy, bizarre art on the walls. A few modern expressionist type painting BUT OMG - 4 plain black canvasses. The first time I came across plain black canvasses was at the Guggenheim in Bilbao. I stood there listening to the audiotape telling me how one could stand there and stare into ones soul. Hmmm, only if I were contemplating suicide! The saying.."one eats with ones eyes", not only applies to what is on the plate but also to the ambience of the room. I hated the art on the wall. The ceiling was broken up by a series of white canvasses on a white ceiling. Quite a good idea but would have been more artistic if the ceiling had been pale blue with square white canvass clouds. My appetite wasn't enhanced by the decor.

Oh well, perhaps the food was going to be the star.

The food:

My scallops were perfectly cooked and presented beautifully. But...the proscutio, Parmesan shavings and rocket were far too salty. The balsamic was non existent. Pity because more balsamic would have helped. The dish was too salty and very dry, the scallops were perfect. Shame.
My partners calamari, she told me, were fine.

I had turbot for main. Three small fillets were delivered on kale with a thin rather tasteless jus with shrimps. Balanced on top was a pyramid of cheese crisp (OMG) and a square crab parcel, which didn't taste of crab! Well presented for the eye but tasteless, cheese with turbot? Then...Oh deary me... A bowl of vegetables. Roast potatoes, mashed carrots, peas and red cabbage was plonked down by the side. I have never experienced the like before. A beautifully presented plate of food which the chef had undeniably given a "fine dinning" look (even though it failed the taste test), with a bowl of"pub/cafe vegetables.
My partner had the bream with tomato and red pepper, basil, basil oil and Parmesan crisp, with......a bowl of pub veg! She rated it 5/10

The fondant tempted us both and we have had worse fondants than that in Michelin starred restaurants, excellent.

The Service:

Excellent.

The cost ..... £45 per head.

I was really disappointed with Venetia. The chef has clear aspirations to present food that looked fine dinning but two of my dishes were unbalanced, and failed the taste test. The restaurant was only half full when we arrived but the noise echoed around and made me feel as though I was eating in a barn. I tried to keep my eyes off the walls!

Would I recommend this place? Well I'll let you guess that one. If I'm tempted to try again, I hope that they won't have a table. Unless, of course, I can nip in just for the fondant and a glass of wine.
Abersoch has very few really good eateries and this isn't one of them.

A huge disappointment.

Visited March 2014
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St. Dogmaels, United Kingdom
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“One of the best desserts ever”
Reviewed 28 March 2014 via mobile

This was the second time we've eaten at Venetia and yet again it was superb. I ate one of the tastiest mushroom risottos I ever had and my partner had a delicious spaghetti with tiger prawns. However it was the chocolate orange fondant with pistachio ice cream that was the knock out. It jumps into our all time top 3 desserts we've ever eaten. Easily the best food in the area. Our only disspointment was that it was only open for 1 of the nights we were staying. Thank you Venetia.

Visited March 2014
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