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DeFina's Italian Restaurant

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1965 Tamiami Trl S, Venice, FL 34293-5005
+1 941-445-4755
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16:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 16:00 - 21:00
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Washington, Michigan
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The outside appearance of DeFina's is misleading. Inside, it is a lovely, old-time Italian restaurant. The staff was friendly with great service. The stuffed pepper soup is delicious. We enjoyed our zuppa de pesce and veal parm very much. Will definitely be back!

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Thank norma13
Venice, Florida
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We made a reservation for a Saturday evening & were greeted by a lovely lady who brought us to our table. We all ordered specials from the blackboard. The ribeye & filet mignonette were so tender you could cut them with a fork! We definitely will be back to try some lasagna.

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Wetumpka, AL
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Pam and Bob, the owners, offer a wonderful dining experience at a moderate price. They have a regular menu which is themed on the Italian side while it's always worthwhile to hear what Specials Bob is cooking on any given night. He does outstanding with steaks, lamb chops, and salmon as well as his Italian dishes.

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Thank smcnally
Somerset, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Restaurant from the outside is very deceiving. The inside is most welcoming and decorated beautifully. We were greeted by a warm hostess, the service and the food we ordered was served hot and was delecious. Top rated restaurant. Coming back soon.

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Thank Thomas P
Elkhart
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is wonderful Italian food. Service was great. Ambiance was nice. Highly recommend for any size group.

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Thank Bonrae
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dennis Swat shared a memory. February 25th 2014. 8 yr. Anniversary. Memory shared. 2014. My wife and I went out to dinner to celebrate our 8 year Wedding Anniversary. Beautiful Memories ❤💕 3 Years Ago See Your Memories Dennis S. February 25, 2014 · Well everyone, just got back from dinner out. Definas Italian restaurant. Celebrating 8 years of marriage.... More 

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Thank Dennis S
Maryland
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Service, food, and atmosphere were great. It was our second visit and it did not disappoint. You forget you are in a strip mall when you get inside. We will be going back.

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Thank travelermd09
Rockford, Michigan
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264 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have had many meals at this restaurant and they have always been great. Service is always friendly and attentive. Food is always fresh and great. Setting is very nice and comfortable. Either get a reservation or get there early because this place is popular with everyone. This is always my go to place for a great Italian dinner. They... More 

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Venice, Florida
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

My husband and I went to dinner the day after valentines to celebrate. We did not have a reservation but we gladly sat at the bar as not to take up a table. We were greeted promptly and had the best service by Jake. We both ordered Caesar salads which were delicious and I ordered chicken Marsala with a side... More 

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Venice, Florida
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Been here several times, always delicious! Owners are there, Pam is the wife and she is always there to greet us and make sure our experience meets our expectations! Always make reservations especially in season. It's not a Hugh place and can fill up fast.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
16:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
16:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
16:00 - 21:00
Thursday
16:00 - 21:00
Friday
16:00 - 21:00
Saturday
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1965 Tamiami Trl S, Venice, FL 34293-5005
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Venice
  • Phone Number: +1 941-445-4755

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