Reading >Food & Dining > Venetian Moon
680 Main St, Reading, MA | Directions 0186742.524879 -71.102501
I'd skip it – I eat out frequently and have patronized local establishments, but now prefer to dine out in Boston.
This type of place is why i avoid restaurants in my area and prefer to take the time to spend my money in the city.
The service isn't that great and the attitude of the employees does not justify the atmosphere, food or the crowd that hangs out there. When i say crowd, that's exactly what it is downstairs. A disorganized mess of locals thats trying too hard. The kind of people who do not travel beyond the Tobin Bridge. As you dine downstairs, you get to witness the very loud noise and mayhem from the bar and standing area.
Odd set up. Travel a bit into Boston or stay in Boston.
Very strange place with strange people. I will continue to spend my money where all is worth it!
Although I'm from the city myself, I'm at a loss for words.... I'm sorry we changed your mind about dining only 5 miles north in the "burbs". As for those, as ou say, crazy mess of locals, from everywhere... North Shore, west, even South Shore. I dont know why they would dine in such a strange and odd place.....whoooo. Maybe they are possesed, or they are aliens or something. Next time Daryl, Daryl, and Daryl come in, I will be sure to ask them.
was worth the drive – I must say that after reading several reviews I was disappointed that the members of my group pick this place. Boy WAS I WRONG to listen to other people without visiting. Maybe it was the night or the time but it was great. Do to an error several of us arrived an hour early, we were welcomed and asked what we wanted to do(there were going to be 18 of us) sit at the bar or go right to our table. We went to the table and sat there thinking we would have to wait before anything happened.(BOY WERE WE WRONG AGAIN). The waiter saw us and came right over Iintroduced himself and offered drinks. After we ordered they brought bread and oil without asking for anything. Maybe other people went on a busy night and service could be slow but 18 of us had a great time and look forward to going back in the near future. Our waiter was very attentive even as he had other tables. It seemed that all employees chiped in to help with all customers. GREAT TIME
Ha. I know who you guys were! You wiped out all my tiramasu! Well I am soo glad you enjoyed it!. The ironic part about this response is that your server had brought to my attention that you had read a rewiew that was, well, not so pleasant about a staff member, but decided to come in anyway. So, I was checking out our rewiew you were referring to, and i see this absolutely wondeful rewiew from you guys. I'll turn down that radio! Thx for takin the time, really!
Enjoyable night out! – I took a couple of clients in last Wednesday for dinner and we all had a spectacular time for a few old guys. The waitress was a hot ticket and had us laughing the whole time. One of my clients got the filet/ fish combo and sad that it was fantastic! I got the rolled chicken with the cream sauce that was recommended and it was delicious. We were all very happy! Thank you to our great waitress for putting up with the old men!
Old men....no such thing!! Glad you guys had a good time. Hope we see you young bucks again soon.
Great customer service – The other night I decided I wanted to go somewhere different with my wife. Pretty soon we decided to go here and in hindsight, it was a GREAT decision. We were warmly greeted at the door and we were seated right away. A young Italian buss-boy around 16 years old I want to say, came right away with water and fresh delicious bread. My waitress was unbelievable!! ( I believe she said her name was LeeAne) She catered to my wife and I greatly. Our food was cooked perfectly! At first I was skeptical about sitting at the very small tables underneath the three televisions but our wonderful waitress made it worth while, as she was very friendly. She engaged us in several conversations and we all shared some laughs throughout the night. After a fun Friday night of eating delicious Italian food and drinking some flavorful martinis, I can honestly say it was the best experience my wife and I had in awhile.
It is pretty safe to say, I will be back SOON!!
So much fun! – Tapas and sangria! Who would of guessed that an Italian restaurant would offer those items! The tapas portions were a great suggestion for the indecisive...like myself (thanks Amy/KC). Tortellini w/ a cream sauce and chicken limon, sooo delicious. The pomegranate sangria and the pink berry sangria were both dangerously delicious, as was the godiva-raspeberry martini. We only waited 20 min for a table of 7 and eveyone was extremely pleasant. We had a wonderful time and we all will definately be back soon!
Good food, v-good sangria, fun atmosphere for a group – My husband called Venetian Moon to let them know that he was planning my 30th bday...the plan was to have 6 ppl for dinner and 15 ppl later on for drinks/desserts (on a Sat night). He was told to talk to Louis, who *completely* took care of us. Vmoom d/n take reservations, and advised us to put our name in early.We arrived around 6:35 to put our name in...one of the other couples was late, so we ended up being seated @7pm, which was perfect. Drinks & bread arrived v-fast, and salads soon followed. Dinners arrived about 5 min after the salad dishes were cleared. As for the food, everyone loved their meals, including me... (I can be v-picky and we've been to the V-moon now 5-6 times;had one bad meal but otherwise have enjoyed it!) Another couple, who's been there once before about a year ago and didn't like the food, completely changed their mind after last night's meal! All and all, everyone was very pleased with the food and had plenty to take home (I just had my leftovers for lunch-yum!) As for the drinks, they were great! They have new sangria specials--I really loved the 1st one listed (red wine-base, rasp/pom). Many friends ordered this as well... at one point, one of them ordered a second glass and thought that it d/n taste as good as the first glass, so Louis happily had the drink re-made (perfectly!). (one suggestion would be to sell the sangria by glass AND by pitcher...just a thought!) After dinner, other friends arrived and Louis moved us to the private lounge area, where we continued to have drinks and my husband had a bunch of desserts brought out for everyone to share (and Louis and crew sang happy b-day to me in Italian!) My only complaint was that they were all out of chocolate cake (but, as a pretty picky person, if that's my only complaint, then that is saying a lot about how great this place is!) Overall it was the perfect way to celebrate my bday and a big thank you to Louis (and my husband) for taking such good care of us!
Don't wait your time or money!!!!!! – Don't go. It is a simple as that. When we first walked it we were excited-the down stairs looked great and we grabbed a drink at the bar...after that our night went down hill FAST. So they have martini's...who doesn't? Our waitress was rude, harsh, and ill-mannered. We waited an hour for our food (we thought about leaving several time because WHY would anyone wait that long? but we heard good things and didn't want to count it out quite yet). Well...we should have left because what appeared at our table I would not even classify as food. It was terrible! My advice--skip the pain and anguish, save the money and head into the city where food is done RIGHT!
Don't Believe a Bad thing yoy hear!!! – I had to laugh when I just read bates2001's review on the Venetian Moon. This place has a lot to offer: I've had many delicious meals here (as well as good times with friends). I too have also dined at the finest of 5 star restaurants in NYC, LA, Vegas, etc. So Moon people.....don't believe what this guy has to say. You're still tops in my book!
THANKS SO MUCH! IT'S ALWAYS NICE TO HEAR. WE APPRECIATE THAT. WE ARE WHAT WE ARE AND WORK REAL HARD. BEEN THERE , DONE THAT...NO THANKS. WE DON'T CLAIM OR WANT TO BE ANYTHING BUT A SUBURBIAN RESTAURANT/BAR WITH A LITTLE SOMETHING SPECIAL, THAT ANY AGE GROUP COULD APPECIATE. HOPE YOU HAVE MANY MORE GOOD TIMES A THE MOON. THX AGAIN!!
Great food, great service!!!!! – WOW - What a wonderful experience I had at "the Moon" last night! I've heard so much about it and finally went with a date. We were promptly seated at a cozy little table downstairs. Our waitress was fantastic. She had plenty of suggestions about the food and martinis. I highly recommend the pomegranate martini! We had the warm tomato and mozzarella salad appetizer, and the chicken limone and fusilli ultimo. Both were fabulous! I will definitely come back, thank you for a great experience. Well worth the money!
5 star...Are you kidding??? – How anyone can compare this place to a 5 star restaurant obviously has not dined in one. To be 5 star is a combination of quality of food, good service, and ambience. Which venetian moon does not possess top rankings in any of these areas. From the moment we walked in the place it was not pleasureable .. a woman with dark hair, I think she is supposed to be a hostess, far from made us feel welcome, it was poorly organized, she acted like we were inconviencing her .. Can you believe I am still waiting for my food..joking..I am sure some dishes are tasty, but the ones we had tried were weighed down too much with oil and the alfredo dish such as chicken and brocc had 0 taste not worth waiting forever for or even 5 minutes. On to the service that came along with this experience was non existent no one seems to know what they are doing from the hostess to the servers to the busers...disarry everywhere... these people would never last in a 5 star..As far as ambience..I think they were trying to project swanky and hip, but miss that all together..and in reference to the reviewer that wrote it was almost 5 star.. i am sorry but what is a martiniologist?? something they think is cool to say rather than saying sorry our service stinks..and why should you plan accordingly on your night out..isn't a restaurant supposed to accomodate you?? .. .Venetian Moon is what it is...an over-done basement in suburbia much like the clientelle that hung at the bar..over-done....spend your money in a real restaurant.....To the establishment...don't waste your time on a smug business response...We're not having a bad day..just a bad experience... more than once.....
what is a martiniologist?? sounds like fun. never heard of it. never said we were five stars. But I think the foods great. Sorry you feel that way.
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