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Valentino

3115 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 829-4313
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Ranked #74 of 554 restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $41 - $85
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Santa Monica, California
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Pierro's Palace is as good as it has been in a long time. Wined and dined there one evening last week and one evening the week before - both with wine friends for annual tastings of red burgundies and the following week white burgs. Each dinner was multi course and designed to compliment our wines. Each evening was a winner.... More

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

My friend and I went to Valentino on a Thursday night with a Travelzoo deal ($135 for a fixed menu-dinner for 2). I had to change our reservations a couple of time and the manager was always courteous and accommodating on the phone. When I came, he greeted me by name, which was a nice touch. We started at the... More

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Santa Monica, California
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Save you time and money and go somewhere else. I wish I had left after the first course of smelly fish. Lower your expectations if you decide to dine here. The food is mediocre at best and some dishes subpar. I've never left so much food on my plate. The fish had a strong fishy smell and the vegetables were... More

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Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Read many of the reviews and were expecting something special. The only thing special was the high fee the valet attendant charged. The food was average at the best. Too much pretentiousness and we won't go back.

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013 via mobile

Like the earlier reviews we also had travelzoo special. We were joined by friends who ordered the regular 4 course prefix. I must say we had wonderful service. Carefully prepared dishes and a thoroughly wonderful meal. We are wine people and we brought some older well cared for brunellos. The wine service was outstanding. Each wine carefully decanted and served... More

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California
Top Contributor
247 reviews 247 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

We went on a travelzoo promotion. The claimed value was $256 for two people. We had an excellent wine/proseco to start, it was followed by a good amuse bouche. Our next course was very good we had crudo and a duck ravioli both very good, the pasta course didn't come(we took it home after the meal), the mains were variable.... More

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Riverside, California
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94 reviews 94 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Despite it's long history, we found this restaurant through a TravelZoo offer for a four-course limited menu dinner. Each dish was exceptional. The Italian sashimi was fresh and had a wonderful texture to go with some delicate flavors. We had a couple of different pastas, but the wild mushroom penne was loaded with the flavorful shrooms and stood out. My... More

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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I always have a wonderful time at this place. The food is excellent and the staff are very friendly and knowledgable. What makes this place stand out from other Italian restaurants is the wine selection. I always go for the wine pairing and always discover something new. Highly recommended.

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Manhattan Beach, California, USA
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73 reviews 73 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

I have been to Valentino many times...both for a experience dinner and for special occasions. It never lets me down. Pierro and his staff have created a fantastic place to eat and drink some of the best wines in Los Angeles. If you are visiting LA and have a night to try one of the first great Italian restaurants, try... More

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Manhattan Beach, California
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144 reviews 144 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Valentino consistently puts it out like it cares, and it shows. We went with the Travel Zoo promotion, it was awesome and filling. Of particular note is the passion fruit sorbet, the best part of dessert and the biggest surprise.

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