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Valentino

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Neighborhood:
Santa Monica
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3115 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 829-4313
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Today
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 47
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very Nice Italian

This is a terrific old school place. The dining room is quiet and the staff is very helpful. Make the spaghetoni with wild boar ragu is a definite must try!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
Brian S
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Chesterfield, Michigan, United States
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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91 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Connecticut
Top Contributor
352 reviews 352 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We had a business dinner in one of the wine cellar's private dining rooms and it was just the right mix of great food, even better wine, and very friendly...not at all stuffy... staff.

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Chesterfield, Michigan, United States
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132 reviews 132 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This is a terrific old school place. The dining room is quiet and the staff is very helpful. Make the spaghetoni with wild boar ragu is a definite must try!

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We had the Chef's tasting menu and also had them select our italian wines for the evening (Chardonnay, Brunello and a Barolo). As always attentive service, not rushed, quiet atmosphere. Expensive and therefore no children. Their pastas are the best and always request a risotto dish, short rib is to die for and the appetizer with the sliced veal was... More 

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Newport Beach, California
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Food, atmosphere and service were just average. No windows or art, slow service, food (we had lasagne and veal piccata) was just ok. Bread was almost inedible. Bread sticks were good!

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Encino, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Combine the finest wine list in Los Angeles with perfectly prepared Classic dishes and very creative specials and tasting menu and you have Velentino. As a happy client of over 35 years, I have never been disappointed. Nor, despite it being expensive, have I ever felt that I didn't receive great value. I have not seen the menu or combed... More 

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Beverly Hills, California
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237 reviews 237 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Go old school with awesome fresh ways.this place is elegant yet has wonderful food. Pricey but worth the spend. the service is outstanding. the atmosphere is easy and very "old school"where you can actually sit and have a conversation with your partner. Luxurious and like I said so worth the spend.. Value is average for wonderful food

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Santa Monica, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Had wanted to try this restaurant for years as it has many accolades. Unfortunately it is nothing special although it tries to be authentic Italian, it is very disappointing. We had a seven course menu and only one course was enjoyable. None of the other courses were distinctive and the total bill was $250 with only 3 glasses of wine.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

What a letdown experience at the once famed Valentino. We had a Groupon Deal, which should have been my red flag, for a 5 course menu for two and booked my birthday dinner there last night. The food was just ok but the bread was maybe the worst I have ever had. Piero needs to change things up and get... More 

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

VERY good food- service was slow and atmosphere was average. Recommend not using Groupon - order off the regular menu since the options on the Groupon menu are limited. Would go again but expect a 2 hour meal on a Saturday.

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San Francisco, California
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89 reviews 89 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This was my second visit to this lovely restaurant. The atmosphere is very traditional in appearance and service, which makes it a wonderful place to spend an evening. While everyone enjoyed their meals there were no surprises or explosions of tastes. My lamb chops were perfect, but the presentation was uninspired. I feel that this is one of the things... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3115 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: (310) 829-4313

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 85
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Large groups, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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

Staying in Santa Monica

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Santa Monica
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