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3115 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 829-4313
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Ranked #56 of 564 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $41 - $85
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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
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  • Italian first
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English first
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
172 reviews 172 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I was a little concerned about coming here. The yelp reviews have not been very kind lately. But it did win a Michelin star a few years back, so we took a chance. We had dinner this past Saturday. At 6:30 there was only one other table occupied. 15 minutes later, the restaurant was nearly full. Our starters were great,... More

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Los Angeles, CA
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Valentino is, was, and always will be the standard for Italian food and wine in Los Angeles. The food is perfection. The wine - OH, THE WINE - is divine. And the two together is pure bliss. Valentino is one of the few restaurants that I know I can bring clients, friends, and family to - and they will all... More

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los angeles
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Valentino may be one of the oldest, continuing restaurants in LA. it was started in a different era; when it was about the restaurant, the owner, the face of the restaurant as opposed to the chef. chefs came and went but the restaurant continued. Pierro Selvaggio opened Valentino in 1972 when LA had little idea what great, classic Italian cuisine... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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200 reviews 200 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Valentino serves truly excellent Italian food, with a number of Sicilian specialities, a nice change from the usual lasagna and Nona's meatballs you find at many Italian restaurants in Santa Monica. The ingredients are first rate and the preparations professional, as is the service. The ambiance is dark, quiet elegance. The best cannoli I have had in the USA. The... More

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Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

Great service, great food, elegance and reasonable prices, they have authenthic olive oil and other italian products. Remarkable place for a nice evening.

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Long Beach, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I dined at Valentino’s more than 15 years with a former boyfriend and wanted to reclaim the experience for my husband and myself. Interestingly enough, I became aware of Valentino’s when I was camping in the Channel Islands and Piero treated my former boyfriend and me, to a gourmet meal as they were camping next to our campsite. After that... More

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Los Angeles, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I took my wife for her special (mile stone) birthday and what a treat. We have been fans for along time and dine there monthly. This evening stood out as a result of the excellent service, friendliness and quiet atmosphere. We enjoyed the tasting menu and had them select the wines for the evening what a great match!! the risotto... More

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Santa Monica, California
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100 reviews 100 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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44 reviews 44 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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