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3115 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 829-4313
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Ranked #119 of 576 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Santa Monica
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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
Santa Monica, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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
29 reviews 29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

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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80 reviews 80 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Valentino is the best Italian restaurant in the LA area by a comfortable margin. The food was fantastic and inspired, the service was attentive, though a bit confused, and I could have spent hours perusing the massive and interesting wine list (almost all with 3 digit prices). What makes this place a “four” instead of a “five” simply comes down... More 

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New York City, New York
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212 reviews 212 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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231 reviews 231 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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
115 reviews 115 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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Additional Information about Valentino

Address: 3115 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone Number: (310) 829-4313
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica
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
Average Prices: USD 41 - 85
Cuisine: Italian

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