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Valentino

3115 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 829-4313
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Ranked #73 of 563 restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
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English first
Long Beach, California
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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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65 reviews 65 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
37 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
105 reviews 105 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
62 reviews 62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
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251 reviews 251 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
209 helpful votes 209 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
225 helpful votes 225 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 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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