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Valentino

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3115 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 829-4313
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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, Reservations

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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
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Coconut Creek, Florida
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Truly enjoyed a Friday night stop at Valentino's V-Bar. Had 2 of their V-Bar bites --- caprese salad and a crepe filled with the most delicious thinly-sliced lean duck. Ummmm. Add a glass of pinot grigio and the friendly banter of server, Amy, as well as sparkling conversation with another patron. All together a wonderful place in Santa Monica.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Wonderful evening surrounded by attentive service and delicious food. We had the tasting menu and the highlights were the grilled octopus with fregola and fusilli alla Norma. The wine service was perfect as we brought a Saxum 2007 and supplemented with a Verdicchio and Pecorino by the glass and a Chateau Filhot Sauternes for dessert. Loved it. Will be back.

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Giuseppe M, Manager at Valentino, responded to this review

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Baldwin, Thank you for taking the time to write about your recent dining experience at Valentino. We are thrilled and truly grateful that your dining experience was wonderful! We look forward to welcoming you back very soon to Valentino! Best regards, Giuseppe More 

Los Angeles
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I took my mother and two others for dinner to celebrate her birthday. I've always found the food at Valentino's to be top notch, and the service is generally very good. Unlike another reviewer who did not enjoy the prix-fixe meal, in our case it was excellent. I'd made a reservation and was told that the semi-enclosed banquettes at the... More 

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glendale
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Came with friends for Restaurant week menu. The food was barely edible. My brother who is a regular customer gets an entirely different quality of food, but he orders off the menu.

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JSandCO, Public Relations Manager at Valentino, responded to this review

Our concern about your review is that Valentino has not participated in Los Angeles Restaurant Week in about 3 or 4 years. Wrong restaurant, perhaps? We would certainly like to have more details in order to respond to your about your experience. More 

Hermosa Beach, California
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We'd been meaning to try Valentino for years. We saw a Groupon for their prix fix menu and figured it was a great opportunity to try this icon of Italian cuisine. We went on a Saturday night and the restaurant was moderately busy. The restaurant itself is very stylish but really nothing special. The service was good but our server... More 

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Connecticut
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372 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 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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154 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 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
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60 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 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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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 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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Additional Information about Valentino

Address: 3115 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone Number: (310) 829-4313
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > 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 to $85
Cuisine: Italian, Pub

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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 to $85
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Large groups, Romantic
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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