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Santa Monica
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3115 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-2005
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We came to this restaurant, after being recommended by a friend as the best Italian/best service restaurant. the food was really good, however the service not so good. At the beginning it was excellent, but afterwards they totally ignored us, they never refilled our waters. After we were done with our main course, we sat there for a good 30mins,... More 

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Chateau-d'Oex, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The service was fast but as if we were bothering the staff there was no enthusiasm smile or atmosphere . I had an indifferent starter not bad not good followed by a veal chop which was ok . I asked for no potatoes they still came . The wine which was good was poured so fast I feared there would... More 

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piero s, Owner at Valentino, responded to this review

hello was the potatoes that upset your dinner or pouring the wine? or that you were seated with other people om a quite night? Truing to understand your displeasure... More 

Santa Clarita, California
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Attended a wine pairing dinner emphasizing Barolo. Every course (there were 7) was beautifully prepared and presented, served at the right temperature, with good portion size, and was, most importantly, delicious. One standout was a shrimp-stuffed calamari. The selected wines paired perfectly, my favorite being a Cannubi Barolo, paired with a lean and meaty short rib offering. We will be... More 

Thank VictorEast
piero s, Owner at Valentino, responded to this review

thank you for taking the time to comment on the Barolo dinner. We try at Valentino to show how great food and wines match and we are one of the very few restaurant that can use 1 thousands glasses for a great tasting. Piero More 

Manhattan Beach, California
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17 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Valentinos has always been our favorite italian restaurant. When we saw it was participating in L.A. Dine we used the opportunity to invite friends who had never been there. While the quality and taste of the food continues to be very special, the service and servings of food were both frugal. We brought two bottles of wine and expected to... More 

Thank ann m
piero s, Owner at Valentino, responded to this review

Dear Ann i know that you are upset about our corkage policy, but the reality is that with one of the largest wine list in the country, it is very hard to accept people that by bringing wine, make our margin of profit non existing... , That has become such of problem for restaurants and we try to be fair... More 

Los Angeles
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although high touted, I found Valentino's to be quite average and overrated. The service was okay but the food was unimaginative and disappointing in my humble opinion.

Thank Deborah Lynn T
piero s, Owner at Valentino, responded to this review

Deborah I have hard time understanding what imaginative food means for you : Crispy sweetbread salad with French haricots, stuffed Monterrey Calamari with fresh shrimp in brodetto, Lobster Canelloni, Risotto with radicchio, gorgonzola and Amarone, Tortelli with freshly made Burrata...What were you looking for? With a tradition of 0ver 40 years, we HAVE INVENTED ITALIAN FOOD IN Los Angeles. Chat... More 

Los Angeles, California
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

If you are looking for one of the best restaurants in the world, look no further. Valentino is by far, way ahead of the rest. This isn't your typical Italian eatery. This is old world classic style gourmet, and there are no twists. Of course, you can order the pasta, and it will be great. If fact it's the best... More 

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piero s, Owner at Valentino, responded to this review

thank you It is with great pleasure that we receive positive feedbacks. I hope we can continue pleasing you and your friends. Piero More 

New York City, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

We came here on Saturday night, May 14th and had a Living Social/Groupon 5 course meal voucher. This is a very nice, classy, upscale restaurant. Great ambiance. At first they seated us at a table but we asked if we could get a booth, and they accommodated us. Food was very good, service was great. I highly recommend this to... More 

Thank Michael S
piero s, Owner at Valentino, responded to this review

thank you sir, We are so happy to receive favorable comments... I am happy your evening fulfilled your expectations. Piero More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

We have been going to Valentino for the last 30 years, and it never once disappointed us. Pasta is really good here, and so is the sea food. Their lobster is really worth trying. Sauces are on the light side. Excellent and voluminous wine list. Being fond of Barolos, most of the time I defer to the sommelier who unfailingly... More 

Thank scientist1969
piero s, Owner at Valentino, responded to this review

thank you for the time you took on writing a lovely review of our restaurant. There is no better advertisement than a happy guest. That has been our motto for over 40 years Piero More 

Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

I'm sure this place was nice ... back in the 70s. I don't think they've bothered to update since then. Service was nice, but everything else was lacking. The salad appetizer was good. The bread that accompanied dinner was not becoming of an Italian restaurant. And by all means, avoid the gnocchi and especially the very heavily breaded flattened veal!

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Bend, Oregon
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226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 289 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016

Okay, this is a very good Italian restaurant. But to claim that it is the best Italian restaurant in America smacks of LA hyperbole and self-promotion. Valentino is old-school Italian with Tuscan colored walls and stars painted onto a dark ceiling. Comfortable and classy: a good choice for a romantic dinner with your lover. That being said, the food ranges... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$41 - $85
Italian, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Private Dining, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3115 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-2005
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 13108294313

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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