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“Valentino”

Valentino Restaurant
Ranked #51 of 457 Restaurants in Lviv
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $32
Cuisines: Italian, European, Central European, Eastern European, Ukrainian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: The Italian restaurant Valentino welcomes its guests right in the down own of the city. Close to major local attractions, and a popular amenities. Ancient brick ceiling, combined with the magnificent Venetian chandeliers, comfortable sofas, soft carpets, ancient frescoes - all this creates an atmosphere of comfort, tranquillity and warmth. A pleasant addition to the above mentioned benefits will be secure parking and free wireless internet access Wi-fi. Guests may be invited to a small and cosy vip-room, and to someone may appeal the hall under a glass roof, in which one might feel like in the Garden of Eden, enjoying plenty of light and greenery, especially if Lviv rain is pattering on the roof. In the evening, "Valentino" charms its guests with a romantic mood, quiet pianist play and warm candles burning.The smallest ones were not left behind. There is a specially designed menu for them, along with the children's room.
Sofia, Bulgaria
1 review
“Valentino”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2014

Hello. I think Valentino is one of the nicest restaurants in Lviv. The atmosphere is amazing, the staff is really friendly. I have always liked italian food and i admit that is the only place i have eaten italian food that is close to the one in restaurants in Rome and Bari that i have visited. The customer service is on a really high level and i was pleased to be served by such a friendly , caring and beautiful waitresses. I liked their pasta especially..really good one, worth trying. If you ever visit Lviv the Valentino restaurant is a place you definitely need to visit, try it, a place worth visiting.

  • Visited November 2013
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Helpful?
Thank AlexanderPanaiotov
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SwissH0tel, Manager at Valentino Restaurant, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Dear AlexanderPanaiotov ,

It is a pleasure to read your recent review about your gourmet experience at
the Valentino Restaurant, and to learn that we met your very high
expectations especially when it comes to comparing our restaurant with
restaurants located in Italy and Bari.

The team joins me to thank you again to share your positive impression about
our restaurant, and we do hope to be at your service again, in a not too
distant future.
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  • Dutch first
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  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
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English first
Lviv, Ukraine
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48 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“An Overpriced Mark-Misser”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

One of the most vexing things about L'viv's dining scene is that while faux-Italian and crispy wafer-thin pizza joints abound,, there is a serious scarcity of authentic Italian eateries (one, Italian-owned restaurant, to be exact). The rest, including Valentino, pass off disappointing, not-quite-there approximations.

Despite Valentino's poshly appointed, spacious interior and put-on airs, the food and service are just not up to snuff. On our romantic dinner visit our "Sommelier," who also doubled as our waiter, was shockingly unprofessional. Our bottle was opened and wiped off, but not presented to us for confirmation nor poured for testing and approval. This may sound pedantic, but it is basic wine service etiquette, and for a place that claims to be "haute European" and prides itself on having professional sommelier service, this is unacceptable. Our sommelier/waiter also began to annoy us by speaking English after catching a bit of our table conversation, though we consistently spoke to him in Ukrainian.

The food was about as Italian as the Celentano franchise ubiquitous in these parts. An easy ruccola salad with a balsamic dressing was a good starter, but our pasta alla carbonara was served with a heavy cream sauce rather than the defining warmed egg sauce that makes the dish. There was no egg flavor detectable. Our veal dish was ok, but nothing really palate-dazzling in terms of spice or sauce. And despite the hefty bill for our meal there was no complimentary dessert from the chef.

Nothing very impressive here to justify the prices, beside the elegant, cosy atmosphere, but this is just pomp without substance when the food is so mediocre.

  • Visited December 2013
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2 Thank jjoeriman
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SwissH0tel, Manager at Valentino Restaurant, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Dear jjoeriman,
At the outset, allow us to thank you for choosing Valentino for your
romantic dinner.

It goes without saying that the entire team was extremely disappointed and
saddened by the feedback you posted, and we do apologize unreservedly for
the undue inconvenience and dissatisfaction.

We regret that what was meant to be a truly memorable Lviv experience did
not live up to your expectations. The staff here on that day was only meant
to insure the respect of the very high standards of service that we are
known for and that we strive to maintain daily.

It is always a letdown to discover that discerning guests, such as your good
self, leave the restaurant with a sour memory of their time with us.

As such, we would very much like to be able to recover from this upsetting
experience, and therefore I would be grateful to be able to find a solution
to make you come back, and indulge the inherent quality of service that is
commended daily and that you should have rightfully experienced.

Olga Balatsko, Manager
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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Excellent european restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

The food was excellent, but it was the high level of service that made us fall in love with this restaurant.

Visited October 2013
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Thank DarcySwanson
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SwissH0tel, Manager at Valentino Restaurant, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
Dear DarcySwanson,

Thank you for your invaluable feedback following your recent visit to Restaurant Valentino!

I was pleased to note that you appreciated our team and their training. I was also very happy to read that you liked found the food tasty

We look forward to ensuring you have another great visit.

With warmest regards,
Olga
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Winnipeg Canada
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427 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
“Lunch Stop”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

I was on a tour which stopped at this restaurant. Thus the food was preselected . The meal was very tasty . The services of wait were good.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank inthegarden
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SwissH0tel, Manager at Valentino Restaurant, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
Dear, inthegarden
Warm greetings from Valentino Resrtaurant! We highly appreciate the time you took to review the Valentino Restaurant. We really hope you will come over for a tasty experience next time during your stay in Lviv. With warmest regards, Olga
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new york
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“please come inside”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

What an attentive staff.....their smiles warm you instantly,,,,,,

i love the minnestrone soup......the ingredients are in a cylindrical form presently in the middle of a soup bowl....with no broth,,,,,then the waitress slowly pours the hot broth on the delicious mix of veggies...what a delightful meal

please come in and enjoy the soup and the other inviting choices

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank NewYorkUkie
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SwissH0tel, Manager at Valentino Restaurant, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
Dear, NewYorkUkie
Thank you so much for your warm words. I was so delighted to read your tasty gourmet comments. I will also pass your invaluable words to our restaurant staff. Please come to us next time and we will do our best to meet your expectations again and again…
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