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Valentino - LA

Valentino - LA Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.valentinosantamonica.com
  • Phone: (310) 829-4313
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Nico Chessa
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Five spectacular rooms can accommodate from 10 to 80 people for entertaining in style, ensuring an evening that is truly memorable, whether it is a business meeting, a special birthday, anniversary, wedding celebration or just a gathering for a perfect dinner among friends.
    Please inquire with Giuseppe:
    or call 310-829-4313
  • Special Events & Promotions: Visit our new vin bar and experience Valentino in a casual environment!

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: In addition to valet parking, street parking is available on Pico Boulevard and adjacent streets.
A word from Valentino - LA
Valentino brings the spirit of Italian dining to LA with exceptional cuisine, an award-winning wine cellar and gracious hospitality. Valentino presents modern Italian fare that utilizes fresh ingredients flown in from Italy and the best, seasonal food from across the US. The chef's tasting menu which has several different choices, and numerous a la carte choices allow the restaurant to showcase the countless pleasures of Italian cooking by highlighting themes: classic Italian dishes, regional cuisine from different provinces, served in a very comfortable setting. Valentino is dedicated to providing a true taste of Italy and always strives to capture the charm, warmth, and feeling of the Italian kitchen.

New! Visit vin bar at Valentino. Drop in anytime to taste new dishes created daily.

Valentino is the proud recipient of the Wine Spectator Grand Award since 1981 for our exceptional wine list.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Valentino is a very special place. The food, and service is always impeccable. Highly recommend. My husband and I had a pre-fixe menu with enough choices. Can't speak highly enough about this place"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • " always great experience here. We enjoyed the food the wine. Actually, too much food."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We ate Valentino's on previous occasions, and were looked forward to this mea; we used a GROUPON coupon. We found we were ordering from a different menu, not used for "regular" customers; not a good sign. We found the meal essentially mediocre - not particularly creative, and of average preparation. The lobster risotto sauce was bland, and was decidedly not distinctive; very generic. The veal was inordinately thin and too well done - tough to cut and to chew. The most annoying aspect of our experience was not the fault of the restaurant -- but certainly did not add to the evening; a party of ~eight people seated near us included one woman whose ear-piecing laughing and loud voice essentially prevented us from talking with one another."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "It is probably the best restaurant in LA. Our favorite."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "On a trip into LA, we ate here because of its reputation for excellent food. And it was. Every portion (main course, veggies, salad) had a distinctive, excellent taste. It was expensive, but it was worth it. We arrived at 5 PM on a Wednesday right when they opened and for the next hour we were the only customers, so it was very quiet. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Restaurant continues to be excellent in every way. The room is beautiful, service impeccable, food wonderful."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Valentino gave us such a nice experience. The lovely ambiance, the delicious food, the tasty wine, and wonderful service all contributed to a really great time!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The food is excellent. The service was much improved from the last we visited. Go for the food."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We really had a lovely evening , the service was excellent, the food was good...can really improve on there wine list by the glass....poor selection"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We had a party of 6 for dinner and the food was delicious. The service was pretty good as well. We were very disappointed, however, when we received our check. We were charged for an extra bottle of wine (3, instead of 2) and an extra espresso! And when we brought up the 2 separate mistakes, they were not in the least bit sorry/apologetic which leads us to believe the mistakes were not "mistakes". Disappointing."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I had not been here for many years but it was great!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent. The wine list is incredible, although not much in the lower price range. However, we did find an excellent bottle of wine at a reasonable price. The decor in the main dining room is somewhat outdated, but the other rooms were nicer and they appear to have an upstairs outdoor area, as well. We were also pleasantly surprised when the bill was received because it was much more reasonable than we expected."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I met a friend for lunch on a Friday (when Valentino serves lunch) and to put it simply: we were blown away. It started with an enthusiastic greeting from Piero Selvaggio--the man who opened Valentino in 1972 and has been at the helm ever since. We began with a nice glass of white wine. The brand was Alois and it just so happens the winemakers were visiting from the Amalfi Coast so we got to meet them as well. How often do you get to meet winemakers while at lunch in LA!? Pretty cool. Chef Nico whipped up a dish with garlic bread, seafood, broth and fresh oregano... I wish I could remember what it was called. It was SO good. We tried a few other things, including a dessert trio with gelato, canoli and a chocolate lava cake. Wow. Just WOW!!!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Wonderful wines at reasonable prices for them. Exceptional food. NO matter whether appetizer,pasta, meat, fish, this is the best. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Valentino's always excels--whether it's their outstanding wine list, the delicious and inventive Italian food, or the impeccable service. We had a celebration dinner for 7, and the table was intimate enough we could all share a single conversation. can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The mushroom tortino was everything it always has been: smooth, mushroomy, delicious. The Italian "Suchi": not sushi as a Japanese would know it, but a subtle delight. The osso bucco with risotto: yummy. I found the meat a trifle dry, but my wife loved it. And linguini with clams: almost traditional, but the chef had added just a touch of pepperoncini, those little mild Italian peppers. Wow! What a combination. We had just room to split an order of Molten chocolate cake. A reliably delicious dessert, leaving us thoroughly satiated. If I were a Michelin reviewer, I'd give Valentino three stars: "Worth a trip just to eat here.""
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We went to celebrate our 22nd wedding anniversary and it was amazing! We were greeted warmly at the door and served with courtesy and attentiveness the entire evening. The food was spectacular and they even brought us a special dessert to help celebrate our anniversary. We will definitely return for future celebrations."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I think that there pasta is prepared perfectly with consistency and obviously a delight to eat. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Piero and Co. create a perfect dining experience. the food is all quite wonderful, and very imaginative, the service is spectacular, and the wine list is unparalleled. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "The salad was so fresh and crispy. Lobster ravioli pasta was excellent. Our original waiter may have gotten a little annoyed because other person in the party was on the phone when he came to give the specials, and he walked off and it took a looooong time for another waiter to finally come and get our drink order. That's fine. My friend should not have been on the phone. But what do you expect, it's business. Ambience is a little stiff. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I went there with a Friend and we got the tasting menu, Excellent food, amazing attention to service details, and spectacular wines. The service was personalized the host and the chef come out to say hi and let us know more about the food. The servers were aware of the food and wines ti a way greater details than other places. It appears to me the the people working at Valentino's are very professional and well trained. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I always love the quality of the food and taste. We are always made to feel special and eating at a loud friends house. Just went to bourdon steak and felt did not get the quality nor taste nor the value. Valentino is on my ten list. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We had a Travelzoo deal for a 5 course dinner for two which included a glass of Prosecco or wine and coffee for $135 with a value for about $250. Most courses were excellent except for 2 or 3. A veal ravioli dish was bland as bland could be with some sort of meat paste and 2 pea sized pieces of gristle. The rabbit entree revealed a pressed meat or charcuterie version rather than a fresh and unadulterated piece of meat. I felt I could not complain about the bland and gristle dish or the disappointment of the rabbit dish as the other courses were excellent and we were getting a very good deal. It was not perfection but Valentino does a lot extremely well. Service was very professional, even from the "bus boy.""
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "I don't know what this "Barbie" person below is talking about...Valentino is here to stay, and is still treating its guests to some of LA's best Italian cuisine, consistent and professional service--and a jaw-dropping wine selection. I'll be back soon!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This is one of my long-time favorites. Good food. Good wine. Great ambience. And you can count on Pierro greeting you at the door."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "You can never go wrong going to Valentino for dinner. I personally feel it is in the top 3 Italian restaurants in all of LA"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Valentino for some time but had some Italian friends in town and decided to drop in last Saturday. We were delighted and so were they. As always, the staff couldn't have been more gracious and even with Piero off for the night toattend a family function, we felt like old friends being welcomed home. The amuse of "Frigo", thinly fried parmiggiano is stilll a pleaser and our starters had our friends feeling like they were back home. They are from Piemonte, home of vitello tonnato and we all agreed Valentino's version was as good if not better than they'd find back in Asti. Pastas were perfectly done,and while we usually don't eat dessert the Budino or vanilla pudding was amazing. We'll be back soon"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed a delicious multi-course meal that transported me to Italy. The service was professional and the food divine. A lovely evening. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I have eaten here before and always really, really enjoyed it.. In the past I would have highly recommended it, but not so this time. The spaghetti sauce was very bland and the beef gave the impression of being boiled and the cooked to toughness. The chef used a very heavy hand with the salt. However, the service was excellent as always."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I was expecting the restaurant to be nicer in the dining area. It was very dated, old, with a slight musty smell. They could really use a renovation in the dining area to bring the ambiance up to par. The bread was dry, cold, and flavorless. However, the service was great, they pulled out my chair, refilled my water frequently, and were knowledgeable about the menu. My pasta dish was very tasty, however, my husbands was not that great. I wouldn't eat here again or recommend this restaurant to a friend."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Wonderful relaxing evening. A five course menu that had many, many excellent choices. Thank you!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We were glad we went and experienced Valentino's. We used a coupon (TravelZoo) and service was cordial and attentive at the beginning but as dinner progressed and regulars arrived we received less and less attention. The food was great and ended with a fabulous dessert sampler."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My husband has talked about Calentino to me and when I saw a Travelzoo deal I grabbed it. Finally being able to out that to use bc it was my husbands BDay we made a Rez in Opentable which is so wonderful and easy. We had the five course chef's special menu that was specific to Travelzoo. Everything was perfect and delicious. Sushi was divine! Pastas were so delicious and fresh. Sauces to mmmmm over. Dessert was a 3 small bite pairing and all yummy. We purchased a 1974 French red that brought a genuine smile on his face and he pretty much dreamt about it. All in all I just loved it."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "My wife and I went out on a weekday. The service was impeccable. Ambiance was old-school, white tablecloth, and very nice. The food was good, but not $200 dinner good - and we just had one glass of wine total. I went traditional with a linguine alla vongole. Clams were overly small, not a lot of flavor. Sauce also weak and unexceptional. There was nothing "wrong" with the meal, and we had a very nice time. But for that price tag, I expect an exceptional meal, not merely "ok.""
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dining experience. It was our first visit because we had seen a 'deal' on travelzoo for a 5-course fixed tasting, and everything was fabulous! We will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Valentino's is a little tucked away and has a romantic European feel. The food was rich and very flavorful, yet light, and the service excellent. Personal attention all night long. The cocktails were delicious and the wine pairing perfect. I'm adding it to my list of favorites. "
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "My food and service was exceptional, with all five courses not only delicious, but visual works of art. I loved the cioppino, it was the best I've ever eaten. The only negative was that my wife was disappointed in her tender braised beef. she felt it was not that tender and too salty."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Valentino's is the Gold Standard in Southern Calif for Italian food. The ambiance, service and the food is absolutely the best. Joe is a great waiter but whoever serves you will treat you like your the only person in the restaurant. Cant say enough good about the place."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We went for my husband's birthday because we've always wanted to try this place. The atmosphere was nice and the wine selection was impressive. We did a tasting course, and I must say the homemade pasta was great as was the tiramisu. That having been said, I would stop with the pasta if you go - the mains were good, but not great, and took away from the how good the prior pasta course was. It is a bit fancy, so of you're looking for a quaint little neighborhood restaurant, this isn't it. If you're looking for old-school Italian with great wine and great pasta and a slight Godfather feel, Valentino's is your place."
    Dined on 3/1/2014