Valentino - LA
Valentino - LA

Valentino - LA

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.valentinosantamonica.com/
  • Phone: 3108294313
  • 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:
    valentinoevents@aol.com
    or call 310-829-4313
  • Special Events: 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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Valentino - LA reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelQuiet
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (53)fit for foodies (48)notable wine list (44)romantic (38)neighborhood gem (21)good for groups (13)late-night find (3)great for lunch (3)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • excellent recommendation & service
    Kyle
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Recommended by a boss of my best friend to visit Valentino. Our dinner was absolutely satisfied. Especially the lava cake , that I had it for dessert, where I found it really well made. Our entrees were recommended by the server and it were all we love. In general as our first time experience at Valentino, we had a good dinner, warm welcomed experience with Valentino, and a wow good impression. I will sure recommend this place to friends and co-workers !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Wonderful food and service, as expected. Our evening was marred, however, by the presence of a large very loud drunken group in the main room. These people were screaming at the top of their lungs, which made pleasant dinner conversation difficult. I have been in quieter sports bars.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, Dull Ambiance
    HungryJA
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This restaurant had an amazing and somewhat overwhelming wine list. The food was very good with generous portions. However, the ambiance left something to be desired. No windows, rather plain decor, no entertainment.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Winendine
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food and wine was excellent. I also appreciated the excellent service. I went there because of Wine Spectator's Grand Award of Valentino's wine list. I was not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Are you kidding me?
    foodfanatic
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Unless you are a regular patron or celebrity, do not expect much from this restaurant. We deeply regret switching our reservation from Providence to Valentino. The traffic could not have been worse than the service at Valentino. And while the appetizers, pastas, and desserts were quite good, the entrees were nothing special. What was most stunning, however, was that we were basically ignored and had to flag the waiter down to even get menus.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Continues to be wonderful
    Motrzo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Everything was amazing - every bite - every sip --- and the people there were all delightful. I've been so very pleased with each visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food great service surroundings a bit dull drinks WAY to strong horrible actually.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Food and Wine
    WineLoverVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food is excellent. We have been here many times and the food is always good and creative. We normally share everything so that we can have an appetizer course, pasta course, main course and a desert. The service is excellent and the somlier is knowledgeable. This time we had a Vino Nobile di Montipulciano recomended by the somlier that was very good and reasonably priced. Valentino has the best wine list that I have ever encountered. It is fun just reading it before dinner, though if you get old wines you can certainly drop some $! The only real criticism that I have is that the back room, though comfortable, has no windows and seems rather fortress like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fabulous!
    Glenda91367VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a delicious dinner with excellent. We had a Groupon for a five course meal for two and it was fantastic as always. Attentive service with knowledgeable wait staff. The food was delicious as always. This is a Los Angeles that I hope endures for many more years to come. I highly recommend the restaurant and we will be returning again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything was perfect !
    LiveToEat
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Very charming and comfortable restaurant. My wife had the Carpaccio with truffles and the short ribs and I had the crab salad with a veal chop. Food was fantastic and service was great. Very extensive wine list so I asked the waiter to pair wines for me and he did an excellent job. Desserts were delicious as well. Definitely a special place for people who love good food and wine and enjoy relaxing with their special someone. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner!
    Tommythebutcher
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Valentino, after more than 30 years, still remains one of the best restaurants in Los Angeles, and perhaps in California. The quality of the food is superb, the presentation artistic, and the service impeccable. Combine this with a wine list the size of a telephone book, with prices and vintages to satisfy the most demanding vineophile, and you have a gem of a place. Owner and host Piero Salvaggio is usually on the premises making certain that his high standards are being maintained. My wife and I have been going to Valentino since the late 70"s, and not once have been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely -
    Motrzo
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We went there to celebrate my sister's college graduation.. It was a very nice evening and I'm proud of her that at 50 she made such a huge life choice. Valentino's was a great place to celebrate - and the food was wonderful. My sis is quite the foodie and she found more than she could eat on the menu she wanted to try --- great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best meals ever
    StudioCityEats
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We used a Groupon for the 5 course mean and the waiter recommended the wine pairing. Each course, paired with the perfect Italian wine, was spectacular. I can't say enough about the quality of food, wine, and especially the service. Our waiter was extremely helpful in choosing the food and for giving us excellent information about each glass of wine. I called in to let them know it was my wife's birthday and they were very kind to put us in a very romantic and private table in the back in special area. The Italian "Such" and Veal were amazing starters. The Duck Confit Lasagne and Maltagliati With Pesto were even better. Then short ribs and lobster risotto. The tiramisu for dessert was the best we've ever had. Valentino is a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a relief!
    Donnie
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This is one of the best restaurants in L.A. for so many reasons. The food is delicious classic Italian and beautifully served. The service refined, the atmosphere romantic and quiet just like the old days when the soft background music was soothing and conversation wasn't a shouting match. It is like a retreat with wonderful privacy discreet service and great people making it all happen.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Lindlou
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    always great experience here. We enjoyed the food the wine. Actually, too much food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mediocre food, VERY loud
    myopinion
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best
    IMR61
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It is probably the best restaurant in LA. Our favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Italian food
    DoctorD
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentino still on top of its game
    localeater
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Restaurant continues to be excellent in every way. The room is beautiful, service impeccable, food wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful meal
    ElkanRealtorVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Eater
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The food is excellent. The service was much improved from the last we visited. Go for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JLEW
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST RESTAURANT
    erobert
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    GREAT FOOD, GREAT WINES, GREAT SERVICE, GREAT AMBIANCE, EVERYTHING IS JUST GREAT
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food BUT review your check!
    snickels
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TomD
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I had not been here for many years but it was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of LA's best indeed!
    OneFoodieToAnother
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Wonderful wines at reasonable prices for them. Exceptional food. NO matter whether appetizer,pasta, meat, fish, this is the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best!
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious - as always
    thebear
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • shmorrell
    happyeater
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 860 reviews are from the Valentino - LA reviews archive.
  • Pasta
    billchinVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I think that there pasta is prepared perfectly with consistency and obviously a delight to eat.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful
    amfo
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hi quality food!
    ccblaw1
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellence
    GPau
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Feels like home
    ArthVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mildly Disappointed
    Jackster
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    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."
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentino - still great!
    LAFoodie
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentino
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.