Valenza Restaurant
Valenza Restaurant

Valenza Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.valenzarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4049693233
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Matt Swickerath
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Appalachee
  • Public Transit: Brookhaven MARTA
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Valenza Restaurant
Valenza is a cozy, upscale Italian eatery in Brookhaven. It takes its name from a small village in the Piedmonte region of Northern Italy. Valenza is well known throughout the world for its artisan jewelry manufacturing which has earned it the nickname “city of gold”. The cuisine at VALENZA is inspired by the diverse culture of Northern Italy. Executive Chef Matt Swickerath’s focus is on classic and modern cooking methods using fresh seasonal and local ingredients to create a classic Italian menu with an updated culinary touch. The menu features a variety of antipasti, pasta, risotto and Italian entrees. Valenza has the heart and spirit of a cozy and warm Italian village café in an upscale setting. The dining room features venetian plastered walls with rustic oak and pine woods. Experience the warmth and elegance of Valenza when dining under the antique European candle chandeliers. Valenza offers a wonderful private dining room with seating for 30 guests.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Valenza Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (98)fit for foodies (68)special occasion (61)great for outdoor dining (60)romantic (54)notable wine list (30)vibrant bar scene (18)good for groups (17)hot spot (14)great for brunch (11)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (4)great for lunch (3)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Wonderful Experience
    Atlanta01VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was really delicious. Prompt service and romantic setting. Very quaint gem tucked away in Brookhaven Village. Unique Italian food offerings, great wine list. First class.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We are repeat customers. We took close friends this visit. We had an excellent table and server. All our dinners were excellent. I recommend small groups of 2-4 due to the noise level. We will definitely return!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    CSB4MSU
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Delicious food, have never been disappointed. Bar tenders are awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It only gets better!
    Marc1956
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    For this visit, we invited 4 very close friends to join us at Valenza. We requested a table in Alberto's area and we were not disappointed! His quick attention and friendly attitude helped everyone feel right at home. Drink orders were delivered promptly and we all ordered the special lobster risotto. All but one, that is. He ordered the meatballs and pasta. Each couple also ordered the burrata which is a superb salad. Chef Matt recommended it during our first visit and after we raved, he said, "Always trust the chef"! Limoncello and some shared desserts finished our evening in fine form. All of our friends have a new favorite restaurant! Thank you, Chef Matt, Alberto and the rest of the Valenza staff. We're hooked!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So good as always!
    GTJacket71VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Loved being on the outdoor patio on a perfect late summer evening. Food is always good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mostly good
    Mattinatl
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    First time visit - honestly hadn't heard anything about the restaurant from friends or co-workers so we knew very little going in. Overall we came away very impressed, perhaps helped in part by having zero/low expectations. The good - ambiance/character is nice, large outdoor area , pretty good diversity on the menu, good wine list, and generally fair pricing. Server was excellent, knew about the food, the inspiration behind it, and left us to eat at a leisurely but taken-care-of pace. The not-so-good - the inside has a main front room, and a smaller back room. We we seated in the nearly empty back room, despite open tables up front. We were going to ask to change - but why should we have to? Treat your customers right.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As Good As It Gets!
    DealmakerVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Matt put together a wonderful lobster dinner with lobster risotto that was off the charts. The lobster was taken out of the shell and was as sweet as could be.The risotto was one of the best we have sampled. The beet salad was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our first of many visits!
    Marc1956
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    A superb dining experience. Chef Matt came out to see how we were enjoying our lobster risotto and then checked back again later. Our server, Alberto, was attentive and thoroughly knowledgeable as well as friendly and helpful. We are delighted to have discovered this fine restaurant close to Atlanta and not too far from the suburbs. We intend to return as early as this week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Favorite
    Just
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Valenza is our favorite go to when we don't want to cook. The food is always very good and consistent. If you're a fan of Manhattan cocktails theirs is a must. The wine list is mostly Italian so don't be afraid to ask for advice if your not familiar. Finish with the bread pudding. It's great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the patio
    marietta
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Valenza has a lovely little outdoor patio. My husband and I enjoy great food and wine by lantern-light!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine italian
    AndresVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Outstanding. One if the 3 best Italians in Atlanta. LaGrotta, Sotto Sotto and Valenza !! Won't dissapoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Night is a good night
    RickVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Family style dinner is a good way to end the weekend. Entree selection is diverse. Happening place -- good location for the restaurant and plenty of parking. Has become a regular stop for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night Treat!
    LLcoolLVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I got a chance to have dinner with a close friend and decided to try Valenza upon many recommendations by members of the Accademia Italiana della Cucina's Atlanta delegation. They were all impressed with the quality of the dishes and the simple, yet authentic, preparation. The vibe is electric and the staff is absolutely wonderful! Michael took good care of us and made spot on recommendations including the mussles and our fantastic burrata salad! I look forward to my next opportunity to try a wider range of the chef's amazing cuisine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food that never misses
    Claws999VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Once again - the food was excellent - the short rib ravioli as well as the butternut squash ravioli were excellent. Misto Fritta (maybe spelled that wrong) is simply delicious and not in the least greasy - as it is fried calamari, fish and shrimp. The ceasar salad has just the right amount of dressing and freshly shaved parm....a wonderful dinner that was able to be enjoyed on a rainy Thursday evening with friends who moved to Arkansas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BobE
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    As usual, dinner was great (and the specials were great also). I ordered drinks mixed with ginger ale and a splash of soda - they were mixed with sprite and a splash of coke. I fail to understand why some very good restaurants don't have ginger ale on hand, particularly when they charge you $10 a drink!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    privateopinions
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We managed to tour several of the restaurants in this development before finally finding Valenza, arriving forty minutes late for our 7PM reservation. And despite the late arrival, we were seated immediately and enjoyed a very, very good meal. The quality of the food and the creativeness of the chef, Matt Swickerath, was impressive, especially when compared to Valenza's lackluster interior design and charmless garden. Couldn't management afford to share a little of Haven's decorative charm budget with its poor step-sister,Valenza?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fell Flat
    Macman8352
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food was good but not great. Was flat tasting. Their sister restaurant is HAVEN and there is no comparison. Just So-So My expectations were high because we ate at Haven last week & decided to celebrate our birthdays here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The outdoor patio area was great for dining. Lobster risotto special was terrific and excellent value.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian the way it should be.
    italyatitsbest
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    From the greeting at the door to desert, you are made to feel at home. The server was excellent, taking time to explain various dishes and answering questions. There were four of us and each had a different dish. And of course we sampled each others. One dish was better than the other. We have dined at very good restaurants in Italy, and this is the way Italian should be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Octopus Salad
    ateout
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The beet & octopus salad were 5s. The pasta dishes were solid 4s. Plan to go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful neighborhood spot
    Karen
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    If you want excellent upscale Italian fare in a somewhat noisy atmosphere, this is the place to go. Busy, energetic, but good, friendly, knowledgeable service. Would definitely go back to try more entrees!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very solid
    Seminole
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went there to celebrate our anniversary. Service was very good and the food was delicious. Would definitely recommend. Listed on opentable as Buckhead....definitely not, Brookhaven would be much more accurate. Nice outdoor area from what I could see. Great cozy neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Birthday Love
    Scootermc1
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went to this awesome gem in the Brookhaven neighborhood for my birthday with a few friends and family. Fantastic meal, enjoyed the veal and pork meatball pasta...great bread, great service...AWESOME atmosphere. This is amongst my favorites in this area. Just really enjoyed the atmosphere, decor, food...and the service was top notch
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • our favorite go to restaurant
    Maggie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great fresh food and a wonderful staff. We've been eating at Valenza for years. We drive 25 minutes to get there but it's our 'neighborhood gem' and go to restaurant when we just want to have good food, good service and a mellow ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Valenza's a Hit!
    KBLargo
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Valenza is a great restaurant in nice, little commercial block just off Peachtree Road in northeast Atlanta. Service is friendly and professional and very accommodating. The restaurant has a nice mix of feeling like a high-end restaurant with a comfortable atmosphere. The food was uniformly delicious. The mussel appetizer was one of the best we’ve ever had. We had to request lots of extra bread to sop up all the delicious broth. On Tuesday they have a special whole lobster (conveniently taken out of the shell) on a bed of wonderful lobster risotto accompanied by a glass of house wine. We also enjoyed the excellent saltimbocca. On mild days, there is a very nice outdoor seating area. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappointed
    FoodieFredBeenTTSSGAS1245
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We love Valenza! Been a favorite for years! Great food! Great Service! Will be back again & again!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved everything!
    GregAtl
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We had a party of five. Everyone had different entrees, and everyone had nothing but the highest praises for each meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A restaurant you can count on
    Betsy
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We have gone several times to this restaurant and it never disappoints. Outstanding from beginning to end. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    PtvalVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Another fantastic Sunday Italian style dinner. Service fantastic as always
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian
    JLPGolfer
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food an service were outstanding. Squash blossom appetizer was outstanding. Italian food menu very varied and food was as good as we had in Italy. A little out of the way but great neighborhood restaurant in the Brookhaven Aera of Atlanta.the outside dinning area was great
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Why all the fuss?
    Aubergine
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This was my second trip, and the second time I've been completely underwhelmed by the food. My penne carbonara was swimming in oil. My partner's fish special was fine but nothing to write home about. Overall the food has not been bad (well, the oil wasn't great)--just not very good either. The service was good this time -- the first time I was seated over half an hour later than my reservation. Why such great reviews?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tuesday night Lobster Risotto
    Claws999VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    If you have a Tuesday night where you are wanting a great meal - including a nice glass of either white or red wine - the Lobster Risotto is the best deal in Atlanta. The risotto is delicious and well worth the trip to Brookhaven.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in Atlanta!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The fare and service is perfection! Ask for server Josh, he is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming Yet Vibrant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great food coupled with top notch service. Wine special was a hit. Highly recommended and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hungrygirlVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We had a good dining experience at Valenza. We were going to a play, and once we told the waiter that, he made sure to get our food out in plenty of time. Everyone at the table had something different, and all the food was well prepared and presented. Will definitely return for another meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always love going to Valenza.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Great food; great price; fun... This restaurant is a neighborhood gem that's worth a trip if you don't live in the 'hood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Pasta!
    PeeNutButta
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    When Pasta melts in your mouth you know it's fresh and house made. The beautiful Hostess was great letting us sit at the bar for a cocktail before moving to the table. The Butternut Squash Ravioli was on point! The service was spaced and we didn't feel rushed. Definantly will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster Risotto
    Claws999VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    My friend and I got there early enough for the lobster risotto and a glass of wine - it was delicious and a great value!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great setting and service
    JSF22VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Sitting on the patio here on a summer evening is about as pleasant as it gets -- a very nice change from the loud rooms you must endure elsewhere. The service was excellent as well. As for the food, we honestly thought the salads, breads, and dessert were better than the entrees, both of which (Orecchiette, Saltimbocca) were too oily and not as flavorful as hoped.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Such a treat
    ATLEater
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Valenza is just one of those restaurant I have to hit up at least once every two to three months. I wish I could eat there more often if time permitted. The specials are amazing, but you can go with any menu item and not be disappointed. The servers are personable, but do not rush your dining experience. You enjoy the experience and feel that you are dining out on the town, but at home in your neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic