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
120 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (93)fit for foodies (73)great for outdoor dining (60)romantic (54)special occasion (50)notable wine list (32)vibrant bar scene (17)good for groups (16)hot spot (11)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • A Great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I really can't find anything to fault at this wonderful restaurant, other than one incorrect dessert order that the waiter brought,and the tables being a bit cramped for four people. The Frito Misto appetizer was excellent and the deep fried slices of lemon were a interesting tasty addition. All the entrees were excellent. I had two half orders of pasta; the carbonara and the spaghettini. The carbonara sauce was wonderful; the only thing that could have improved this dish was a fresher pasta. The highight of the spaghettini were the meatballs. Best I have had since my Italian grandmother passed away. Would also recomend the Saltimbocca, Agnolotti, and the Gnocchi. Bravo for 1/2 price wine on Mondays.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great all around
    firsttimer
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We went with family and had a fantastic experience. Everyone raved about their food. I honestly can't find any faults with our visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where was the chef?
    DougVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Went to Valenza for the first time in August on a Saturday night. Had a very good meal, excellent service and a wonderful time. Second time in October on a Tuesday was very different. The same caesar salad was bland. I had the chicken parm special. There was no seasoning whatsoever in either the chicken or the spaghettini underneath it. Ironically the chicken was cooked well (not dry). I like the restaurant's location, decoration and serving staff. Something was off in the kitchen. Too often I have seen recently that a chef takes off a night during the week only to have his/her team lower the bar. This is one restaurant that needs to get consistency through the week on track.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceeded Expectations
    PDawgVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I'd dine at Valenza before but had not sat on the patio. It is a beautiful space. I've been happy with the two meals I've had at Valenza in the past but this one was superb. We had the grilled octopus appetizer - one of the best octopus dishes I've had in Atlanta, a pasta dish and the sea bass special, all cooked and presented to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • loveATLdiningVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Not quite to par with sister Haven but delicious the same. Biggest problem is menu changes so infrequently...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a superb experience
    Marc1956
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Since discovering Valenza a while back, we have had the pleasure of introducing many of our friends to this fantastic Italian restaurant. This week's visit was another example of why we can't wait to return! The food was exquisite, the wine superb and the service by Alberto was wonderful, as usual. I did not know what to order so I asked Alberto to surprise me. Wow! What a great choice he made for me! Go to Valenza whenever you can. Take some friends. Take in the menu and let the staff look after you. You will leave and be planning your next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem in Brookhaven
    Nobullplease
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Valenza has been in Brookhaven for a number of years, and it just keeps getting better. The menu is varied enough for a diverse set of diners, and has never failed to be delicious. The service has always been excellent - cool wait staff who know the food and characterize it well, deliver it perfectly, and inject a casual yet professional sense of humor, resulting in a great dining experience. And in my neighborhood - what's not to like?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Janie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My husband and I have really enjoyed our meals this summer at Valenza. Sunday night was no exception. The food is just the right amount, prepared and presented excellently! We especially like the waiter Alberto who is so attentive and also does an outstanding job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Quality
    DealmakerVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Valenza's food is always excellent and well prepared. Chef Matt sure does know what he is doing. The best meat balls in the USA!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Evening
    Davidn
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food, atmosphere and service were all very good. Combine that with the vibrant neighborhood and it is a great mix
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our 2nd time didn't disappoint, but
    Scott
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    ...except for the music. We sat again on the patio on a fine evening with a 6 PM reservation. Food and service was very nice, and the ambiance is good on the patio. But the music was at least twice as loud as it should be, and at some times it was fairly bizarre. Patrons on the patio would be better served with soft classical music or at least something that doesn't overpower. It saddens me that most places today have to have a distraction so we don't actually hear ourselves or the evening sounds around us. I don't think anyone else on that patio would disagree with my point here. But we will be back! We had a very nice dinner for 3 that included our 5 year old daughter who enjoyed "being a lady" for the outing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK not worth the price
    HappyTastebuds
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I was disappointed in Valenza. I was looking forward to a great Italian experience having read many great reviews.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Only gets better
    Marc1956
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have enjoyed bringing friends and family to our newly discovered gem of a restaurant and this visit was another wonderful evening. Our son flew in from Colorado for his mother's birthday and the 3 of us enjoyed a great meal with superb service provided by Alberto. Great meal selections, excellent wine, tasty martini's and a scrumptious dessert in honor of my wife's birthday. We will be back, but not soon enough! Superb place for a meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food; mixed service
    Sean
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We ordered the spaghetti with meatballs and the swordfish - both were very good and I would recommend them. The bread was surprisingly a bit tasteless. Our waiter was slow, barely responsive, and not very friendly. The manager was great and went out of his way for us in a couple of instances.
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  • Extremely Consistent
    sxbw
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I do not normally take the time to submit reviews. Moving recently from West I was pleasantly surprised to find this neighborhood gem which I have probably dined at 8 times in the last 3-4 months (wife twice as much!), and have never been disappointed. I've found the braised rabbit (regular and tenderloin special when they have hit), Saltimbocca, and Papparadelle particularly outstanding, as well as both the Burrata and Beet salads. I have had almost everything on the menu and have not been disappointed. More sourcing information on the menu would be my only constructive feedback, but everything seems very fresh and well sourced. I have found both Josh and Alberto to be excellent waiters if you are able to ask for their tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trying Hard, or Are They?
    veryjaw
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    A chainish feel to a typical upscale Italian-esque restaurant in Atlanta. Menu trying to be interesting and trendy, but it's not really. Hit and miss dishes. Some are okay, others bland, and the rest good (but not great). Staff very casual (although the lady who brought the food is very efficient) or a bit on the arrogant side. Manager very nice and helpful. Decor an odd mix. Nothing really much of anything as per design, but not bad. Quiet enough for conversation, however. Menu is overpriced for what it is in Atlanta. Not a place with great food or a highly memorable experience. Just a meal which can be not so okay or okay.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic neighborhood restaurant
    bobsreview
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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!
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • 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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  • Fell Flat
    Macman8352VIP
    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.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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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.
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    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
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • 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
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet