Valentina

4.6
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126 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary European
Restaurant Valentina, named after our daughter. An experience devoted to the people, places and things that have shaped out lives. Serving contemporary dishes with mixed European influence

Featuring seasonal dishes from Chef Alex Carballo, a nicely sourced wine list and ten local beers on tap. Enjoy warm and friendly service in our freshly redesigned indoor out door space that has been serving the Encinitas local community over many years.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Valentina Restaurant will be offering a special three course pre fixed menu for Christmas Eve dinner! Chef Lisa Ortiz has put together a perfect menu for friends and family to gather and enjoy top notch cuisine paired with hand picked wines.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

What 126 People Are Saying
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D
Tahoe
34 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice server. Steak was delicious but the French fries we’re greasy. The server explained it was because they use fresh potatoes. Now, obviously that is not correct, I cook plenty of great French fries an home. The oil was not hot enough, so either crank up the fryer temperature or put less fries in the fryer so the fryer is not over crowded and the oil Tempe drops.

F
San Diego
77 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I think I have made for my new neighborhood gem. I will admit that I got there for a 5 o’clock seating, and the restaurant was empty. It was a Thursday evening however, but it worked for me as I’d like a quiet space. There is even an outside dining area. I was greeted, seated, and treated very well. The menu is limited, but the choices are good. The execution was good, also. I would recommend this place

JP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

The food was very disappointing- my main dish was inedible and I sent it back. This used to be our favorite restaurant, but not anymore.

LF
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Casual, fun, good food. Had a very nice time. About 15 mim before we left, a group of about 10 came in and were seated at a table next to us - VERY LOUD. Glad we were finishing up, as it made conversing at a normal level impossible.

A
San Diego
141 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Friday night spontaneous dinner in hood. Octopus was yummy. Mushroom cups were a good call but expensive. Pork hop was flavorful, but tough, not my usual go to. Maybe that is the norm. B+. Server was friendly but minimally engaged. B. Wine glasses a D-.
Still looking for “that place” in our hood.

KS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Valentina was a delightful surprise. Food was delicious, ambiance very cute. It was a step above yet still felt like a neighborhood place. We loved it and will definitely be back to try other dishes!!

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Everything was good but the dining room was cold! Need to cozy up the place for winter :)

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Love Valentina, but the lights are simply too much. No reason they should be at such a high setting.

SJ
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very cute spot! A little noisy with the train going by, but typical for this area. Note that they only serve beer and wine. I’ve been three times and always enjoy it, but it is a bit on the pricey side for the value in my opinion.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. We had the salmon, pork chop & chicken plus spicy Caesar salad. Nice selection of beer & wine. Service was amazing. Can’t wait to go back. Thx!

R
San Diego
127 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

when we have out of town guests we head to Valentina. The food and service are always excellent and love the build out. The fish is an excellent choice.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentina is a charming bistro with a covered, open-air patio on Pacific Coast Highway. My husband and I recently visited for our weekly date night. I loved our time. We enjoyed the seasonal soup and meatballs to start. The house made Kombucha is mellow and mildly sweet with a floral aroma. The menu is focused which means everything is fresh and flavors are exceptional. I can’t wait to return!

AK
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I love this place but I was sad the changed their muscle dish. The desserts are amazing!

SD
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place, some unique wines and dishes on the menu. Meat and cheese board was good, the muscles nice and the mole mushrooms were unique. They did forget to send the octopus, but overall are a great dinner.

DA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT EXPERIENCE...I LOVED THE EXPERIENCE......GREAT FOOD..

MM
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our friends and I had a great time at Valentina! We split the cheese & meat board as an appetizer and a bottle of wine, and the board was a generous portion of selective salamis and prosciutto, jams, spices, pickled veggies, bread, imported cheeses, and fruit. I ordered the chicken palliard as my entree and the chicken was so tender and delicious, and the arugula side salad was very fresh and tasty. We split two bottles of a red wine from Oregon and then I ordered their house Sauv Blanc and it was so crisp and yummy. Highly recommend the Housemade Churros with Mexican chocolate — so decadent!

f
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good, service was a little slow. Every time the train went by it was very loud and we had to stop mid conversation and pick up after the train passed. Overall enjoyable.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing restaurant with excellent food. Great atmosphere and Extremely friendly staff. We had such a great experience and we will definitely be back.

PH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

this place is so cute and cozy. The skirt steak is my all time favorite. and churros...................YUM

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice for a date. Will be back.

NG
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, although loud train does speed by from time to time). Food is good. Service is great.

R
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent pulpo, steak, and wine!

M
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and cozy spot. Really good food. That nice combination of casual but special. Looking forward to going back.

i
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a good time with friends at Valentina. My salmon was delicious. Spicy Ceasar salad was a good start and plenty to share. The cucumber citrus salad was small for sharing but tasty. Wine in tiny glasses seemed odd but we did drink it!! The noise level was quite loud but it was a Saturday night and everyone seemed like they were enjoying themselves.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great ambiance! We will definitely go again!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Limited menu. No bar. Service was fair. Nothing special.

BD
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good atmosphere, so so service, good food. Will return

R
San Diego
127 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love walking down to Valentina. The service is always friendly and knowledgeable. We started with their new fall appetizer with burrata and persimmon, delicious. Then for dinner we shared the chicken, fish and Mac and cheese. Loved it all. We will be back (again).

l
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit and I can't wait to go back again. Excellent service and the best spicy ceasar salad I've ever had. Also had the meatballs which were delicous as well. Perfectly paired with a nice glass of pinot noir from Willamette, OR. Well done!

TR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yummm! Great service, great food! A new little gem on 101!

AS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great restaurant, very cozy, with delicious food and good service. A few little slip-ups here and there but nothing major.

P
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Well we were told the food was yummy but I need to disagree on the COCHINITA PIBIL. It was really a carnitas dish. There was no achiote flavoring on the meat which we were looking forward to enjoying. Therefore either add this ingredient or change the name of the dish.

JW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Will definitely be back soon.

SR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing vibe and great food.
Best value restaurant in North County.

GJ
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have now been to Valentina several times and love it. It is charming, inviting, unassuming yet casually sophisticated. The food is great! The service is consistently friendly and authentic. The wine list is limited but reasonably good (no hard alcohol).
Try it. You will thank me!

BP
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were late for reservation and staff very accommodating. Food quality, selection, value were all exceptional. Attractive facility.

AB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us shared several different plates and everything was really delicious! Not only was the food delicious but it was a little unusual and fresh. Service was great and it’s a lovely place.

OT
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hip vibe, great food, friendly staff.

RZ
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Really neat spot. They offer a diverse menu and really cool daily specials.

We had the Flatbreat w/anchovies and Macaroni (not traditional) for shared starters. Really delicious.

The steak frites dish was amazing. The steak was quality and cooked perfectly.

We will continue to dine here!

GC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentina is a lovely new restaurant. After viewing the online menu we decided to try it out...and we are so glad we did. The ambience is warm and inviting. The service was very attentive. The food was really, really delicious. The crudo was a favorite. The charred octopus was also very tasty, as well as the burrata tomato salad. My husband had the grilled salmon with broccolini and really liked it. My son and I had the chicken palliard, which was so good. Valentina is a winner and we will definitely be back!