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Valentina, Encinitas, CA

Valentina

4.7
4.7
1042 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary European

We look forward to welcoming you.

Valentina is casual neighborhood bistro and wine bar located in Leucadia along Hwy 101. Named after the owner's daughter, Valentina is a casual and welcoming spot that patrons can enjoy for good food, wine and the company of good friends. An eclectic mix of seasonal plates has been inspired by the owners’ passion for travel, reflecting the style of the classic bistros of Mexico City, Spain, and France.

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Booked 1 time today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Home Style

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Oyster Bar, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:45 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 943-6686

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jonathan Freyberg

  • Catering

    Please contact us for private events and catering.

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us for private events and catering.

  • Neighborhood

    Encinitas

  • Cross street

    Europa

  • Parking details

    Street parking only.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,042 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • North San Diego

    Fit for Foodies

  • North San Diego

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. HT

    HectorT

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Once again Valentina has proven to be a hidden gem in North County San Diego. Its Encinitas location is somewhat low key, but the place, food and service are one of a kind. Great French-Spanish dishes, with a creative touch. Really enjoyable!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service2ambience5

    The decor and ambience of this place was so nice and well put together. The service however was very slow, took our server 20 minutes to even ask us if we wanted water, plus another ten mins to even get the water. The food is pricey and the tapas dishes we ordered, calamari and steak, were okay tasting but had little flavor or garnish. They weren’t terrible but I would not say they were satisfying. Wouldn’t go back unfortunately, but it’s a super cute place.

  3. EP

    Easy2Please

    New York Area

    83 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    83 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Casual setting, open, clean, bright, spare and inviting. Service was prompt, professional, informed. Food was very nice although the paella was a trifle dry. The Basque cake for dessert was excellent, as was the coffee. I am visiting from NYC and was pleased with the experience - but mildly surprised at NYC prices, e.g., $14 for a glass of wine. But I would be happy to return to Valentina.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great tapas, great service - very happy. We’ll be back.

  5. SD

    ShelleyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food relaxed dining experience. Trains make it a bit noisy.

  6. CN

    ChairmanNemo

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great food. Great prices

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was perfect. Ambience, staff, menu knowledgeable and recommendations were wonderful for everyone in our party of 6. We started we apps. Ended with desert. Everyone was happy!!!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Sea bass and grouper are both good but the portion sizes are lunch sizes versus dinner. Portion sizes on a previous visit were better. Not a good value. Was also disappointed the salmon was not on the menu.

  9. y

    yakboy

    Phoenix

    101 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding! I dined alone and was perfectly comfortable and treated wonderfully. I had the olives along with their wonderful fresh baguette to start-delicious! My entre was the steak and frites which was a very generous serving cooked perfectly with a chimichurri sauce to die for. For my beverage, I had an n/a Spanish lager that was excellent. Ask for Todd and go!

  10. P

    Paula

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Not a “special occasion” or romantic dining experience. Cute decor, but very crowded and noisy. Food was good, but not memorable. We had the paella and the scallops. The Caesar salad was the best part of the meal.

  11. J

    John

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The food was very tasty, the service friendly and prompt, the room pleasant, and the entire experience very good. We will definitely visit again.

  12. S

    Solufe

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious !

  13. R

    Rastratton

    San Diego

    181 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    181 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    my favorite local restaurant and I had clients coming from LA and decided Valentina would be perfect for our client dinner. We started with the Spanish Sashimi, pulpo and olives (my favorites). For dinner two had the special Red Snapper and one had the Spare Ribs, all were delicious. Of course, i could not let them go without the Basque Cake, a must! Our server was excellent and recommend the perfect wine with our dinner.

  14. KN

    KarenN

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful service and good was tasty. My friend and I had a great time and will be back for other occasions.

  15. GJ

    GoddessJen

    Phoenix

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Service, recommendations from our server, and every item we ordered was fantastic. Great quality, nice clean flavors, some original spins on items. Enjoyed the natural wine recommended by our server. We sat outside, Which was nice weather, and a little heat lamp. The only thing unavoidable if you sit outside is the very loud commuter train going by sometimes. We had to pause conversation. But aside from that it was actually more quiet outside than the full restaurant inside.

  16. KK

    KimK

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Jade was our server and she was excellent in recommending wine and food. My friend and I shared the Steak Tartare which I was reluctant to try, but I was so glad I did. It was excellent as well as the Spanish Sashimi, Chipirones and the Eggplant Milanese. I go to Valentina once a month so thought I was overdue for a review.

  17. c

    craigt

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Excellent in Encinitas. Both dishes and starters were very good. Lamb and Sea Bass was well prepared. Very reasonable wine list. Definitely will return.

  18. LT

    LetTheGoodTimesRoll

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have to say the company made the experience, but Valentina was the perfect setting. Service was excellent and the food was delicious. We had tapas and while the portions seemed small I was stuffed by the end. The steak with aguachile caught my eye and did not disappoint. Everything was thoughtfully prepared and presented and tasty. It did get quite loud which was unfortunate but otherwise it was a perfect evening.

  19. JS

    JamieS

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The friendly service and excitement over the menu is very welcoming. A fun experience in choosing small plates with creative preparation. Especially enjoyed the large pours of the Cava! The topper was the unforgettable basque cake literally to die for!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    Food was good. Sitting on the sidewalk a bit noisy with passerby’s and coaster, but as expected. Kimberly S. and the rest of the staff were wonderful. Would go back again, but sit inside.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food great service good time.

  22. JD

    JenniferD

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Feels like a trip to Spain or someplace European. Love the decor and our server was delightful. The train goes by honking a couple times but I think it’s charming. I spoiled myself with the butter garlic shrimp. Sounds simple but wow, lip-licking good!!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Everything was great, seafood is fresh. Although it was a surprise that it was so loud, and they don’t have an espresso machine :(

  24. T

    Trottsky

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Great food and great service. Very loud, which I don't prefer, but I know most peopled o.

  25. GH

    GailH

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Our First visit to this lovely spot. Food delicious and huge lunch portions of Eggplant Milanesa and Weiner Schnitzel. I enjoyed a Spanish wine w my entree. Definitely will return.

  26. GB

    GailB

    Sacramento

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our first visit to Encinitas and Valentina. Valentina was recommended to us, and I have to say, Valentina is a jewel in Encinitas. The ambiance is modern and charming. Every person we met and spoke with was so genuinely kind. Our server, Louis, was so helpful in offering suggestions from appies to entrees. He was social and chatty without being intrusive. Louis was spot on with his food recommendations, and his tips on the best beaches. My daughter and I truly enjoyed our visit! The staff and the food were both amazing! We can't wait to return to Valentina!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Adorable, quaint restaurant. Perfect for a date night. Great food and extensive wine list. Would definitely come back.

  28. MM

    MicolynM

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Have to agree with another reviewer that seat cushions would be nice!

  29. GH

    GarrettH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and specials. Great wine list. Very helpful and informative staff. One of the best restaurants in leucadia!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful! Great food & customer service.

  31. MB

    MaribelB

    San Diego

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    This is one of my favorite restaurants. Spanish California dishes. If you like seafood and Spanish food you must go.

  32. DT

    DionT

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was on point, from the oysters to the sea bass. It’s always a pleasure. Thank you and we’ll see you soon.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is charming restaurant in Leucadia, along the 101. The food is exceptional and so is the service. Our server Todd was delightful and knowledgeable. We enjoyed everything about Valentina and can’t wait to return.

  34. JB

    JosephB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    We love eating at Valentina, it’s just takes 3-5 days advance reservation in order to get a table at reasonable time. This is the only thing that deters us from going more often. Otherwise we always have good service and food is excellent.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was delicious. We ordered some appetizers and the paella, and the paella exceded our expectations.

  36. C

    Cassiopeia

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great restaurant with nice menu variety. There is something for every dietary pattern. Fresh ingredients and very creative items. I would call it pricey, but worth the bill. The service is always excellent. It is loud in the covered patio area, but not overwhelming. I only had to yell a few times :D This was my second visit. I would recommend.

  37. A

    Alexander

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food, lovely environment, all paralleled by great service.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was amazing! Tod was very knowledgeable and such a great waiter! The food was excellent and it was such a beautiful setting. Highly recommended!

  39. AR

    AdamR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing wine list and on-point service! This is a must visit restaurant in Encinitas.

  40. y

    yakboy

    Phoenix

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tried a new place for a change on our latest trip to Encinitas and we are glad we did! Great food! Marinated olives and a perfect baguette to start. Scallops for wife and swordfish for me. Wine perfectly selected by our server Todd and Pelegrino for me. Afterwards, Basque cake and coffee. Perfect! Just. Go.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Valentina is rated 4.7 stars by 1042 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Valentina

810 N Coast Highway 101 Encinitas, CA 92024-2073

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Europa

  • Neighborhood

    Encinitas

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:45 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Oyster Bar, Steak

  • Dining style

    Home Style

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking only.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jonathan Freyberg

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (760) 943-6686

  • Catering

    Please contact us for private events and catering.

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us for private events and catering.

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