Valentino - LA

4.6
1337 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Quiet Conversation
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Closed Sunday and Monday.
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Phone number
(310) 829-4313
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Piero Selvaggio
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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:
giuseppe@valentinosantamonica.com
or call 310-829-4313
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
In addition to valet parking, street parking is available on Pico Boulevard and adjacent streets.
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Special events & promotions
Visit our new vin bar and experience Valentino in a casual environment!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

We offer 5 spectacular private rooms, which can accommodate 10 to 80 people for entertaining in elegant 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.

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What 1337 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

At first I was excited to go eat at this restaurant. The service was good but the food was not that great for the price I payed. I was expecting great amazing food but honestly I could've gone to Olive Garden for better tasting food....sad.
Although the food was a failure our server was great and very helpful when it came to pairing our food with great wine. Will not go back EVER. Do Not Waste ur Cash or time here. 5 out 10 I give this place.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Classy place

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Best Italian Restaurant in LA

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

SUPERB IN EVERY WAY. SUPERB IN EVERY WAY.SUPERB IN EVERY WAY.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

They keep re-imagining old things. The mushroom tortino (one of our faves) had grown a little stale, so the chef added just a little cheese to the sauce. YUMMY!

I took a chance on a salad with beans and little bits of lettuce. It turned out to be a real find!

Osso bucco, an old standard here, as good as it's ever been (that is: EXCELLENT!)

My wife started with a squash soup. Very nice, hearty but subtle. She also ordered linguine with clams. Another Italian classic, except that Valentino spices it up with just a touch of jalapeno. I tried this about 5 years ago and found it okay but not outstanding. Well, this time it WAS outstanding! The chef had toned down the jalapeno enough that you could barely detect it, and it really made the dish.

My wife had a short rib as her main course. Very good, but not quite as good as the osso bucco, which remains a real winner!

I continue to recommend Valentino to anyone looking for a first class dining experience.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Great food, superb wine list, comfortable and silent ambient and a private parking with vallet service cheaper than a public parking.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Overall enjoyable. However the wait service was mediocre. Took too long to serve the next plate. Waiter even lost track of the items served. Were not offered coffee until the check arrived.

The food was superior despite the long wait.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Once Dine LA was mentioned the service and the demeanor of the server changed adversely. There was no effort to check back after main course was served, and the server was non-existent from the point the main course was served.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Disappointed with the food

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The restaurant was pretty packed with a large table so I get that they are busy. Food was prompt but it took them awhile to bring the menu over and take our orders. Also seemed very rushed . Food was good

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

The service was outstanding, the wine service was top notch. Every question I had about food pairing was answered with the perfect wine for the dish. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.

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1.0Dined on July 11, 2018

It was so awful. Totally dead in atmosphere. Windows are at ceiling height so you can’t see anything. Travel lodge opposite that we thought this was part of. A dreadful place. Soulless. Definitely not for tourist visiting Santa Monica - maybe better as a local neighbourhood restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

great staff - warm and friendly. best wine list in town - every dish was excellent

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Valentino is as usual an excellent restaurant. Quite atmosphere and very professional attentive staff

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

I have been going to Valentino for four (4) decades. The food is always spectacular, the ambiance is lovely, and it's worth every penny.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Always an outstanding experience with great food, wine and service.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

This is the 2nd time we have dined there in the last month after several moths passed and enjoyed every minute...the service is amazing...Joe is so wonderful as well as the other staff... Last Saturday we went to celebrate our anniversary...the meal was perfection, but then Joe brought to beautifully encouraged plates wi cannoli’s, tiermisu chocolate stream across the brim of the plates with Hppy Anniversary. The evening was made perfect by this amazing staff.
Many thanks

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Always a wonderful dining experience
God is superb
Service is warm and accommodating
Best restaurant and value in LA

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Love love this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Our visit to Valentino was exquisite as always. I've been dining at this classic restaurant for nearly 40 years and it never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

A little old-fashioned? Yes, but in the best way imaginable. Piero is a holdover from a time when service and courtesy were important, when quiet conversation ruled (without elevator music), and when food was lovingly prepared and served with pride. If that's old school, I'm all for it!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Still our best restaurant in LA. Paul, our waiter, who is "fixture" of the restaurant made the evening that much more enjoyable for helping select the wine and going out of his way to be helpful and accommodating. The ambiance and decor provide a delightful setting for a great evening. Also, the food was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

OMG!! What a gem! I will visit every time I come into Los Angeles!! Fine dining, romantic and AMAZING service! Again, so good I would just go alone and eat if I had to!!!!

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Great food, classic ambiance, good service

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Great food, service and ambience

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The food was very delicious. Nice and quiet atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The food is very good, but for the price the service was terrible which impacted the overall experience. This restaurant is legendary, and it must be hard to live up to expectations. Still, guests shouldn't wait almost 15 minutes after being seated even to see a menu. I had to get up to find the waiter even to pay the check. Just got no service, and the restaurant wasn't even all that busy. It's too bad. I hadn't been in years, but when I last went to Valentino's it was absolutely first class. Quite possibly my favorite restaurant, and definitely in the top 5 world wide. It doesn't make the grade now unfortunately. If I'm going to spend nearly $200 before taxes or even drinks, I have many more options with premium service and equally (if not even better) food. Sad to see such a legendary restaurant fall off like this.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

great place, I will come again👀

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The food and service and great wine in a classic setting made this a memorable night.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Pricy but well worth it. Excellent Italian food, beautifully presented. Excellent service. Wonderful experience!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I have loved Valentino’s for 30 years. I miss the more adventurous menu of long ago. Still a beautiful restaurant and lovely food.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great staff, enjoyed the ambiance.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We always come as a group from our strategic Coach class and they have always accommodated us. The food and service is always outstanding. They do a great job of a custom menu for us and many chef treats that are unbelievably great! Thanks for always having fresh amazing food and great service. We love coming here!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

The service was fantastic. We loved the wine list and enjoyed a special bottle that was perfect! The pasta our server arranged was also perfection. It was a perfect restaurant being both quiet for conversation and spacious.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

The restaurant had a nice ambiance and an even better quality of food. I found the salad to be nice but a little disappointing. The rest of the meal[ was just much better. Especially the lamb chop and osso buco.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The service here is sub par. They change the silverware with every course but they don’t place then nicely. Instead they just dump it on the table. They also don’t clean the breadcrumbs off the table. No pride what so ever. Some of the food is good and some are just ok. Octopus and the shrimp rice was excellent but the potato croquettes and the veal was just ok. Better than most but I expect a lot more from a Michelin star restaurant. Might be back for wine and the octopus and the shrimp rice. The 5 course set menu was not worth it in my opinion.

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2.0Dined on February 15, 2018

For a valentine’s dinner, it was quite a disappointment. On opentable it didnt even say it was only course menu, and we only realized when we sat down. House bread was cold, and the server only took care of us when it was around 11pm when everyone left. We sat down at 9pm and for a four course meal it took way too long. The food was just normal. For the price, I expected way more. Quite disappointing.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Legendary restaurant in Los Angeles but quite a disappointment. Valentino’s on Valentines Day should be special right? Started out with no receptionist and us standing in the bar like lost sheep. Average Italian food average service. Had to ask for water and coffee refills more than once. High Prices. Bottom line is there was a reason the restaurant was 25% empty on one of the busiest days of the year

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

It was a delightful evening. Piero, the owner was charming. Of the 3 courses we had same and 6 that were individual only one item was good but lacked salt and pepper. Everything else was special and delicious and in a few cases extraordinary, as you would expect in a restaurant of this status. The wines by the glass were acceptable. The wait staff was attentive and delightful. My wife and I look forward to our next time at Valentino.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We went to celebrate an early Valentines dinner, since Valentines Day falls on Ash Wednesday this year. It was our first visit to Valentino and was the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. The service was impeccable. The food was first rate. The atmosphere was perfect for a romantic evening.

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