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About Valentino - LA

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.

3115 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

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.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 829-4313

Website:
http://www.valentinosantamonica.com/

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

Parking Details:
In addition to valet parking, street parking is available on Pico Boulevard and adjacent streets.

Executive Chef:
Piero Selvaggio

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Visit our new vin bar and experience Valentino in a casual environment!

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.

Valentino - LA Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.5

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89% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Very poor value for money. Food quality and taste is very poor and overly priced. No authentic taste of Italy. LA has much more better Italian restaurants than this place

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Very good food, including some unusual combinations (grilled octopus on a couscous with squid ink). However the service was very slow but the dinner was New Years eve and the restaurant was full and with their regular menu, so it may be justified.
I'll be back in a more normal day and see if the service is better

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The service is terrible. I can’t imagine even no one would open the wine for us until I asked for.

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food4
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Valentino is like a 60's fine dining restaurant preserved in amber and I don't particularly mean that in a positive sense. Having said that I appreciated the quiet in a room that conversations were possible. The service was good, although a bit impersonal. The meal was also good with the exception of my wife's veal chop which had to be sent back to the kitchen to be cooked to the requested doneness. Overall, our experience was good but definitely not great.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Valentino's has a lot of elegance with fine food and established and long lasting waiters. One of them, Paul, goes out of his way to be helpful. He also recognizes most of the patrons that frequent the restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Fantastic wine list and incredible service. I’ve been coming here for years the food was wonderful this is my favorite restaurant in all of Los Angeles. Great for a birthday celebration.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Always expect a culinary experience at Valentino's! Excellent meal. Excellent service. Fabulous!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

A perfect Christmas Eve dinner with culinary delights, top notch friendly service, and one of the best wines we've ever had. Run don't walk for special occasions and everyday dining alike!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Nice place and great history. They really need to update the recipes and preparation. The pastas were C+ with an A+ price. Chitarra was plain ‘ol spaghetti.
Happy to have old school Italian, but it should have soul - this place has soul because of its history not its food. Bummed.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Wow, for all the chatter about this venue, and its reputation, we couldn't have been more disappointed. The food was good. That's it - only good. Very old-fashioned - and I mean old. There are so many great, new eateries in the City, we won't need to go back here.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I don't think there is another restaurant that is so accommodating and welcoming than Valentino. Piero Selvaggio welcomes you when you walk in whether it is your first time or 100th time. Most of the staff have been there for years and is accommodating with personal requests. It is a very special restaurant with delicious food and exquisite wine.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 13, 2017

As usual Valentino is a top notch restaurant with excellent food and quiet ambience

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Our waitress was not very good. But the food was amazing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Valentino is a special place for special eating. A superb wine list, and superb cuisine. We have never been disappointed with our dining experiences at this restaurant. We highly recommend it.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

First time my husband was extremely disappointed with his filet mignon. Was very tough, and he could not eat it. Told waiter, who offered to replace it, but my husband did not choose to do. It would have ruined our lunch, waiting for a replacement. It was my husband’s birthday, and he received a complimentary dessert, and I received one as well.

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food2
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Valentino's is an excellent , lovely, elegant yet welcoming restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Still the best Italian in town with an exceptional wine list.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food, as always, was very good but not great. Wine list of course superb but in general over-prices at the low end. Service, as always, is lacking. Not there when you want them and hard to flag down. Great reception though. The service staff needs to be sent to a high end French restaurant to see what service is about.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We had a Groupon and enjoyed the food and the very attentive service. My husband adored the squid appetizer and our waiter went above and beyond to accommodate his lactose free needs. I really liked the pork entree but my husband didn't find it as satisfying.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I was at Valentino's for a date last weekend and was reminded that it remains one of the top restaurants in LA if not the country. I've been there off and on for decades. Everything works-from being greeted by the owner when entering the restaurant (OK it was quiet at that moment) to the ambiance, service, food and everything else. I can't recommend this restaurant highly enough.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We always have great service and
Wonderful food. Also appreciate that it is quiet enough to have conversation with the people at your table.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant in Los Angeles and we’ve been to almost every fine dining restaurant in the city. When our vet critical foodie friend came to visit from New York City we took him to Valentino. It’s the restaurant you take people like our friend who could immediately tell that the negroni cocktail was made with a specific sweet vermouth (I can’t remember Its name) that restaurants rarely ever use, but the negroni made at Valentino uses only that one. I never heard of that drink before but It’s now my new favorite drink (straight up with a cherry). The people at Valentino work harder than you would expect to fulfill your every culinary desire whether it’s on the menu or not, but I strongly suggest you order what’s on the menu because every single thing is superb and even our very critical friend from New York said he wants to bring his wife when he comes back to LA in a few months.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Outstanding meal and very knowledgeable/friendly waiting staff.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent food, service and evenings
We had a delightful time

Tags: Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We did miss a chance to dine at Valentino on our most recent trip to LA. We were greeted by the owner upon arrival; had our usual glass of prosecco for the cocktail; had the green salad and the minestrone for the starter; split the cavatelli special pasta; had veal ossobucco and veal scallopine for entrees; ended with cannoli and piccolo pasticceria for dessert. From the ever fabulous wine list, we had a 2010 Nozzole Chianti Classico. We were glad to see the restaurant full of patrons and we enjoyed every minute of it. Relative to other LA restaurants, the price is extremely reasonable.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Piero Selvaggio and his team continue to exemplify the best in service, cuisine and fundamental kindness and caring at every level. Yes the pasta was perfect. Every course delighted. But foundational to this restaurant overall and our meal tonight was the personal focus and joy in hospitality that permeates Valentino and the men and women who make Piero’s vision real. I am grateful for this institution and look forward to my next visit.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

As usual, the food was very good, but didn’t feel improvement. The service was lacking behind this time. I had much better service before. Overall the experience was still very good. It’s a good old safe place to go for quality food and drinks.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Beginning with a warm welcome and able to have reserved table in a timely matter . Since then things just went downward . You would expect more attentive service even the very basic service were not be serviced as simple as refill the empty glass of water . Foods just average .Very disappointed.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (México)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Excellent food and service. They accommodate to special requests.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Service was very slow and took a very long time for the food to come out. The food was good but for the price, should be a lot better. They do however have a great wine list! I was expecting a better dining experience given its long standing reputation and higher price points

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

outstanding Northern Italian food
service great, and fresh pasta was amazing
GM was very accommodating and we could
actually talk to each other, party of four, without
screaming at each other.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Ant elegant restaurant to enjoy a quiet dinner with excellent service. A great place also to sit at the bar and have a drink prepared by an experienced bartender.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

This highly rate restaurant makes impeccable delicious dishes. The sushi appetizer is the best. Crab cakes, shrimp with imperial rice, salmon were fantastic tasting. Worth the drive and price

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Amazing, delicious, creative, authentic, superb , great atmosphere,etc
Awesome experience for your taste buds. We enjoyed every bite and each dish we tried didn't disappoint us. Truly gem. Thank you Pietro for incredible experience and your hospitality. Thanks to all stuff members.
You put some Michelin star restaurants to shame.
PS . Your plate is in my kitchen
Thanks again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The branzino was perfectly prepared and their pasta is always excellent. Mine was spaghetti and clams with a tomato sauce and my wife had a bucatini with shrimp and a tomato sauce.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in Los Angeles hands down!!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Comfort Food, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

valentinos has excellent Italian food and has maintained high quality for many years. Great wine list, which the sommelier does not try to oversell with very expensive bottles.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, People Watching, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We have a very enjoyable evening there. First, the food is excellent, in particular the crab cake the salmon, and the dessert. The service is also outstanding, very professional and attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

My husband and I had a lovely time at Valentino on Saturday. We had a $149 Travel Zoo voucher for a 5-course meal with a value over $260. The dinner was well worth the price as every course choice was outstanding. Best of all was the EXCELLENT wait staff--very professional, friendly, and accommodating. This is a very traditional restaurant with a lovely, quiet ambience so that we could carry on a conversation comfortably. Unfortunately we were cited for illegally parking in a residential area after 6:00 pm--a whopping $64 fine!!! If you park on the street, be sure to read parking signs carefully to avoid this situation. If unsure, valet park!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great food and great restaurant. We truly enjoyed the food, drinks, and the service. We would recommend this restaurant to our family and our friends.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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