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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.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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.
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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:
or call 310-829-4313
In addition to valet parking, street parking is available on Pico Boulevard and adjacent streets.
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!
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
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
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.
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.
As a wine director at a restaurant here in Los Angeles, I am, admittedly, not the easiest to impress. All I can say is WOW.
From the moment I walk in, I am greeted by Piero Selvaggio, who, in the world of wine, is truly a legend .The sommelier, Paul, was extremely knowledgeable and completely in tuned with what hospitality is.
Our tasting menu was incredible, the courses progressed appropriately and ended with a beautiful dessert.
My two friends who joined both commented, that this was easily the best dining experience of their lives and I agreed immediately. The food was phenomenal, but let's be honest, good food is popping up everywhere in this city. What made this truly memorable was the service. We felt as though we were family, long time patrons of Valentino, and it was only our first experience!
I can't give any higher praise to this team. I've already started sending friends to visit!
10/10 THANK YOU!
Having not been here for a few years, we were spurred by DineLA to have dinner. Of the many DineLA menus I looked at, this was perhaps the best -- excellent choices for each course (limited dessert, but who cares?).
I had forgotten what a great restaurant it is: this is what every restaurant that has $20 plus pastas or $25 plus entrees should be. Nice rooms, lovely lighting. Several tiers of service people to make sure things are going smoothly. Not deafening. The courses popped out right on time, not one of them made us feel rushed or made us wait. Sweetbreads and a shrimp stuffed squid were delicious and the perfect size. Fish of the day was branzino and the caper sauce was not a salt-fest. The seafood risotto was perfectly cooked, creamy but still al dente and not one piece of rubbery shrimp, scallop, or squid. What a professional enterprise. And a surprising number of men had on sportscoats -- not a flip-flop in sight. A pleasant change for Southern California.
Can't recommend highly enough.
I'd give the service/hospitality MORE than 5 out of 5. They made us feel so welcome, and were attentive and friendly without being imposing. It's the food that's not quite up to scratch, even though they clearly devote a lot of attention to it. The pasta we had, for instance, was tasty but over-sauced; if you had it at a less fancy restaurant you'd be impressed, but at Valentino it just makes you wish they'd gotten it 100% perfect.
They do go to impressive lengths to make their extensive wine list accessible and affordable. Some very nice suggestions are offered.
And the whole experience, given how accommodating and professional they are, made us want to come back again at some point.
Wish I could live there. Food is always impeccable without being self-conscious. Silky pastas, freshest seafood, sweetbreads(!!), and this time acorn fed pork, artichoke flan and lasagne with duck ragu (did I mention they have sweetbreads?) We stumbled on the Dine-LA menu and came out under our anticipated budget. They have always been gracious about guiding us to a wine within our price range and as usual, far superior to wine we find at a similar price range at other higher end restaurants. If I can't live there, I will just have to continue to be an intermittent visitor.
The place is very nice and romantic. The seats can be further away from the other party, however I did not hear people's conversation, so it was okay. I requested a special request which the rep over the phone said they will do , however did not come through. The mozzarella cheese stick was cold as well as calamari. Main Entrée was warm, not hot. Service was attentive in the beginning until mid way and thru. Need to request for bill, water and a new menu because the place was cheap on ink for both my date and my menu. Just disappointed, especially I like to go on date nice every other week.
It's been thirty years since we have gone to Valentino, and I decided to revisit it for my birthday.
I am so glad we went! Not only that--we didn't know it was the last evening for DINE LA, and our prix fixe meal was outstanding . I didn't feel like I was getting a "discount" meal for the lowered price. If I had ordered these off of the regular menu, I would have still considered the money well-spent. My shrimp filled calamari appetizer was heavenly. I loved the attentive staff, and adored the ITALIAN ACCENTS! We'll be coming back.
Food was mediocre but service was terrible. The server gave us an attitude the entire night and when we brought it up to the manager and he didn't really do anything about it either. Anyways, this is a restaurant I won't be coming back. If you have to go, the only dish I can recommend is the acorn fed pork.
It is refreshing to see some of the old timers still enthusiastic about giving their customers what they were used to have many moons ago and embracing the new trends by being innovative enough. Piero is an inspiration.... It is also a pleasure to be served by true professionals.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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