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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

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (13)
Good for a Date (13)
Special Occasion (13)
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Romantic (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Authentic (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Business Meals (5)
Cozy (5)
Hot Spot (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Fun (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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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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 (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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 4, 2017

One word - awesome! We've driven past umpteen million times and always said, "We should try Valentino's sometime" but we finally did it - what a fabulous evening. "Old-school" service - that means they were attentive, re-filled your water glass without having to be asked, gave you just the right amount of time to order and just the right amount of time between courses. And the food? Absolutely scrumptious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Very dare restaurant that doesn't listed to open table requests and notes

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Valentino's is one of these great classic restaurants where you're never disappointed. Food and service are always top notch.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Simply the best. Others may come and go, but Valentino's manages that delicate balance between preserving its traditions and curating new influences. Maybe not the best choice for the trend chaser, but this restaurant and its staff know who they are, what they do well and how to make every dish a winner. Needless to say, the wine list is unmatched.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Great food and great service. We went for the Dine LA menu and enjoyed every course.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Great, traditional Italian place. There isn't much in the neighborhood, but the place is nice and upscale. The food itself is fantastic. Each dish was a revelation!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 6, 2017

We come to Valentino frequently. The food is always excellent and creative. The service is attentive without being obtrusive. When we come here, we normally share each course.

The wine list here is one of the best in the U.S. One can always find a good wine at a reasonable price. This time we had a Rosso di Montalcino. If one comes with a larger party, this is an excellent place to try a vertical.

Another attribute of this restaurant is that it is quiet! One can actually have a conversation!

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 30, 2017

The food is outstanding! The service is really great. Just wish the decor was better.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Fabulous all around. Exceptional food. Lovely atmosphere. Being there makes one feel good.

Tags: Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (London)·Dined on June 24, 2017

It took an hour from ordering to get our appetizer and no good explanation was given to us. The waiter who took our order was as surprised when we pointed out to him we are still waiting for our food.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

One of the best meals of my life. Excellent service. Perfect wine. Fine wine.

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 (Miami)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We chose Valentino because it made Jonathan Gold's 101 best list. I can't understand why it made the list. It's dated and the food is good enough but not better than other less pricey spots. The wine list is extensive but pricey. The service was attentive.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 21, 2017

The best pasta I've ever had but service could be more friendly

Tags: Romantic
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