Valentino's Cucina Italiana

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Innovative Cuisine with a Modern Italian Twist.
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JS
Miami
186 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Even though the chef/owner left, the quality is still good. We hope that continues in his absence.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Valentino has been one of my favorite restaurants in Fort Lauderdale for many years. Unfortunately, this last visit left a lot to be desired. I am 5’2” and 105 lbs, my partner is 6’1” and 200 lbs. We enjoyed some wine, shared a salad and each ordered a homemade pasta dish. The portion size for the pasta dishes were very small. At $35 +/- per entree, they should revisit their portion sizes. We had a significant bill and both left hungry...How does that happen?

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Gone downhill following chef/owners retirement. Our pasta dishes (including a $90 truffle special, which had very few shaved truffles) came out cold. Server was totally indifferent when we told him. Portion sizes were insultingly small given price. This used to be THE spot for gourmet Italian, but now it’s just an ordinary neighborhood spot. Better options on Las Olas.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Service was a little slow. They seem to attract lots of people for a “special night out” who are not as picky about the service. Ambiance is a little weird because it feels like couches from Ikea.

RN
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, good wines, incredible service, reasonable prices

JC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous. Incredible flavors. Surprising. Service was great.

CL
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the Chefs table - best seat in the house. Food and service is outstanding!

j
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for our anniversary. The food was exquisite, we tried multiple different pasta dishes and all of them were crazy good. It's a nice romantic place, you won't regret it. And the prices on the menu were actually a bit less than I was expecting. Totally worth it.

GM
Wilmington
22 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food, and ambiance! A true find for an epicurean.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding.

OT
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Initial service was way off and our waiter suggested we should be ready to order as they were expecting a large group. We hadn’t even received our bar service yet and had to shout to hear one another over the din of the house music. Another waiter (recognized from previous visit) came to assistance almost instinctively and completed the service, even requesting the music be reduced. The food was absolutely perfect.

J
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

1st bad experience at Valentino's. Heard ower changed, you can tell. Bad service, poor quality food and overpriced. Time to consider a new favorite.

LH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The pasta dishes here are outstanding, as is the service. However, this is one if the noisiest restaurants I've ever experienced, as the bar is in the dining area and is frequently packed (according to another customer.) Not sure why they haven't shifted the bar scene entirely next door to the other bar/bistro area, which was empty, and kept the dining room for food patrons only, but it detracts from the meal, and if you're not heavily sauced and don't care, or left your hearing aids at home:), it can be unpleasant enough to skip dessert. Or not come back.

JR
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have enjoyed Valentino’s several times and have always found the food and service to be excellent. This last experience was the best yet. Roasted corn and mushroom risotto appetizer followed by the compressed watermelon salad followed by the chefs special of pasta with rabbit was a wonderful roller coaster of flavors and textures. Finished with a slice of German chocolate cake. Wonderful. Only complaint is that the seating is way to close to the next table to carry on a private conversation. Yes, I understand the reasons. No, I still don’t like it.
Service staff is top notch. We have been fortunate to have the same outstanding server each time we’ve been there. Would tell you his name but I don’t want him to get too busy for us in the future. Sorry Mark. Oops!

PI
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All good, just a little expensive

LA
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit and we will be back. Fantastic food, impeccable service, beautiful dining room.

H
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat by far in Ft. Lauderdale...pasta is amazing!

RG
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We’ve been told by many that this is their favorite place so we had very high expectations. We go out to eat a lot in our true foodies. We enjoyed the nice vibe but could be Better as our table was jammed up against another table so close that you could hear all of their conversation and if there wasn’t a open steel grating in between the two tables they would literally be jammed up against each other like a cheap café. At these very expensive prices that’s just not the type of atmosphere that Is deserving when you’re paying $150 plus per person We were greeted by a greeter who insisted I was not the person who made the reservation even though I told them my name and it was my seat she made us sit down and wait 18 minutes while the rest of my party was sitting at the table that was under my name. This was simply incompetence plus NO APOLOGY and a little bit of extra attitude was very much unappreciated. Again I made no fuss. The service was Excruciatingly on attentive and slow! It took over 3 1/2 hours just to get a normal meal and that without Dessert because we all had to leave at this point. I don’t like to eat anywhere that I have to wait over an hour inbetween courses. That is just bad management and poor planning. My girlfriends plate was overly fishy and disgusting and She sent it back and refused to order anything else. Their servers were extremely nice but when they brought the food they placed the wrong entrées in front of 2 of us. So of course after waiting for over an hour to receiver our Entrée that was also disappointing. We did not make any fuss because everybody was sweet and kind with the exception of the front desk girl. But Great food other than the one dish but overall a very bad experience. I would give them much lower stars probably should give them a two star rating however I feel like everyone deserves one off night. That said eat here cautiously and hopefully that happens to no one else?

FC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was too loud to talk. The food was average at best.

AF
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

The waiter asked us if we had been helped. We said no (at the host stand). Instead of seating us, he did something else. We waited another 4-5 minutes to be seated and he ended up being our waiter. He stated “the earlier part is not my job.”

Once a different person served the salad, we spent at least 5 minutes trying to flag someone to give us cracked black pepper. The service was mediocre for such a high quality perception restaurant.

The pasta dish was AMAZING. It was the most redeeming part of the meal. We ordered the veal pasta with brown butter sauce and sage.

Our entrees, the swordfish and the chicken Scarapiello, were both unreasonably salty. I invited the manager to taste both of them after they were removed. We couldn’t make it through the dish because every bite was pure salt. I felt bad because I knew the other ingredients likely tasted very good. I wanted to like it.

The manager reacted by offering a single dessert complimentary and taking NO OTHER ITEMS off our bill. Not one of the TWO entrees that were NOT enjoyed by my wife and me. If I’m paying $150-200 for a single meal for two people, at a restaurant I don’t eat at very often (but live very close to), and the experience is negative, my customer loyalty level is likely to be very low if there is little to nothing done to overcome my terrible experience. Keep in mind, I’m 6’3” 230 and price is no option, I simply like good food.

The dessert was okay. I had very high hopes for the other items. My best estimate, based on taste, is that if it was not over salted the swordfish would be an EXCELLENT dish. I liked the idea of the clam chowder sauce. I thought the presentation was impeccable.

Overall, I would say the following:

Service: 2/5
Food: 3/5 (with the pasta being the star)
Presentation: 4-5/5.

As a prior restaurant manager, before becoming an attorney, I simply felt like my loyalty or capturing me as a repeat customer didn’t matter. It was my wife’s birthday.

BP
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience3

what a disappointment, after reading all rave reviews including sun sentinel, quite simply, the food was inedible

OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply Amazing all around!

B
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner! We will return!

SL
Miami
40 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We love this place. Today seemed like they were short staffed so the waiter wasnt quite as attentive as usual. He was very nice, but was not able to visit the table as often. The food never disappoints so we will definitely be back.

L
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant Fort Lauderdale. Pasta is superb. Kitchen bar is fun.

NY
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and service!!!! Cocktails are on the expensive side, but they do have a very nice wine list. Definitely will return.

RN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect special occasion restaurant. Seated immediately, excellent service. All of our food was very enjoyable. Only complaint is the noise level.

PK
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, great service and very nice experience. I will return.

CS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentinos's is the best restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. Food is prepared "just for you", and it is tastefull, perfect.

DI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of the finest restaurants in ft Lauderdale , the best octopus this side of town by far

c
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Hands down the best pasta in Florida and I have been to all the top spots in Miami and other parts of this state.

BP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening! The entire staff provided us with exceptional service and created a romantic ambiance for our date night. The food was so delicious, perfect portions, and cooked to perfection.

L
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully presented food with amazing flavors. Our server was well informed and had an upbeat attitude.

f
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A treat to enjoy passionate, talented cooking with friendly, knowledgable people in a well designed restaurant.

LH
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience is a mix of luxury and relax ambiance. The food is refine but also comfort. We love this restaurant...

RK
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentino's is the best high-end restaurant for foodies in Fort Lauderdale. Valentino's can compete with the best restaurants in San Francisco and New York.

j
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Good atmosphere and ambiance, the servers themselves were excellent, but the food coming out of the
kitchen was slow and inconsistent. We waited a long time for our salads and even longer for our entree. We had an 8 p.m. reservation and did not receive our entrees until almost 10 p.m. No matter how good a restaurants reputation, no matter how famous the chef, timely presentation is essential.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

After all the waiting for the main courses way to long ,they came cold! Cold pasta are you kidding!

BL
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Completely enjoyed the whole experience especially the waitstaff that paid attention to every detail. Will definitely be returning soon and also the the door East a try

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