I took my mother and two others for dinner to celebrate her birthday. I've always found the food at Valentino's to be top notch, and the service is generally very good. Unlike another reviewer who did not enjoy the prix-fixe meal, in our case it was excellent.
I'd made a reservation and was told that the semi-enclosed banquettes at the rear of the main room could not be guaranteed, but we were indeed seated there. We opted for the 5 course meal with champagne or wine, and got another bottle to supplement. The dishes could not have been better. Yes, other restaurants may be more inventive, but the quality of food, sauces, etc. was modern enough for our group. Quantity of food was excellent too. Overall it was a very satisfying meal.
Our server was better than anyone we had before -- personable, knowledgeable, and charming. My elderly mother swooned, and we all appreciated the old-school quality of the service. The big surprise of the evening was the bottle of wine, which we let the server choose. It turned out to be half the price I imagined. Who thought Valentino's would offer good value in addition to anything else.
This is truly a special-occasion restaurant. It never fails to satisfy and, in this case, it exceeded already high expectations.
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