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“Superb Cuisine, Outstanding Service, Tranquil Environment”
Review of Valentino

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Ranked #75 of 733 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: US$41 - US$85
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
Description: Valentino has been serving some of the best Italian food for 45 years! Also, offering a great wine list, recipient of the Wine Spectator Grand Award since 1981. Also, with several private rooms, it offers a great venue for your next private event.
Reviewed 18 June 2015

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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1  Thank AjayLA2
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Reviewed 5 June 2015

Came with friends for Restaurant week menu. The food was barely edible. My brother who is a regular customer gets an entirely different quality of food, but he orders off the menu.

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JSandCO, Public Relations Manager at Valentino, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2015

Our concern about your review is that Valentino has not participated in Los Angeles Restaurant Week in about 3 or 4 years. Wrong restaurant, perhaps? We would certainly like to have more details in order to respond to your about your experience.

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Reviewed 4 June 2015 via mobile

We'd been meaning to try Valentino for years. We saw a Groupon for their prix fix menu and figured it was a great opportunity to try this icon of Italian cuisine. We went on a Saturday night and the restaurant was moderately busy. The restaurant itself is very stylish but really nothing special. The service was good but our server was very businesslike and, frankly, not very inviting. The food, although well-prepared and presented, was really pretty average by LA standards. The pasta dishes were definitely the highlight of the meal. All-in-all it was ok but definitely not up to my (possibly unrealistic) expectations. Given all of the excellent alternatives available in LA, I will probably not go back.

Thank AlanFromHermosa
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Reviewed 8 May 2015

We had a business dinner in one of the wine cellar's private dining rooms and it was just the right mix of great food, even better wine, and very friendly...not at all stuffy... staff.

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Thank joel r
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Reviewed 22 April 2015

This is a terrific old school place. The dining room is quiet and the staff is very helpful. Make the spaghetoni with wild boar ragu is a definite must try!

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1  Thank Brian S
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