About Valentino - LA

3115 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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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.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Special Events & Promotions:
Visit our new vin bar and experience Valentino in a casual environment!

Promotions

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Details
We will be closed on Mother's Day.

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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

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4.2

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4.3

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Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
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Everything was perfect. We discovered a ...

vip
Dined on April 19, 2016

Everything was perfect. We discovered a wonderful Sicilian white wine at a reasonable price.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Valentino has staying power! It has bee ...

vip
Dined on April 15, 2016

Valentino has staying power! It has been around since the 1970's and keeps upgrading ambiance and menu, plus an incredible wine list. The Selvaggio brothers are doing a great job.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Great old school Italian dining experien ...

vip
Dined on April 9, 2016

Great old school Italian dining experience. They treat you like an old friend, very welcoming . The food was exceptional along with Paul our waiter who gave us absolutely impeccable service and was very knowledgeable with the extensive wine list & menu. My compliments to the chef and all the wait staff who remembered our names upon leaving and came out to wish us well.

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Valentino's

vip
Dined on April 7, 2016

First time dining at Valentino's. The food and service was service was very good. I ordered the scallops and they were delicious.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

Wine List Problem

Dined on March 20, 2016

Basic decent high end restaurant. Food above average. Nice specials. Impressive wine list size, BUT every bottle I requested was out of stock so while it's great to have a huge list, if it isn't in the cellar, it's just an intellectual exercise. Also, no help offered either by waiter or Sommelier (don't even know if one was present). That was disappointing.

food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Always outstanding

vip
Dined on March 16, 2016

My husband and I have been using some Gilt City deals to come to Valentino for special Date Nights. We always enjoy the food; especially the sushi/sashimi starters. It is always a nice menu and the service has always been outstanding. Highly recommend

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

It is a beautiful elegant place. The ser ...

Dined on March 13, 2016

It is a beautiful elegant place. The service is excellent and the food was exquisite.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Great experience

Dined on March 5, 2016

The "Artisanal SPAGHETTI Al Cipollotto-- With Pancetta And Blue Buffalo Cheese" was outstanding. Would come here again for the same dish.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

This place was great.

Dined on February 28, 2016

This place was great.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Still good after all these years

Dined on February 28, 2016

I remember going to Valentino's more than 30 years ago, and I have very pleasant memories, so when I wanted to celebrate our wedding anniversary in a romantic place, and avoid those noisy, high-energy restaurants where you have to shout to be understood, I thought of Valentino's. Booked it on Open Table, which also gave me the option of getting some roses delivered to the table. Worth the price of admission! I also requested a quiet table, and we were seated at a corner table, which was perfect. All the staff were personable and professional--no sullen teenagers. My wife ordered veal picatta, which she thoroughly enjoyed. I had my favorite: osso buco, which was also excellent. It was surrounded by a cheesy risotto--delicious. I almost never order that dish because it's so seldom done properly. It came with a small fork to scoop out the marrow--the best part--which was ineffective, so I simply used to stem of the fork instead. We finished the meal with a very creamy and tasty ice cream, which was decorated with a candle and "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate. The wine list is one of the best, and there was a good selection of wines by the glass. I ordered two different Italian Reds, both of which were excellent. This is not an everyday restaurant, unless you have lots of money, but for a special occasion, it's hard to beat.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Italian Food

Dined on February 21, 2016

Valentinos is an old school Italian restaurant. The food is terrific and the service is top drawer. The ambiance is perfect. You can actually hear what others at the table are saying....something that is hard to find in many other restaurants these days. We had a great time. Everyone loved their order.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience3
service1

My welcome was "who are you here to pick ...

vip
Dined on February 15, 2016

My welcome was "who are you here to pick up" I guess they don't serve too many patrons that look like me. We decided to stay since it was a late Valentines dinner and didn't have too many alternatives. Food was very good but service was terrible.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best of the best, love Valentinos.

Dined on February 12, 2016

Valentinos is always wonderful, consistently. Never disappointed. Food is delicious. If it's not on the menu, the chef will prepare what you request. Always have our table, with our favorite waiter. This is like no other restaurant, a dining experience.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Still the best Italian meal in L.A.

Dined on February 12, 2016

Congrats to Giuseppe and the staff for a memorable Friday lunch with outstanding fish entrees! I t may be Lent but fish rules! Molto bene per tutti!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Instant favorite Italian restaurant

Dined on February 7, 2016

We ended up getting a 5 course fixed menu, and at first I was a little skeptical on the selections provided. But wow! Everything was delicious, the service was excellent. All in all, great restaurant.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service3

The food was amazing! I couldn't decide ...

Dined on February 6, 2016

The food was amazing! I couldn't decide on what to order so I had the four course dinner with the grilled squid with squid ink, duck lasagna, (I can't remember the name) veal, and their dessert of the day. It was a perfect balace of flavors and I loved it and my boyfriend loved the food too! Perfect place for an event or a special dinner.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent Italian Restaurant

Dined on February 3, 2016

Valentino has excellent food and wine list. Some of the dishes are very hard to find in other Italian restaurant. A real gem.

Tags: fit for foodies, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Makes you think of Italy

vip
Dined on February 3, 2016

The good and service are impeccable. They have the best wine list in town. Try the eggplant Parmesan, it is the best I have ever had. Not to be missed. It is our first choice for a romantic or special occasion dinner

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food2
ambience4
service1
value2

I Never Write Reviews

vip
Dined on January 27, 2016

I have heard about Valentino for YEARS and always wanted to go, but something was holding me back. Now, I know why. The food was bland. The waiter was not attentive what so ever. Even the $200 bottle of wine was not very good. I think it wasn't stored correctly. If you want good Italian, go to Angelini, Mozza, Locanda Veneta, Madeos, or even CPK. Or, maybe not CPK, but it is better than the meal I had here.

Tags: romantic, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service3
value3

WarWar

Dined on January 17, 2016

Still good but not as good as I remembered it overall. Food was better than the service. To be fair we decided to go at the last minute and had a table in the side room which had two large and noisy groups; however, there should be enough attention given to tables for two and three if they are seated in that room. I personally missed being seated in the original dining room area. Will probably try it again once more before saying adieu. Too many very good competitors now compared to decades ago to falter on service .

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

One of the Best Dinners, Ever

Dined on January 16, 2016

My husband and I went to Valentino because I wanted the White Truffle with pasta. He ordered the Veal Chop. Oh my goodness. My pasta was absolutely the best pasta dish I've ever had. Shavings of white truffles were abundant and delicious. And I'm a foodie snob from NY. My husband, who is more a a meat and potatoes guy, enjoyed the veal chop, served with arugula. Our waiter, Paul, was most accommodating. The entire evening was an experience. We will be back!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food3
ambience3
service2
value3

Great wine list, showing its age

Dined on January 16, 2016

The menu is pretty conventional, though the prices are reasonable. The best thing here is the wine list. The decor is aging as are most of the customers. It feels stodgy, like Matteos. Most annoying were the serving staff, who seemed in a hurry to take orders and clear food away. We asked for a quiet table and received one in the corner. But it was next to a private dining alcove that generated a lot of noise. Duh.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

New Years Eve

Dined on January 1, 2016

I've eaten at Valentino's before for many special occasions and I figured it would be the perfect place to spend New Year's Eve. Although the ambiance was lovely the pri fixe meal was below par as was the matching wines. Our waiter seemed to have forgotten about us as the evening wore on. I will definitely go back but not for a "special" occasion.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

New Year's dinner.

Dined on January 1, 2016

Enjoyed the Butter lettuce salad, with Valentino's special warm, bleu cheese dressing, spectacular. Followed by breast of chicken, and my husband, a petite filet mignon. Roasted potatoes, very tasty. Shared a molten chocolate dessert, (soufflé) with a pear sorbet. Always an exceptional dining experience. Have also enjoyed many lunches, with equally great food and service.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service4

Perfect special occasion or impressive h ...

vip
Dined on December 30, 2015

Perfect special occasion or impressive holiday event location. Food is outstanding.

food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Valentino is still great!

Dined on December 18, 2015

Valentino remains the paradigm of a kind of Old School Italian restaurant from days gone by. The Italian waiters with their lived-in attitude, the classic dishes, the classy maitre'd still played to perfection by the venerable Piero Selvaggio. The food here is excellent, with really fine ingredients prepared in a classic style. I started with the grilled octopus - tender and delicious with a squid ink pasta....then on to a special of the evening which was gnocchi with lobster and mussels....really good, and for my main I ordered the quail wrapped in pancetta....absolutely delicious, and highly recommended. The wine list here is superb and the experience was terrific. Highly recommended.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent Italian Food

Dined on December 15, 2015

Excellent Italian food, attentive waiters, wonderful quiet atmosphere excellent wine choises

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

I'm a real food lover! when the food is ...

Dined on December 12, 2015

I'm a real food lover! when the food is good, the long process of waiting really didn't matter anymore! I love the beef carpaccio dish so much, as I'm writing a review now I'm craving for it again! the ambiance is good, couples talking, family gathering, it just makes u feel really cozy and happy to be around with. the server always explain their menu and special of the day well so you know what you want to order :) I love this place and I'll be back for more!

food5
ambience4
service4

delicious and romantic

vip
Dined on December 6, 2015

The place is fantastic. The food is delicious, the atmosphere romantic and the decor beautiful.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service2

Wonderful Food-Poor Service

vip
Dined on November 24, 2015

The two of us went to the restaurant last Monday night. We had a wonderful table in a small alcove. Our waiter unfortunately acted like we were wasting his time. He went through the specials so quickly it was very difficult to understand him. After we ordered we never saw him again except when he presented the check. No one asked if we liked our appetizers. No one asked if our food was cooked properly. The busboy was wonderful in bringing us our bread and making sure our water glasses were always full. The appetizers, including the burrata salad and a tomato soup were wonderful. The veal picatta was very good. The salmon was cooked perfectly. It really was the perfunctory way that the waiter treated us that turned what could've been an amazing dinner into an experience we regret.

food4
ambience4
service5

Always great help when choosing wine. Th ...

Dined on November 24, 2015

Always great help when choosing wine. The specials are always delicious.

food5
ambience5
service5

Unsurpassable

Dined on November 20, 2015

I have enjoyed eating here, infrequently, for over forty years; last time mid-November. Always superb food, wine and service. I always encourage the captain to select not only our wines, but the dishes as well; everything on the menu is the very best of its type. Every meal has been a memorable occasion. Expect to pay for such an experience; this is as up-scale as it gets. No red-sauce spaghetti!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food2
ambience3
service3

Poor food quality

Dined on November 19, 2015

Service was nice but that's about it. Food quality is way under expectation. Not a place to spend $250 for two for dinner. I have better options.

food5
ambience4
service5

incredible food, amazing wine, old school charm

Dined on November 14, 2015

Paul Sherman is one of the most knowledgeable and delightful sommeliers I have ever met.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food2
ambience2
service1

Very Disappointing.

vip
Dined on November 7, 2015

I arrived happy and excited, but I left very disappointed. The food was bland and completely forgettable. The waiter was condescending and not friendly.

food5
ambience5
service5

One of the top Italian restaurants in L.A.

Dined on November 4, 2015

Cannot possibly give a higher recommendation. Love the fact that the food and wine are excellent, but also you can have a quiet corner and be able to hear yourself think.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5

An old reliable still deserve a visit now and then

Dined on November 1, 2015

Get the 5 course meal you would not be disappointed. Choices within each segment will have something for everyone in your pa

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5

We ordered 2 items from the specials cra ...

Dined on October 25, 2015

We ordered 2 items from the specials crabmeat salad and gnocci and they were both excellent. The crab meat salad was refreshing and the gnocci was not your typical dish. It was made with semolina, porcinni mushroom ,& 1 more ingredient i can not recall,but served with super fresh shrimp in a seafood consomme. Loved the option of being able to order as an appetizer or entree. The server's recommendation for the wine was perfect! I had the Oso Bucco and my spouse had the lasagna with duck ragu. They were both excellent. The tiramisu with the sorbet was the perfect finishing touch to the evening.

food2
ambience3
service5

mediocre food, high price

Dined on October 22, 2015

My wife and I went there on a Wed. night. The place was dim and quaint, but has a somewhat shabby look like it hasn't been updated in 40 years. The service was excellent, but the food was just OK. The bread was plain white bread, slightly stale with no olive oil or garlic/pepper to dip it in, just a tub of butter. We both had veal piccata, and some of our medallions were chewy or tough. We each had 1 martini, 1 appetizer we shared, the veal piccata, and no desert. With tip, the bill was $150.

food5
ambience5
service5

Wonderful evening - Perfect

Dined on October 17, 2015

Our waiter - the ambiance - the friendliness and the food just couldn't have been netter. Thank you

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list

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