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Valentino Restaurant

Map & Directions 3115 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
  • Italian, Pizza, Wine Bar
  • Mon-Sat 5pm-10:30pm, Fri 11:30am-3pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Business Dining, Catering, Private Party, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Accepted
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking


LA Weekly's Description

Valentino has long been L.A.¹s ultimate special-occasion Italian restaurant,
a bells-and-whistles place where you reserve a table weeks in advance. But
it turns out that even Valentino wants to be not just admired, but loved. Its V-vin Bar is a little awkwardly situated within the restaurant, and the grouping of bar tables and sleek bar carts looks a little like what your wealthy uncle tried to do when he set up a pub in the basement of his mansion. Still, the food, sleek Italian small plates mostly, is great. And if you're going to hang out at a wine bar, you might as well head toward one that takes its wine seriously, and although the prices aren't particularly low, the by-the-glass list often includes things like Aldo Conterno Barolo, barrique-aged Altero Brunello, and Dunn "Howell Mountain" cabernet to sip with your giant salumi plate, vintages that aren't exactly on the list at Bodega.

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  • Eater on 12/01/10

    Almost 40 years old, this ancient LA staple still serves great, if pricey, fine dining Italian. [Eater 38 Member]

  • LA Weekly on 01/29/13

    L.A.¹s ultimate special-occasion Italian restaurant! A bells-and-whistles place where you reserve a table weeks in advance. Still, the food is great! Try it at PLATE LA Weekly's Food Event 3/3/13!

  • Los Angeles Times on 06/07/13

    Jonathan Gold says: I will never forget my first taste of Quintarelli Amarone here, which is as close as I had gotten to a sweet, musky taste of heaven.

  • Los Angeles Times on 07/13/10

    You taste the sea most of all in the bottarga they use to garnish many dishes. Russet in color, the dried roe has a strong, briny flavor, giving a dish the rich funk of ocean.

  • Showtime Network on 04/01/11

    Even Joffre Borgia knows that an authentic fine dining experience doesn’t come cheap!

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