Valentina

★★★★☆

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Valentina's is a wonderful little Italian restaurant in the heart of Bernal Heights. We have been a few times for dinner and have always left full and happy.

The gorgonzola gnocchi is decadent and delicious, the artichoke hearts with goat cheese and prosciutto are amazing, and the pan-roasted pork tenderloin is tender and incredibly tasty.

I would definitely recommend stopping by, especially if you like in the area.

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★★★★☆

Valentina's is a wonderful little Italian restaurant in the heart of Bernal Heights. We have been a few times for dinner and have always left full and happy.

The gorgonzola gnocchi is decadent and delicious, the artichoke hearts with goat cheese and prosciutto are amazing, and the pan-roasted pork tenderloin is tender and incredibly tasty.

I would definitely recommend stopping by, especially if you like in the area.

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This is a great little restaurant but make sure you have a reservation or you're going to have to wait a bit. The food here is delicious though and the staff is so friendly.

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★★★★★

This is a great little restaurant but make sure you have a reservation or you're going to have to wait a bit. The food here is delicious though and the staff is so friendly.

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We ate there last night (8-09-08), and was blown away. Our four person party was seated around 9:30 p.m. after a thirty minute wait. The restaurant is small and cozy. The staff was kind and friendly. We started off with bruschette. I am sure a lot of people would think you can't mess up bruschette, however I've seen it and eatin it. This was light and wonderfully balanced. I would highly recommend it. My wife had the gnocchi in the gorganzola sauce. It was the best gnocchi ever. It was rich and flavorful to the last bite. My sister and her husband both had the chicken marsala, one again wonderful. Both were cooked perfect, tender and very juicy. I had the veal saltimbocca. The saltimbocca was amazeing. It was able to be cut with just my fork, the sauce was a perfect pair. It was not overpowering at all but did what it should and made everthing melt together. The chef must have a beutiful soul to create food so wonderful and beutiful.

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★★★★★

We ate there last night (8-09-08), and was blown away. Our four person party was seated around 9:30 p.m. after a thirty minute wait. The restaurant is small and cozy. The staff was kind and friendly. We started off with bruschette. I am sure a lot of people would think you can't mess up bruschette, however I've seen it and eatin it. This was light and wonderfully balanced. I would highly recommend it. My wife had the gnocchi in the gorganzola sauce. It was the best gnocchi ever. It was rich and flavorful to the last bite. My sister and her husband both had the chicken marsala, one again wonderful. Both were cooked perfect, tender and very juicy. I had the veal saltimbocca. The saltimbocca was amazeing. It was able to be cut with just my fork, the sauce was a perfect pair. It was not overpowering at all but did what it should and made everthing melt together. The chef must have a beutiful soul to create food so wonderful and beutiful.

Pros: The wonderful food that was consistant through the entire meal.

Cons: Small place, but to me adds in the flavor

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Don't let any of the other negative reviews keep you from eating here. The food is excellent and the service is too. It is not a "touristy" restaurant like you will find in North Beach. Everything on the menu is familiar to anyone who as ever eaten at a small ristorante in Italy. My wife and I had a difficult time choosing but eventually settled on the caprece (very good) , house-made gnocci and the veal saltimbocca - both were excellent. Had a good medium-priced sangiovese. The ultimate price (something like $85) was perfectly in line with other restaurants of the same caliber. I'd eat here again (if I didn't live so far away.) Note: There is change of ownership notice in the window, so don't know the impact of that.

2
★★★★★

Don't let any of the other negative reviews keep you from eating here. The food is excellent and the service is too. It is not a "touristy" restaurant like you will find in North Beach. Everything on the menu is familiar to anyone who as ever eaten at a small ristorante in Italy. My wife and I had a difficult time choosing but eventually settled on the caprece (very good) , house-made gnocci and the veal saltimbocca - both were excellent. Had a good medium-priced sangiovese. The ultimate price (something like $85) was perfectly in line with other restaurants of the same caliber. I'd eat here again (if I didn't live so far away.) Note: There is change of ownership notice in the window, so don't know the impact of that.

Pros: Authentic Italian food. Prepared properly and served as in Italy.

Cons: Very out of the way. Street parking can be dicy. Tough to spot as you're driving by.

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So, Bernal Heights is a real neighborhood area of the town and I enjoy it tremendously. All the restaurants and shops in this area are real neighborly, except for this one. This evening, September 2nd, 2007, I was at the Bank of America immediately next to the restaurant. It was late, 11PM, but I noticed the front door wide open at the restaurant and customers in the window; I needed a pen. With reluctance, I walked in to ask a dark haired girl for a huge favor since I forgot to bring a pen for a deposit, and before I finished my sentence to ask, I was told "NO" WE ARE CLOSED. I said, I just wanted to see if I can borrow a pen, didn't need food. I DON'T CARE, YOU DON'T WALK INTO A PLACE WHEN IT IS CLOSED. As I walk out, she said, HERE TAKE THIS PEN, GOODBYE. When I walked out, I immediately hear her discuss with the customers in the window how I was wrong for coming into the restaurant and why I was rude for doing so. To me, I guess that's pretty neighborly :(. Granted, I maybe should not have walked in to ask for a pen, but I don't feel too uncomfortable in this part of town since it's usually pretty friendly and understanding. Seems like this place sticks out like a soar thumb. To note, I've never had the food there and I cannot comment on that. However, I do know that I will never go this establishment because of this situation and I hope others do not as well. On this night, I also told the story to another friend who told of a similar story about how rude the staff was to him and his friends once, as well... and that the food is overpriced and not worth it. My decision is set, that was easy.

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★☆☆☆☆

So, Bernal Heights is a real neighborhood area of the town and I enjoy it tremendously. All the restaurants and shops in this area are real neighborly, except for this one. This evening, September 2nd, 2007, I was at the Bank of America immediately next to the restaurant. It was late, 11PM, but I noticed the front door wide open at the restaurant and customers in the window; I needed a pen. With reluctance, I walked in to ask a dark haired girl for a huge favor since I forgot to bring a pen for a deposit, and before I finished my sentence to ask, I was told "NO" WE ARE CLOSED. I said, I just wanted to see if I can borrow a pen, didn't need food. I DON'T CARE, YOU DON'T WALK INTO A PLACE WHEN IT IS CLOSED. As I walk out, she said, HERE TAKE THIS PEN, GOODBYE. When I walked out, I immediately hear her discuss with the customers in the window how I was wrong for coming into the restaurant and why I was rude for doing so. To me, I guess that's pretty neighborly :(. Granted, I maybe should not have walked in to ask for a pen, but I don't feel too uncomfortable in this part of town since it's usually pretty friendly and understanding. Seems like this place sticks out like a soar thumb. To note, I've never had the food there and I cannot comment on that. However, I do know that I will never go this establishment because of this situation and I hope others do not as well. On this night, I also told the story to another friend who told of a similar story about how rude the staff was to him and his friends once, as well... and that the food is overpriced and not worth it. My decision is set, that was easy.

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The word "average" comes to mind everytime i have eaten here. it's ok. nothing special. definitely not romantic. you either stare at a wall or sit by a door or bathroom. and it's $8 for a salad and $20 for pasta.

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★★★☆☆

The word "average" comes to mind everytime i have eaten here. it's ok. nothing special. definitely not romantic. you either stare at a wall or sit by a door or bathroom. and it's $8 for a salad and $20 for pasta.

Pros: it's on cortland

Cons: everything else

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We made a reservation over the phone and when we arrived, we found out that they're not open on Sundays! You'd think the person on the phone would have told us that. Six people had to find somewhere else to go. This is very poor service. Sure the web site indicates that they are closed on Sunday, but we didn't look at the damn web site BEFORE phoning.

1
★★☆☆☆

We made a reservation over the phone and when we arrived, we found out that they're not open on Sundays! You'd think the person on the phone would have told us that. Six people had to find somewhere else to go. This is very poor service. Sure the web site indicates that they are closed on Sunday, but we didn't look at the damn web site BEFORE phoning.

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If I wanna eat good Italian food, I always go to Valentina's. After so many times going there I got to know the chef-owner, Valentina herself, and most of the staff, they are all dedicated to provide you with the best experience that they can possible offer. If you have the chance to talk to any of the servers you'll find out that Valentina goes shopping everyday for produce that she picks with her Italian eye, and always organic if they are available. The result are very tender meets, fresh aromatic fishes, and delicious pastas; all so flavourfull and distinctivly Italian, no much fussion cousine here, which I appreciate. The ambience is couzy, and you'll have to be ready for waiting sometimes, they are busy for a reason. It is difficult for me to recomend any of the dishes, since I love all of them. The wine list is also well constructed, and you'll get the help that you need to nicely pair wine and dinner. Desserts are also unbelieveble, the tiramissu is out of this world!!
Thank you, Valentina!!

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★★★★★

If I wanna eat good Italian food, I always go to Valentina's. After so many times going there I got to know the chef-owner, Valentina herself, and most of the staff, they are all dedicated to provide you with the best experience that they can possible offer. If you have the chance to talk to any of the servers you'll find out that Valentina goes shopping everyday for produce that she picks with her Italian eye, and always organic if they are available. The result are very tender meets, fresh aromatic fishes, and delicious pastas; all so flavourfull and distinctivly Italian, no much fussion cousine here, which I appreciate. The ambience is couzy, and you'll have to be ready for waiting sometimes, they are busy for a reason. It is difficult for me to recomend any of the dishes, since I love all of them. The wine list is also well constructed, and you'll get the help that you need to nicely pair wine and dinner. Desserts are also unbelieveble, the tiramissu is out of this world!!
Thank you, Valentina!!

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We sat down at right next to the entrance counter (facing at the Cortland St.). Stools were uncomfortable. We didn't want to stay for dessert.
Food wasn't good either. Since we live in the area, we will try one more time.

1
★★☆☆☆

We sat down at right next to the entrance counter (facing at the Cortland St.). Stools were uncomfortable. We didn't want to stay for dessert.
Food wasn't good either. Since we live in the area, we will try one more time.

Cons: food & counter table

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I've been wanting to eat at this place for a few months and I finally got to eat here last night. For starters, we had a delcious rolled norweigan smoked salmon filled with shrimp and mango salsa. It's a little on the salty side, but hey, it's seafood.

Then we has a fairly good salad. I say fairly good, because I have had better salads. It had pears, walnuts and spinach w/ cheese. It sounds good, but it tasted pretty bland.

Then for the main event: I had linguine with white sauce with crimson mushrooms, spinach and shrimp. It was dissapointing. Like the salad, it was pretty bland. I added salt and pepper to make it taste decent.

And the pizza? Well, the crust was good. But nothing spectacular.

But why am i giving it 3 stars? They had AMAZING customer service. They handmade my lemonade and fixed out cricketty table. They check on us and all in all, we felt cared for.

Plus, their tiramisu... YUMM!!.. If I can start dinner all over again, I'd order just their tiramisu!!!

2
★★★★☆

I've been wanting to eat at this place for a few months and I finally got to eat here last night. For starters, we had a delcious rolled norweigan smoked salmon filled with shrimp and mango salsa. It's a little on the salty side, but hey, it's seafood.

Then we has a fairly good salad. I say fairly good, because I have had better salads. It had pears, walnuts and spinach w/ cheese. It sounds good, but it tasted pretty bland.

Then for the main event: I had linguine with white sauce with crimson mushrooms, spinach and shrimp. It was dissapointing. Like the salad, it was pretty bland. I added salt and pepper to make it taste decent.

And the pizza? Well, the crust was good. But nothing spectacular.

But why am i giving it 3 stars? They had AMAZING customer service. They handmade my lemonade and fixed out cricketty table. They check on us and all in all, we felt cared for.

Plus, their tiramisu... YUMM!!.. If I can start dinner all over again, I'd order just their tiramisu!!!

Pros: service and tiramisu

Cons: crowded, bland food

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Great italian comfort food. Delicious thin crust pizzas. Service is a littly quirky sometimes, but it's always busy, so be prepared to wait.

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★★★★★

Great italian comfort food. Delicious thin crust pizzas. Service is a littly quirky sometimes, but it's always busy, so be prepared to wait.

Pros: Food, wine

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Valentina and her staff were simply wonderful. This was a special occasion for me (First Date) and not only did they give me a great table they even accommodated me after I had to change my reservation time..

We had Pastas and they were full of flavor and made to perfection. I plan to go back soon.

Thanks Valentina,

Giovanni

2
★★★★★

Valentina and her staff were simply wonderful. This was a special occasion for me (First Date) and not only did they give me a great table they even accommodated me after I had to change my reservation time..

We had Pastas and they were full of flavor and made to perfection. I plan to go back soon.

Thanks Valentina,

Giovanni

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In addition to the usual Italian dishes, Valentina specializes in unusual, creative appetizers. Recently we enjoyed a wonderful example: three huge perfectly sauteed scallops served with a heap of crunchy marinated cucumber and almonds, the flavors and textures complimenting each other beautifully. Their gnocchi, particularly with the Gorgonzola sauce, is luscious, soft little plump pillows bathed in sauce, and the tiramisu is outstanding. Valentina has a special neighborhood flavor to it - intimate, attractively decorated and a real value for money.

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★★★★★

In addition to the usual Italian dishes, Valentina specializes in unusual, creative appetizers. Recently we enjoyed a wonderful example: three huge perfectly sauteed scallops served with a heap of crunchy marinated cucumber and almonds, the flavors and textures complimenting each other beautifully. Their gnocchi, particularly with the Gorgonzola sauce, is luscious, soft little plump pillows bathed in sauce, and the tiramisu is outstanding. Valentina has a special neighborhood flavor to it - intimate, attractively decorated and a real value for money.

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Valentina's by far is one of my favorite Italian resturants in the Mission/Bernal Heights district. The service is friendly, the atmosphere is romantic, the food is incrediable, the prices are reasonable. You cannot go wrong with dining here.

2
★★★★★

Valentina's by far is one of my favorite Italian resturants in the Mission/Bernal Heights district. The service is friendly, the atmosphere is romantic, the food is incrediable, the prices are reasonable. You cannot go wrong with dining here.

Pros: Affordable

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It's more than just a good neighborhood Italian restaurant. The food was excellent - delicate, tasty, and well-presented. The ambience was true to Bernal Heights - comfy, not fancy, a little plain. Overall, a great place - especially cute for a date.

2
★★★★☆

It's more than just a good neighborhood Italian restaurant. The food was excellent - delicate, tasty, and well-presented. The ambience was true to Bernal Heights - comfy, not fancy, a little plain. Overall, a great place - especially cute for a date.

Pros: Tasty, Romantic, Diverse food

Cons: Parking

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This restaurant is a neighborhood gem. The service is competent and the food superb. The restaurant itself is charming and unique.

2
★★★★★

This restaurant is a neighborhood gem. The service is competent and the food superb. The restaurant itself is charming and unique.

Pros: ambiance, food, service

Cons: none

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gnocchi with cheese were really good and delicate but overccoked,linguine pescatore were really tasty,figues wrapped in bacon with goat cheese unforgottable.Panna cotta nothing special,had better in Italy....overall recommended but I am still looking for the real authintic italian restaurant in town were pasta is not overcooked but al dente !
why do not bring chef from Italy?

2
★★★★☆

gnocchi with cheese were really good and delicate but overccoked,linguine pescatore were really tasty,figues wrapped in bacon with goat cheese unforgottable.Panna cotta nothing special,had better in Italy....overall recommended but I am still looking for the real authintic italian restaurant in town were pasta is not overcooked but al dente !
why do not bring chef from Italy?

Pros: ambiance, nice service

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The food was absolutely delicious, and the service geniunely friendly, swift, and full of character. The wait is worth it.

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★★★★★

The food was absolutely delicious, and the service geniunely friendly, swift, and full of character. The wait is worth it.

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This Restaurant Provide really good italian family food. The wine list is also really good and the price is moderate. The decoration does not look italian ... But the food is. MAke reservation as it is often crowded especially the week end.

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★★★★★

This Restaurant Provide really good italian family food. The wine list is also really good and the price is moderate. The decoration does not look italian ... But the food is. MAke reservation as it is often crowded especially the week end.

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Our party of three had dinner last night and it was a real treat - simple chic decor, relaxed but attentive service, delicious food, eclectic crowd. We agreed that it's a good value, down to the most inexpensive pinot grigio.

2
★★★★★

Our party of three had dinner last night and it was a real treat - simple chic decor, relaxed but attentive service, delicious food, eclectic crowd. We agreed that it's a good value, down to the most inexpensive pinot grigio.

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I was not so impressed. The decor is non-existent and the place is mainly functional, so no ambiance to speak of. The service was neglectful, even with few people there late at night.

A week later, I actually went to a different Italian restarant only a few blocks away called Palatino. It was a marked contrast in a good way. There was ambiance (candlelight, art, nice room decor and colors), very attentive service, and excellent food considering the price. If you are in the Bernal Heights neighborhood (or any other), I would highly recommend going to Palatino before Valentina.

1
★★☆☆☆

I was not so impressed. The decor is non-existent and the place is mainly functional, so no ambiance to speak of. The service was neglectful, even with few people there late at night.

A week later, I actually went to a different Italian restarant only a few blocks away called Palatino. It was a marked contrast in a good way. There was ambiance (candlelight, art, nice room decor and colors), very attentive service, and excellent food considering the price. If you are in the Bernal Heights neighborhood (or any other), I would highly recommend going to Palatino before Valentina.

Pros: open late, kinda economical

Cons: no alcohol license

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The food is great, innovative, authentic Italian, even down to the house-made desserts. The staff is hip, funny. It's a cool place, popular among the neighbors--get in there before it's overrun with the masses!

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★★★★★

The food is great, innovative, authentic Italian, even down to the house-made desserts. The staff is hip, funny. It's a cool place, popular among the neighbors--get in there before it's overrun with the masses!

Pros: yum!, fun!

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The multihued pastel walls of this modest space are decked with paintings and other artwork by local artists. Friendly servers weave between the dozen or so tables, regularly packed with the neighborhood's aging baby…

 

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