Valentino Santa Monica

★★★★★
  • 3115 Pico Blvd

    Santa Monica, CA 90405

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  • 310-829-4313

About Valentino Santa Monica

Hours
Tue-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm
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The food was fine, but nothing special about it. I rather go to Macoroni Grill....had to wait over 30 min for the food....!

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★★★★★

The food was fine, but nothing special about it. I rather go to Macoroni Grill....had to wait over 30 min for the food....!

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I'd only ever been to the Valentino in Las Vegas, so i was ecstatic when i was able to check out the original in Santa Monica. i'd also eaten chef Chessa's food at the place he cooked in Vegas, Cafe Giorgio, and I really liked his style of

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I'd only ever been to the Valentino in Las Vegas, so i was ecstatic when i was able to check out the original in Santa Monica. i'd also eaten chef Chessa's food at the place he cooked in Vegas, Cafe Giorgio, and I really liked his style of

Pros: great wine list, beautiful presentation

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Piero Selvaggio has been doing this the right way since 1972. I have been eating at Valentino for years now and have always been impressed with the service the food and of course his wine list. I went just the other day to see about

3
★★★★★

Piero Selvaggio has been doing this the right way since 1972. I have been eating at Valentino for years now and have always been impressed with the service the food and of course his wine list. I went just the other day to see about

Pros: Amazing wines, tasty food, love the vin bar

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A single glass of wine costs $14. $28 for a plate of chef boyardee raviolis that were supposed to be accompanied by chicken, but weren't. Pushy servers. $40 plate dinners that don't satisfy. Overall a bad experience. We were in LA on

3
★★★★★

A single glass of wine costs $14. $28 for a plate of chef boyardee raviolis that were supposed to be accompanied by chicken, but weren't. Pushy servers. $40 plate dinners that don't satisfy. Overall a bad experience. We were in LA on

Pros: None really.

Cons: Prices, Quanity, Quality

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I took my wife to this restaurant for our Valentine's dinner, and was really excited to go. The food was pretty good. Similar to other reviewers, I thought for the price it could be better and the wine prices were way over the top, but I

3
★★★★★

I took my wife to this restaurant for our Valentine's dinner, and was really excited to go. The food was pretty good. Similar to other reviewers, I thought for the price it could be better and the wine prices were way over the top, but I

Pros: Food was different than usual Italian

Cons: Service, Service, Service. Dining room decor

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This high-style restaurant has excellent food, perfectly prepared. The wine list is a veritable phone book of options, but the wait staff was extremely helpful. Every bite of food was pure heaven and while it's a bit of a bump to the

3
★★★★★

This high-style restaurant has excellent food, perfectly prepared. The wine list is a veritable phone book of options, but the wait staff was extremely helpful. Every bite of food was pure heaven and while it's a bit of a bump to the

Pros: Intimate atmosphere, excellent food and service

Cons: Too many wines to choose from!

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I have been thinking of trying Valentino for many years, but frankly the negative reviews put it lower on my list. We were quite pleasantly surprised at how delicious all the food was. The flavor of the food is superb. This is one of

3
★★★★★

I have been thinking of trying Valentino for many years, but frankly the negative reviews put it lower on my list. We were quite pleasantly surprised at how delicious all the food was. The flavor of the food is superb. This is one of

Pros: Amazing food.

Cons: Valet parking, flooring is not level at all tables.

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My husband & I have passed this place millions of times but have never gone inside.\r
We found out that they have a small wine bar inside and decided to check it out for apps and drinks. I wouldn?t call it a wine bar more like a high class

3
★★★★★

My husband & I have passed this place millions of times but have never gone inside.\r
We found out that they have a small wine bar inside and decided to check it out for apps and drinks. I wouldn?t call it a wine bar more like a high class

Pros: Great food and Services

Cons: Nothing!

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We first found Valentino in 2001and ity is a must stop everytime we are in Vegas we have never been disappointed obviously you pay for the great food,service and atmosphere but we would tell you it is worth every penny!!! From the

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★★★★★

We first found Valentino in 2001and ity is a must stop everytime we are in Vegas we have never been disappointed obviously you pay for the great food,service and atmosphere but we would tell you it is worth every penny!!! From the

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Considering the price the decor and service was lacking. Neither were awful but they did not live up to what you expect from a place that is this expensive. My wife and I split an appetizer, we each had a Grey Goose and tonic, I had the

3
★★★★★

Considering the price the decor and service was lacking. Neither were awful but they did not live up to what you expect from a place that is this expensive. My wife and I split an appetizer, we each had a Grey Goose and tonic, I had the

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Some of the negative reviews below address many of my points. The place IS tired--in terms of menu, decor, and service. The hosts and servers are rather grumpy. Though the wine list is extensive, the markup is brutal (over 100%), even for

3
★★★★★

Some of the negative reviews below address many of my points. The place IS tired--in terms of menu, decor, and service. The hosts and servers are rather grumpy. Though the wine list is extensive, the markup is brutal (over 100%), even for

Pros: big wine list

Cons: prices; quality;

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We tried Vin Bar for the first time Saturday night and it is a great option when you want a casual dining experience. Portion size was generous - we did splits, the food was excellent and the Vin Bar wines are wonderful plus reasonable in

3
★★★★★

We tried Vin Bar for the first time Saturday night and it is a great option when you want a casual dining experience. Portion size was generous - we did splits, the food was excellent and the Vin Bar wines are wonderful plus reasonable in

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VALENTINO & WINE ?the best I ever had??!!!\r
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Tuna tartar paired with Prosecco...notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pear ...perfect?\r
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Lobster, organic

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VALENTINO & WINE ?the best I ever had??!!!\r
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Tuna tartar paired with Prosecco...notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pear ...perfect?\r
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Lobster, organic

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Valentino could be considered one of the best Italian restaurants in Los Angeles. It has been around for many years. They are famous for their extensive wine list which includes wines that are $25,000 per bottle. They do have more affordable bottles too!

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Valentino could be considered one of the best Italian restaurants in Los Angeles. It has been around for many years. They are famous for their extensive wine list which includes wines that are $25,000 per bottle. They do have more affordable bottles too!

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The wine list, with some nicely aged selections is a plus, though the mark-ups are significant, as is the norm at such spots. Unfortunately, the decor and service are as old and dusty as many of the bottles in the cellar. The pastas are,

3
★★★★★

The wine list, with some nicely aged selections is a plus, though the mark-ups are significant, as is the norm at such spots. Unfortunately, the decor and service are as old and dusty as many of the bottles in the cellar. The pastas are,

Pros: Extensive wine list.

Cons: Tired decor. Grumpy service.

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Overall, the experience was disappointing. This was a Christmas Eve intimate dinner. Husband, wife, married 23 years. A native of Santa Monica, so we grew up with the reputation of Valentino?s as a local attraction.\r
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Overall, the experience was disappointing. This was a Christmas Eve intimate dinner. Husband, wife, married 23 years. A native of Santa Monica, so we grew up with the reputation of Valentino?s as a local attraction.\r
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Pros: The idea

Cons: The experience

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I've always seen this place when I've driven down Pico. It doesn't look like much from the street, but when you turn in to the parking lot its full of high end cars and the entrance to the restaurant is beautiful. We had a reservation

3
★★★★★

I've always seen this place when I've driven down Pico. It doesn't look like much from the street, but when you turn in to the parking lot its full of high end cars and the entrance to the restaurant is beautiful. We had a reservation

Pros: Delicious Food. Great wine list.

Cons: Pricey

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It was my first Christmas with my husband and he decided to be romantic and take me out for Christmas eve dinner. He made reservation here because they had a great tasting menu for the holiday. The service was excellent. The people seem

3
★★★★★

It was my first Christmas with my husband and he decided to be romantic and take me out for Christmas eve dinner. He made reservation here because they had a great tasting menu for the holiday. The service was excellent. The people seem

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing!

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I had the best pasta of my life at this restaurant. The owner of the restaurant greeted us at the door with the biggest smile. It is very romantic inside with plush seating, booths, and white linen tables. Our server, thick italian

3
★★★★★

I had the best pasta of my life at this restaurant. The owner of the restaurant greeted us at the door with the biggest smile. It is very romantic inside with plush seating, booths, and white linen tables. Our server, thick italian

Pros: wine, food, service - its all good, easy parking on the street

Cons: expensive

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Four of us had a very disappointing dinner at Valentino Saturday evening. The decor was tacky and the reception a bit confusing with several people standing around and no one clearly in charge of welcoming guests. Apparently they are

3
★★★★★

Four of us had a very disappointing dinner at Valentino Saturday evening. The decor was tacky and the reception a bit confusing with several people standing around and no one clearly in charge of welcoming guests. Apparently they are

Cons: Far overpriced for the quality of food, wine and service

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This restaurant is fantastic!!!! I needed to find a restaurant with a private room for my friends surprise bday dinner. Valentino has a private room in a wine cellar that is gorgeous. Zagat gave Valentino a great review but when I

3
★★★★★

This restaurant is fantastic!!!! I needed to find a restaurant with a private room for my friends surprise bday dinner. Valentino has a private room in a wine cellar that is gorgeous. Zagat gave Valentino a great review but when I

Pros: GREAT FOOD

Cons: Scenery slightly outdated.

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I had the worst experience that I've EVER had at a restaurant here. The service was horrible, and it completely ruined our evening. The waiter took an extremely long time to take our orders, bring us water, and bring us our food; he got

3
★★★★★

I had the worst experience that I've EVER had at a restaurant here. The service was horrible, and it completely ruined our evening. The waiter took an extremely long time to take our orders, bring us water, and bring us our food; he got

Cons: Rude waiters

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Had heard it was one of the best Italian restaurants L.A. had to offer, so my boyfriend and I were really looking forward to it. Very disappointing. The two salads we ordered, a beet and goat cheese one and a seared ahi tuna, were both

3
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Had heard it was one of the best Italian restaurants L.A. had to offer, so my boyfriend and I were really looking forward to it. Very disappointing. The two salads we ordered, a beet and goat cheese one and a seared ahi tuna, were both

Pros: Extensive wine list, if you have a fat wallet

Cons: Bland food, poor value for the price

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To appreciate this place. Waiter forgot/didn't bother to mention all of the specials of the evening. Bland uninteresting food that is grossly over-priced. $42 for dover sole. Waiter ignored us when we didn't ask for dessert or coffee and

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★★★★★

To appreciate this place. Waiter forgot/didn't bother to mention all of the specials of the evening. Bland uninteresting food that is grossly over-priced. $42 for dover sole. Waiter ignored us when we didn't ask for dessert or coffee and

Pros: Wine wine and more wine...I must say we actually had a lovely pinot

Cons: just about everything else

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The 9.7 rating is very misleading. Four of us went for dinner and it did not meet our expectations. Service was up and down with arrogant waiter. The food was really not that special and quite expensive. I have been to many fine

3
★★★★★

The 9.7 rating is very misleading. Four of us went for dinner and it did not meet our expectations. Service was up and down with arrogant waiter. The food was really not that special and quite expensive. I have been to many fine

Cons: Way overhyped. Expensive and haughty.

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We had a very enjoyable evening at this restaurant. The food was great, we will go back. Also they have the best wine selection in town.

3
★★★★★

We had a very enjoyable evening at this restaurant. The food was great, we will go back. Also they have the best wine selection in town.

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I have not been to the restaurant for many years and it is better than I remember it. The food was fantastic, creative, fresh, and paired with the most amazing wine list. The service is very thoughtful from the minute you come in until

3
★★★★★

I have not been to the restaurant for many years and it is better than I remember it. The food was fantastic, creative, fresh, and paired with the most amazing wine list. The service is very thoughtful from the minute you come in until

Pros: wonderful evening: meal, wine, ambiance, service

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Absolutely the best food in town. The service is thoughtful without being overwhelming, the new decor is much improved, the wine list is the best there is.

3
★★★★★

Absolutely the best food in town. The service is thoughtful without being overwhelming, the new decor is much improved, the wine list is the best there is.

Pros: food, romantic, service

Cons: can't think of any

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If you can afford it this is the Best Italian Food in LA. \r
The only complaints seem to be that it's expensive , well guess what? Quality costs $$$.\r
We enjoyed our dinner last week and it's never been better!

3
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If you can afford it this is the Best Italian Food in LA. \r
The only complaints seem to be that it's expensive , well guess what? Quality costs $$$.\r
We enjoyed our dinner last week and it's never been better!

Pros: Food & Wine List are special

Cons: Not open Sundays.

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Valentino is not amazing. The food is average at best. It's overpriced and mediocre. I will never spend that kind of money on boring food again. Wayyyyy overhyped. And the decor is super cheesy. There are so many great Italian places

3
★★★★★

Valentino is not amazing. The food is average at best. It's overpriced and mediocre. I will never spend that kind of money on boring food again. Wayyyyy overhyped. And the decor is super cheesy. There are so many great Italian places

Cons: Everything

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Tonight's meal was one of the finer Italian dining experiences of my life. Between the table of five ordering appetizers and entrees, we had about 70% of the menu, most of which was very, very good, though not everything was stellar.

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★★★★★

Tonight's meal was one of the finer Italian dining experiences of my life. Between the table of five ordering appetizers and entrees, we had about 70% of the menu, most of which was very, very good, though not everything was stellar.

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Once you spend 30 mins looking at the Gigantic Wine List your finally ready for the Regional Italian Specialites. The "Old" Chef has returned after a 3 year absence and the kitchen is really on track. Enjoy

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★★★★★

Once you spend 30 mins looking at the Gigantic Wine List your finally ready for the Regional Italian Specialites. The "Old" Chef has returned after a 3 year absence and the kitchen is really on track. Enjoy

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I was treated for my birthday and wish I had gone to C & O, Alejo's or Allegria. I know it's not what most people think of as traditional western Italian food. I've eaten at gourmet restaurants and know what to expect. I went 3 years ago,

3
★★★★★

I was treated for my birthday and wish I had gone to C & O, Alejo's or Allegria. I know it's not what most people think of as traditional western Italian food. I've eaten at gourmet restaurants and know what to expect. I went 3 years ago,

Pros: Buser

Cons: Food, Wait staff, Ambiance

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If you like spending loads of dough on mediocre food and bad service then this place is for you. 3 hours to eat a meal. Women have had births faster than that. I can drive from LA to San Diego in the same time period. It took 30min

3
★★★★★

If you like spending loads of dough on mediocre food and bad service then this place is for you. 3 hours to eat a meal. Women have had births faster than that. I can drive from LA to San Diego in the same time period. It took 30min

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I have been robbed!! Although the services was Xcellent, ok ok FINE we just pay for MR. Nice GUY The Service MAN. OMG!!!! Are we expected too much here? Oh yeah Lobster ravioli with mixed seafood, I mean a tinny tiny slice of ROBster

3
★★★★★

I have been robbed!! Although the services was Xcellent, ok ok FINE we just pay for MR. Nice GUY The Service MAN. OMG!!!! Are we expected too much here? Oh yeah Lobster ravioli with mixed seafood, I mean a tinny tiny slice of ROBster

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My boyfriend took me to Valentino's last night and, although we have been to many nice restaurants all over the world, it blew me away. From the moment you pull into the parking lot to when you are warmly greeted and (without a second's

3
★★★★★

My boyfriend took me to Valentino's last night and, although we have been to many nice restaurants all over the world, it blew me away. From the moment you pull into the parking lot to when you are warmly greeted and (without a second's

Pros: Food, Class, Ambiance

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Great great food and great service. I really enjoyed the crab salad. The atmosphere is a little chezzy. Not so good for a young crowd.

3
★★★★★

Great great food and great service. I really enjoyed the crab salad. The atmosphere is a little chezzy. Not so good for a young crowd.

Pros: Food

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Was so excited about going here after all the hype. My husband took me here for my birthday. The service was OK - friendly enough. My venison was dry and flavorless, however, the Pinot Noir was exquisite. It was the best wine I've ever

3
★★★★★

Was so excited about going here after all the hype. My husband took me here for my birthday. The service was OK - friendly enough. My venison was dry and flavorless, however, the Pinot Noir was exquisite. It was the best wine I've ever

Pros: wine

Cons: food, expense

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Better than ever and the service is attentive. Still one of the best Wine Lists in the USA.\r
Chef Angelo is creating innovative food.

3
★★★★★

Better than ever and the service is attentive. Still one of the best Wine Lists in the USA.\r
Chef Angelo is creating innovative food.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Not open for Lunch except Fri

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This place is so old fashioned - I almost didn't stay for the famed food. Instead, I thought - I'll never come back here, but want to taste the food, so we did the tasting menu. Fish and pasta dishes were very good - but by the last

3
★★★★★

This place is so old fashioned - I almost didn't stay for the famed food. Instead, I thought - I'll never come back here, but want to taste the food, so we did the tasting menu. Fish and pasta dishes were very good - but by the last

Pros: good food, spacious seating

Cons: atmosphere, atmosphere, atmosphere

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Valentino is supposed to be an institution in L.A. and friends have told me that it is their favorite restaurant so I was excited about having Valentine's Day dinner there. What a disappointment. The service was haphazard, there was

3
★★★★★

Valentino is supposed to be an institution in L.A. and friends have told me that it is their favorite restaurant so I was excited about having Valentine's Day dinner there. What a disappointment. The service was haphazard, there was

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We had a family dinner at Valentino recently and what an incredible experience. Piero was fabulous, the wine list was like no other and the food & service was truly one of a kind. Everyone should experience Valentino at least once in a

3
★★★★★

We had a family dinner at Valentino recently and what an incredible experience. Piero was fabulous, the wine list was like no other and the food & service was truly one of a kind. Everyone should experience Valentino at least once in a

Pros: Piero, Service, Menu

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I thought the restaurant was good. The place is older and a bit too formal for me, but the spinach gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce was amazing, so tender, so flavorful. It was one of the best pasta dishes Ive had. I had a gnocchi in my pants

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★★★★★

I thought the restaurant was good. The place is older and a bit too formal for me, but the spinach gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce was amazing, so tender, so flavorful. It was one of the best pasta dishes Ive had. I had a gnocchi in my pants

Pros: Gnocchi, Special Occasions

Cons: , Too Formal

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given the price we paid, i expected amazing. i've had better meals in NYC for 1/3 of the price. for a "fine dining" experience, go elsewhere. food was more italian comfort than a meal to rival the best. at the very least, you can feel good

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★★★★★

given the price we paid, i expected amazing. i've had better meals in NYC for 1/3 of the price. for a "fine dining" experience, go elsewhere. food was more italian comfort than a meal to rival the best. at the very least, you can feel good

Pros: wine

Cons: over-priced, too loud at times

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I had a 10-course tasting menu and it seemed even more inventive than my prior visit. However, of the 10 items, 4 = exceptional, 1 = very good, 2 = good, 1 = average and 1 was plain mediocre at best. Given the quality of the food, the

3
★★★★★

I had a 10-course tasting menu and it seemed even more inventive than my prior visit. However, of the 10 items, 4 = exceptional, 1 = very good, 2 = good, 1 = average and 1 was plain mediocre at best. Given the quality of the food, the

Pros: wine list, service, certain food dishes

Cons: food prices, certain food dishes, wine prices

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I had heard so much praise about this place so maybe I expected too much. The food is good but not as great as everyone says and probably a little over priced. The service is very good and the wine list is overwhelming. I had the fish and

3
★★★★★

I had heard so much praise about this place so maybe I expected too much. The food is good but not as great as everyone says and probably a little over priced. The service is very good and the wine list is overwhelming. I had the fish and

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There is not greater value for your money anywhere in the world. The food is always superb and reasonably priced and ohhhh the wine list from $40 to $4000 you can always find something great for your taste and your budget and one of the

3
★★★★★

There is not greater value for your money anywhere in the world. The food is always superb and reasonably priced and ohhhh the wine list from $40 to $4000 you can always find something great for your taste and your budget and one of the

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With all the excellent reviews from different sources, I was excited to try this restaurant. The staff, decor and atmosphere is excellent, but i was very disappointed with the food. The wine that was recommended was bland and so was the

3
★★★★★

With all the excellent reviews from different sources, I was excited to try this restaurant. The staff, decor and atmosphere is excellent, but i was very disappointed with the food. The wine that was recommended was bland and so was the

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This is a pretentious restaurant with good but somewhat unsatisfying food. I would consider this "California" italian, meaning the dishes consist of light and small portions. The menu is certainly full of creative colorful entrees, the

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★★★★★

This is a pretentious restaurant with good but somewhat unsatisfying food. I would consider this "California" italian, meaning the dishes consist of light and small portions. The menu is certainly full of creative colorful entrees, the

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In a city where a restaurant's success can disappear as fast as stars in the sky, restaurateur Piero Selvaggio has definitely found the right recipe to keep Valentino shining for over thirty-five years. The Valentino vin bar has added a…

 

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