Valentino Santa Monica
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Valentino Santa Monica

3115 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
(310) 829-4313 serving: West LA
open:Tue-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm

Sidewalk Score: 9 out of 10
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Categories:

Restaurants, Bar Food, Italian, Mastercard Accepted, Wine Bars, After Work, Carte Blanche, Bars & Clubs, Lounges, Visa Accepted, American Express Accepted, Specialty Cocktails, Diners Club Accepted,

The Low Down

EDITORS TIPS

What to Drink: The dozen Italian and West Coast wines on the bar list are select but not inexpensive--the average glass is about $17. Specialty cocktails include the Limoncello Drop and the Bourbon 1972, made with homemade vanilla fig puree.

Know Before You Go: The knowledgeable bartender listens to what guests like and offers excellent suggestions. Besides glass or bottle options, guests may also order a "quartino," ideal for two.

Where to Sit: Stairs climb above the ivied flagstone entrance to a secret green, twinkling little patio--romantic for two, intimate for four, but squeezably manageable for even 10. Heat lamps provided.

What to Drink: Selvaggio's wine cellar is one of the best in L.A., with over 2,500 selections, ranging from reasonable to outrageous. Rare Italian vintages are a specialty, and wine pairings are offered with meals.

Look Good: Patrons may also order off the regular dinner menu and the enormous tome of the regular wine list.

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