The Low Down
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.
Rants, Raves & Reviews
by at Gayot
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 aâ¦
Not to impressed :(
By Ingran E at Citysearch
The food was fine, but nothing special about it. I rather go to Macoroni Grill....had to wait over 30 min for the food....! Read More
Italian at its finest
By technotourist at Citysearch
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 ... Read More
Still the best Italian in town
By foodguy08 at Citysearch
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 th... Read More
By atlcj0010 at Citysearch
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 s... Read More
Classy & Ritzy Italian Restaurant in the West Side
By marissab1 at Menuism
Very romantic & cozy restaurant! I ordered the market fish of the day and wine of course. (1) seafood of... Read More