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Come share our passion for all things DELIZIOSO ~bold flavors, fresh ingredients, fine wines, and lighthearted laughter. Valentino's is quiet and romantic, sophisticated and elegant, cozy and warm and full of vibrant energy...all under one roof. Valentino's Ristorante has been serving Nashvillians for almost 3 decades.
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Regular Hours

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Phone: (615) 327-9482

Phone: (404) 343-0313

Fax Number: (615) 327-9482

Fax: (615) 327-9482

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amex, discover, master card, visa, all major credit cards, diners club
Price Range
$$$
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Valentino's Ristorante - West End

Categories
Italian Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Pizza, Take Out Restaurants, Fast Food Restaurants, Fine Dining Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Valet

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Dressy

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Fine Dining, Mediterranean, Take Out, Fast Food, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Pets Allowed: No

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stephan10

11/28/2011

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This place is amazing!!! Very ...

This place is amazing!!! Very quaint with remarkable waiters (we had 3 or 4) and food as if we were in Italy. We had the "tableside" Caesar salad which was awesome. Veal Parm and my wife had Seafood Fettucine. Banana Foster also made tableside. Our waiter described everything to a tee and made a great wine choice for us. The manager checked on us which was a nice touch and wished my wife a Happy Birthday and congrats on her new job (which obviously the waiter told him). The Chef was even walking throughout the restaurant. Def will be back!! Recommend to all.

JJM1054

11/12/2010

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Not my favorite

Very disappointed in the quality of the food served compared to the price paid. The shrimp were rubbery, the scallops were pretty close to rancid and were left on the plate by all, and the bananas foster would have been good if the guy would have left off the orange zest or whatever the ""personal touch"" was that he added without my sign-off. Honestly, banana's foster needs no help if you just do it by the book. I probably won't be back unless it's free. When you pay that much for a meal and get below average taste, you cannot afford another $300 screw-up. Maybe it was just a bad night, but it was costly for them if so. Not impressed with their take on Italian cuisine.

kdlew

11/07/2010

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Our favorite restaurant

This is an authentic Italian restaurant. If your idea of good Italian food is Fazolis or Olive Garden, this is not your place. The food, service, and atmosphere have always been excellent. Andre, our favorite waiter, goes out of his way to make you feel welcome. The chefs will even come out to meet you and make sure you are enjoying everything. The nightly specials are always great. One of our favorites is the lamb shank. Yum! Highly recommended.

Canadaice99

09/22/2010

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One of the best dining experiences ever

Absolutly spectacular service, selection, food. We were personally met by the owner, served by two waiters, and had all of our needs met.

I am only 23 years old and brought in a younger date, and came in expecting to be met with distaste at such a fine establish. The opposite was the case.

They treated us like family, served full glasses of perfectly selected wine, and helped me chose the perfect veal dish i was looking for.

If you want a romantic evening with the best food, wine, and service in Nashville, this is the place for you. I could not say enough good things about it.

saxytone

01/15/2010

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Pretentious waiter makes for a horrible evening!

I got a gift certificate to go here for my birthday through work. Unfortunately I have to say my experience was not a good one. First thing that happened when we sat down, the waiter said: ""You only want water right"", grabbing our wine glasses away from us. Which I thought was very pretentious! We were dressed very appropriate and were not slobs in any way. I surely did not appreciate the rude comment either.

There was absolutely NO music there at all. It made me feel very uncomfortable while waiting on my dinner. Also when we were waiting at our table this overwhelming smell of MOLD kept lingering in the air!!!

I felt the food was WAY overpriced for the quality. I had ordered a seafood platter which was excellent and very tasty, but left me feeling hungry when I left. My boyfriend had ordered the veil which was a shockingly huge portion (filled the plate) but it tasted like cardboard.

When we ordered our two dished, priced well over $30 each, our waiter asked us: ""would you like soup or salad with that"", we both agreed to the house salad. When we got the bill at the end of the night we were charged almost $20 extra for the two salads we supposedly ordered. Granted the salad was really good, but come on, $10 for a house salad that didn't even fill a small salad plate? Also I felt the waiter tricked us into ordering the salads, when he made it sound like it came with our order...

Needless to say we didn't order desert. We ended up going to The Cheesecake Factory, which was much more personal, and professional there, and the waiter made my night!

Overall, I HATED the service there. My boyfriend and I will NOT go back there, AND I am telling everyone at my work place to beware when they use their certificates!

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11/01/2009

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Rude Waiters with GREAT ATMOSPHERE

This place has great potential if the customer service were better. The food was great. The setting of this place and the decor is amazing! I could not believe the staff was so rude. I have heard great things about this place, but employees ruined what I thought would be a great experience. Repeatedly had to ask for drink refills.Prices like that you would think they would be friendly:( Maybe I caught them on a bad day?!?!

cozywilliams

08/26/2009

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Great experience all around

We had a good time at Valentinos Ristorante for my sisters birthday. We dined in the upstairs lounge area which was beautifully decorated. The upstairs lounge didn't exist last time there and is a very nice section of the restaurant. The ambiance was warm and inviting... I love the brick. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. Our food came in large portions, was seasoned well and fresh tasting. No complaints and we'll be back. Next time we won't wait for a special occasion.

Nashvillenative

08/04/2009

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Sad first experience...but defiantly the last one!!!

I took my wife here for a special occasion dinner. We have had better Italian food from a Stauffer's Frozen Dinner box and Pepperidge Farms used to have a better Terra Masu than was proudly placed in front of us for desert. Lastly Valentino's was so proud of this experiment; our investment in this lesson was a mere $167.94. They served us the food, here is my perspective... A Very, Very Sad Meal :( !!!

jefriend

07/18/2009

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Fair affair

Decor: Not as handsome as the pictures online.
Service: Good but you occasionally have to ask for it. One of my guests was not happy with his order and the dish was deducted from our bill. +
Wait staff: Pleasant, enjoyable.
Wine list: Good.
Menu: Expensive, overpriced.
Serving size: Very good; appetizer (calamari, enough for 3 or 4; price: good).
Notes: As a former restaurant owner, I don't think I would ever try to charge a customer $25-35 for a large plate of pasta with a few pieces of seafood. I thought that this had to be homemade pasta and seafood flown in from Maine. I asked and the answer was, ""No."" I am not certain why someone would charge $25-35 for pasta with seafood. I was there with three friends and we all ordered the pasta. We all agreed: the pasta with the seafood: VERY salty. Stuffed shrimp: Big but dry.
Other: The bread that came out...Honest to God, looked like it had been touched by at least three other people, came off someone else's plate, and looked reheated. I didn't even want to touch it. The wine was our first impression (fortunately it was good, unfortunately we stuck around). The menu looks impressive but the food is really quite average. If you don't cook for yourself, this is probably good food. If you're from New York (our table was), and have travelled to Italy (our table had), this is not unique.
Overall impression: I MIGHT return to hang out at the bar (which, I should note, the noise level from the bar goes right into the dining area quite a bit). Definitely NOT a family restaurant. Some roudy drinkers at the bar may stop by your table. That was fun (not really).

jfwarc

07/09/2009

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Disapointed

Its not the same Valentino's. Food prices have gone up and value down. I had a very bland stuffed shrimp and INSTANT mashed potatoes for $25 and my wife had a piece of bland salmon and a carrot stick for $26. Service was excellent but I had better fish bought from Walmart and cooked in a microwave. Total bill $83 better meal and less money at Captain D's!

jerseyrefugee

01/02/2009

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closest thing to NY in TN

I have dined there many times for both business and personal occasions. The food is very good and I am comparing it to the best- NYC and NJ Italian restaurants. I am biased in that I hate most chain restaurants and prefer locally owned joints. (I have been to Italy, but that's a different league.) Good wine list, very friendly staff. You can't go wrong.

mdavis98

09/03/2008

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Don't waste your time or money.

My wife and I have been trying to get to Valentino's for about 3 years now to eat. We actually considered having our rehearsal dinner there for our wedding. Well, we ate there last night, and boy are we glad we decided on something else for our rehearsal dinner.

The food and service at Valentino's is mediocre, at best. I called early yesterday afternoon to see if I needed to make a reservation for 6pm, the man who answered the phone said it was 'highly recommended' and supposedly took my name down. When we got to the restaurant, no one had written my name/reservation down, however, it didn't matter because there were a grand total of 6 other people eating in the restaurant at the time. Good thing I called ahead! The patrons who did eventually arrive later looked like they were out from the nursing home. Definitely the geritol scene at this place.

Our waiter, an older gentleman, seemed very much inconvenienced to have to serve us and was not very friendly at all. Never once did a 'Thank You' come out of his mouth for any reason.

Food: Beef Carpaccio almost didn't look like tenderloin at all. The slices were too thick. The parmesan and Roquette, however, were good.
Shrimp bisque: Definitely not what I would consider a bisque, as the consistency was of tap water. Flavor was just okay.
Osso Bucco: Ok flavor and the risotto was decent.Not worth $36
Zuppa di Pesce: Scallops were small and chewy. The other seafood was okay.
Dessert portions were extremely small for the high prices they charge and they also look to be store-bought or ordered from a food service company (Sysco). Definitely not home-made.

I do not consider myself an expert on food, however, I've eaten at fine restaurants all over the world (From Grand Cayman to Italy, New York to Las Vegas, Napa Valley, etc...) and I know what I like and don't like.

In my humble opinion, you could find more authentic Italian food at Amerigo down the street at a MUCH more affordable price.

csuzan

06/05/2008

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One of my new favorites!

Valentino's has great food and an attentive staff. What more can one ask for? So far, I have tried the veal saltimboca and the veal piccata. Both were outstanding. My husband is a fan of the tiramisu, and I enjoy the chocolate mousse cup. They also have a great wine list, and the wait staff is happy to make suggestions. Valentino's is the whole package!

sterned

05/09/2008

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Worst Restaurant Ever

I've heard plenty of good reviews of Valentino's both here and from people whose taste I trust. I returned after a mediocre visit several years ago to give the place a second chance. I don?t know where to start. So, I?ll try to highlight the positive. The Caesar Salad was very good.

Now, the negative. The bread tasted like leftover Publix baguette, with burned cheese on top. I ordered the osso bucco, which was absolutely the worse I?ve ever had. It tasted like putrid rubber coated in urine flavored jello. My wife ordered the veal parm, which was at least edible, but not impressive in the least.

The waiter was obnoxious, with no sense of personal space and a complete inability to make recommendations on either wine or food. I agreed to get the salad so my wife could as well, since there is a two person minimum. Another in our party ordered it, so she mentioned I could skip out. The waiter asked her why she was trying to ruin his sale. He returned later to ask if we wanted desert, as we were in the middle of making plans for the following day. Rather than return in a minute, he literally yelled over the discussion.

A perfect end to the evening was the valet trying to start the wrong car with my keys, asking me to come see what was wrong. I didn?t make a big deal out of it, tipped them, and picked the car up myself. On the way back around to pick up the rest of my party, the valet made a point to tell me that my key unlocked the other car, so it was my fault and not theirs.

To sum up, this is by far the worst ?upscale? restaurant I have been to in Nashville. Quite possibly in the world. If it closed its doors tomorrow, I would throw a party.

dms34

10/13/2007

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Great Place!

I was a bit intimidated when we first arrived because there were no parking spaces, You almost have to use Valet. Howeve, our waiter was great! He was friendly, and the bussers were great, too. I ordered a seared eggplant appetizer and vegetable soup, both of which were great. My boyfriend had a seafood bisque that he enjoyed. I ordered Chicken Marsala, which was great. I never order chicken because almost every restaurant overcooks it. However, this was so good that I took my leftovers home. When we got home. My boyfriend ordered zuppa de pescado, which he loved. Wehen we got home, we just had to finish our dishes, despite being full. Excellent place. I recommend it to all our guests at the hotel

kat03

09/23/2007

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Great customer service and Itailian cuisine

It is nice to visit a place that still understands and cares about great customer service. Our romantic evening at Valentinoes will be a memorable one for sure. We decided to have cocktails before dinner and truly enjoyed the service from the bartender. Great personality and she makes one of the best dirty martini's in town. The menu was fantastic, the food delicious and the service impeccable. We capped the evening off with a dessert and a tasty treat from chef Paolo, a nicely chilled lemoncello. We strongly recommend this resturant. The best Nashville has to offer.

tgt

01/14/2007

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Good Italian Food

We went early on a Saturday evening just before it got busy. We thought the place was very quaint. We were somewhat surprised that our waiter did not ask us if we would like a cocktail? We did however ask about a specific wine and he brought us a sample. Overall the service was excellent and prompt. The food was very good and the price was reasonable for that part of town. I would recommend dinner here however not for a special evening.

c0711y

10/18/2006

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come on now...

this place is out of a bad movie. the food is mediocre at best which is a shame because the vibe is kinda cool...

hillmind

01/17/2006

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Worst Service I have had in years.

The food was just average. The service was awful. We did not get one refill on our drinks. We were there on a non-busy Tuesday night. The waiter never even ask did we want dessert. We had to almost beg for dessert. I will not be back. Overpriced.

martyshannon

08/10/2005

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Romantic!

If you love Italian food and romance this is the place to go. The food was wonderful and the price wasn't bad. We would suggest the bananas foster for dessert. This is a great place to start a wonderful evening.

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