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Valentina, Merimbula, AU-NSW

Valentina

4.8
4.8
782 Reviews
$41 to $100
Australian
Valentina serves up a one of a kind dining experience of over the picturesque surrounds of Merimbula lake.
Now more than ever, Valentina values the feeling of being transported. The space has been curated to satisfy all of your Mediterranean beach holiday cravings.
Floor to ceiling glass takes you outside, and the coastal produce of the lake comes inside onto your plate. 
Valentina’s dishes are designed to be shared with friends and family, served one after the other from the kitchen while diners lounge comfortably on abundant soft furnishings.
Everything about Valentina’s lulls you into a sweet long lunch holiday vibe. 

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Australian, Seafood, Vegetarian
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Sat 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    0407 717 499
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Resort Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Ash Cotter
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Experiences

  • $90pp Set Menu (7+guests Large group booking)

    $90.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    As you are dining with us as a larger group booking, you will be dining from our restaurant tasting menu which can be viewed on our website. https://valentinamerimbula.com/tasting-menu Credit card details are required to secure this reservation. We know that plans can change, though we ask that any cancellations are made no less than 6 hours prior to your booking time. Cancellations made within this time, or failure to show up will see an automatic charge of $50 per person. Groups of 7 or more will incur a 10% service charge. This reservation is for 2 hours.
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What 782 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New South Wales

    Best Overall

  • New South Wales

    Best Food

  • New South Wales

    Best Service

  • New South Wales

    Best Ambience

  • New South Wales

    Innovative

  • New South Wales

    Great for fine wines

  • New South Wales

    Romantic

  • New South Wales

    Australian

  • New South Wales

    Most Booked

  • Capital Region

    Best Overall

  • Capital Region

    Best Food

  • Capital Region

    Best Service

  • Capital Region

    Best Ambience

  • Capital Region

    Best Value

  • Capital Region

    Good for groups

  • Capital Region

    Healthy

  • Capital Region

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Capital Region

    Good for special occasions

  • Capital Region

    Lively

  • Capital Region

    Most Booked

782 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing!!! The food was amazing, the staff were so helpful and friendly & good value too! 💌

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  2. elenap

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    BEST restaurant!! Incredible food and amazing attentive staff. A hidden gem. Definitely check it out!

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  3. JessicaR

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was great and our expectations were exceeded! Thanks for a wonderful dining experience. We will definitely be back when we next visit the South Coast Thanks for a lovely evening!

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  4. Edible

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It has been a long time since I can recall a ‘feed me’ meal better than this. Usually there is a miss or two in a feed me, but not on this occasion. Hit after hit after hit. The seasoning was on point on every dish. If I were to pick favourites, the asparagus was perhaps the stand out, closely followed by the scallops. But really, everything was impressive. Service was also friendly and attentive. A highly recommended restaurant. Blown away.

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  5. SueA

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is incredible. So delicious , such delicate flavours. The service is friendly and warm and the atmosphere is just stunning. It is truly one of the best meals I've ever eaten

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  6. PamelaT

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious. Could not fault the food or the service Best meal we have had on the south coast

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  7. Hudson

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentina's must one of the top restaurants on the far south coast. The service is exceptional and an obvious stand out from the service offered at other local and regional restaurants. An exemplar for how service should be. The food comes in small servicings with each dish a gastronomic adventure for your taste buds. My partner and I dine regularly and are never disappointed. The service, food, wine, view and intimate setting are the reasons we keep coming back.

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  8. NahrellF

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great location for early evening dining. Fabulous food.

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  9. JulianneC

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a really enjoyable Valentines dinner - great food , excellent service

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  10. Arabella

    New South Wales

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our meal was absolutely superb - a highlight. The Chef’s Hat well deserved and Merimbula is so fortunate to have this restaurant. The only issue with the restaurant is that it is quite stuffy/airless. They need to do something about cross ventilation and I hope they will. We have found that in the winter months too. If they can take advantage of the sea breezes this place will be 20/10.

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  11. RayW

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was good but food was expensive, and $12 for 2 glasses of sparkling water from a dispenser? Somewhat exorbitant. One meal that was ordered was wrong but the server had walked away immediately so had to be called back. The correct meal was soon delivered but appeared rushed. Not ideal. A disappointing experience.

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  12. RobD

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyable meal from a well constructed menu in a bright comfortable environment which suited the seaside setting. The staff were cheerful and helpful.

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  13. AnnS

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely greeting, friendly staff. The food is amazing, I am pescatarian and all the fish choices were excellent , loved the crab linguini. The other two loved the steak. Just the right amount of food. We didn’t have sweets.

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  14. JulueD

    Sunshine Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely recommend Valentina, everything was wonderful including the view and the decor. Food was delicious and service was great

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  15. ErnestB

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very attentive and polite staff. Great ambience. Food excellent

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  16. SueW

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious with exquisite blended tastes. Service was great and very helpful.

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  17. KieranF

    Leinster

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was good but the uncomfortable heat of the room meant we did not stay any longer than we had to. Room was hot and temp increased as more guest filled the restaurant. $68 for a steak when ask what comes with it, waiter replied you get butter . Requested a bottle of water as the room was so hot was told we only fill glasses as we use the same bottles for all the tables. Then waiting for a requested water refill in a hot room felt like forever to get some water. Food is overpriced and if like to sit in an air conditioned restaurant while eating your food this is not the place for you.

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  18. Bluevein1

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything was most agreeable. Food was outstanding, service unparalleled, drinks were cold. It was just a bit hot.

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  19. Beccc

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious! Loved the oysters, scallops with beurre blanc, octopus with nduja and blue swimmer crab pasta. Especially enjoyed the anchovy toast that came with a regular anchovy and a white anchovy, salty, creamy bliss! Great selection of wines, too, plus warm and professional staff.

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  20. Joanne

    Canberra

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous food and service- sommelier was wonderful Only neg was it was just a little too warm - given it was a very warm evening I guess that was hard to manage ? Crank up the AC Otherwise loved it and loved taking our mates with us this time

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  21. GabrielleM

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The setting was delightfully coastal, light and casual with optimal views of the coastline where we could enjoy seeing the ocean as we ate. The food was five star, flavour-packed, well-balanced and making the best use of local seafood. The linguine was cooked perfectly! All of our group were impressed. Service was impeccable: warm, detailed yet non-intrusive.

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  22. GemmaG

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food. Not cheap, but brilliant. Gorgeous decor too. Staff terrific

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  23. MargaretM

    New South Wales

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Maybe a blind behind curtain on street side of booth ! Very hot at time of day 6pm ! A consideration as view is all from other side which is stunning! Thank you great evening!

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  24. PeterT

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoyed the tasting menu. The flavors all all dishes were interesting and very tasteful. The service was very professional and the staff very helpful. A very enjoyable experience and I hope to be back on my visit next year.

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  25. TonyH

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great seafood handled with skill and flair. Friendly, helpful wait staff.

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  26. EdwinE

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, outstanding meal, lots of taste and wide choice of different nt choice. Probably my favourite restaurant in town why I always take guest from out of town there.

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  27. Edinburghresidentsince20

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Impeccable service and incredible food. We were incredibly impressed.

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  28. HelenK

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favourite place to dine hands down. The food is always something different, beautifully presented and the tastiest. The staff know what they are serving and are just fantastic. On top of that the decor, ambience and views over the lake cannot be beat.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From start to finish it was an amazing experience. The staff couldn’t do enough for you with great recommendations and very accommodating. The food was impeccable, highly recommend the blue swimmer crab aglio. Best fine dining I’ve had in a long time. Worth every cent!!

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  30. JaimeB

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, location and ambience. Great night out

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  31. RichardE

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simple but superbly executed dishes wish super fresh ingredients. Lovely atmosphere and attentive but not intrusive service.

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  32. AnnaA

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time in Merimbula, Valentina did not disappoint. Great food, ambience delightful with great staff whom matched our wines perfectly for our meal. Recommend you to join the experience.

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  33. KylieM

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food, beautiful space, great cocktails 🍹

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  34. AndrewP

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great choice on the menu, the starters were amazing with my wife particularly loving the squid ink salami where I was very impressed with the Octopus and the swordfish main was delicious, highly recommend if you are in the area to have a beautiful lunch or dinner

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  35. GeoffF

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we requested a quiet table and were given the best view of the Bay in the quietest corner. All service was pleasant, informed and efficient. The seafood linguine was outstanding, but so too were the entrees and smalls - including anchovy toast, scallops and octopus. would rate very highly for seafood and ambience. Meribula is very lucky to have Valentinas!

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  36. AmyF

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was so delicious and the staff were lovely and kind, particularly as we went with my unwell mother in law. They were so accomodating and the restaurant was absolutely dreamy. Thank you! We will be back.

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  37. CathT

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A pretty spesh kinda restaurant. Very good quality ingredients handled with the utmost care. Zucchini flowers, fried artichoke and asparagus were stand out dishes. The spaghetti with crab coulda had a bit more punch, more aglio, more seasoning for my taste. The crunchy spuds rock big time and the steak was delish. Always great for a special occasion! Also the drinks were scrupulously measured....seriously, they could easily be doubled!

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  38. AmyM

    Victoria

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful evening, relaxed dining, great service from friendly team that know their stuff. Excellent food and well matched drinks menu. Fab view and super cute venue. We will be back.

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  39. Hank

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you want a great eating experience in a great location with excellent service, then Valentina is well worth visiting. Every time we have dined at Valentina the entire experience has been amazing. Highly recommended!

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  40. JackelynK

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place/food/service/view. We will return. Thanks

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Valentina is rated 4.8 stars by 782 OpenTable diners.

Valentina does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Valentina

U 5 2 Market St, Merimbula, AU-NSW 2548

Additional information

  • Area
    Merimbula
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Sat 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Australian, Seafood, Vegetarian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Ash Cotter
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, View, Wine
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