Valentino's Cucina Italiana

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661 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Innovative Cuisine with a Modern Italian Twist.
What 661 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CS
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Valentinos's is the best restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. Food is prepared "just for you", and it is tastefull, perfect.

DI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

one of the finest restaurants in ft Lauderdale , the best octopus this side of town by far

c
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Hands down the best pasta in Florida and I have been to all the top spots in Miami and other parts of this state.

BP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never disappoints

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening! The entire staff provided us with exceptional service and created a romantic ambiance for our date night. The food was so delicious, perfect portions, and cooked to perfection.

L
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautifully presented food with amazing flavors. Our server was well informed and had an upbeat attitude.

f
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A treat to enjoy passionate, talented cooking with friendly, knowledgable people in a well designed restaurant.

LH
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The whole experience is a mix of luxury and relax ambiance. The food is refine but also comfort. We love this restaurant...

RK
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Valentino's is the best high-end restaurant for foodies in Fort Lauderdale. Valentino's can compete with the best restaurants in San Francisco and New York.

j
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

Good atmosphere and ambiance, the servers themselves were excellent, but the food coming out of the
kitchen was slow and inconsistent. We waited a long time for our salads and even longer for our entree. We had an 8 p.m. reservation and did not receive our entrees until almost 10 p.m. No matter how good a restaurants reputation, no matter how famous the chef, timely presentation is essential.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

After all the waiting for the main courses way to long ,they came cold! Cold pasta are you kidding!

BL
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Completely enjoyed the whole experience especially the waitstaff that paid attention to every detail. Will definitely be returning soon and also the the door East a try

EF
Savannah
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing restaurant! Our server was beyond attentive and the food was delicious. Highly recommend.

A
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place! We were from out of town and made the wrong reservation but decided to stay and eat anyways. They treated us very well! Would highly recommend going, the food was exquisite!

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Service was very slow. Food was mediocre, portions very small. Very noisy

CD
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chef Giovanni never disappoints. We ordered off the specials that night and he served us a pasta mussel breadcrumb dish that goes beyond flavor. We also had his special ham and egg dish that I think is the best thing to order when available. The pound cake desert was to die for. Of course MY describtions of these wonderful choices of food is of lamans terms and the words can not explain the ingredients and flavor that you experience when dinning at Valentinos. Should be ranked as a Michelin rated restaurant in my opinion.

S
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was good, didn’t knock our socks off.
Long lag time in between our appetizer and the main coming out.

Small portions for the price

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

F
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Always good, service with Keith was great. Limited summer menu though.

AS
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I came here for our 21st Anniversary, after learning about it being part of CRAVE Fort Lauderdale. We were not disappointed. The food and service were excellent. CJ, our maitre’d, was professional and humorous. We will definitely come back in the future, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a taste of high-end Italian.

JF
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Well, I finally made it to Valentino’s. The first time I had the pleasure of tasting a meal prepared by Giovanni Rocchio was when he owned Acqua E Farina on Federal Hwy and 12th street and moved out of the area as he opened Valentino Cucina. During my visits back to Fort Lauderdale I did not get to opportunity to dine at Valentino Cucina until this last visit. After reading Mike Mayo’s glowing 4 star review (the only one he has given out for a restaurant in Broward County) and his recommendation to try it during Broward County Restaurant month, I knew it was a must visit when I got to Fort Lauderdale. Oh my, was Mr. Mayo right! My friend and I had a reservation for 7PM but arrived a little early and we were seating promptly. We were warmly greeted by Elke, Chef Rocchio’s partner “in love and business” as she said and escorted to our table. From the moment of meeting Elke and throughout our meal service was extraordinary. Derek our server was attentive without being over bearing, CJ was so nice as he roamed the restaurant making sure all was ok, and Elke coming by a few times, we could not have asked for a better experience with service. And then came the food. We stuck with the Dinning Out menu and it was above and beyond anything you would expect from a restaurant doing this month long promotion. I asked Derek if the portions on the special menu were the same size as those on the regular menu and he said yes they are and that was so true. I selected the Caesar Salad, Branzino and my friend got the Roasted Beet salad and the Chicken Scarpariello. Desert was a Rum Cake with a Bourbon Cream topping. We gave each other some of our selections and with each bite I knew why Mr. Mayo had given Valentino Cucina his 4 star review. Each dish was a 10 out of 10 in presentation and taste. I am not a big dark chicken fan (the Scarpariello is pounded chicken thighs rolled and stuffed) but I did enjoy every bite of it. My Branzino was light and flakey and the accompan

T
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service excellent. We were lucky to get a table near the kitchen where we could see the Chef Giovanni Rocchio in action. Fabulous -- highly recommend.

BT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My fave restaurant, period. Chef Gio and his team always impress.

JW
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

Food arrived cold. The oyster appetizer special was ridiculously small, inexcusably so, and yet expensive. The waiter and sommelier were very apologetic and provided great service. However, they could not make any adjustments without manager approval. The manager came over twice during the meal, once when the oyster appetizer arrived and once when the food arrived cold. He too was apologetic and said that they would make meaningful adjustments to the bill. It was my wife's 50th birthday and the food completely ruined the evening. What's worse, the bill came and the only adjustments they made pertained to free dessert. The meal came to over $600.00 and the manager thought that 2 free desserts would make up for it. I let him know how disappointed I was but that did not make any difference. I am happy to spend good money for a good meal but this was inexcusable and the manager did not handle the situation properly. The waiter was embarrassed but there was nothing he could do. Truly, all restaurants have an off night. But good restaurants handle things well so that their customers are forgiving and willing to give them another shot. I will not be giving this restaurant another shot.

D
Miami
63 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was excellent. Food was delicious. Although the wine was good, we felt it was rather pricey for what it was (Cade Sauvignon Blanc from Napa) at $72 per bottle. At first we were told we could not get the CRAVE menu because it was Saturday night; however after I spoke privately with the manager, he honored it for us because the hostess who answered the phone when I called in, told me that Yes, it will be available Saturday night. He is a mensch!

We will definitely go back, CRAVE menu or not ;)

OP
Miami
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Valentino's is always good. Good for that special person or meal.
Food is excellent, service is excellent.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was amazing!

K
Cancun
9 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

The table was uncomfortable,

OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just a night out for dinner.

FK
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Leisurely, exceptional dining experience. Excellent service, delightful food in lovely surroundings.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it. Food was fantastic. Our waiter was wonderful.

RJ
Naples
25 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb! Unbelievable service m! Food was scrumptious and outstanding! Best restaurant in FLL hands down

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We’ve been coming here for years and the food is always gorgeous. Giovanni continues to mix it up and push new boundaries with twists on the classics. Expect to be treated with welcoming gracious service by all. This is a special place run by people that care!

w
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner was like a festival for my tastebuds! The smoked corn and shiitake risotto and tuna crudo were delicious. The orechiette with Italian sausage and rapini was cooked perfectly with tender but toothy pasta, and a rich but transparent sauce. The service was impeccable and our waiter Derek was well informed and spot on in his descriptions of the many unique dishes on the menu. It was all such a treat that we lost track of time, but Derek never rushed us, even though we ended up closing the restaurant. Thank you Valentinos! We will be back.

CW
Miami
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome as always. Attentive service good ambiance

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Le temps d’attente des plats était très très long

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SF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent pasta. Very reasonably priced bottles of wine.

MG
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was excellent and the food was exceptional. The drinks and wine offering where also very good. Definitely a great place for a special dinner. One minor note is that the valet parking is not free ($4) which somewhat surprised me.

AL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Service was excellent. Food was good but very rich. Menu was limited. Portions were on the small side. Very unique presentation. Not your ordinary Italian fare.

BB
Miami
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

46 th wedding anniversary and all was great as always.

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