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Valentina, Encinitas, CA

Valentina

4.7
4.7
1162 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary European
We look forward to welcoming you.

Valentina is casual neighborhood bistro and wine bar located in Leucadia along Hwy 101. Named after the owner's daughter, Valentina is a casual and welcoming spot that patrons can enjoy for good food, wine and the company of good friends. An eclectic mix of seasonal plates has been inspired by the owners’ passion for travel, reflecting the style of the classic bistros of Mexico City, Spain, and France.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Home Style

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Oyster Bar, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:45 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 943-6686

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jonathan Freyberg

  • Catering

    Please contact us for private events and catering.

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us for private events and catering.

  • Neighborhood

    Encinitas

  • Cross street

    Europa

  • Parking details

    Street parking only.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,162 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. J

    Jill

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was delicious. Loved the mussels and the “smashed” artichoke heart. Our waitress, Kim was fantastic. very professional. Great personality. And very attentive.
  2. RS

    RobertS

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, amazing wine selection, highly recommend this restaurant. We will be back soon!
  3. D

    Dino

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Great service. The paella was not great as the rice was fairly flavorless. The house cab didnt taste good either. The chicken p wasnt really good. For two people + 4 drinks was a $165 bill…how’d it get so expensive?? This was my 4th tine coming here and have been hesitant the last two. Will be a while before returning, after had an excellent meal the first time (salmon).
  4. M

    Martin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Diner was fine, but expensive. It was cold and quote noisy.
  5. RA

    RobA

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting menu, nice ambience, great service. Thoroughly recommend.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I have mixed feelings about this restaurant. The noise from the train is deafening. The French fries are the best ! We had Caesar salad to start which was great but the schnitzel was okay and the eggplant was ok and the mussels were good. The menu is very European in choice and flavor.
  7. S

    Spacebar

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We really liked the food and the atmosphere. The calamari appetizer was nice and tender and I enjoyed the sea bass. The service was mixed. We were outside and I suspect our waiter had too many tables because he would disappear for long periods of time. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable meal, good wine and nice atmosphere.
  8. TA

    TanyaA

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, atmosphere, and delicious food!
  9. AN

    AmandaN

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Delightful restaurant. Excellent staff and service. Food was fresh, colorful, delicious. Expertly prepared. (I had the Niçoise Salad. The Mussels are excellent too.) The covered patio is pleasant, but on a hot day it was almost a bit too warm (not Valentina's fault!) Also, when the train or motorcycles go by it's loud and quite jarring but it only happens sporadically. Viva Valentina!
  10. j

    jenniphar

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food. Beautiful little restaurant. Didn’t even mind the Coastliner cruising by.
  11. G

    Goodfd

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Best dinner I've had there! Ordered lots of tapas all delicious.
  12. K

    Kauaikraze

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first visit and I wanted to have my birthday lunch at Valentina. Everything I had heard about the food and the service being excellent was true. I tried a number of items and they all enjoyable, fresh and delicious. I am looking forward to returning for dinner to try their steAk tartare.
  13. NL

    NancyL

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Delightful adventure and lovely dining experience! As first-timers we sampled the tapas (including oysters) and shared steak frites and gnocchi - all were delicious and the kitchen turns out plates very efficiently. Also loved the wine list - lots of interesting choices from multiple countries/regions. Service was pleasant but not sharp even tho’ not crowded in a Tuesday night. Will definitely return.
  14. h

    happytravels

    San Antonio

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were both excellent. Would recommend to friends
  15. AB

    AntonellaB

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last night everything was perfect from the beginning! The 2 hostesses were smiling and kind. Our server Arash( sorry if I am spelling wrongly) was absolutely great! Polite , professional and knowledgeable. Food: 5 stars!! Thank you so much guys for giving us a beautiful experience!!!
  16. SB

    SunB

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We loved this place when we've come before. Last night the paella was greasy and flavorless. The staff were too busy to be attentive as should be. They need more help.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Visited with the family to celebrate hubby’s bday during weekend lunch. Seated promptly but as the lunch rush started, our server was not as attentive. The food was very good, especially the seafood paella, and the basque cake! Though I mentioned this reservation was made for a special occasion - specifically to celebrate a birthday, there was no acknowledgement whatsoever of the birthday during service. Quite disappointing!
  18. F

    Foodiemom

    Orange County

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Service was terrible. They were overbooked and understaffed. One waiter was servicing the entire outdoor section. It took ages for him to take our order. We were 4 people initially seated at a table for 2 it was so squished. Thankfully we were able to move. There was no hard alcohol only wine and 3 cocktails that they pre prepared and can’t be modified. One of our party asked if they had any other options and we were told they didn’t. Later they brought the desert menu with offerings of 2 whiskeys and an aged rum??Why wasn’t this offered from the outset. Honestly if the food wasn’t so good, I wouldn’t be back. Maybe we will give it another chance - the covered patio area is nicest.
  19. C

    Carolina

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seriously the. Best. Go. Get the paella, the steak tartare and the oysters. SOOOOOO GOOD.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!
  21. AC

    AnaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Will be back there at least once a month! Best restaurant in San Diego North County!
  22. LC

    LisaC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    It was too warm in there despite outside temp at 75. Wine could have been chilled; water too. Otherwise nice and good food😁
  23. DL

    DiannaL

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful evening! We started with oysters and sparkling wine then added fried squash blossoms. Entrees were the special Rockfish and my husband had the filet. We enjoyed a Gamay wine recommendation from our server that was spot on. We were never rushed and had a long dinner experience that our friends also enjoyed. It is a little expensive but was worth it!
  24. SW

    StewartW

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always consistent and amazing . Great size portions, great food great service
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern Territory

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. The team made my boyfriends birthday very special. Thank you!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place beautiful food beautiful people. Delicious and interesting dishes.
  27. SS

    SandiS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Liked the calamari, chimichurri beef, and the paella, but the Basque cake was the most amazing part of the meal. Wine was good too.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    With no bar to speak of the experience turned to the food which was better than fair. No ambience sitting on the sidewalk with pedestrians, dogs and the noisy 101 traffic. Overall, wont make it a regular stop on the restaurant tour.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Ate here over a year ago, and was so looking forward to coming back and celebrating our special occasion. Unfortunately, it felt wildly different than my first visit. Our drink order wasn’t taken for ~30 minutes after sitting down. Once they came, they were batched and watered down. Food quality was not as good (do not order the croquettes), with just as high of prices. Asked our server what fish came on the Spanish sashimi platter, and we were told “hamachi”, which is true, but also scallops, which is a shellfish and could then not be eaten. The server, while busy and nice, was completely underwhelming and did not add any value to the evening - didn’t fully greet us and introduce himself (we didn’t even know he was our server for the first 30 minutes we were there), had to ask to have the empty/finished platters cleared, etc. When you’re paying these prices, better service is expected. Overall, a disappointing evening compared to our first visit. Likely won’t be coming back. :(
  30. KS

    KelleyS

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing, thank you!
  31. RM

    ReginaM

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This will be our go to place for good food, small bites and close to home for us at a reasonable price for the quality and taste of the food.
  32. s

    savs

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Neighborhood gem!
  33. w

    weege12

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Malcolm made us feel very welcome and was attentive to our needs. The food and wine were delicious. Made for a lovely birthday celebration. Thank you.
  34. MP

    MichaelP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food very good. The chef knows what they are doing. Had Steak Frites and Fish as main course and both were perfectly cooked! Oysters and champagne as first course. Also excellent. Service was timely but not overbearing. Noise level not great and outside is better than inside when inside is full. But outside you have to tolerate trains blowing their horns for the local crossing. Best option would be to sit outside when car and train traffic is at a minimum? But overall very good! We'll be back.
  35. H

    Hilary

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The shrimp tapas was average. The rest of the meal delicious. A full service cocktail menu would elevate the restaurant.
  36. DA

    DanielA

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome menu. Delicious food. Great service. Charming patio. Love it.
  37. CM

    CourtneyM

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as always
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and experience. Waiter was great
  39. PB

    PhilippeB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A little noisy but nice elegant food and tapas
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a beautiful evening! Perfect dinner, amazing food and the service was incredible. We highly recommend Valentina, it’s a can’t miss!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Valentina is rated 4.7 stars by 1162 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Valentina

810 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-2073

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Europa

  • Neighborhood

    Encinitas

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:45 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Oyster Bar, Steak

  • Dining style

    Home Style

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking only.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jonathan Freyberg

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (760) 943-6686

  • Catering

    Please contact us for private events and catering.

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us for private events and catering.

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