Valenza Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Italian
Valenza is a cozy, upscale Italian eatery in Brookhaven. It takes its name from a small village in the Piedmonte region of Northern Italy. Valenza is well known throughout the world for its artisan jewelry manufacturing which has earned it the nickname “city of gold”. The cuisine at VALENZA is inspired by the diverse culture of Northern Italy. Executive Chef Matt Swickerath’s focus is on classic and modern cooking methods using fresh seasonal and local ingredients to create a classic Italian menu with an updated culinary touch. The menu features a variety of antipasti, pasta, risotto and Italian entrees. Valenza has the heart and spirit of a cozy and warm Italian village café in an upscale setting. The dining room features venetian plastered walls with rustic oak and pine woods. Experience the warmth and elegance of Valenza when dining under the antique European candle chandeliers. Valenza offers a wonderful private dining room with seating for 30 guests.
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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The rabbit, butternut squash, and all desert options were wonderful. Amazing experience. Favorite restaurant in Brookhaven.

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A
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great little spot. There’s live music on Wednesday.

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v
Atlanta
44 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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A
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual!

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MM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The noise level is very high , hard to have a conversation

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PC
Atlanta
52 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Always love having Anthony as our sever!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was excellent but the service

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S
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Third visit. Love the food and ambiance. Unlike the first two visits, this time the service was poor. Waiter was inattentive and had to be asked more than once for certain things. The other waiters we have had here were excellent. We will still go back and we will continue to recommend Valenza to others, but I hope this waiter starts providing better service or finds a different line of work.

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TL
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food. A bit noisy. Pleasant, attentive staff.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My 5 yr old son & I have been having mommy/son dates here for years. This restaurant is like home for us - been a part of our lives for almost a decade now. Great food, service, atmosphere. Can’t say enough good things about this restaurant.

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OT
Atlanta
84 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We found nothing special to recommend this restaurant. The bread was unmemorable, the salad like so many others - lettuces with over salted dressings, and the entrees ample but not to our liking. I ordered the agnolotti which I found to be too-large blobs of "ravioli" like pockets overfilled with rather tasteless boiled beef short ribs in an watery soup. The menu has not changed much over the past years, but the execution has gone down. The noise level made conversion almost impossible. It will be a while before we try Valenza again.

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DO
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, great service. If they would only add "flourless chocolate cake" to the nenu, I would gave had dessert there as well.
Thanks!

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PC
Atlanta
52 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this place...even tried a new wine this week Anthony suggested!

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KM
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambiance. Food good not great. Two wines we asked for were unavailable

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S
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Been twice. Both times food was excellent. Sat outside the first time and the ambience was great. Second time we were inside. It was fine, no complaints, but outside was preferable. On the first visit the waiter was excellent. On the second visit the waiter was friendly, but could have been more attentive.

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J
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service and ambiance. Sat outside on a perfect evening.

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b
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food good except for too salty. Service slow and not very friendly. Overpriced for sure. Just ok. Not running back

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HC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Every dish was superb. Ambience and service were very nice. Reasonable and manageable wine list. Overall, would highly recommend.

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B
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valenza is our go to, whether the two of us sitting at the bar on a Friday evening, entertaining friends or hosting a business dinner. Always excellent.

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J
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Had not been to Valenza for awhile. Some dinners tasted great but had some tough pieces of bacon. Halibut special was great. Especially enjoyed hearing Joe Gransden and his pianist playing.

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PC
Atlanta
52 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With the patio open and the beautiful weather it was quite busy but since it is a date night for us, the time in between course gave us an opportunity to relax and chat! Always a great place to dine (and of course the service is exceptional)!!

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m
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been coming to Valencia for years. This was our first bad experience. The food took way to long to come out and my wife's ravioli was overcooked to the point that it fell apart when you touched it with a fork. The staff was very accommodating and friendly, they didnt charge us for the bad dish and gave us a free dessert. I hope this was just a one time thing because we love coming to this place.

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j
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Beautiful neighborhood setting, wonderful restaurant ambiance, wait staff very attentive even on a busy day like Mother’s Day! Menu questions answered thoroughly and our waitress was very patient and “menu knowledgeable”. Even tried to reserve one of the fish specials for the day, while others in our party still debated dinner choices!
Food delightfully presented , we were allowed to linger over our Charcuterie appetizer then order our meals.
Food was delish ~ we had scallops, the spaghetti and veal meatballs, the angel hair and the Orecchiette pasta dishes all fabulous! Finished with yummy chocolate pudding dessert!
We’ll be back!!!

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JG
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Sitting on the patio was delightful. Wine was pleasant and food delivered quickly. Fava bean appetizer should have had more favas and been a more generous serving. Swordfish was outstanding, and scallops and orecchiette very tasty.

Rain squall made us move inside. Noise was horrible. There were only 3 of us, and we couldn’t converse. Didn’t finish dinner and rushed out w/o dessert.

Can the noise be diminished; we can’t go back until the problem is taken care of.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service as always. I was introducing Valenza to 5 new people that night and they all loved it.

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DM
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, excellent food, excellent service. Love this place.

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m
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So fortunate that the level Italian restaurant In Brookhaven. Valenza is always a favorite and it was a first for my friend. Never a Disappointment always superior

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OT
Atlanta
192 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clearly the best of the tree restaurants by far even with an ancient menu!

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PC
Atlanta
52 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and great service from Anthony! If you have gluten issues, do not be afraid to dine here...just ask for either of the Anthonys as your server...they get the whole issue and deliver dinner without a gluten hitch!

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BM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

This used to be our favorite restaurant but it seems like it might be new management, and most likely a new chef.
We used to love their calamari but this time it was by far the worst calamari I've ever had. Some pieces were well cooked and tender but most of them were under cooked and chewy, plus it had lots of white fish mixed in (who does that?). The sauce was bland, like a watery mayonnaise.
Our favorite dish there has always been the scallops, but they have drastically changed it, much for the worse. These were not crisply seared but soggy and smothered in a heavy creamy sauce that left us feeling blah afterward.
We will not be back.

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e
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the ambiance, inside and out! The salumi e formaggi , spaghettini, and sea bass was so delightful as always! We request our favorite waiter Enzo each time we dine and we are never disappointed !
It says alot when you have staff that as been around for years...

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PC
Atlanta
52 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's hard for us not to give Valenza 5 stars. Everything they do makes it a great experience for us each time! Love this place!

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OT
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, ambiance. Will certainly go again.

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v
Atlanta
44 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Pork Special and it was wonderful!!

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OT
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Wish they would get rid of the arrogant waiter.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upon seeing friends arrive at the same time, we asked to combine our groups and move to a larger table. It was a wonderful dinner, a beautiful night to sit outside and we had a lovely evening!

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PC
Atlanta
52 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST neighborhood gem! We love this place and always get exceptional service from Lena who greets you at the door to Anthony and all of the wait staff!

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EC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Three of us attended Easter brunch at Valenza. I think this is their second or third year having a brunch, and all in, they did a lovely job. We felt attended to and quite content in our booth next to the patio door which let in a lovely spring breeze along with some happy noise from patio diners. I really enjoyed my choices and I think others enjoyed theirs too. The menu included inexpensive but tasty and versatile staple items (eggs, polenta, arugula, etc) accented with more-expensive ingredients (shrimp, bacon, and now I’m blanking on others...). Given that brunch is rather new for them, I think they executed it beautifully! My initial thought was “I wish they had more selection” but I quickly changed my mind when our plates arrived.

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BM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

It was Easter and there was a very small pre fixe menu. I have been to Valenza numerous times and always loved it, but we were very disappointed

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B
Atlanta
53 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite local restaurants. Great food, great wait staff, good value, good wine.

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