Valentina Notting Hill
Valentina Notting Hill

Valentina Notting Hill

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Nearest tube is Notting Hill Gate which is on the district, circle and central lines
  • Parking: No
A word from Valentina Notting Hill
Located on Notting Hill Gate, the delicatessen and restaurant not only offers the family’s signature range of own label groceries, which features 22 types of antipasti; 8 different wheatgerm pastas; 18 olive oils and 10 jams & honeys, but also store cupboard essentials and a range of fresh food.

The delicatessen has over 30 types of regional Italian cheese, as well as artisan charcuterie and a range of ready prepared foods from the restaurant kitchens to take home and serve.

Our restaurant serves hearty peasant style fare using recipes that have been passed through our family in the village of St Elia for generations.
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Valentina Notting Hill reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since 30 October 2013
Average Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambience3.9
    Value3.9
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (16)child friendly (12)outstanding value (10)good vegetarian options (10)sunday lunch (10)pre/post theatre (10)romance (9)special occasions (8)brunch (7)business meals (6)afternoon tea (5)group bookings (4)outdoor eating (2)disabled access (1)Show More
  • Eatingoutaloud
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Very friendly service. Three of us had pizzas which were generous and tasty, however my clams with tomatoes, one of the daily specials, was uninspiring and rather expensive. The room is comfortable but rather dark, might be better in the evenings.
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    good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfast at 8.30
    LRW12
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    WE made an 8.30 booking for a Thu morning. My colleague arrived ahead of me and ordered coffee and an orange juice. I arrived shortly after and asked for the menus, only to be told that the kitchens don’t open until 9.30. They couldn’t even make us a ham roll from the deli as the bread hadn’t arrived and the sweet pastries were left over from day before. So we tried not to use a large chain, but ended up at Le Pain Quotidien who open at 7.00AM not 8.30A.M. and had a hot breakfast (tea was lousy but everything else was good).
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  • Fabulous evening
    Hanlurvsfood
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    I had never been to Valentina Notting Hill before and was recommended by a friend. It was a delightful evening, great waiting staff, amazing food, excellent service and fantastic vibe! Starting our group on a wonderful evening. Will definately return for more!
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    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely evening
    POLLY
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    I quite often dine here and this visit was especially enjoyable. The food was delicious and the staff were simply charming. And the maraschino on the sundae was that they had a special offer on too.
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    pre/post theatre
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  • WeLoveGoodFood
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This is surely one of the best Italian delis / cafes in London. The food is to die for, the staff are so lovely, and the atmosphere is wonderful - reminds us of being in Italy.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food
    JenthedinerVIP
    Dined on 20/7/2014
    I really enjoyed my trip to Valentina. From the start the service was excellent. Good nibble options - chunks of salami and chunks of parmesan. My friend and I both had pizzas, I recommend the Bianca Valentina - rocket, parmesan and parma type ham. Nice leisurely lunch and we weren't rushed. Glad we went.
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    good vegetarian options, Sunday lunch
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  • Authentic fresh Italian food
    SophiaVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    The food is fresh and delicious. The wine list is pretty impressive. The buffalo mozzarella was very fresh. We had a lovely waitress.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, outstanding value
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  • Quite a discovery
    Ofteneatout
    Dined on 28/5/2014
    It is not completely obvious that Valentina is a restaurant as it is necessary to pass through the deli to get there. However, once there the place is a find. When we went (pre cinema) it was not crowded although soon began to fill up. The service was delightful, friendly but not overwhelming. The menu was interesting and the starters had more variety than usual in Italian restaurants. The main courses were delicious and again slightly different from other Italian restaurants. The portions were plentiful but not so big that one felt challenged. There are a good variety of decent wines. We would have liked to try the desserts but didn't have time. Altogether a most pleasant experience and a real find in crowded Notting Hill.
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    good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Good authentic Italian
    FrequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 16/5/2014
    Heard some great reviews and overall it did not disappoint, although the "freshly squeezed orange juice" was probably squeezed a long time ago! The quality of the starters (caprese salad, calamari) and main courses (vegetarian pizza and ravioli with spinach pasta) were excellent and the staff were friendly and efficient. A hidden gem!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • A Real Hidden Gem
    CityGentVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Don't be fooled into thinking this is just a cafe in a deli. The service is very friendly and helpful, the menu offers an excellent choice and the food is plentiful, tasty and good value.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening meal a pleasure
    LoveItalian
    Dined on 12/4/2014
    Very welcoming staff, great atmosphere, excellent food, service very good although could do with a little more time between courses.
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    romance, special occasions, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian Breakkfast
    foodiefun1VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Good for a plate of parma ham and mozzarella with delicious coffee
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    fit for foodies, brunch, afternoon tea
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  • A rare gem in the back of
    TJAG
    Dined on 22/3/2014
    A rare gem in the back of an old style delicatessent. One of the best value meals I have enjoyed in a while.
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    good vegetarian options, child friendly, outstanding value
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  • Nice and cosy
    Lilia
    Dined on 14/2/2014
    We spent Valentine's Day there and had a lobster and calves liver. Both were very tasty. The staff were friendly and charming and it was small and cosy with a nice italian atmosphere. Also there is a deli shop which had some great food as well so we bought something for home. Overall it was a good value for money.
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    business meals, child friendly, group bookings, brunch, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely find in Notting Hill
    LondonDiner
    Dined on 18/1/2014
    Excellent food (I had gnocchi in a ragu sauce, and tiramisu) in a love cosy restaurant that had a wonderful ambience. Highly recommended.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place!
    julian
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We had a good meal and experience. Staff friendly and efficient. However, the squid in the starter I had was too rubbery (over cooked?) and I had to leave most of it - pity as the sauce was good. Pizza was fine as was the fried calamari. Deserts also good. We were two adults and three kids and all had a good time.
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  • Excellent Italian local
    Reviewer
    Dined on 18/12/2013
    Great local Italian restaurant somewhat hidden by the shop front which sells excellent Italian meats, cheeses and goodies. Excellent service - nothing is too much trouble (even preparing a dish which was not on the menu). Very good food, extensive and reasonably priced wine list, and very friendly, welcoming ambiance. A great local in every way.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, child friendly, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a hidden jewel
    Annie
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    unless I had been told this was a restaurant, I would have thought it was just a deli and walked past inside its great, must be one of the best Italian delis in London. We ate early- pre cinema, but service was slick and efficient We went for starters- but they were huge, mozzarella was excellent, interesting lasagne of peas and artichokes, and a god wine list
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous as usual
    wanderlusterVIP
    Dined on 30/10/2013
    This restaurant is so delightful. It is one of the few truly authentic Italian restaurants in London, run by (charming) Italians with the ethos of a small family-run restaurant in Italy ...wonderful food without any pretentiousness.The wine is also excellent - even the Pinot Grigio... Go!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since 30 October 2013
    • Average Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambience3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Value4
  • The following 99 reviews are from the Valentina Notting Hill reviews archive.
  • I like deli backed restaurants
    DHammerVIP
    Dined on 29/10/2013
    I like deli backed restaurants especially Italian. Second visit to Valentina disappointed only in the slightly dismissive service. Food was simple and delicious and the wine list good and fairly priced
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian
    IvyP
    Dined on 28/9/2013
    This family run restaurant serves delicious Italian food with a good wine list too.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic, Italian countryside
    Kangtzu
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    Authentic, Italian countryside fare. As such don't even try to be on a diet to partake in Valentina's village feast, a taste of which you'll savour as you walk through the Deli to the Restaurant space- & it is a space that feels located at the rear of the Deli rather than the reverse. I had Linguine al scogliio & cod with bacon (to "moisten" the cod, which my son who watches Carluccio tells me is common for non-oily fish), my son had risotto + calves' liver. All prepared & served with professional care, although without the touch of inspiration that I would have appreciated on a balmy Saturday evening.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, brunch, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful as always
    wanderlusterVIP
    Dined on 13/8/2013
    I am never disappointed at Valentina. And this time I had the best Spaghetti Vongole I have ever eaten. It was simply perfect, wonderful sauce with exactly the right consistency, plenty of clams - there are so often too few - and perfectly cooked spaghetti. Don't miss the antipasto misto. It is incredible value, plenty for two people, and consists of the most delicious cuts and cheeses from the shop's delicatessen counter freshly sliced. Also I had a glass of pinot grigiot which was delicious and spicy rather than insipid and thin, which it so often is. Go. Charming staff too.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value
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  • Surprisingly great food
    GeoEng
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    We went just before an open air cinema viewing in Holland Park and the price looked right for what we wanted. The food was amazing and delicious. It is also a deli, so when we were running late, they packed up our food in plastic boxes and we took it away. Lovely waiting staff too - left us be but served us promptly.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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  • Another excellent visit to
    bethhayes
    Dined on 22/7/2013
    Another excellent visit to VALENTINA, Notting Hill. Delicious salad and my guest had the antipasto starter as a main course, and loved it. The fact that there is a restaurant/cafe behind the deli shop is not made clear. I passed it by on numerous occasions before I realised that there was an eaterie on offer. Such a pity that the venue is thus not as well known as it should be. On the other hand, that makes for an uncrowded setting at lunch time!
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    good vegetarian options, brunch, Sunday lunch
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  • Excellant Food! Excellent Service!
    West26
    Dined on 16/7/2013
    I really enjoyed our meal at Valentines a couple of days ago when I took my wife and my little son for dinner there. The staff were very attentive and very helpful with the one year old baby making a little mess etc. The food was really authentic and generous, didn't feel like dining at a typical high street restaurant where they do everything to make their margins higher by cutting down every aspect of the dining experience. Valentinas is one of very few remaining restaurants that you feel that you are in a genuine old fashion good old day restaurant. Bravo Bravo!
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    business meals, outstanding value, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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  • Slow service ruined our evening
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 27/6/2013
    We came for a treat on Thursday evening to celebrate my daughter's departure for a gap year trip, along with our other younger children. It took almost an hour to receive our pizzas! We had ordered a starter, but after 30mins when it had not appeared, we cancelled the order. The pizzas still took another 25mins to come after this! Apparently there we only two people working in the kitchen that evening, and the restaurant was very full. Perhaps the waitress forgot to give in our order? Given the fact that we had small children with us, the likely waiting time for the food to arrive should have been explained. Then we could have decided to go elsewhere. This ruined what should have been a happy evening.
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  • Really great authentic Italian
    josie
    Dined on 19/6/2013
    Really great authentic Italian food, nice service. They forgot to bring an orange juice we ordered then tried to charge us for it, but they were quick to amend when we pointed it out. They didn't have bruscetta on the menu but when I asked if they could serve it for a starter, they rustled it up for us and it was the best I ever tasted... Really loved this place :)
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    business meals, romance, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great italian food!
    nottinghill
    Dined on 13/6/2013
    Went with a group of 8 for my birthday. Food was lovely (particularly the starters, service was great. Pizza was a little bit too salty for my taste but generally very good.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings
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  • Delightful as ever
    wanderlusterVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    So nice to be at a restaurant where what is offered is what arrives, beautifully and simply cooked. The dish of antipasti is a perfect starter for two to share. And we both had calve's liver, perfectly pink and delicious, with a delicate sage and butter sauce. Excellent value bottle of wine, no nonsense about paying for water, real Italian coffee, real Italian waiters. Go.
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  • This was a relatively quick
    DHammerVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    This was a relatively quick pre-concert dinner in what might be better described as a restaurant attached to an Italian deli and wine shop. Having said that it was pretty tasty food and lovely service and very good value
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  • Great food and wines with
    irone
    Dined on 23/4/2013
    Great food and wines with fast and friendly service. The pasta with lobster was heavenly and the place was buzing on a Saturday evening! Definately going back for the ambience and lovely Italian food.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions, group bookings, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • such tasty food
    Bon123
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    I was so pleasantly surprised by the fresh food, no fuss approach & just great taste. Proper Italian Food in Notting Hill. Lovely service too.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, brunch, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor experience
    Marigold
    Dined on 31/3/2013
    We ate at 6 on Easter Sunday, not a good time. But we were not welcomed, waitress continued sweeping floor and setting tables. Valentina wine was thin, meal portions small and overpriced, potato barely tepid. Liver and pannacotta dessert were excellent. Ambient music intrusive and loud. A thoroughly disappointing experience.
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  • This was the second time I
    Disappointed
    Dined on 14/3/2013
    This was the second time I had dined at Valentina's Notting HIll: the first time was a revelation -- delicious casual Italian food. This time was dreadful: slow, forgetful service; mediocre food. A real disappointment.
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  • Good sized portions and well
    Mesa
    Dined on 19/2/2013
    Good sized portions and well cooked. Attentive service. Large Italian wine list very clearly and helpfully arranged geograpically. We started in the restaurant when they opened at 6:00pm so were the first to be seated. A good atmosphere developed (they were full when we left at 8:00pm)
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my main complaint about this
    leapt
    Dined on 30/1/2013
    my main complaint about this place is that it has very little atmosphere. the service is a bit hesitant and although the food is fine it's really just a cafe.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    FoodieX
    Dined on 29/1/2013
    Food at Valentina was comparable to top cuisine in a star-studded NHS trust. Presentation was excellent but the food was microwaved to dryness. Given the restaurant was not exactly the cheapest, it was not a good experience. However the shop is very good and highly recommended.
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  • We really enjoyed Valentina
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    We really enjoyed Valentina for our evening out (4 ex school friends). Friendly service, not too noisy and good food.
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    special occasions, good vegetarian options, child friendly, brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trying to impress
    Rugbyjames
    Dined on 22/12/2012
    I took my friend from school and we had the chicken in mushroom sauce and it was delicious. I then saw two italian guys havin dessert. I had the orange sorbet in an bored out frozen orange and my friend had a tirimasu in a coffee cup which she destroyed. A three course meal for two with 4 bottles of peroni and tip for £50.00 in the heart of london. You cant complain about that. You may also be tempted by the authentic italian shop at the front of the restaurant. It was not michalin starred but it was very warming the food was gorgeous and I think my attempts to woo my friend were suffering at the hands of the handsome staff. I would definitely give this little italian a try.
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    fit for foodies, brunch, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.