Valentina

4.7
114 reviews
$41 to $100
Australian
HAVE YOU MET VALENTINA?

How do we explain Valentina? Her beauty is so uniquely mesmerizing she becomes muse to everyone who meets her.

She dances around the islands visiting the mansions of her lovers; all of whom keep a room just for her. Not knowing where or when she will arrive, but always hoping it won’t be too long between visits.

We’ve prepared the room for her arrival with everything she loves; delicious seafood alongside her favourite local dishes, seductive cocktails and exquisite wines.

You’ll know when Valentina is on her way as the linen curtains begin to dance and the breeze carries with it a song you’ve never heard before.

We’d love for you to come and meet the beauty that is… Valentina.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 114 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kneebumps
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a lovely restuarant, a fabulous respite from the ubiquitous ‘speciality burger joints’ and Cafe’s.

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Thedoll
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed the dinner and were very impressed with the quality of the meal. We were a little unsure of how to order and how the restaurant worked but the wait staff were very helpful. It is quite expensive but for a special occasion- why not?

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KylieD
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved our dinner at Valentina-looks great, food superb. Service excellent.

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KristyB
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience would go back again and again, staff really knew their product and sold it well.

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VincentH
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service, opulent surrounds and sumptuous food 5/5

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PaulC
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice food. Well prepared. Good service. Nice ambiance.

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Arabella
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch - enjoying the water views with good company, wonderful food and wine - and very good service. We thoroughly enjoyed.

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Zanneke
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time visit turned out to be a wonderful experience. Food was excellent, staff very friendly and attentive. Will definitely come back again!

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MaryG
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our dining experience was fabulous & I would highly recommend the restaurant as a must do when visiting Merimbula.

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TerryO
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Menu needs updating as this was my second visit and have had almost everything on the menu now

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saras
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked for lunch and could of stayed till dinner ! Ridiculously beautiful room, view, size and lighting are perfect for the space. Good short drinks list with something for everyone. Food menu is small but well planned and executed for the season and sharing. Service was relaxed and professional.

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AndreasM
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went here for our anniversary dinner. Food quality and quantity was excellent but menu was a little limited, only choice for mains was steak, fish or vegetarian. The service was very friendly, attentive and reasonably quick. Wine choice was ample and appropriate for the menu. Prices are a little bit on the high side but acceptable for the quality of food provided.

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XenaWP
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food and great service. Beautifully decorated and water views are also beautiful. Unfortunately we found it to be a ‘noisy’ restaurant and so conversation was strained. This meant that the music was also a bit loud - it added to the problem - and would cause me to think twice about going back.
Otherwise an excellent dining. experience.

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visitormerimbula
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously good food, well designed menu, limited wines. Potato side dish delicious. Charming staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dining with amazing seasonal food! Great service, lovely vista, good music and delicious wine.
We dined here once, loved it so much that we came back two weeks later! The quality was consistent!

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AlandraS
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Congratulations to the team on creating such a wonderful dining experience.

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Jules
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! So much so we went twice during our stay here. Amazing food and service. Great vibe - day and night. Highly recommend.

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NaomiS
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Great view and beautiful restaurant. Loved it

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MarkN
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnificent food, stunning views and wonderful ambience made for a very special lunch for our party of 5. Something new and vibrant for Merimbula and we will definitely return.

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Diana
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We arrived at 8pm for our reservation and was asked to sit and wait for our tables to be cleared. Meanwhile 3 other couples arrived after us and obviously known by the staff and were sat down immediately.we waited 20mins and we’re about to leave when we were given a table. The food was ok but expensive. Our waitress was very helpful and attentive.

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JulieS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just lovely! Food is delicious, service A1, decor stunning. Highly recommended

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CarolineW
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We could not recommend Valentina more highly. The food was excellent, the service was knowledgeable and friendly and attentive - music was awesome too! And then there is the view - all perfect! We will be back.

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warrenw
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Valentina was ok. Was it worth the money? Yeah probably not. But it was an experience.
1. Music was loud. My partner was sitting next to me and had trouble hearing me when we were talking.
2. The music got louder when we had just finished our mains, it’s almost as if to usher us out.
3. No non alcoholic drink menu.
4. It’s Tapas style which was not clear upon booking.
5. Needs clearer signage for entry and toilets.
6. Toilet door left open and clearly visible from the dining area.
7. Main fish course was very soggy, almost like it was frozen rather than fresh from the area.

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CallyW
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was presented beautifully and was all absolutely delicious. We ordered 7 dishes and 2 sides. The service was friendly and informative. We will be back.

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Rach
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience at Valentina. Food & Service were outstanding. We ordered extensively from the menu and no dish disappointed. Highly (Highly) recommend dining here!

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ChrissyM
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and well prepared, the offerings at Valentina make you want to order everything ! Casual but sophisticated is exactly what the South Coast needed.

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Calamari
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really thoughtful renovation of a room perched above Merimbula’s lake. Comfy banquettes add a nice touch to the classy fit-out. Young, enthusiastic staff create a real buzz and the food is not over complicated or trying too hard. Background music can be a little overbearing and this is not the place for you if you want a big lump of steak and a bucket of chips.

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AndreaH
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Innovative food where the natural flavours are enhanced with a variety of ingredients. Service was prompt and friendly without being intrusive. Overall a wonderful night and I would highly recommend Valentina to anyone travelling to Merimbula.

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SeanH
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good, service, beer and wine. With a great view

OT
OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, fabulous outlook, fabulous staff

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CaitlinM
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited Valentina with 7 friends and we had a seafood set menu. All of our dietary requirements were met by subbing out one dish for another (even more delicious) dish. All the food was so delicious. It ended up being too much food so they packed our left overs for us to take home. They also were very helpful with the wine selection. Cannot wait to eat here again.

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KarenC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic dining experience, feedback music just a little too loud

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LynnB
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was very good although servings were quite small.
The music was very loud making conversation at the table quite difficult.

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Kerrie
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful restaurant with incredible food. Highly recommended.

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JonathanG
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I’ve had in Australia the owners, chefs and waitstaff should all be very proud of what is unfolding

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Paul
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful original dishes. Food excellent. Music too loud. Drinks overpriced.

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KylieD
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, while not cheap, had amazing flavours. We did share plates and the staff were great in guiding how much we might need. Great service.

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JindyJB
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is indeed excellent. Ambience is good but please turn down the music! (Which seems to be a recurring issue at this place. Don't they read the reviews???) Service was above average but they maybe could have done with one more on the floor. I do NOT like having the bottle of wine I ordered "left over there" and then have to get someone's eye when I need a refill. Was the same with the water. It's not cheap and the meals aren't enormous (good) but the food is well presented and IS delicious.

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MartyW
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best night out I’ve had in a long time. Highly recommend

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Merimbula48
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new restaurant with amazing views and well crafted food. Some more variety in the available wines price range would be appreciated but our dinner was otherwise perfect.

FAQs

Valentina is rated 4.7 stars by 114 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.