Valenza Restaurant

4.7
1731 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(404) 969-3233
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Matt Swickerath
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Cross Street
Appalachee
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Public Transit
Brookhaven MARTA
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1731 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.6
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4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere great wait staff amazing food not overly seasoned but wonderfully balanced. My wife and I were celebrating her 60th Birthday and the staff went out of their way to make it special for her. We went on Wednesday night specifically to see Joe Gransdon play in an intimate setting that was relaxing and fun. We will be going back to enjoy this jewel of a restaurant soon

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was outstanding and service was impeccable.

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PC
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous time and experience as always! The service and food is always a winner for us!!

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RR
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

An African American couple was seated nearby. I have never heard such profanity, anywhere or anytime. I have never heard such repeated and loud use of the F word or the MF word. It was only the female who was loud and extremely profane. It was a problem for all the diners. There were families and at least one child. The management did nothing. We asked to be moved and they immediately moved us. I have never witnessed such behavior at any restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great. It was a really nice evening. We wanted to sit and chat. The server was great and never rushed us.

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LD
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

I’ve eaten here several times. The past 2 times have just been so-so. Service was kinda off and my food wasn’t as delicious as I had there before. Not sure what is going on but usually we love it. Our waiter was a little off too.

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J
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Five of us shared two appetizers, we each had a main course, and then we shared two desserts. My halibut was outstanding, the bread pudding and date tart were a hit.

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PC
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always they were outstanding in all aspects. My husband has Celiac's disease (and yes we go to an place that specializes in pasta so I can get my pasta fix) and they have been very careful to make sure his experience is gluten free. Ask for Anthony if you have the same issue...he will take good care of you if you make sure and tell him if you have issues!!

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CB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Craig was very accommodating to our large party, even coming by to say hello and check on the group. Our server was very knowledgeable, and the food was delicious. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion or date night. The atmosphere is cozy and classy.

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S
Atlanta
62 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

. Excellent choice for outstanding Italian food. We eat there often.

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T
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience-outstanding food and service, highly recommend

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g
Atlanta
50 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

As always, a great neighborhood spot for a casual dinner with friends. Good food, nice wine list, excellent outdoor seating. What could be better?

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This has become our anniversary tradition. Great food, service and atmosphere. Perfect for any romantic occasion.

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BC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of Atlantas best. We dine there twice a month

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P
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Noisy!!!! Live music not an asset in that space.
Food overly salted.

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ST
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A friend was in town from Memphis and this is our "go-to" restaurant for such occasions; easy to get to in rush hour, convenient valet service, wonderful food. The Papperdelle is always a winner but even better on this visit. The cocktails and wine delicious. Service spot on.

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great staff. Great chef.

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d
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience, not your average Italian cuisine.

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JT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

I am very sad to write that our latest visit to this normally terrific restaurant was less than satisfactory. We came to celebrate my husband‘s 60th birthday. I had reserved through Open Table and left instructions to please surprise us with a dessert that I would be happy to pay for. Normally Valenza has been extremely attentive and excellent responding to instructions I have left on Open Table. Our server, Anthony, was modestly attentive at best. We sat outside given the fine weather. But I had the distinct impression that had we been seated inside it we would’ve gotten better service. Although my fish (red snapper) was absolutely perfect, my husband’s short ribs were undercooked and tough. During our meal, I received an email that our reservation through Open Table had been canceled. Clearly, the greeter had either not read my request or thought we were walk-ins, despite the fact that when we entered I had noted we had made a reservation through Open Table for 6:45 PM. Small things are slipping: the white bread we received prior to cocktails was stale (the ciabatta was fine though), we waited too long after requesting our check, my napkin was stained. Valenza has been a dependable excellent meal in our neighborhood. And the beet salad has been updated and is excellent. But right now, in light of the service and quality of the entrée , I think we paid substantially more than we should have for what we got.

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GH
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my FAVORITE Brookhaven eateries.
Meatballs are a must try.
Reasonable wine list.
Outdoor patio great in appropriate weather.

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PC
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We Love this restaurant and when I needed to plan a surprise dinner party for my husband‘s birthday this was the place I knew would do a fabulous job! Originally it was to be eight people and at the last minute friends called and said they were driving into town so I had to make it 10. The hostess called to confirm my voicemail and gladly accommodate the request. We were seated in a semi private part of this quaint restaurant. Josh did a fabulous job taking care of all of our needs, pacing each course appropriately for the lively conversation. The food and wine were spectacular as always so thank you to the entire team at Valenza!!

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Z
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience last Saturday night. Attentive, friendly service and great food.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always the best food, service and ambience!

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PG
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Food is good and service is friendly, engaging and patient. Very noisy near the bar and sometimes the food is slow.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This was our second visit.
We enjoy going when Joe is there for the live music.
The food is delicious, service great and prices reasonable for this quality of food and atmosphere.

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OT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anthony took wonderful care of our party of four celebrating two birthdays!

I was the only one who has been here before, but I feel sure the others will be back!

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TM
Miami
86 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Have attended this restaurant before and enjoyed coming back.

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SS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceeded my expectations. Had the scallops. Perfectly cooked. Presentation was over the top.

Pork tenderloin was amazing

Meatball appetizer was also scrumptious!

Sat outside. Beautifully decorated and ambience was relaxing

Service was impeccable

Highly recommend

Expensive. But worth it.

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food is so good. One of the best Italian restaurants in Atlanta!

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CC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The owner Michael makes a point to talk to as many people as possible

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday. Everything was perfect!

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KC
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was good, but we sat outside and that's what made it a really great meal!

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S
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The cocktails at Valenza are top notch as was the service. Our food was excellent except for one thing. I had the special salad which was beautiful. I kept tasting a lot of salt and finally realized that the lemon vinegraitte had been oversalted. The kitchen needs to pay more attention to this. Otherwise, it was a wonderful dinner with great wine and we even had two desserts which were fabulous!

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AG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place. I’ve been here for personal and business meals. I love the selection, ambiance and scene. I’ll def be back.

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JB
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a fabulous neighborhood gem! Would highly recommend!

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AC
Atlanta
61 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Bucotinni pasta was fantastic. Papardelle sumptuous. Warm chocolate cake was yummy. Service was lackluster and haphazard.

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S
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 2Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The food was excellent, our waiter very attentive and knowledgeable, but the wait time for the food to come from the kitchen was not acceptable. Took us 2hrs to dine and that didn’t include dessert and coffee which we would have ordered if it hadn’t been so late. The live music added nothing to our experience and made it difficult to talk. A trumpet player in a dining room, really??

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BA
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, great food. It's lovely to sit outside - inside might be a bit loud.

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DC
New England
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent. Food is delicious! Service is great. Ambience is wonderful. And half dollar bottle of wine night on Monday makes for a great beginning to the week.

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S
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great mussels and Cesare Salad with tasty white anchovies. Highly recommend the Bucatini, Spaghettini and Ravioli. Great Italian wine list. Wonderful service from Anthony. Some of the best Northern Italian in on all of Atlanta.

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