Valanni

4.3
2691 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Valanni restaurant opened its doors in September of 2000, introducing "Medi-Latin" cuisine to Philadelphia. Situated right off of the "Avenue of the Arts," Valanni has become a pre-theater ritual and place to meet for a night-cap for many who live in and around the neighborhood. The bar at Valanni keeps up with the creative food served by offering an assortment of sangria, mojitos and other specialty drinks.
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EV
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for a Bachelorette party of six. I’m from out of town and tried to find a place that looked nice online and myself and the whole party couldn’t have been happier with the choice! DELICIOUS food, GREAT ambience, and NICE staff. They made the bride feel very special. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Extremely hot inside it appeared that the air was turned off (during the summer). While our waiter was nice he was extreme slow. We had to ask various people to get him to come over to our table multiple times (we were a party of 11). I don’t think I’ll ever go there with a large party again, maybe with a smaller group though.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Went to celebrate my birthday with some friends. Love the ambiance of the restaurant. The food was ok, I remember loving it the first time I went - that’s why I chose to go here. Service was good.

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MC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic! Their Mezzi Board sooo good! Great value for very good food! Definitely will be back!

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R
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Happy hour drinks were a little small and maybe even watered down a little bit but the ambiance on the sidewalk seating was wonderful. Very much enjoyed the fried goat cheese, calamari and the grilled octopus tapas plates. We had the scallops and burger for mains. I would definitely go back again!

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LH
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Highly recommend this place for brunch.

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N
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Valanni; works well before or after a cultural event. We took some newcomers this time, and had fun sampling different cocktail offerings and a wide range of small plates. Brussels Sprouts are a perennial favorite, and even though our favorite meatballs are no longer offered, we found new and old highlights. Service is always prompt and attentive--we'll be back again!

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DA
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had heard great things about this place, and finally decided to go. The ambiance, food and drinks were all amazing. We will definitely be back!

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MI
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was great. Music was upbeat. Atmosphere was enjoyable. Good energy. Drinks were delicious. Food was ok.

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SM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Great atmosphere. Will definitely come again. Great place for a Saturday night.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food - hummus and veggie platter, flatbread, fried goat cheese were outstanding.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so good, the food was insane.

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S
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great meal and time. Waiters were excellent. Tried multiple items off the menu and all outstanding. Portions overall large.

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c
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was fantastic. My mother, sister and I went here before the theater at the Academy of music and got the pre-theater menu. The three-course meal cost $35. I got the pork empanadas for an appetizer which were absolutely delicious. For the entrée I got the salmon and dessert an Oreo ice cream. Cannot wait to go back here again.

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G
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our server did a good job and was personable. The appetizer plate worked for the table and could even be a meal for two. Tasty assortment. The menu was a bit limited and the noise level high.

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Bartender was very inconsistent and didn’t seem to have any experience, we had to send several drinks back because they were just so bad

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P
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Valanni has been really good in the past. We tried something other than drinks and the mezze platter, which has always been really good. We tried several other small plates and honestly the food was average at best. Service just ok, no checking back after food quickly brought to the table. Probably won’t go back

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RC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Expensive, loud, very tight seating, with trendy but totally impractical small cylindrical Ottoman seating at many tables. Very uncomfortable seating with no backs for guests on this side of the table. Place was busy. Our server was unimpressive. WORST Surprise was a 20% tip being included on the bill for a party of 5, without disclosing this on the credit card slip. Clearly they have no issue with collecting duplicate tipping. Buyer beware! Will not return.

Valanni
Responded on May 21, 2019

Dear Rick, We appreciate this honest feedback of your visit and sincerely apologize for the lackluster experience you had . I would like to point out that I was able to pull your receipt, you did not get charged a duplicate gratuity. It does state on the receipt and on our menu that a party of 5 will be charged an automatic gratuity. I apologize if this wasn't also communicated verbally. We will use your comments as a means to improve . We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again.

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JM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places to dine. Great food and service.

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FB
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance, but our waitress seemed only slightly interested or attentive.

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r
Philadelphia
109 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were looking forward to our dinner at Valannis. Showed up and were seated near open doors. It was cold so we asked to be moved away from the doors. They refused to seat us at tables that were reserved for a large party of ten. There were no other seats available except at the bar. This is a bad customer policy since we eat often in Center City Philly and find their inability to be flexible very annoying. We have eaten there before and were looking forward to dining there. We had an established Open Table reservation. The result? We left without eating.

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T
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I would recommend this restaurant with reservations. Atmosphere was good, service very good and drinks very good. The food wasn't as good as the last time we ate there. The brussels sprouts with apples were excellent, but my salmon was cooked very well, but it sat on a mound of uninteresting mashed potatoes with a few limp string beans on top. Not what one expects from a restaurant with these prices.

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

A brunch and staff that never disappoint.

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j
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We do a large group brunch every year after the Broad Street Run, and every year Valanni is perfect!

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t
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything was well executed, service was good. Meals were good or very good. The starters and desserts were excellent. Location is nice, and there is some outdoor seating, and large open doors on one side, providing a nice atmosphere, taking advantage of the nice weather for those who are inside as well.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Pre theatre. Food was nothing special.

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s
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

We were surprised: the flowers at the front were dead. Only one menu could be found-- and it was greatly stained. The only reason we stayed was that the server was nice and he understood things were off. All the food came at the same time even after we asked that this not be the case.
My drink was good!

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OT
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for brunch.
They have some tasty meals.
Staff was attentive
Make sure you get the build your own Mimosas great deal

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K
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Philadelphia, found this restaurant on Opentable. Was looking for a restaurant serving Tapas. Valanni’s was perfect!

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K
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Second time here and I like the gray consistency of the food and service, nothing really new just standard recipes cooked to perfection Valanni won’t let you down

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JB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The food was mostly tasteless, and the calamari was over cooked. All the mezze came out right away and all at once.

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J
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

The food is good, the service fine - very friendly and knowledgeable waiter (he told us how big the Paella was so we didn't order two), BUT the noise level was just so high it made the experience unpleasant. We couldn't even be heard at our own table.

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FR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed the food and the service. Great cocktails!

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TR
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Innovative food selection; good drinks. A little noisy and pricey. Service somewhat lacking. Ambience unremarkable. Solid choice, but not a must.

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JS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for pre-concert/theater meal. The mezzo board is an outstanding for both taste and value. The noise level is pretty intense. Come earlier if you want a quieter dinner. Service has always been efficient and personable.

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W
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Overall, a solid place for dinner. Great place to go before a show at Verizon Hall!!

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DK
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were there early (6 PM) on a nice day and got to sit in the open window. It was delightful - much more spacious-seeming and light than the tables behind the bar. The food was excellent. We especially enjoyed the Fried Goat Cheese, the Crispy Brussel Sprouts, and the Crispy Shiitake Polenta.

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t
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

We were seated in the area in the front of the restaurant where every time the door opened to the outside a gust of air blew at us. Also the noise level was so bothersome to my husband that he took his hearing aids out and thought he put them in his shirt pocket. He must have missed the pocket and so they fell to the floor. We didn't realize this until we had left the restaurant. When we came back the table was occupied by a new party who had been served their meal. One of the customers found one of his hearing aids under the table. We couldn't find the other one and I left my information with the front reception I felt that the restaurant was not as concerned about our loss as the customers at the table. Our server was not as attentive toward us as I would have liked. We had to keep calling out for more service.

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MC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Have been eating here before ballets for a number of years. Portions keep getting smaller. Music is way too loud. Hard to have a conversation across a small table. Short walk to theaters.

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KW
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Not in love with recent menu changes but I love Valanni’s drinks and atmosphere!

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