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Valanni Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://valanni.com
  • Email: info@valanni.com
  • Phone: (215) 790-9494
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm -10:30pm Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm -11:00pm Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm Late night menu served until 1:00am 7 days a week and the Bar is open until 2:00am.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: John Strain
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Private Dining for groups of 10-40! Dining and beverage packages start as low as $17 per person.
    We are certain that as a team, we will leave a lasting impression with you and your special guests and will strive to meet your every need.
    At Valanni we offer a wide variety of menu items to satisfy every palate in addition to prices to fit any budget. All of our events are handled on a personal case by case basis, with the intent to reach
    your highest expectations. Email Events@valanni.com!
  • Entertainment: Djs Wednesday through Saturday from 10:30pm - 2:00am
  • Special Events & Promotions: Visit www.valanni.com for up-to-date reminders of special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 13th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is meter parking throughout the area as well as a public lot on Spruce between 13th and Broad
A word from Valanni
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. The kitchen is open until 1 AM daily serving Tapas and a Mediterranean inspired lounge menu.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and I try to get to Valanni every time we are in the city. The food is always great, good portions, great cocktails and most important, it's neat and clean. Staff is always polite and your food is out quick. Great neighborhood too. Go. It's a must hit in that neighborhood. "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We were going to be in Phila for 1 day only. We decided to book for Sat night, but were a little late and our top 2 choices were all booked up, so we decided to try Valanni based on a pretty good Zagat score. We were very pleased with the decision. We tried a couple of sampler plates and found them to be well prepared and attractively presented. Service was good. The wine list was brief but more than adequate. Being Sat night, the place was buzzing. We were able to score a sidewalk table so avoided what sounded like an energetic crowd inside. My wife especially liked the dressing on the Bibb salad, so we asked if they would be willing to share the recipe. Hope they do."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "It was our first visit and had come recommended by a friend. They restaurant was great. Food was excellent, service was also excellent. We got stuck in traffic and was 20 min late for our reservation. We phoned and they held it for us with no problem. Hostess was really nice. We were seated immediately. I can't wait to go back again."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Best place for a happy hour!! They best options for drinks and food selections."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Our waiter John was fantastic. He was friendly, fast and had great suggestions. Our food, as always, was legendary. Valanni's our favorite place to bring friends and family. Warning to all new patrons: The lobster mac & cheese is to die for. You will want it every day."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This restaurant is convenient to the Wilma, Philadelphia Theater Company , the Kimmel Center and the Academy of Music. Food is interesting and well prepared and service is excellent. I recommend sharing the delicious seafood paella."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This was my second time here. Both times the food was excellent and offered a wide choice in flavor. The tapas is great to allow one to get a taste of many of their dishes."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I lucked in to Happy Hour where several tapas dishes were half price. The service was attentive and the food was very good."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The food was very good. Very convenient to the Kimmel Center. Pleasant staff."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "While in Philadelphia for a conference, I looked for a spot to reach by tax & not too far. This was a gem! Many choices: various tapas (including great vegie ones!), paella, and other entrees. I mixed it up with tapas. Brussels sprouts with apples, almonds & balsamic glaze was #1 standout. WOW: I would go back just for that. Plus empanadas (ok) & a BIbb lettuce salad with blue cheese and apples (perfect), Still peckish, I added a pork tenderloin tapa. The Oreo ice-cream brioche (can't remember name) was just right. Only complaint: Wine list by glass was a bit sparse, though acceptable. No half bottles either. For a solo diner, I missed those other options. Noise level: high, though my seat by window was perfect."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "the waiter, scott, was awesome. Super attentive! excellent seafood paella and loved the octopus!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Typically at Tapas restaurants when you order a selection you get a selection of sizes. Every tapas was pretty much the smallest size you might offer of that dish. Loved the brussels sprouts but the other dishes didn't have much of a twist on typical tapas food. And it was noisy! Seemed like a lively place for a young crowd."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The good - Partial seating OK. Pleasant hostess. Strike 1: Website says "Happy hour 4:30 - 7pm, 50% off tapas and $5 drinks, M-F". We were told "Oh no, that's only in the bar area, but that tapas menu is more limited". No footnote with that little distinction and the bar area was 6 feet away. Strike 2: When we asked for the check, I asked for the theater discount (noted as up to 20%). She didn't look happy and asked which theater. I showed our tickets for Mask and Wig club. "Sorry, we only do that for Walnut Street, Wilma, and ones like that." Strike 3: After I said offers were online, she said "sorry". As she turned, she rolled her eyes and grimaced. At that point I could care less about the food. No tip, no looking back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Hi OpenTable... Something in your system made me book this restaurant twice. I didn't show up the first time when I made the reservation so please don't charge the restaurant. I am going tonight and if you can make the correction, I will write a real review. Otherwise I don't know how to correct the mistake that makes you think I actually went there."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Have to go to theater? Stop by here first....great food that comes quickly and is really good."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "YESSSSSSS! Valanni! With the help of your incredible manager, Lauren and your incredible server, Dave, Valanni is my favorite again! I didn't think I could recover from my Saturday night experience, but wow wow wow. The food the service the experience! Can't wait to come back. Thank you."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "This was an excellent place for my mom to meet my gf for the first time. The food was excellent and the build your own Mimosa was a treat. Our waitress was very attentive and the music was kept at the right level. The place was grown and sexy to say the least, but also provided a nice atmosphere for daytime conversation. I would recommend this place for almost any occasion."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "This is a bar that is trying desperately to serve food on the side.. but failing miserably. About half of the restaurant is bar seating with little cocktail tables, with a huge bar in the middle.. and the other side are normal restaurant tables. Noise level is pretty loud - do not expect quiet conversations here. We came here for dinner and expected to be seated at a normal table.. instead, they showed us (2 people) to a cocktail table with barely enough room for 2 plates and glasses. We were going to be seated side by side, facing the bar... ridiculous! We walked out and said our goodbyes at that point... would never go back .. or if you do, make sure you get a normal table."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Dinner at Valanni was an enjoyable meal. We were a group of 5 so we ordered everything to share, covering a wide variety of dishes. I'd do it the same way again. Be sure to save room for dessert!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "great little tapas place in center city. everything was fabulous. tip: even though this is a fancy place with some great tastes, I have to also mention that they have a great plate of french fries too!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We loved all of the tapas we got, except the calamari. Everything was served quickly, hot and tasted amazing. Highly recommend lobster and crab mac and cheese! The menu has a great mix of tapas and full sized plates."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I am a huge fan of Valanni, I encourage you to go here.. but please make sure you do not get John, the server. He is absolutely horrendous, in fact, everyone sitting at the tables around me- all agreed. One of the diners next to me actually timed how long it was to get the check- 15 MINUTES! Wow. Drinks never came, he kept blaming it on the bar, dinner entrees came although some were forgotten, dessert was ordered...had to be repeated 1032923 times. No coffee... when it was ordered. It was just so bad, I am going to have to convince my family to come back because I still love it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Just as other reviewers wrote, the paella is THE dish to get. Medi-latin plates are good, but our table felt the kitchen could have taken it a little further in complexity of flavors. Oreo beignet is indeed a great finish. High noise level can be festive or downright hard to carry on conversation. Would recommend to others with that caveat."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This restaurant is small and noisy and I am frequently the oldest diner. Still it has a range of small and large plates at moderate prices. I would not rate it as haut cuisine but everything I have had there has been very good."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We wnated a restaurant that served a meal that would be too filling before sitting in a show for two hours. This place worked out great. We chose the tapas and were able to eat drink and be on our way to the show in 1 hour and15 minutes."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The service was fabulous! The food was terrific! I even made reservations for Monday the 31st."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Very convenient to the Wilma, Philadelphia Theater Company, the Academy of Music and the Kimmel Center. Excellent paella and small portion ($35) is more than enough for two people. Salads are generous, as are appetizers. Service is pretty good and the food is above average."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Excellent tapas with a mix of the traditional and new. The wine list is a good mix of old world and new world and all at very reasonable prices. Good vibe at the bar and tables. Overall a fun place to meet, dine and talk."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had a reservation for 9pm and weren't seated until 9:45. During this time, we sat at the bar and got a drink. The drinks were good and they had some interesting concoctions. They seated us by the open door, so the food got cold very quickly. We got most of the vegetarian tapas and the mushroom flatbread. Everything was good but nothing was exceptional. My favorites were the brussels sprouts and fiery potatoes. I'm glad we tried Valanni. I don't think I would go back for the food, but maybe to grab drinks."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We found Valanni through an Open Table search and chose it for the menu and the proximity to our hotel. It was a great experience. We were seated at a window front table and the service was attentive and friendly. The food was delicious. In particular we enjoyed the crab and lobster mac and cheese which was outstanding. I would definitely return to this restaurant on my next trip to the area."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I made a reservation for a Saturday night, we ended up having to wait a half hour to get our table. The manager came over and gave us three tapas on the house, which was very nice! Delicious food and very friendly staff. Food and drinks are fun and creative."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Second time dining here prior to seeing show at the Academy. Loved it. Easy walk from Patco and short walk to thearter Service is tops and they let you dine. No rushing to turn your table."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We went for the happy hour. Very reasonable drinks and half-price tapas. Then got a few full price tapas after 7 to finish the meal. Waiter made an effort to get us seated in the happy hour section, which we really appreciated. Great experience and great value. I would definitely return if I'm ever in Philly again."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Valanni is not cheap, and it might take your waiter 30 minutes to bring you your check, but the tapas plates are delicious and you will not leave hungry! I suggest polenta, israeli couscous, lobster mac, and chicken empanadas! Can't go wrong!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We went to celebrate a special occasion and were not disappointed. Got the tapas for the two of us to share: spanikopida, trio of spreads (hummus and 2 others), and the baked brie. All were excellent. 3 tapas was enough for 2 people as a meal, and reasonably priced for the portion size. Would highly recommend for happy hour/light fare!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I'm one that loves dining with friends and their tapas selections makes it great for that. With everyone ordering 3-4 to share, you're in for a great and very satisfying meal."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "My husband and I visited Philly from the DC area and were looking for a trendy little spot within walking distance of our hotel to celebrate my birthday on a Sunday evening. Valanni fit the bill! It was a quiet night so we were given an out of the way table and had plenty of room around us to enjoy our conversation as well as the interesting blend of flavors on our plates!. The service was a little slow, but we had made it clear we were not in a rush and so enjoyed various tapas plates for 2 hours. Every bite was delightful and I would heartily recommend this great spot!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Valanni was a great choice for our happy hour: the cocktails were excellent, well-priced, and the food and service were both excellent. We sat outside, so while I can't really comment on the interior, we found the place flawless. We'll be back for happy hour, dinner, even brunch if we're in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We were able to get a reservation at the last minute and were seated immediately. food was very good with interesting."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I really wanted to love Valanni, but it fell short. The mac and cheese is delicious as are the brussel sprouts....but drinks and service are lacking. My stuffed figs were also WAY overcooked- super dried out. I might return but I'll know better now."
    Dined on 3/7/2014