Valanni
Valanni

Valanni

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://valanni.com/
  • Phone: 2157909494x
  • 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: Italian, Mediterranean, 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: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Valanni reviews from OpenTable diners
178 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (100)neighborhood gem (81)vibrant bar scene (73)good for groups (64)hot spot (61)special occasion (57)great for outdoor dining (56)romantic (50)late-night find (45)great for brunch (28)notable wine list (18)great for lunch (14)scenic view (8)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Valanni is always good
    AlanVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We've had brunch at Valanni's and loved it now we tried dinner. A tapas menu that is terrific. Small plates but eight dishes were more the enough for four people. Desserts were a bit erratic. Fried Oreo was great. Bread pudding mediocre at best. Definitely would go back for brunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super Fun and Trendy
    JulesVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I normally am not in to trendy settings, but the way that Valanni has redone their space is trendy, hip, yet a little retro...and it's super cool and enjoyable. The staff are awesome, the drinks are fabulous, the food is delicious and I can't wait to go back repeatedly. This will definitely be one of my new "once a week" restaurants!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, great service
    BABBAB
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food is very good, and you have a lot of options with the small plates. My entree (the airline chicken) was fantastic! The best part of our experience, though, was the service. Our waiter was super...on top of everything. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, average service.
    Aleigh
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was amazing. I would definitely recommend trying some of the tapas (Buffalo Chicken Croquettes, Chicken Empanadas, or even the Medi-tasting plate; however, share it amongst two people as it is a lot of food! On the other hand, the service was only ok. We were strapped for time (an hour and a half) and only saw our waiter to take drink orders and food orders at the beginning. The food took over an hour to get to our table, which is surprising as most Tapas restaurants bring it out as it's ready. We then had to track down the waiter for our check and supposedly, the credit card machine was having issues so it took another 10 minutes just to get them closed out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Much Ultraloud Music
    bjb1VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We have been going to Valanni for many years, and for the past two seasons it has been one of our favorite pre-theater or orchestra restaurants. We dined there on Wednesday, and found the food and service to continue to be excellent. However, the loud, throbbing, tense music made the experience nearly unbearable. My husband found it bearable, but I did not. Our servers, Chris and Stuart, did their best, moving us to a somewhat quieter table. Go if you don't mind the noise. The drinks are good. We thoroughly enjoyed the food. But if you are a curmudgeonly old folk like me, you might not want to risk it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lulu
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This was my second time at Valanni! I was lucky to be there for Restaurant week and it was so good I had to go back! I requested a romantic table for 2 and the host was more than happy to help! The food is amazing and the atmosphere was lovely!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre- Theather
    Angelo
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    This was an unexpected delight. Food was great and the service was good. Great location to enjoy dinner before a show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic tapas
    ajd1211
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Great selection of small plates including a large number of vegetarian choices. Excellent service and very moderate prices. Nice wine list too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    skinnygreedygalVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We went here after a play at the kimmel center. This was our first time here, pleasantly surprised. Modern designed restaurant, very pretty. Food and service was great! Drinks were very good too. The lobster mac was sooo good!!!! Oh and the Oreo beignet was to die for! We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Darling Favorite!
    1NewZagatsGuideVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    New stuff on the menu! A shrimp pesto flatbread and a beet arugula salad!…The server, Reece, was just the BEST!!! :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valanni never dissapoints...
    meatisgood
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Had another great meal at Valanni. This time it was brunch for a friend's birthday. We had a lovely time and the service/food was amazing. I cannot say enough nice things about this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DuffyVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Convenient pre-theater location with good food and service. Music volume unnecessarily loud and unpleasant at 6 PM seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good place for a visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I enjoyed the experience. I had a few of my closest friends join for my birthday. The food was good and the cocktails were good as well. The cucumber martini was a little weak. I love a good cucumber martini but it was still nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trendy and very good
    Skafish
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My wife and I found the food, drinks, service and decor all excellent. Don't expect a quiet romantic dinner ambiance, it's a very vibrant clientele and gets loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    Yummmmmmm
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Went for restaurant week. They have great drinks and absolutely wonderful food! To drink, I had the x-boyfriend and the stuffed and dirty martini - both awesome! To eat, we tried the fried goat cheese, vegetable empanadas, and the mussels in red sauce. All delicious! I ordered the meat and seafood paella - amazing! I also had a bite of the pasta of the night and the tilapia, the tilapia was especially flavorful. For dessert, we had the rum bananas, Oreo beignet, and chocolate mouse. The mouse was the clear winner, but everything was yummy. I would recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kellster8
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Went here for restaurant week- good food but you can get just as good somewhere without the non-restaurant-week price tag.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food was unbelievable!!!! Very flavorful. Service was also very good. I would definitely recommend this place. Yummy!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good
    demetriwayne
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Valanni's is always good..friendly staff, excellent food, good portions..mmm..yummy! I will never get tired of this place because of the food, music, the people..overall a winner. They also have an excellent brunch that should not be missed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Theresa
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I had never been to Valanni before but went as part of restaurant week. The place was outstanding. Service was great and the food was wonderful. Just the right portion size and just the right seasoning. Wine was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • #1 in my book!
    LadyStephVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My best restaurant experience ever! Every part of my 4 course meal was fantabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I had never heard of this place until last week when I was searching through 'restaurant week' options. The food was AMAZING! I had the goat cheese appetizer which was my favorite. I'd go back just for that. For my meal I ordered the Lobster & Crab Mac & Cheese which was also incredibly delicious! Then for dessert I ordered the Oreo Beignet. Mmmhmm... very good. Overall I'd say the food was my favorite part of this restaurant. The service wasn't perfect but it was good for the most part. The hostesses were a little slow to seat us even with reservations but the food more than made up for it :) :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    rayfaye1982
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We went to Valanni for restaurant week and it was delicious! The service was great and the food was phenomenal! I went there for brunch once as well and it was just as good if not better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place!
    Love2eat
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I had been wanting to try this place for quite awhile. I'm so glad I finally did!! I truly enjoyed my food and the ambiance was amazing!!! My husband and I came for our 2nd anniversary and it gave us exactly what we were looking for. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best tuna but pricey
    Gayborhoodgal
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We went for restaurant week. Was expecting more small plates but it was a small plate larger plate and dessert. Other restaurants have larger portions for the restaurant week price. Anyway, the food is always fabulous here just pricey
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing
    Deish30
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Cute dark resturant just how I like it food and drinks very good
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sooo good
    niklovenight
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Delicious n flavorful food. The x boyfriend is a great passion fruit drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ice Cream Soup
    disappointeddiner
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We started our meal with pleasant, unique tapas (Baked Brie & Crispy Shiitake Polenta). But that's where our praises end. Our Meat & Seafood Paella was brought to us on porcelain plates - not on a sizzling pan, hence with a dearth of socarrat (the crispy rice on the bottom). To rub salt in the wound, we found a bitter paste in many of our clams and mussels, which we surmise was the paella flavoring not distributed correctly. The dagger came with dessert. Having read good reviews about the Caramelized Rum Bananas and Bread Pudding, we ordered these. To our dismay, they arrived looking more like soup than dessert. 60% of the ice cream had melted by the time our desserts reached our table. I don't remember ice cream soup being a delicacy.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch
    Foodie87
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We actually went for restaurant week but arrived to early to take part. We had brunch instead. I had the Petit Filet & eggs w/ mushrooms and potatoes. It was DELICIOUS! I would definitely go back to get that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise
    KrazyKat
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had concert tickets for the Kimmel. I searched Google maps and saw that Valanni was nearby. It happened to be restaurant week so we all decided to spend the $35 for an appetizer, entrée and dessert. We loved our food choices and our waitress was precious. I will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GREAT FOOD
    Selbz
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I enjoy trying new foods and Valanni really fit the bill. The have a Tapas menu that has so many choices we didn't know where to start. The waitress was very helpful and knowledgeable about all the dishes on the menu so she made choosing easier. The prices were VERY reasonable compared to other Tapas places we have been and the quality of the food was very very good. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty average
    Becky269
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Everything was around the sub par/average level. Food was okay. Service was okay, not bad but the server never came to check on us and wasn't really great or anything. I had the most sour sangria ever, barely had 2 pieces of fruit in it. It's a really cool looking place, but everything else about it is average. Will not be returning
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Atmosphere
    Kizzy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My first time...went on a Friday night during Restaurant Week. Great mix of people, food was fantastic and the DJ had us wishing for a dance floor! My new favorite place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wendy63
    Dinerdash
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We tried this restaurant for Resturant Week. We were so impressed with everything...the menu has many selections for everyone and portions are perfect so you can enjoy the fabulous desserts!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Happy Hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was a good happy hour spot. The bar tender was friendly. I made a reservation for a group of 4. One more person decided to join us, but the restaurant was not very accommodating. They told us we could grab a lounge table, but we could not just add an extra chair to our table. I understand that it was restaurant week. We made due with our spot at the bar and then got dinner at another place in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible service
    PatriciaVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Two of my friends & I expected great service and delicious food. Valanni failed on both accounts. The food was mediocre, bland and over cooked. The service was terrible! The staff acted as if they were overwhelmed... Didn't you know it was restaurant week?! They were unprofessional, aloof and unattentibe.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love It!!!
    Iroq215
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This place is nothing short of Chic & Fabulous!! Every time I expose one of my friends to this place, they really enjoy the food and the entire ambience of Vilanni. I'm glad that this place is right in my neighborhood. I would definitely recommend as an official hot spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week at Valanni
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The menu was excellent - it had a wide variety of dishes. I had only ever been here for happy hour before, which is also AMAZING, so this was my first time ordering entrees. I took two friends that had never been there and they were so impressed, they have be asking me to go back ASAP. Overall, it is in a great location, the food is always delicious and the drinks are excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bags
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We spent a wonderful evening at Valanni for Restaurant Week. The food was more than just delicious. The service was exceptional. I would recomend this restaurant to family, friends and out of town visitors.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!
    Gel4
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Came to Valanni for my birthday and just so happened that restaurant week was the same time. It was a great place. We had great food, filling portions, and wonderful service. Our server Nick was always on point with getting us our drinks and bringing out the food hot! We had a part of 6 and everyone really enjoyed themselves. We will def be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique and eclectic
    Annabananas25
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Valany's atmospehre was very modern, i loved the ope windoes and glass decor. The food was fabulous, unique combinations that were done just right. Our Server, Rochelle, genuinely seemed to enjoy serving us. She was very friendly and had great feed back on our questions. I would deffinately reccomend Valanni and plan to go back in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.