Valley Green Inn
Valley Green Inn

Valley Green Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://valleygreeninn.com/
  • Phone: (215) 247-1730
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Kate Harron 2152471730

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Valley Green Inn
Located in the Wissahickon Valley, the inviting atmosphere of Philadelphia's last remaining roadhouse is one of the city's best kept secrets. The Valley Green Inn is just waiting to be found in the bustling metropolis of America's Birthplace.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Valley Green Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (53)great for outdoor dining (45)special occasion (40)great for brunch (34)romantic (34)great for lunch (28)neighborhood gem (27)good for groups (15)fit for foodies (15)kid-friendly (6)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Charming experience in Fairmount Park
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We had brunch on a sunny, temperate day. We were seated right near the real fireplace in a very cozy spot. The food was wonderful, beginning with a petite bread basket full of tasty treats like chocolate chip banana bread. The brunch is a prix fixe price but you really do get a bang for your buck. My only complaint was we wanted more coffee but the bus boy took everything away, including our spoons and our bread basket which still had some items. So we had to stir the coffee with our sugar packets as the waitress didn't come back for a bit. They had three servers, essentially one to a table at that time. (They also had two hosts. It seemed a bit excessive for such a small place.) So I feel she could have been a bit more attentive and the bus boy should ask if we're done with everything before scooping everything up and away. I felt a bit rushed but it wasn't very busy. Aside from that though, the meal was worth these very minor inconveniences and we'll be back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valley Green Restaurant
    Loyisa
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    My parents first took me to Valley Green to feed the ducks when I was four (I am 65). It has been a special occasion place ever since. The Wissahican Creek Park setting and wonderful historic building has been the biggest draw, but now the food befits the special setting. I was there for brunch and both the Huevos Rancheros and Eggs Benedict were a hit!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sylvester
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    My wife and I have been going to the Valley Green Inn since we moved to neighborhood three years ago and we really enjoy the experience. We bring friends to the Inn all the time. Scott is a great server and the entire staff make you feel welcomed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the energy.
    hiddengemfinder
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I was excited to receive a gift card to this restaurant and went on a beautiful Fall day. Sadly, it was very disappointing. The service is very slow , and forgetful although the server was pleasant enough. The staff seems to stand around quite a bit. The food was edible but totally lackluster. My daughter ordered grilled cheese and it arrived so burnt I asked her what changed her mind.....I thought she ordered a completely different meal! No apologies, no explanation. I would NOT recommend this restaurant unless a number of things changed , significantly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • all I expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We had two Australians visiting and wanted something out of the way and colorful and Valley Green Inn fit that requirement very well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • maybe an off night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    q quite night. Food was just not that flavorful. Too much salt on the duck. meat loaf was kind of bland and actually a bit tough. Salads had fresh ingredients but otherwise not special.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good and enjoyable
    djhrickVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We ate at the Inn recently. The experience was lovely -- stopping in the woods at an inn smelling of a wood fire with warm good food and a quiet atmosphere. The evening was very enjoyable -- the wait staff was friendly and helpful and the service was slow but at a comfortable pace. The food was good - not fabulous, but pleasing and enjoyable. I would recommend the Valley Green INn as a great place ot go for a convivial evening with friends where you can relax.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maître d gives VGI a black eye
    Trees4us
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Lovely place, if a bit overpriced. Food delicious. However, the maître d never spoke a word. When given our reservation name, he just pointed toward the reserved table and did not move. I would forgive an unwelcoming employee but he did again later in the evening - just gestured instead of speaking. This was an important occasion for our family and I wanted it to be lovely. He didn't say goodby either. Was he mute? (I'm not kidding or sarcastic; he never spoke.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    TeaHouse
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We returned to Valley Green for our anniversary--our wedding reception had been there. The food was disappointing: I had a vegetarian meal which I thought was insipid. My husband had scallops, and he too felt flavor was lacking. Service was not much better. Our memories were best.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful and worth the drive!!
    mallgirl3
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    It was a dark and rainy night. We made it to our destination. Business was slow due to the weather but the staff was very pleasant. Dinner was delicious!! We would absolutely like to try brunch or dinner again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you for the great dinner
    Bonnie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Helen is a very talented young chef. We enjoy our dinner tremendously every time we visit there. Her innovative dishes- this time, shrimp and kimchi ravioli- are always amazing. In addition, her dessert dishes are exquisitely delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable morning
    Clueless
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Beautiful morning for a delicious brunch on the porch watching others walking, running, biking. A memorable day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Host was unfriendly and unwelcoming. Staff was inattentive. Food was fair at best. We had brunch. We were a party of five. One had the asparagus, tomato, and cheese omelette. They must've used 5 or 6 eggs. It was overpowering and there was barely any asparagus or tomato. Another had the Brie stuffed French toast. There was barely any cheese. One person had the stuffed Belgian waffle and said it wasn't any better than what you get in the frozen department at the grocery store. We were told the meatloaf is what they were known for, however, the person who had it said it was fair. We had to ask for someone to come in to fill our water glasses. The experience was disappointing at best. We were there to celebrate four birthdays.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • outsidedinerVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Atmospheric with nice scenery in a historic inn good for warm weather on the porch or cold weather by the inside fireplace.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Location
    sharon567
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great location on Forbidden Drive along the Wissahickon Creek (aka "back the crick"). Food was delicious. Drinks were excellent. The inn itself retains old world charm. Best part of the evening was our server: Cathy. If she were serving hot dogs, Cathy would make it fun and exciting!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Setting;Good Food
    frequetflyer
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    If you are looking for a science view with good food at reasonable prices... go to Valley Green Inn. We enjoyed lunch, outside on the porch... it was a perfect early fall day. This place allows for wonderful conversation. It just doesn't get any better than this venue for lunching with friends. Go! You will be so glad you did. Did I say... good food... but the setting makes you focus on your surroundings. Prices are very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nanof3
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    For our lunch, the food was exceptionally good and creative. The crab cakes were wonderfully full of just crab and seasoning. We enjoyed eating outside viewing the scenery. We would return for lunch and/or dinner anytime. In addition, our waitress was pleasant, friendly and well-informed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a beautiful setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    valley green in is a nice restaurant in a beautiful setting - the food quality and service was very good, the menu a bit limited but seasonal. We felt the restaurant could have been a bit cleaner and in better repair.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite lunch places
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The service is good and you can't beat the scenery. Plus the grilled cheese sandwich is to die for.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valley Green Inn was great.
    Calvinsdottir
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The waitstaff was excellent, friendly, funny, made us feel like they really were happy to serve us. Food very good. I had the Eggs Benedict and my friend had the Very Berry French Toast.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will not return
    PointsPleaseVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I was intrigued by the setting but ultimately turned off by the food. Our calamari was clearly out of a frozen bag and my husband's duck was well done (not the medium rare he asked for, nor the way it should have been served by any chef). My lamb dish was okay, but definitely not worth $29 (maybe $15). All in all we spent $95 on a meal for two. Our money could have gotten us a much nicer dinner in the city. I'm sad to write this review because I had high hopes of it being a good find.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience!
    Granny
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A terrific choice for a friend's birthday lunch...wonderful menu, perfect view, excellent service...can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun lunch with my sister
    HelenV74
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My sister was visiting from California and we had a wonderful lunch together. The food was very good and Todd, our waiter, made the experience fun and delightful. The only negative was that the restaurant and restroom could use a more thorough cleaning. There were cobwebs hanging from the railings on the porch and the restroom floors and paper and soap dispensers were very dusty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The hostess and waitress did not offer my 7 year old a kids menu. We went to snack bar to get a hot dog for him. Tuna sandwhich was chopped Ahi, it was not as advertised. Menu should have been clearer that the Salmon was smoked lox. Imagine our surprise when the table next to us was given a kids menu. I do think they had to ask for it....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Philadelphia Treasure
    luvphila
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The lovely historic building in a secluded wooded valley beside a river in the middle of a major city could be enough but this place has excellent food and fine service. It is quite a package. A fabulous experience. Great also for out of town guests. It will wow them.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch by the Wissahickon
    Beachmom
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Enjoyed a delicious lunch sitting outside on the porch on a cloudy Saturday afternoon. Delightful atmosphere watching bikers, joggers, and walkers of all ages enjoying the park and Wissahickon Creek. The service was excellent with our waitress explaining the varied menu and making some recommendations. The lemon squash soup was fantastic and my fiance's grilled cheese sandwich oozed with the variety of 4 different cheeses. We finished our lunch sharing a homemade blueberry cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream. We left ready for a walk in the park to eliminate some of those extra calories we had just consumed. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 607 reviews are from the Valley Green Inn reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Overall we enjoyed the dinner especially the food and location. We ate outside and it was nice to walk around and watch the ducks before dinner but the prices seem inflated for the actual dining experience. The staff appear generally like diner waiters - they are polite and helpful but too casual in discussion and appearance. Nothing was bad but nothing was exceptional either - if you're not eating outside I would say you can get a better experience at a different restaurant or perhaps come for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome venue for ho-hum food
    HonestAbe
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The location is amazing and really can't be beat. Our waiter Scott was great, but the food just isn't that good. While the view was amazing, the porch stank of rotting garbage. While eating we watched an employee drag two bags away leaving a rotting trail of juice behind him. I had the crab cakes and my wife had the ribeye. The steak was grossly overdone and totally unappetizing. Rather than brown with sear marks it was grey. My crab cakes were ok. We've been here before and the duck was great, but overall, it's just way too much money for food that is ok at best. I think we'll be giving this location a break for a while until they can bring the quality of their food up.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great ambience, lackluster food
    Rawb22
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The ambience at this place is great. The service was adequate, but definitely not outstanding. I got a filet which I ordered medium-well and it came out well. On top of that, it was extremely tough for a filet. I know it isn't going to fall apart at that temperature, but the quality of the cut was just awful. My date had the scallops and she complained of the texture being off and that they were slightly undercooked. She posited they were cooked from frozen, as opposed to fresh. She enjoyed her French onion soup, and the wine was great. Maybe it was the time of day we came? Our reservation was at 8:30 and it seemed much if the staff was leaving. The poor-quality food and so-so service will prevent us from going back, however.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    nottobecritical
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We came for a birthday brunch and everything-food and staff- was fabulous! I need to go more often.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The location is on the center of a park. It's a very quiet and relaxing location.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really nice get-together
    DrRonVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Valley Green Inn's location is pristine. Sitting on the porch, enjoying the view and the company was topped by the excellent service and quality food and beverage. Very, very nice day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • How did I not know
    HonestAbe
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This place is absolutely awsome. How it took me 34 years to discover it is beyond me. Absolutely fabulous location along the Wissahickon. My daughters loved the sucks and wildlife. My wife and I loved the bianco as we dined on the porch. If you've never been, you owe it to yourself to give this a shot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disapointing Brunch
    lawthomas
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The food failed to meet our expectations. While initially slow, the service improved during the meal. There is no dedicated parking nearby. There is just one handicapped space. Fortunately, a member of my party drove the car to a far away and up a hill space. What would a handicapped driver do if other members of the party did not drive? There is too much included in the brunch. Just one of the four of us opted for juice and coffee. Alacarte pricing would make sense.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    DCares
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had a wonderful lunch at the Valley Green Inn after a nice family walk along the Wissahickon Trail. The staff were extremely accommodating, as we had a stroller, and our server, Tia, was outstanding. Everything was perfect. We will be back soon! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Enjoyable atmosphere for lunch...little musty smell in dining area.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great character
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The outdoor patio dining provided a peaceful ambiance to a wonderfully prepared meal with attentive service. The rich history of the Inn also provided a special touch to the evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We've eaten here a number of times, brunch, lunch and dinner, and it is always a great choice. We prefer to sit outside whenever the weather allows. On June 22 we had brunch on the porch and it was wonderful. I usually get the waffles and fruit because its my favorite, but my husband gets something different every time. This time he got eggs and smoked salmon, which looked really good! We had several people serving us, and we never felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a happy camper
    Skipper1
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had paper napkins!food was just ok but very small portion for the price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a disaster
    disaster
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We are old friends of Valley Green Inn. We took a friend who hadn't been there before to lunch the other day. Seated in one of the two small rooms . Also in room as a table for 10 or 12 filled up promptly with group of happy talkative and loud women. We couldn't hear ourselves think. We just gave up talking. The ladies were having a great time. As we left man at desk said there was nothing he could have done. a waitress apologized etc but said couldn't help it. Never should seat small tables in room with large group. It will be a long time before we go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic