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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Went for Center City District Restaurant Week. There were plenty of options on the menu, generous servings, and everything was delicious. Our server (whose name I can't remember) was attentive, patient, and had satisfying recommendations. Overall very happy with the experience.
The overall ambiance of Valanni is wonderful. The food and cocktails set also good however we were told as soon as we walked in the door with a birthday cake that they charge a $4.00 per person cake cutting fee..totally ridiculous. We even asked if we could cut the cake ourselves but was unable to...so if you have a special occasion to celebrate and want to take a cake there....then select another restaurant.
Ordered the mezze board and scallops with bacon. Mezze board was nicely presented and tasted okay mostly. Lamb chops were excellent. Dolmades were soggy. Bacon-wrapped scallops didn't really work--bacon was overdone and sauce was sludgy and of indeterminate flavor. Service and timing were fine. Music was 80s and 90s pop, so fine if you're into that sort of thing.
Valanni is a terrific restaurant tucked away in the theatre district. Our waiter was superb and made wonderful recommendations. We were there early for dinner on a Thursday night before seeing a show so the atmosphere was not too loud for conversation. We sat by the front window which looks like it opens up for summer air. I hope to go back then. One thing I would strongly recommend is that you make it a foursome. The seating is such that you may be sitting in too close quarters to strangers if you go by yourself or as a couple on a busier night. The tables are small, but our server was attentive and it was never a problem for us. Loved the food, especially the crispy skinned salmon. My husband had the burger which was delicious but a little messy to eat.
We went to Valanni's on New Year's Eve for their Tasting Menu. The food was excellent and the service was also very good. Only minor complaint was that they had put so much extra seating in because it was New Years that the servers could not even get to our table. They had to hand our drinks and food over the people at the table next to us. Fortunately we are flexible and weren't overly bothered by this but could definitely see that it could be quite annoying to some.
Fantastic NYE prix fixe menu.
My fiancé and I ate at Valanni on New Year's Eve. We were not disappointed! We enjoyed all four courses immensely. Our server was very attentive and friendly. We're both excited to go back and enjoy another evening there!
Not sure how the other reviewers rated the quality of food so high, it was mediocre at best. Special was bland, paella was flavorless (one piece of squid tasted like it had freezer burn)and mezze board was served barley warm. Diners should not be offered canned dolmades at a restaurant. Simply omit them. The ambiance was decent will go back for a drink or dessert. Definitely not for dinner.
Excellent food and service, I recommend the lamb t-bone and octopus! Make sure to go for Happy Hour!
What a DISAPPOINTMENT!!
Chose his because the online menu promised something for everyone in our group . Unfortunately the restaurant menu offered very few of the entree’s shown online. Several people in our group were clearly upset-how embarrassing for I had made the reservation. I asked the waiter who said this had been their menu for several weeks. Someone in our party is gluten free and there were no gluten free options besides foods that are naturally gluten free.
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