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Valanni

4.3
2384 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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  • Good for a Date (44)
  • Tapas (39)
  • Pre/post Theatre (35)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(215) 790-9494
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Valanni is ideal for your private party or corporate event. Valanni offers "food, shelter, cocktails" in a dynamic space with personalized menus to fit any budget, for an experience that your guests will remember long after the event has ended. Packages start at $35 per person.
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Private party contact
Jenny Margaretta: (877) 625-7848
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Catering
Private Dining for groups of 10-60! Dining and beverage packages start as low as $35 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@anni-restaurants.com!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
13th Street
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Parking details
There is meter parking throughout the area as well as a public lot on Spruce between 13th and Broad
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Entertainment
Djs Friday through Saturday from 10:30pm - 2:00am
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Special events & promotions
Visit www.valanni.com for up-to-date reminders of special events.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 2384 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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4.4
service
4.2
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4.0
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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rkphillie (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

After being disappointed in the ambience on our last visit (very loud and over-crowded), we had a quiet, delicious meal on a Sunday night. will definitely return. highly recommend the calamari

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amandah 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Loved it! I have some dietary restrictions and our waiter was very patient and very helpful! Also the food was delicious and timely. 10/10 would recommend

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great food and fun

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food, great wine, and great service. We enjoyed our experience and will recommend to friends.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great mezzo plates to share. The grilled octopus was excellent! Very convenient to Kimmel Center for dinner before the orchestra

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vipFran (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Went there pre orchestra. Very nice server. Nice drink menu. The two entrees we had were delicious- chicken saltimbocca and scallops.
Always liked the place for its variety of tapas, location and cozy atmosphere but now I know their large platters hold their own as well.

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vipjkm1968 (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

First time there and I would definitely go back. The food was amazing. The noise level was little high when we first arrived but as people started to leave it dies down. Ee did a combo of tapas and regular plates. Everything was amazing. I recommend the cheese board and the fried goat cheese and the oreo beignet for dessert.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

What a gem! Amazing food and cocktails, a nice blend of neighborhood vibe and hot spot, and a lively mix of people to watch and mingle - definitely worth checking out, and I would recommend making it a regular.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

The service was poor at best. I ordered a glass of champagne and it took 15 to 20 minutes. We both ordered steaks cooked to different temperatures and they switched the plates. They didn't bring us silverware when needed, spoon with soup, knife with steak, etc.

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ResturantTom (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I had a great experience at Valanni. The cuisine was creative, yet fit for everyone. Pricey, but worth every penny.

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Gmdesign (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Love this restaurant .

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Bianca (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Have been to Valanni several times and have enjoyed the food and atmosphere. However, when my boyfriend I decided to go for Valentines the experience was horrible! I am beyond disappointed! For $65 per person we were given basically snacks that were not up to par with the quality of Valanni I had before. The shrimp in my ceviche were still raw. The ceviche itself was literally one shrimp and scallop cut into many small pieces. My boyfriend had the pork belly arugula salad. It was beyond bland with one piece of pork belly. His steak was well done and was served with frozen fries! They did not even ask how he would like the steak to be cooked! The mezze board was laughable with one piece of Brie. Portions were beyond small, quality was beyond poor. Service was decent. When it comes too fine dinning I never mind spending money, but the dinner was not even worth $25 per person let alone $65! Honestly the entire experience put a damper on on Valentines Day! HORRIBLE! I will never go there again. Seemed like they were exploiting couples on a night where they knew people would pay good money.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Corey was super attentive. Fun atmosphere. Lots of fun tapas-style options to share. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The food preparation was imaginative and wonderfully executed. There were many tapas selections that I have not seen in other tapas-style restaurants. Six plates was plethy for the two of us.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The caprese flatbread and brussel sprouts were remarkable!

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Cole (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We’ve been there many times for a reliably good meal convenient to Broad st entertainment venues.

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vipFracah (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

My party of three was very happy with the food. Mussels (white) were very tasty, asparagus very beautiful and fresh , polenta, tasty and very good bread pudding for dessert. Nice for pretheater. Happy hour has good deals.

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AandJ (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Our 5:00 dinner reservation was during happy hour, so we took advantage of half price tapas and craft beer on draft. The calmari was very lightly breaded and extremely fresh. The oysters were also extremely fresh. The (large portion) paella was flavorful, with (again) extremely fresh shellfish. The service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

I always have a great time. Andrew was a doll and they food was fantastic!

Love it!

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vipLuvtoeatout (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Very limited menu and very pricy.

Happy hour and restaurant are a bargain

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vipjwjw (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We needed a dinner location close to the Academy of Music for a Saturday night concert. Valanni was well located so we made a reservation. Wow, what a good decision! When we told our server that we had a tight time window to make the concert in time, she gave us a prix fixe pre-theater menu and explained that the dishes on this menu usually come to the table more quickly than some others on the regular menu. All thee courses on the theater menu were terrific. As we left (on time) for the theater, we vowed to return to Valanni to try the rest of their offerings. What a great meal!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

The atmosphere and food was great, although a bit tight. The hostess was pretty RUDE but the DJ was jamming!! I would definitely return.

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vipsophmor81 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Great restaurant week menu options. Looking forward to my next visit!

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Sherin (Caribbean)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

We went to Valanni for restaurant week. I was looking forward to the seafood palella, but was not as excited when my dish arrived. It was lacking something. I asked for some lemon on the side that def helped. Husband ordered the chicken dish on the menu and loved it. The desserts were SO good, must try!!! For appetizer, we had the calamari and fried goat cheese, both were really good. I just wish my palella was equally amazing but dont forget to ask for some lemon if you feel there is flavor lacking in yours too. Our server was extremely attentive and accomodating.

Seating itself is very congested and close together so if you dont mind that, then this is a cute spot. It does get really loud though and you will catch yourself saying sorry to the person sitting next to you and vice versa since the space is tight.

I would recommend this place for a time when it is not the busiest :)

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BURG (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

I was pleasantly surprised by how good the food tasted. The service was prompt and courteous.

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JustSomePerson (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

This was for January 2018 Restaurant Week. The largest complaint against the location is definitely a front of house issue. The host was insufferable, raising a big stink over a member of our party running slightly late, refusing to seat until they had "assurances" they'll be here soon. Waiter had difficulties splitting a check. Bar glassware was dirty/sticky. The food ranged from good to really good, so kudos to back of house, you made it worth the trip. Additionally, the chairs we were in were basically glorified footstools.

Everyone has a place or two where the staff is pretty calloused towards the customers (like your favorite local pub) where their deference is almost charming. Valanni lacks the charm to be that sort of a place so it comes of cold and pretentious. Too bad, since the food was actually pretty good. Hard pass in the future.

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Sher (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

We were seated quickly and our server was very attentive and took good care of our group of 8. It was restaurant week so there was a special menu which didn't have much to offer vegetarians. We were all in town for business so do not know if their regular menu would have offered more of a selection.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Five of us went for a girls night out during Center City Restaurant Week. We had never been to Valanni before. Our server was friendly and attentive, the food was delicious, the seating was comfortable and had a private feel in the room. Overall, a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Enjoyed Villani's for my birthday on Thursday night. We had excellent service by Aman, and very good food. Looking forward to another trip already.

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JazThePhillyFoodie (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Thank You for making my Birthday special! My family and friends had a great time and the love the food.

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