About 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.

1229 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Italian, Tapas / Small Plates

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

Cross Street:
13th Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 790-9494

Website:
http://valanni.com/

Entertainment:
Djs Friday through Saturday from 10:30pm - 2:00am

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!

Parking Details:
There is meter parking throughout the area as well as a public lot on Spruce between 13th and Broad

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.

Private Party Contact:
Jenny Margaretta: (877) 625-7848

Additional:
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

Special Events & Promotions:
Visit www.valanni.com for up-to-date reminders of special events.

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Valanni Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (41)
Tapas (38)
Pre/post Theatre (34)
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Fit for Foodies (31)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Vibrant Bar Scene (25)
Cozy (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Special Occasion (22)
Happy Hour (21)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Casual (19)
Romantic (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Fun (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Hot Spot (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Bar Seating (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Healthy (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Seasonal (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Authentic (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Live Sports (5)
People Watching (5)
Spicy (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Notable Wine List (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Live Music (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
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Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Love this restaurant .

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·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

The caprese flatbread and brussel sprouts were remarkable!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Tapas
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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

Love it!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very limited menu and very pricy.

Happy hour and restaurant are a bargain

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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 (Caribbean)·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 :)

Tags: Late-night Find, Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Very accommodating staff- we were a bit late (we had called) and had less time than planned. They helped us get order in and food out in timely fashion and we made our event! The food was outstanding- every bite delicious. Cocktails were also excellent! Overall quite excellent and will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Very good. It was restaurant week which can sometimes be not a great time to eat out. But the food was really good and portions were fine. I had the Brussels sprouts which were delicious. Also had paella and choc. mousse. All were great. Our server was good but never asked us if we wanted coffee or tea.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The service was great the price was better then expected and the food was very good.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Live Sports, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Healthy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, People Watching, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Best brunch in a long time! Fantastic cocktail options and the wait staff was on point!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The lamb sliders were incredible... the chicken saltimbocca not so much. My husband enjoyed his paella but the mussels as a starter were so-so. The oreo beignet was delicious as was the dirty martini. This is definitely a cozy seating, noisy restaurant with a lively bar scene. The seating is not that of your typical restaurant (small tables where you sat side-by-side or leather back less seats were mostly what we saw). We were a little bummed they were only offering the restaurant week menu as there were some other dishes we were interested in, but that happens often during restaurant week we have found. The value with the restaurant week pricing was good though. Not sure we would make an effort to return, but it was an enjoyable evening with good food and drinks.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Valanni was such a great experience. We were a little late and while they gave away our table, they still made sure to fit us in. The drinks were so delicious and the food was great. I was there with three other people and we were able to share all of our food. The paella and burger were our favorite entrees.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I had a hankering for paella which was satisfied at Vallani. My husband and I enjoyed our pre-theater dinner and will return!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

What a disappointment.
It was restaurant week so a fixed price menu on which the food was pretty good - more than one would normally order but tasty.
The big problem was the noise! Through some difficulty with the restaurant being able to get updates from Open Table, they had no record of our reservation but managed to seat us anyway - at a small table right by the door. Even here, the noise was too loud for any conversation at all. What evil genius planned a "live DJ" for restaurant week with a volume that couldn't be turned down even in the dining section? We got half way through the entrée and had to leave.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The manager was extremely unprofessional. We had a reservation. Upon arrival, we were told we would be seated in 5 minutes. There is no waiting space. We were waiting by the door practically on top of a table at which a couple was dining. Then they asked us to wait by the bar at which there were no chairs available and no where to stand/sit/wait without moving every 30 seconds to let a server through. 15 minutes later, we were told they "might" have a table for us. We went to look at it and it was a shared booth with another couple. Enough room for 2 people seated tightly. We were a group of 3. Waited another 15 min and were finally seated 30 min after reservation time. Manager told us it's not his fault, he can't make people leave, and everyone's been waiting 30 min. I told him if everyone's been waiting 30 min then it is his fault because he overbooked. He yelled at me. This was the cherry on top for a completely ruined dining experience. Server was polite and attentive and food was good. They need a new manager. I would come back as there were many things on the menu I'd like to try, but I'd rather not wait 30 min when I made a reservation in order to not wait, and then get yelled at by the manager.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Excellent experience. The wait staff was phenomenal - polite and very fast.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Went here for restaurant week ... the menu looked to have some great options but the output wasn't anything spectacular. Drinks were well crafted but the food lacked any sort of complex flavor profile. It was very one note and they seemed like dishes that most at-home cooks could have done; and just as well. It was ok, certainly not bad ... but not a place that is a "must have" for me.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Because this was Restaurant Week it does not make sense to review this extensively. Unlike other restaurants portions appeared to be standard size. It was good but not off the charts. Would prefer to return and eat from the small plates menu.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Hip atmosphere, great cocktails, fun music. Especially loved the mojitos!

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

food was delicious! one bad thing was the space. very tight between each table

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 17, 2018

A great place for mingling and bar scene- not so good for conversation. Food was ok, beignet dessert a big hit. Service was pleasant and accomodating.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports, People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Food was amazing, the service was outstanding, and the atmosphere was very vibrant even on a Wednesday night. Definitely a place to be when in the city.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Food was delicious. Drink selection was great. Service was great too. Waiter was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, and attentive. He made great suggestions. I definitely want to go back.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 16, 2018

The food and the service (Zach) were wonderful. We highly recommend the Fried Goat Cheese and the Lobster and Crab Mac and Cheese We will go back!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The food here was amazing! It felt more like a bar environment than a restaurant, but that was fun for a date night.

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