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 Wednesday 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 as low as $35 per person.

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Please join us for special 4 course Prix Fixe Chef's Tasting for $65. Our regular menu will not be available that evening. We also have an open bar package for $65 pp from 10 pm till 1am. Complimentary Hors D'Oeuvres and DJ starts at 10pm. Please inquire within to purchase open bar tickets.

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Valanni Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (45)
Good for a Date (39)
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Fit for Foodies (28)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Casual (20)
Fun (20)
Happy Hour (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Hot Spot (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Special Occasion (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Romantic (15)
Cozy (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Tasting Menu (10)
Authentic (9)
People Watching (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Healthy (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Seasonal (4)
Spicy (4)
Business Meals (3)
Great Beer (2)
Live Sports (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
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Vegan (2)
Live Music (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We loved it. The menu is very good, the food is excellent and the service is excellent. The martinis had been recommended to us and we certainly enjoyed those! We will be back soon.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The menu was more bar-like than the last time we ate there, with only a few dinner entrees, but there were good options in the small plates (lamb sliders) and the truffle fries are delicious! People seated at the bar seemed to be enjoying their drinks and conversation. The service was very good; atmosphere pleasant, low-key and friendly.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 23, 2017

I thought the food was too salty. And it was too nosey. Didn't need background music.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had a lovely Sunday brunch/lunch. Matt, our server was both attentive and professional, which was much appreciated. We both ordered the Mediterranean omelet. Beautifully presented and very freshly made. I added the shitakke mushrooms to mine. Proportions were generous and flavorful. We both substituted fresh fruit for the potatoes. They gave as a variety of different fruit including slices of mango, and apple artfully arranged on the plate. Coffee was bold and strong, exactly the way I like it. The drinks looked tempting, will definitely partake on my next visit. Only negative was small table for two.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was pretty good and our waitress was nice enough, but there are a few disappointing factors. When I made the reservation I specified that we were coming in for a birthday, which was my birthday. There was no mention of it by the hosts or the server. My mom told our server and she didn't seem to care at all. Also my moms entree arrived before most of our apps and the staff was annoyed she didn't want it 5 mins after we sat down. Also we were sat all the way in the back with no one else in the room and we were told we couldn't sit in the front room because it was too full but there were many tables available. Overall the experience was more annoying than enjoyable especially since I am a server and was looking forward to being served for once - pretty disappointing.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food is interesting and varied. We found something for everyone, including a 13-year old. The tapas portions run from small to sizable, so be sure to ask your server as you order. Our only complaint is that the music was too loud. At 6pm the restaurant was buzzing with people, so the music level should have been lower so you could hear. Even our server was complaining that he couldn't hear our orders.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Casual, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

My husband and I shared the mezze board. We aren't big eaters and were on our way to a show. We loved the mezze board which was a very generous selection of tapas. We loved it. We were there early and had a lovely seat in the room with the big open window. Lots of fun. We would definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was very good. Our primrary server was fine The assistant servers were intrusive and didn't pace the meal properly. We were not finished with our first course and the second course arrived as the same happened with the third course. Would think twice before coming back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Valanni's has become the choice dining experience with grandchildren, and the latest guest has been one of my best voice students. Our server, Corey (sp?) showered us with attention and good suggestions for the celebration of my 81st birthday.

The location is perfect for the theatre venues!

Thank you for a beautiful evening!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

After theater dinner. Great waiter, Corey, very knowledgeable and very pleasant. Food was delicious, had one of the paella's, which was plenty for both of us.
Would go back and try tapas and cocktail.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, People Watching, Tapas
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Just came back from Spain and we ordered tapas etc
all very good

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We grabbed a table outside and the food was great. Service was a little slow and at times we felt like the servers had forgotten us, but our server was very nice and friendly. The food was great and it was awesome being able to try many different things because of the small plates. Would definitely come back again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was good. Service not so much. Only ordered two appetizers and took an hour to get them 20 mins apart. Finished first app before ever receiving silverware (didn't receive until 2nd app came out) and was never given a dinner napkin. Left quite dissatisfied

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This was second visit in two weeks, prior to a Phila. Orchestra concert. Good menu, which during week is price fixe. An excellent value. Relaxed atmosphere

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Look, Valanni is great at an extremely reasonable price. Been there a bunch of times

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I was really disappointed and surprised by the cost of apps and a couple of drinks at the bar. I have decided that I will only visit for Happy Hour. The food did not warrant the price.

Yikes

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This is a good place. Service is good, and so is the food.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 9, 2017

I love Valanni. but this time there were a few issues. I'll probably be back and hope that it doesn't happen again.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was good and reasonably priced. Service was a little slow.
Had to ask for utensils. Carpet was dirty with food. Very loud due to Outfest activities. Private dining room was offered for a quieter experience which was fine. Would return and recommend.

Tags: People Watching, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Fun, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Enjoyed the food, however we had an 8pm show to go to and when we sat down at 6:15 let our waiter know and he assured us we woul be out in time and we didn’t get our appetizer until our food came out close to 7:30, making us rush to make our 8pm show.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great server who was overwhelmed by unusually crowded room. Dishes were delivered erratically, with a couple almost cold instead of hot and the calamari was cold and tough. This was not my typical Valanni experience, so I'll be back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Everything was great!!! The paella was delicious. We also had the fried goat cheese, brussel sprouts & grilled octopus which was delicious too.

Tags: Tapas, People Watching, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great pre-theatre spot! Casual yet sophisticated ambiance. Happy Hour menu offers wide variety of tapas and well crafted cocktails all at HALF the price! After chatting with our bartender he offered slight adjustments to our cocktails that made them truly custom and even more delicious! Attentive wait staff made sure we had everything we needed while giving us time and space to enjoy the Valanni experience. Pulled chicken empanadas, Parmesan truffle fries and lamb meatballs were among our favorites but we enjoyed everything! We'll be back for sure!

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Romantic, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Cozy, Tapas, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 5, 2017

This was a great find and we had a great time. The service was amazing and service was right on point.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Tapas style menu was great, but needed an even larger selection. Drinks were perfect! Nice and strong!! Definitely a spot to remember!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The food is was cold and sub par. The hostess was nice, pretty much the only good thing. The empanadas were definitely stale and the mezze was salty. Lamb sliders were good. Won’t ever visit again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 2, 2017

I like this restaurant and hope Monday night was an aberration. Food did not come out as it should have, some eating main course while another didn't get her till we were finished. Petite Paella not good, and I always liked their big Paella. brussel sprouts were delicious. Also chocolate beignet with ice cream.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Fantastic meal. Great sharable plates to start. Chicken empanadas and Bacon wrapped scallops are delicious. Then the seafood and meat paella. Delicious!

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

I was impressed by this place. The food was very good. The calamari was not the best I've had, but I would recommend the fried goat cheese, lamb sliders, and jobs cheesesteak to anyone. The Oreo beignet was one of the best desserts I've ever had. Overall great place for a date, although they say is right next to another table in a room when all the other tables were empty. 4/5

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 21, 2017

My friend and I love the Happy Hour deals here before going to the opera (our second in a row this week as part of Festival O). Often we order from both the regular and Happy Hour menus, but this time the Happy Hour specials provided plenty of dishes for us to share. With Pinot Grigio for her and a grapefruit mojito for me, we ordered a dozen oysters ($1 each with three tasty dipping sauces), parmesan-crusted calamari, lamb meatballs in cream sauce, mussels in white sauce with chorizo and crispy fried Brussels sprouts--all excellent, though I prefer my sprouts halved or quartered instead of separated into leaves as these were. If we hadn't eaten sushi the previous evening, we would have regretted the absence of Valanni's yummy tuna tartare from the menu; I hope they haven't discontinued it.

Service was a little uneven though overall quite good. Our waitress didn't seem very familiar with the specials--turns out it was her first time working Happy Hour. Our oysters didn't appear until the middle of the meal and then only one plate of six, so we finished the meal with the second plate of six. However, the food started arriving promptly after our drinks so the sequence of it didn't really matter.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Nice cozy restaurant and great food. Will come again!!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 18, 2017

I had previously been to Valanni, but my friend hadn't. Everything was so wonderful! We both enjoyed the apps and the entrees. I would recommend (and have) this restaurant to everyone I know. I really enjoyed the mussels and the pasta dish and the salmon looked (and my friend said that it was great!)

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Calamari wasn't cooked enough, rubbery. Caprese flatbread was a slice of cheese over a tomato on a tasteless bread. Food was lukewarm.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This has been my go to place for Sunday brunch before attending events nearby, but this past Sunday I have to say the service was really not up to par outside. Literally had to get up and go into the restaurant to get service. Disappointing.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Excellent food and service!! Our server, Olivia, was awesome!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great meal during Center City Restaurant Week. 3 of us at dinner. We all ordered different appetizers and shared brussel sprouts, calamari & brie- all great. We were all of the same mind for entree & dessert, Paella & Oreo beignet. Both were excellent. Cameron, our server, provided great service. Nice room and energetic crowd. The drinks were a little on the pricey side.

We will return in the future.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great food for sure. Had an 8:45 reservation and didn't get seated until 9:15. Seated at an extremely small table facing the bar so there were tons of people standing in front of us at all times but the service was great and so was the food. Only thing I would change would be the seating arrangements. However, would definitely recommend and we will absolutely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Happy Hour, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Cool place for a night out. Crowded and a bit cramped and loud. The waitress and to lean over another table to serve us. Still kinda cool vibe there. Also the salmon was cold, but it was busy for restaurant week.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Food was excellent! I had to go back twice in one week!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Doing Center City Restaurant Week is our excuse to make the trek into Philly for dinner, and although it took us nearly two hours (Friday afternoon, two car accidents to avoid) our three-course meal at Valanni was well worth it. We called them to let them know of our 15-minute tardiness, and they understood completely. Our server Zack was jovial and very attentive. My lady had the red mussels, grilled beef burger, and seasonal sorbet, and I partook of the albondigas (lamb meatballs in almond cream and fresh herbs), meat and seafood paella (enough left over for lunch next day), and the Oreo beignet. All were scrumptious!!!! And the drinks, although pricey, were delicious. Try the X-Boyfriend martini with X-rated fusion liquer, vodka, and peach schnapps, and a splash of grapefruit juice! Tasty summery cocktail! We will most certainly return for another go.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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