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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.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Mediterranean, Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–12:00 am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Djs Friday through Saturday from 10:30pm - 2:00am
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
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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
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
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.
Went with a friend and got all apps because they have so many good ones! We picked 5 and had more than enough.
Crispy Brussel sprouts: the BEST. Must order.
Caprese flatbread: warm and seasoned perfectly
Lobster Mac n Cheese: hearty portion. It was good but couldn’t eat much bc it was so heavy
Lamb sliders: nice to have a mini “entree” among all the comfort food and loved the tzatziki on it
Truffle fries: Amazing...I always order anything with truffle oil
Split the Oreo Beignet for dessert and it may have been the best dessert I’ve ever had.
I was pleasantly surprised by the prices since they aren’t listed online...most apps were $10-$18. Our bill +tip (w/ no drinks) was $80.
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.
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.
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.
The food was really good, especially ordering a combination of Mezze small plates and Paellas for a large group. The ambiance was nice too, but I would suggest changing the music playlist because I shouldn't have to listen to Justin Bieber while drinking a glass of wine surrounded by Christmas decor.
Seating was in the furthest depth of the restaurant to stare at a tv screen of a graphic pic.
To make a reservation then be given I felt the last worse table.
To make it worse was being seated next to large party of 20 celebration To make it worse the large table leaves and another large party of 20 is seated next to us
I felt like i wanted to get through our meal as fast as possible to get out of The Claustrophobic atmosphere.
Excellent dinner - met our pre-theater needs! I booked a 6:15 reservation at Valanni after seeing their 3-course $35 pre-theater fixed-price menu which was served from 5-6:30. Due to traffic and unforeseen road closures, we didn't arrive until 6:40 p.m. We informed our hostess that we were very tight on time (show started at the Academy of Music at 7:30!) and she assured us that our server would take care of us, which he did. By then the pre-theater menu wasn't offered, but we wouldn't have had time for 3 courses anyway. We ordered entrees and wine, both of which were excellent, and made it to the theater in time. At 6:40 on a Thursday night, the restaurant wasn't at all crowded, and we had plenty of room and privacy for conversation. Loved the 80s music playing (not too loudly) in the background, too!
Fun place to try if you like sharing small plates. Cheese plate was very good as were the chicken empanadas and bacon scallops Caprese flatbread and trifle fries were also good. The cheesesteak rolls were just ok and the shiitake polenta was a miss. The shrimp did not taste good. Dessert of Oreo Beignet with coffee was a nice finish.
It was a Wednesday evening before a show and we arrived 15 min early, at 5:45pm, were seated immediately. The place was empty at first and we were seated in the back at a 2 top. I can agree with other patrons that seating is too tight and there’s not much space on your table for sharing multiple tapas because of previous experiences. We opted for the 3 course pre theater menu because the options and price were very good. The bill for two with wine and coffee was under $100. This also gave use more room on the very small table as the plates were not served all at once.
Pulled chicken empanadas were delish and my Boursin applewood smoked bacon burger was excellent, as was our dessert choice- Oreo Beignet with vanilla ice cream.
My husband chose the lamb meatballs, just ok, and the chicken saltimbocca- very good.
Service was very good, and not smothered, but it was a very slow time, not a weekend, and the night before Thanksgiving.
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