Valanni

4.2
2824 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
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.
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
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4.1
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4.0
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RWT1
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Imaginative combination of menu choices. Yummy food. Can choose to share or not. Comfortable vibe.

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Bernie
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had the paella one of our favorites we like to get in Mediterranean restaurants. The portion easily would feed up to three.

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Trinique
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time and I loved it! Pretty quiet on a Wednesday night, good atmosphere and ambiance. And the food was delicious!

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JenniferP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Incredible tapas type small plates. Pork Belly Cuban sliders, Parmesan crusted calamari and crispy brussel sprouts were delicious. We enjoyed the opportunity to try multiple dishes. The Oreo beignet dessert is highly recommended!

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Sukie20
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Chairs for dining with no backs was not helpful. Otherwise, nice food selection and service

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vipJayLovesTacos
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happened upon this gem. Will definitely be back. The food was delicious and plentiful. Amazing Pear Margarita, fabulous Mezza Board.

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vipmainlinediner
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a wonderful 3 course pre theater meal with cocktails. I had the arugula & butternut squash salad, salmon entree & Oreo cookie beignet & a Valanni royale. The carne & seafood paella , Brussels appetizer & chocolate tres leche were also ordered by my companions. We especially liked the salad , paella, Brussels & beignet . We all enjoyed the varied cocktail menu & the quick service.

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FrankE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service food and drinks were excellent.
First time there but would return again!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Valanni's Mezze Board is our go-to choice when we need a quick pre-theater choice. The perfect size for sharing - add drinks and you have an instant dinner for two!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of friends and I met before a show at the Wilma and had the pre-theatre menu for $35. I had crispy Brussels sprouts with apples which was a great combination. For my entree I chose Paella as did 3 of my friends. A good portion, chockfull of seafood, I couldn’t finish it all, but I wanted to! For dessert, chocolate tres leches cake, and I finished it all. Great meal, great location and a perfect start to an evening at the theater.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the whole experience, wonderful tapas menu

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had the fried goat cheese, Brussels sprouts, salmon, scallops, and Oreo beignet. The scallops came with mushrooms and asparagus that did not add to the flavor and the amazing garlic mashed potatoes. Everything else was outstanding. The service was fast and attentive. It was nearly perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service was excellent and the food prepared very quickly. The space was small and a bit cramped not the most ideal seating. Unfortunately there was a “lively” group that was a bit loud but they were having fun. I would go back for a casual dining experience. the food was good nothing really spectacular to rave about.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food

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BarbN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks amazing!❤️ great service as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Took a while to get drinks from the bar.

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vipTyty
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Loved the Mezza board

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brought a group of 7 and we were able to share a few small plates and two of the paella dishes and we had more than enough food and it was so adorable!

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pshizz
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious. We had a bottle of Barbera wine along with calamari and Brussels sprouts for appetizers. For entrees we ordered the salmon and steak. The food was delicious! It is a bit loud and crowded and seating was right near the entrance which wasn’t ideal. However, overall it is a consistently good place to eat.

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ChrisR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very interesting & bold appetizers. I recommend getting a few to try and then some paella (although it's a BIG portion, so plan to split among 4). Will definitely go back.

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DeannaR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I wanted to love this place but the Food was bland and service was slow.

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vipDuckfans
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Valentine’s Day food was OK but overpriced. We were sandwiched into a small table so tight that the table had to be removed to get in and then put back after we were seated, in spite of the fact that several tables were and remained unused. Then the table top was sticky. Three groups that were seated near us got up and walked out before ordering. Overall pretty disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience5

We decided to try Valanni for Valentine’s Day. They had a pre-Fixed 4 course menu to choose from., which we were a little disappointed as we wanted to try some of their Mediterranean specials. The food was good. We would like to go back and try their regular menu. The place had a modern chic ambiance, which we enjoyed.

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vipjje23
Philadelphia
117 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

EXCELLENT food although it took a while to get service started. The poached butter flatbread was to die for! The roasted brussel sprouts also fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was perfect!! Service was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Reservations were made. We arrived 10 minutes before scheduled reservation. Host directed us to the bar to wait for about 5 minutes until the table was ready (about half of the tables were empty). 15 minutes pass and I walk back to the hostess to see when the table will be ready. She said “whoops”, as in she forgot, and then put us at a small table for two with menus. After another 10 minutes waiting I asked one of the closest wait staff (there were many standing around) about a menu item, which he kindly told us about, then left. 10-15 minutes later, no water served, no one else waiting on us, we left. I don’t know how they stay in business with the lack of service they were showing. Monks was great as usual.

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ThomasU
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The room we were seated in was very crowded, but worth the inconvenience since the food was excellent.

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vipJerry
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. A little pricey. Tried multiple appetizers.

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RobertC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were very pleased, however, we would liked to have had a more private seating option.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Manager was very rude

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Waiter Alfonso was very attentive and professional

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AnonymousRestaurantWeek12
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Good for happy hour. Not a great value for restaurant week.

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KATRINAW
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place. Food was delicious!!! Service was spectacular!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food!

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elissa
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Valanni on Friday, January 24th, 2020 for dinner during Restaurant Week. The food was prepared beautifully! We shared our appetizers of Brussel Sprouts and fried calamari. These dishes were delicious and seasoned perfectly. The calamari was some of the best that I have eaten! I loved my chioppino! It was full of fish and the red wine sauce was delicate and delicious! My friend's salmon platter was cooked to perfection. All of our food was served at the correct temperature and the portions were just the right amount. Dessert was delicious and capped off our splendid meal. Service was excellent with staff being attentive to our needs.
Overall we were very, very happy with our meals at Valanni and recommend this restaurant very highly! We know that we will return soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for restaurant week and we absolutely love everything.. especially the veggie paella and the Brussels with apple were heavenly... I will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Went here for my birthday dinner & I will definitely recommend this place for your birthday gathering or a brunch/ date night it’s a vary clam please & they drinks are pretty good over all definitely recommend

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AnonFoodie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

I had been to Valanni for happy hour so came in with very high expectations. The seating was the most difficult part to overlook. The ottomans were especially uncomfortable for a 2-hour dinner experience - I think seating with a back is essential for one to be able to properly enjoy dinner. The location of our table also had a draft the whole time, so our entire party wore our coats for the length of dinner. Service was appropriate, though after ordering it was almost 15-20 minutes before the first course came. The food itself was great - except the veg paella which was seriously undersalted and lacked flavor. All in all, an average experience at a place that had more potential!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were 23 minutes late to our reservation due to an Uber accident. They seated us at a small cocktail table. After a few moments the host was nice enough to move us to a table. The food here was pretty good! But the service is what was excellent. I really appreciate what the host did for us.

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MaddieH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Was a good place, we went during restaurant week and the food and portions were good! They couldn’t split the whole meal which was kind of annoying but we figured it out.

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Valanni is rated 4.2 stars by 2824 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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