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

Pre-Theatre Menu

Special valid Aug 23, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017 all week from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Specials

Pre-Theatre Menu

Special valid Aug 23, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017 all week from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Details

Pre-Theatre Dinning- 3 courses $35 per person before tax and gratuity. Excludes Tax and Tip. Can not be combined with any other offers. Special valid Aug 23, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017 all week from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM.

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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

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Happy Hour (18)
Romantic (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Good for Groups (16)
Hot Spot (16)
Cozy (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
People Watching (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Authentic (9)
Healthy (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Quick Bite (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
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Spicy (4)
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Live Sports (2)
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Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

The food and service were very good. The lounge seating was kind of strange for dinner. Luckily no one was sat at the table next to us. It would have felt too close for comfort.

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Another delicious meal. My companion and I split a salad and four small plates and were stuffed...but deliciously stuffed.

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food and atmosphere!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Cesar is great! Love the drinks and bubbly atmosphere here :)

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Cosy little restaurant in Center city! Loved the ambiance.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

6:15 reservation b/c we were seeing a show @ 8pm. @ 6:45 a table was still not available. hostess blanked in my opinion

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was our second visit to Valanni. The food was very good although the menu had changed between visits. The only issues we had were the small table that we were seated at, with an ottoman instead of a chair, very little space between tables and the volume of the place during our meal. Granted there was a lot of events going on in Town that night but all of this combined did take away some of the enjoyment. Also since it was cold out and everyone was wearing coats, there was no place to hang them so they added to the lack of personal space.

We were unable to order several dishes at a time to share because of lack of space but at least the kitchen managed to space them out in arrival to our table.

We will probably come back but maybe not until Spring when it’s alittle warmer and there are fewer events going on.

Tags: Tapas
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We arrived early for our reservation and were directed to wait at the bar. We were not planning on drinking so we awkwardly ordered waters while we waited. The bartenders asked literally 4 times if we wanted a drink. I suppose we were encroaching on their valuable bar seats despite the fact that the bar wasn't close to being full. Not only did multiple bartenders ask the same questions but the same bartender hounded us twice for our drink order. Their behavior was rude and desperate. The hostess never came to get us from the area they designated we wait in, so I finally had to ask if our table was ready.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had a reservation, seated immediately. Service was the greatest part of the night - checked in regularly, knowledgeable of the menu, and didn’t “ghost” at the end of meal when we wanted the check. Food was okay. Some apps were obviously frozen (cheese specific mezzes like fried goat cheese) and weren’t completely heated therefore kind of ice cold in the center. Wine was great along w/ ambiance. Tight fit for seating if you’re not at the bar. Overall good experience and worth trying but wouldn’t opt to return again for dinner date.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Paella could use a lot more seafood for the price. And more shrimp. Other visits food was better than last visit. Maybe Friday night busy and kitchen overworked.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Always dependable. Good pretheater dinner and after theater drinks. Background music a bit loud and distracting, however!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

My first time there for dinner, rather than brunch. A good variety of mezze (tapas) choices. The main course choices were fewer, and - while good - not exceptional. It is a noisier place in the evening than in the morning/afternoon. Our table was near the door and host station, and when people congregated there, some of our party were occasionally jostled - an engineering issue. The restaurant is well situated, near Broad Street (Avenue of the Arts); the menu is diverse, the staff is friendly and mostly efficient (some things had to be requested, such as cutlery). Clientele skews younger in the evenings than at brunch. (We were "older"...)

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

My husband and I had a fantastic dinner at Valanni! We shared 5 small plates -- bibb lettuce salad, octopus, feta in phyllo, Brussels sprouts and greek sausage -- each of which was delicious. We also enjoyed the specialty cocktails and extensive beer list. Valanni was a great choice for the two of us but we wished we were with a larger group so we could sample more options! We'll definitely go back!

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was really good and our server, Olivia, was excellent. My only complaint was that when we were first taken to a table we were offered what looked like a standard two top table, but expected to both sit on one side, I'm assuming because they couldn't put a chair on the other side and still have a wide enough walkway for servers to pass. I was there with a friend to celebrate her birthday and besides it feeling awkward for the two of us to sit next to each other instead of across from each other, there's absolutely no way we would have both fit and had room for our plates and drinks.

I really loved the decor of the place, the food and drinks were great, but I think a bit more thought could go into the design so that people don't feel they're being squeezed into a table like sardines. It's not like we showed up during dinner rush with no reservations. We were there for a pre-theater dinner and had a 5:45 reservation.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great tapas! It's a small place but we never felt rushed to finish and free up a table.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The place was pretty busy, it was a beautiful evening so dining was both inside and outdoors, plus we were a group of six, yet service was timely and pleasant and helpful. Location was perfect for us, food was great, draft beer for the craft beer lovers among us, and service really was very good.

Tags: Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I use to love this place to catch up with friends and have a great meal. The food was mediocre at best. We sat in a small, very tight room when there were plenty of tables out front.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Good drinks, food was sloppy and mediocre. Wouldn’t recommend it except for drinks.

Tags: Live Sports, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Enjoyed our meal. Service was good. We will definitely plan a return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food great service, Olivia was awesome

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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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