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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Join us for a Special Valentine's Day Chef's tasting, Wednesday February 14th ! 4 delicious courses for $65 pp. Make your reservations now.

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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

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (40)
Tapas (38)
Good for a Date (36)
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Creative Cuisine (25)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Casual (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Happy Hour (18)
Special Occasion (17)
Cozy (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Fun (12)
Romantic (12)
Good for Groups (11)
People Watching (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Healthy (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Authentic (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Spicy (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Seasonal (3)
Business Meals (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Live Sports (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

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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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Romantic, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Fantastic NYE prix fixe menu.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

My fiancé and I ate at Valanni on New Year's Eve. We were not disappointed! We enjoyed all four courses immensely. Our server was very attentive and friendly. We're both excited to go back and enjoy another evening there!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Excellent food and service, I recommend the lamb t-bone and octopus! Make sure to go for Happy Hour!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.
Be careful...

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great service and recommendations from our waiter. Had a couple of friends from out of town along for their first visit to Valanni. They loved it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The lamb sliders were delicious and filling!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We were a party of 10. Table was available on time, waitress was terrific! One diner was gluten and dairy free. No problem-waitress guided her through the menu and chef adjusted sauces etc. A favorite!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Vegetables paella was all rice with sparse vegetables. Steak skewers were sparse with meat. Pasta and shrimp was good but very little pasta.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Unfortunately, the food wasn't up to the standard of my prior visits. The calamari were cold and I would have preferred to have the sauce and peppers on the side so the calamari didn't get mushy.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Took the family for dinner and everyone had a good time. Food was excellent and service was great. We will definitely be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Fabulous food and service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We found this to be lively, with great food, fun atmosphere, great food, great service and in a good location for after a show!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great service. Food was mediocre.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

The Meze items we had were optically well presented and tasted OK. House wines were plain.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was very good and the service was above average. The place looks more like a lounge than a restaurant. Not many entree options, mostly small plates. The small plates were very small.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was very good. We got a bunch of the tapas style dishes, and they're delicious, but very expensive. For two people to have 2 drinks and dinner it was $150 with tip.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 27, 2017

It was great!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Brussel sprouts were delicious. Calamari was so-so. We also had the salmon and the chicken. We liked the chicken much better. Our waiter was great!

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food was just ok. Mussels were not good. Drinks just ok. Octopus and scallops were very good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Outstanding food with a unique ambiance and ideal location. Not too crowded and fast service. Delicious cocktails - a must for happy hour as the prices are incredible at half price!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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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 (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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