This is an upscale great place for lunch. The food delivered to the table is exactly what the menu describes. Everything is fresh, the menu is seasonal, and the service is exceptional!
Our first time here. We ate outside so noise was not a problem. The food and service (the genial able responsive Malik) were superb. We are grateful that we finally tried this gem!
A couple from Winnetka.
Food was great, service was great, perfect for our work outing.
The new menu items were outstanding in their flavors and execution. The scallops were excellent and the cantaloupe soup was enlivened with fresh mint and the salty crispy prosciutto provided classic flavors in a unique way.
I recently dined with friends outside on the sidewalk at Valor. It was delightful and much quieter than I previously experienced eating inside with friends.
Delish. Nice atmosphere. Contemporary menu. I’ll be back.
It was fine but there are other restaurants in the area with better food and ambiance at the same price level.
Always great food - possibly good enough to call amazing. Great to see this neighborhood place doing well and continuing to serve great food. Noise is about the only complaint. The big front windows also make temperature control difficult for them. However, if you want great food and service, Valor has consistently delivered.
Wonderful dining experience! Great food, great service! A new favorite restaurant!
Enjoyed an early Sunday evening dinner following a matinee at the Writer’s Theater nearby. Cocktails were inventive and tasty. House salad (split) was light and refreshing. Seafood special was a whole branzino that was outstanding. The salmon was also excellent. Great service after a slow start (some confusion after we arrived as to who was serving our table. Would definitely make a trip back, just for dinner, and for sure will stop by after our next theater visit. Menu is small, but based on our sampling, the items are excellent.
I’ve been there several times now. Food is excellent, beautiful presentation, and the staff is great!
We love Valor, and have been there many times. Everything we have tried has been very good.
Great food, but super loud. Thermostat was also set to 78 making the place very hot. But service was nice and food was great so we’ll be back. Excellent wine and cocktail list too
The food is always excellent and the service couldn't be better!
Food is always excellent! Live music on Thursdays is nice!
Excellent and creative food. Thoughtfully selected wine list. Friendly service
Live in the area and really enjoyed Valor last Saturday night. I had Sea bass which was excellent. We had kale caesar salad (outstanding) and fried cauliflower (too much breading for my taste), as appetizers. Rice pudding for desert was fantastic.
Noise level was a downside. As restaurant cleared out later in the evening, it became quieter and the four of us could enjoy talking as a group easier. Earlier we were catching up with old friends and I talked to her while my husband talked to him.
Special lamb stew was only medicore--very fatty. Place was so noisy. But, service was very good and some of the other dishes were excellent.
Appetizers and entrees are excellent. Noise level is a little loud but the food and service make up for that.
Beautiful restaurant. Great food
Food was excellent and service was good. The only issue was having a singer in such a small space made it difficult to conduct a conversation.
Guitar player added to small space made conversation difficult (although the music was excellent).
Food not as good as our previous dining experiences, possibly just one off specials entree of the scallops with pork ribs. Service was excellent and have had wonderful food there previously so will try again!
Food was excellent but the noise level was terrible and the tables were so close together that it impeded our server from serving the table.
Fantastic restaurant. Not only was the food creative and delicious, but our whole experience was exceptional from the manager/hostess to our outstanding server. A great way to celebrate an anniversary. Highly recommended.
Another great evening at Valor
Starting with a perfect dirty Bombay Sapphire Martini with 2 blue cheese-stuffed olives, we couldn't have had a nicer experience at what has become one of our favorite North Shore spots. We shared a delicious cauliflower appetizer. My wife enjoyed her vegetarian pasta dish, and I loved the cheeseburger. (They had a Moroccan lamb stew special that sounded amazing, but I was in the mood for one of their tasty bacon cheeseburgers.) Normally I prefer thinner frites, but Valor's thicker frites were terrific. And our server, Liz, was awesome: tons of personality, and very willing to make firm recommendations (as opposed to the dreaded, "Oh, everything's really good!")
Recommendation would depend on who is going. The place is great and food really good but we had a friend in from out of town and it was way too loud to carry on a conversation when the tables next to us were occupied and the restaurant wasn’t even full. We regretted we did not choose to sit outside which would have been quieter even with street and sidewalk traffic. Once the parties left on either side of us, we had a lovely time and enjoyed the food. We like a lively atmosphere so hopefully they can do something with the acoustics to turn the noise down a notch.
The rating is all based on the menu:
Brussels sprouts — wonderful
Spicy ribs — wonderful
Tuna — looked like a souffle, my friend had this and said it was delicious.
Soup — ditto
Butter with truffle — excellent
The food was salted so heavily that I couldn’t eat it. I left most on my plate. Noise level was outrageous.
Very slow service and extremely noisy. Food was very good.
Another great meal at Valor! The soup specials the past two weeks (butternut squash with a tough of curry last week, and an incredible cream of mushroom this week) have been must haves - can’t wait to see what Chef Stephan comes up with next week!
Was here a year ago and loved it. Full of people, delicious and creative food. Went back last week and opposite. No one in the place, food was mediocre. Did they change the Chef? Some menu items were the same and some had changed. I did not like the food or the vibe. Too bad.
If you’re looking for a bite before catching the show at Writer’s Theater, you cannot go wrong with Valor. I select two or three entrees that appeal to me and let the staff choose their favorite from them. It’s always a great evening!
Thanks for a great Mother’s Day evening.
We really enjoyed our meal at Valor. The beet salad, tempura cauliflower, short rib pasta, and chocolate bombe were especially delicious. Service was very attentive. The only drawbacks were the cold air that blew in every time the front door opened and the noise level. We started our meal at 5:30 when most tables were open. When we left at 7, most tables were full and it was quite loud.
Our waiter Rocco was attentive without being overly so. The food was delicious and ample portions. We certainly will return!
This was our first visit, it was quite crowded, a small space, but very well designed.
Everything we ordered was delicious, a perfect menu for me with a nice variety.
It's a bit too loud, but overall I would definitely return.
The food and service were decent. The crowded subway-feel was a little aggravating. I was there with my husband and another couple, and the tables were so on top of each other, my poor girlfriend had her chair bumped the entire meal, and literally had to get up and move her chair in so people could leave the restaurant. The wait staff couldn't even get by her, and hers wasn't the only one like that. There was a point when another couple was standing, staring at our table and another table trying to figure out how to exit the place. So ridiculous. It's astonishing to me that the manager and hostesses seat people like that. When the table behind my husband was seated, they bumped his chair just trying to sit down and immediately asked to be moved. The place needs to remove like 5 tables from the floor. Not a comfortable, relaxing dining experience in my opinion, and the staff should've apologized and made amends to my friend. She was a trooper.
Food was delicious. Service was surprisingly aggressive and awkward. We felt rushed. Items on the table were being cleared while we were still eating. We were asked about our food before we picked up our silverware. Our check was delivered even though we didn’t ask for it. Our “fine dining” lasted less than 45 minutes.
First visit but definitely won’t be our last. The food was wonderful and great attentive staff. The popcorn cauliflower was incredible. We also enjoyed the warm Brussels sprout salad and was impressed with the portion size for cost. For entrees I had the Vegetable Fettuccine which I really enjoyed and my friend had the Striped Bass which he loved. The restaurant was a bit over 1/4 full and noise was not an issue but see how it could be on a full night.