Valley Green Inn

4.2
1013 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Located in the Wissahickon Valley, the inviting atmosphere of Philadelphia's last remaining roadhouse is one of the city's best kept secrets. The Valley Green Inn is just waiting to be found in the bustling metropolis of America's Birthplace.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Continental
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
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Phone number
(215) 247-1730
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Valley Green Inn can accommodate all your special event needs.

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What 1013 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.6
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat!

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DF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I love Valley Green and I took someone who is very special there for the first time. We walked around until the Inn opened. The food was good, but only came out luke warm. Had to send back the Cauliflower Soup, which was delicious, but the 2nd time it came back warm also. The entrees were the same way. Great taste just need to turn up the heat.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Dinners here are excellent, Sunday brunch was busy, food was over cooked, orders were wrong and it took forever to get service. It seems like they’re trying to accommodate too many people without the staff to handle

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K
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our reservation for Sunday Brunch was for noon. We were told it would only be a few minutes, but we did not get seated until 1 pm, and then at a dirty, unset table. It was completely overbooked, and there were numerous other parties with reservations that had to wait exorbitant periods of time for their tables. The hostess was visibly frazzled and talking to herself, which made the wait that much more uncomfortable. We were not offered any beverages despite the additional hour wait.

Once seated, I had to ask for menus (we were seated without them). Then I had to ask again for a wine list (this should've been brought with the menus). Then I had to get up and ask a server to wait on us as we had been sitting for almost 10 more minutes without being greeted. Once we actually sat and got waited on, the service was good (but for a forgotten round of drinks). The food was good...but we go for the atmosphere and the hiking as much as the food.

At the end, the restaurant bought us brunch for the debacle with the reservation, which was the right thing to do. They really need to limit their Sunday brunch reservations.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Food was not prepared well and service inconsistent.

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Deliciously light creamy cauliflower soup! Great entrees, service, ambiance, and scenery. :)

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m
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a fine restaurant with a great setting. We did the Sunday brunch, a nice introduction.
But there are some old inns in the western Philadelphia suburbs which are not just fine,
but excellent. Not likely to revisit anytime soon.

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AG
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A delightful visit to a venerable Venue. We had brunch and the Choron sauce over the poached egg atop the Strata was 1) something one rarely sees, a classic hollandaise with Blood Orange juice instead of lemon, perfectly prepared, 2) a perfectly poached egg and the strata was very good.
I'd probably say the Farmers plate with 2 eggs any style could have 1) used larger eggs (these looked like average large, jumbo would be a better fit and value, 2) they just missed the mark on the 'over easy', closer to over medium, but still good.
Lovely place and Staff, we will be back!

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FF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Wow, this was truly the worst dining experience I've had in memory! Absolutely comedic, like The Three Stooges​, except with like 10 chaotic stooges running around, and heaven knows how many more in the kitchen. So, okay, you come here for the locale in the heart of the beautiful Wissahickon, and you can't beat the scenery from your table looking over Forbidden Drive into the woods. But the pleasantness stops there. The service is none existent​ -- not from lack of staff, but rather lack of basic competency. We literally had to stop every server passing by and repeatedly beg for water, place settings, and someone to take our order. Our waiter never showed up (mind you, it was not even particularly busy), and we had to practically demanded (politely, of course) another waitress to take our order.

Brunch was prix fixe with two courses, bread, and beverage, but the bread basket muffins were supermarket quality at best, and the juice was the overly sweet carton variety, not fresh squeezed as one would expect. Further, they struggled to accommodate gluten-free, which in this era should be something every respectable kitchen is prepared to handle. When the entrees finally arrived, the simple omelet was uninspired and overcooked, and the Mexican egg concoction was frankly disgusting -- like a plate of nachos with a greasy​ fried egg on top. Even drunk, you'd be wary​ to eat it.

It's a real shame, as Valley Green Inn could be such a gem if only someone who knows how to run a restaurant and a reputable chef of a certain caliber would take it over. For a "foodie" town like Philly, we shouldn't settle for less.

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ED
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy it at Valley Green Inn - food was great, service was great --

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CS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

An excellent meal to celebrate an anniversary. Unfortunately, they ran our of 2 of their most popular entrees. But the food we did receive was beautifully and deliciously prepared, and the service was quite good. I plan to return.

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

8.00 for ice cream desert way over priced for average ice cream. Aside from that great service. Good out outdoor seating dog friendly. Great homemade veggie Berger
Sandwiches on very good bread . Worth the price

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t
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The scenery is the best thing about this restaurant!

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JF
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We rode our bikes to Valley Green and met a friend for lunch. If at all possible, sit outside. The interior is quite small and can be noisy. Outside, you'll enjoy the fresh air and beautiful Wissahickon Creek.

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OT
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

So much history! Waitress Kathy was amazing!!!!!

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O
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time; this Inn provides a unique experience: it is within a huge public park, with various trails crossing in front of it, by a creek. We sat on a covered outdoor porch (having brought a dog), enjoyed watching walkers, bike riders, lots of pet dogs, and even observed a wedding early afternoon.
The food was tasty, and the selections right for a weekend casual lunch. Good drink selections, and desserts. It made me proud to have such place in the middle of the city.

Evening events are a bit more formal, and winter dinners in cozy rooms with active fireplaces are great too!

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KM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect place for lunch on a beautiful day. Excellent, friendly service, including by a new server and her mentor. Delicious food. A wide range of patrons, including kids and dogs. Such a nice experience.

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n
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation and had to wait...but we got placed in the quieter room which was nice....all was fine!

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RA
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

My girlfriends and boyfriend and I went to Valley Green Inn for restaurant week. The restaurant is in a unique setting and the menu sounded great so we were looking forward to it. The experience we had left us underwhelmed and disappointed.
The best thing we had all night was the mac and cheese appetizer. The bacon on my tiny piece of bacon-wrapped meatloaf was underdone and my mashed potatoes were unseasoned. The salt shaker on our table was clogged with clumps of salt covered in rust (from the rusted shaker). I gave it to our waitress in the beginning of the meal, and when I asked for salt for my mashed potatoes the second shaker was also rusted and clogged. She took that one as well and put it on the table right next to us.
The menu preview had listed a different dessert that I was looking forward to, but the menu was changed, which I was ok with, I know that happens. I picked the brownie instead, and got a very generous square of brownie. Unfortunately most of it was scorched in the bottom and sides and was therefore inedible. I left over half of it in my plate. When the waitress asked if I was done I said yes and mentioned that the remaining parts were burnt. She said okay and took it away, no apology or an attempt to offer a replacement. I will most likely not return to this place.

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t
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was a rainy night and the Wissahickon was roaring past as we ate dinner on the porch. My husband ordered chicken liver pate, which was served encased in mild mustard seeds. The combination of textures was very pleasing. I had the meatloaf and it was delicious. But be warned, the onion rings are very spicey hot. My husband enjoyed his salmon served atop creamy vegetables. The brownie desert was delicious. Our waitress was attentive and helpful. I love it here.

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AR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is great, the views are nice, the service is excellent. But the food is none of those.

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E
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Lunch was not as good as the lunch I experienced a month ago. First of all, the turkey club is no longer offered with a seeded wheat bread which was delicious. Instead it was on a thin dry toasted white bread & just wasn’t as good. The black bean burger was good & the buffalo chicken sandwiches were good. The ice tea was very weak - definitely needed a stronger tea & more brew time. The homemade lemonade was very good. Service of our entrees was rather slow this time around which was unusual because it was as not crowded.

Also the restaurant and Fairmount Park should consider camera surveillance in the parking area as there are frequent reports in the local news of car break-ins in the adjacent lot. This makes some not want to drive in for dining.

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F
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Three of us dined. Two had great meal.
The third person got dried out “signature” meatloaf only made edible by the bbq sauce. Felt sorry for her.

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D
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've gone to Valley Green for lunch but this was our first time for dinner. The food was excellent. My husband had the étouffée and I had the salmon. They were cooked perfectly and accompanied by delicious vegetables. We loved it so much that when we we got home, my husband's first thought was "Who can we tell about Valley Green." I said, "Everybody!"

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T
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was fantastic!

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J
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The setting and overall ambiance are out-of-this-world. Watching Wissahickon Creek while dining is truly an experience not to be missed.

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D
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a great place for a special dinner, or just dinner outside on a nice evening.

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AN
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The absolute perfect place to go for brunch before a scenic hike. Setting is wonderful and our waiter was very nice. The food came out very slow though and is nothing special. Still would come back again no question about it.

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KK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The presentation, recipes, and taste of the food was outstanding!

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GR
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The patio could be a little more cleaner ,I guess this is to be expected with the cinder path in front of this establishment . The table ware was covered with dust , We just deal with it but others maybe not .

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l
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Server was excellent, food was fresh and plentiful. Love the brunch fixed price menu! Location is always very special.

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AS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Our service provider was very nice and obviously trying to please. The food was mediocre and not worth the price.

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s
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, many options, lovely outdoor setting.

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JM
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Steak Frites was better than what I have had in Paris! The food was fabulous and the atmosphere of outdoor dining right by the Wissahickon Creek amidst the history of Forbidden Drive was enchanting!

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Z
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A quiet little gem nestled into the woods of the Wissahickon park, the valley green inn is charming and has delicious food. It's a real special treat to eat there. Go if you can.

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AL
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very average food and service for brunch. Setting is pretty but does not make up for lack of quality in food and service.

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d
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Amazingly tasty food, generous portions, attentive service, and of course, great ambience. We can't wait to go back!!!

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OT
Philadelphia
78 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance. Excellent service. Porch was perfect on a perfect spring day. Glitch in one of the main courses was compensated by complementary dessert. Only disappointment was that I had indicated this was a special birthday lunch and not one word was said, even though we heard happy birthday singing for another group in the dining room.

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J
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We have not been here in a long time - and it is still quite good. Will keep on our list.

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TS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first date was here over 25 years ago.
We’ve been back a few times.
Tonight was extra special as it was my birthday, but Sean was absolutely one of the best waiters I’ve experienced.
Thanks.

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