Valley Green Inn

4.4
1043 reviews
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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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Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sunday night dinner! Highly recommend the catfish. There were only 3 other tables of guests during the evening so it was super peaceful and pleasant with the fireplace going. Our waiter (Sean, I think) was terrific! Would definitely go again.

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LP
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Sunday afternoon brunch. Feels like you’re hours away from the city, like a little mini vacation. Charming and quaint dining room, attentive service, and good food.

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AN
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Love the location and have been going there over the years (last 25 years) - the food has not improved while much investments have been made to improve the physical location. They need to balance with smaller portion size and improve the culinary aspect of the menu/food served.

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P
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, spectacular food and amazing service. The view of the park is available at no other restaurant, absolutely fantastic

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m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fabulous food. the lentil soup was out of this world.

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S
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Thank you to the staff which did not get bent out of shape when half of our party was 30+ minutes late.

My extra-cost omelet was a scrawny little thing with the extra stuff inside the fold. I could not discover where the short rib was and there didn't seem to be any goat cheese. My wife's french toast was lacking maple syrup but did have a surfeit of whipped cream. She ate about half of it. Cannot comment on the other two entrees. I should have just asked for a 3-egg cheese omelet instead of the two omelet choices offered.

The location and environment are very nice and we had been to VG several times prior, but never for brunch.

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TS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful staff, very calm under pressure, made us feel so at ease and welcome. Very busy on a Saturday, do make rsvp. Food was great, overall excellent time had by our party of four!

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GJ
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional. Food was great!

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SD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and lovely way to spend Valentine's Day

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DC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

It's the kind of place you need to go to once, if you live in the area. Fake fireplace a real surprise. Table shaky.

Took 10 minutes to get our drink order, even though there were only five tables with diners.

Tables too small to accommodate menus, let alone food.

Server was friendly and efficient.

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SD
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us went for the first time. What a relief! Elegant and comfy, sophisticated and "country" at the same time. Nothing grandiose in the decor, just "pretty," and inviting. Windsor chairs and white table clothes, real plaster walls, big windows. No screens! Tables full of people enjoying themselves, but not obtruding on others: as if we'd all discovered a special place and didn't want to interfere with anyone else's enjoying it, too. Soft music, but not muzak, attentive but not interruptive waitstaff. We choose from all over the menu: salmon, ribs, pasta, soups, veggies. Everything looked and tasted good. I would suggest some attention to the wine list, just a little more choice, especially on the reds. Thank you!

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WP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Great view, and mediocre food and service.

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AK
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Truly a hidden gem. A lovely spot for a special night out. The food was exceptional and the location inside Fairmount Park is peaceful and beautiful.

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LR
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy and welcoming atmosphere. Food was delicious and service was excellent. It was a bitter cold day but the accommodations were warm and friendly. We were celebrating a birthday and retirement and the waiter presented a festive dessert complete with a candle and song. Highly recommend!

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BG
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am having my wedding at Valley Green Inn in a few months, so my fiancé and I stopped by for brunch. The food was great, people are friendly, and the ambiance is quite charming. Highly recommend.

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C
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were looking for a wedding shower venue for our soon-to-be daughter-in-law and found this place online. What a find! Never would have found it without GPS (which took us right to the place). It's located on the Wissahickon Creek (part of Fairmont Park), and very quaint. Food was amazing (we had soup of the day and a sandwich - - never thought I would write such a great review about soup and sandwich, but there you go). Service was also very good. Can't wait to try it in the summer!

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P
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a wonderful Saturday afternoon lunch with friends. Food and service were both A-1. Everyone in my party thought the food was delicious and well-prepared especially the fish and chips, which was a special. The hot Bloody Mary is a favorite! Can't beat the beautiful park setting.

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LT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

This is normally one of my favorite places to bring friends from out of town this last experience was quite an embarrassment. We had to ask twice for our bread basket, the service was very slow, our food came out cold and we waited way too long for the check. We felt like we were totally forgotten during the whole dinning experience. I think our waiter was having a bad day, it reflected in the service we received. Despite this bad experience, I will continue to dine there, unless it happens again.

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F
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love going to Valley Green! Food is always exceptinal, cozy environment, scenic views, wonderful friendly service.

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F
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable evening, sat in the little nook to the right of the fireplace, love the decorated Christmas tree as usual, and the food was outstanding, my wife who is a vegetarian had the cauliflower confit and the kale salad with tofu, and could not stop talking about how Exceptionally delicious both were. I had the winter salad and the meatloaf, both were delicious . Loved dining at the Valley Green Inn as usual!
Frank,
Blue Bell

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J
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food good except for bland Bloody Mary. Attentive and friendly service. Charming atmosphere. I congratulate them for playing classical music that matches the anbience. Last time they played very annoying pop.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was very pleased with the quick seating. The wait staff was awesome. My dish was "ok", however my next dish will be selected more carefully. The lobster bisque is outstanding.

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JL
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Just not worth the price. Very average, rather bland, and nothing imaginative on the dinner menu. You'd think they could come up with a better vegetarian dinner entree than tofu, since there really was only one option. My vegetarian companion had to have two appetizers for his dinner. My fish was well prepared, but had no inventive twist. We could have made that meal easily at home. And sadly, with all that charm, and on a cold wet night, the fireplace in the room we sat in had a cheap, electric log in it. At least, for a colonial period building, the place should have working fireplaces. The staff is very nice, but the prices are high for ho-hum fare. The only way I'd go again would be if I needed lunch while hiking in the park.

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KS
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

One of our favorite places - settling and ambiance. However the brunch set menu here is not my favorite.
The scones were dry and seemed stale but the raisin bread was fresh and very good. It was not the basket of baked goods that was described on the menu. The entrees were good. We requested plain white bread or rolls but were told there was none, yet one entree had 4 small slices of white bread with no butter. The menu said multigrain bread. Small things, but significant.

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T
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is such a special place to go in a beautiful setting with delicious food!

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CM
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Historic location. Great place to stop and dine if you are on horseback riding along the Wissahickon . Excellent service, food and drink. Had an interesting Cider/Moscato drink for lunch. Uuuuu. Desserts to die for but do eat them first:). Moderately priced but a very nice place to eat especially on a nice spring day overlooking the creek. I highly recommend.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Valley Green has been a family tradition for decades, so we tend to return no matter what the experience. This time there was a major improvement in the quality of the food ; somebody has made some welcome changes in the kitchen

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SO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Consistently good food & quaintness since my first visit in 1974.

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LP
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and cozy atmosphere. I loved the portables sandwich. Waitresses were very attentive.

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RK
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience, we went for my wife’s anniversary/ birthday dinner right before closing and it could not have worked out better. Service, food and scenery were perfect.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat!

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DF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
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
Philadelphia
3 reviews
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
30 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
17 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
5 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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