Valley Green Inn

4.6
1345 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Please note that we will be serving our All-Day menu exclusively while restricted to limited indoor and covered outdoor dining by the city of Philadelphia. We will also serve specials for brunch, lunch and dinner hours.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1345 people are saying
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vipPatriciaT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A gem in the woods. Worth a visit! I’ll be back.

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NancyC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Prime rib was delicious! Mashed potatoes had too much garlic, loved the stuffing, Mac and cheese was just okay. Other sides very tasty. A nice assortment of sides!

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Ginny
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Unique place for a Sunday brunch. They were very busy but that did not stop the good service. We had walked 2.5 miles up to the restaurant and chose to sit outside. After sitting a bit we did get chilly but one request to our waiter had a heat lamp right next to us. Bloody Marys were exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Well I was excited to meet a friend there for lunch as it's always been one of my most favorite places. For I think the third time straight there was a wedding about to take place so it seems like all intention was on that and those of us already seated and dining were slightly unimportant. We never saw our waiter to ask for another drink. Normally it's warm and inviting inside but I just didn't feel that yesterday

Valley Green Inn
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thank you for the compliments! We are so pleased to be one of your favorite places. Please accept out sincerest apologies for not meeting your expectations on your latest visit. Know that we wish to ensure you feel important and your constructive feedback shows that we didn't meet those expectations. While we love hearing praise, we also need to hear the type of constructive criticism you've provided. Know that we are listening. Thank you again.

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Charlotte
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was super nice and efficient. We were not rushed to finish despite a wedding about to take place. I came here to skate on the creek back in the 19 50’s as a cold. So nice that not much has changed! We had horse drawn sleigh rides and hot chocolate in those days and Park Guards at the little houses along the path.
Great nostalgia.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Our waitress was excellent. A very enjoyable evening.

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RebeccaK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valley Green Inn was a delightful place for a weeknight dinner with friends! The food was cooked to perfection. I had the short ribs with sweet potato puree and broccoli rabe, and it was delicious. Other entrees ordered included steak frites cooked to perfection (although the steaks were on the thin side) and crab cakes. The mixed green salad was presented in a unique way - more like a chopped salad- and it was bright and fresh. The service was attentive and knowledgable. I am looking forward to going there again.

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LindseyP
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Alex, was great! Food was tasty, atmosphere was nice.

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RuthG
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can always depend on having excellent food and service at Valley Green Inn.

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Lindsey
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Valley Green is always super friendly and professional. The food was awesome, and as a vegetarian I appreciated the tasty non-meat selections. The seasonal choices were great. Always love coming to this restaurant!

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FoodieShutterbug
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Always loved this quaint location, brought visiting family here. However fire in fireplace is fake and all the food was poorly executed and blah. Tempura cauliflower was grease soggy, wings bland, filet mignon eggrolls were heavy cheesesteak type, salad overdressed, truffle fries cold and limp. Didn't bother to take any leftovers home. Staff was nice but hard to get their attention. Haven't tried their outdoor space, looks nice, heard a karaoke party, but was a very cold night.

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KimH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service in a beautiful setting!

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Ddoc
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Perfect for what we needed when weather worsened and we moved inside

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SueD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful fall day to have a delicious lunch with good friends along the Wissahickon in this historic setting. Service great too. Their specials were excellent - food and drinks. Highly recommend this treasure

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all had salads- delicious!
Only negative was a very loud table next to us!

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Winnie
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was our 2nd time there in one week. Wednesday for late lunch. Ordered the exact same thing because it was so excellent the first time
2nd time hot Apple Cider was watered down and they ran out of Apple's to make it and the appetizer was served luke warm not hot like first time.
Still service was excellent and food was delicious and we will be back

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Goodforfoodies
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We really enjoyed our lunch at Valley Green. We visited on a crisp fall day and we enjoyed the beautiful scenery. Our waitress seemed overwhelmed and we waited quite a while for our meals. After speaking with the manager, we received our meals and an adjustment to our bill. Nice response that left us with a great impression. Much appreciated. The food was delicious

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ripp
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was wonderful. The young lady that sat us and refilled water wss also terrific. The menu is somewhat limited, but everything we tried was good. Both the regular and truffle fries were delicious!

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MadelineL
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a pleasant place to have brunch on the porch after a long walk in the park with a good friend.

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BillC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We sat on the porch for lunch on a cool but beautiful sunny Fall day. Our server was very courteous and efficient. The cauliflower appetizer we shared was excellent. All three of our luncheon main courses (club sandwich, vegetable wrap and salmon) were very good. The gnocchi that one of our party would have preferred was out.
The setting for Valley Green Inn is beautiful, overlooking Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount Park. At times there was more noise than desirable; occasional trucks were making deliveries on the road right in front of the porch and the staff was setting up for a late afternoon or evening wedding, moving furniture and other equipment. Overall, a very pleasant dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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foodie
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Was a nice experience! Enjoyed dining inside. Nice menu with seasonal specials. Had the chicken balsamic.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food3service1ambience5

10/25 was our 1 year anniversary of getting married at valley green inn. We had a 12pm reservation. It took the server 30 mins to even take a drink order. 45 mins in and we got our first drinks. We had to ask about the appetizers and it came out looking like it had been sitting a while. The food was fine, the server was not even personable. Not our usual experience with VGI- which has become a place near and dear to our hearts. I’m sure they’re affected by the staffing issues everyone is, but the female server was hustling, attentive and pleasant. Wish we had her! Very disappointed and I hate even having to say that.

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vipFrankH
Philadelphia
86 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went for a early dinner (weekday)we brought our neighbor and our family pet. The meal was very good and they even cooked a special burger for our dog. We enjoyed our meal and our dog (Lexie, a rescue from S. Carolina) thought her special burger was great. The weather even cooperated a warm 78 degree day.

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vipHarvestdancer
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Wonderful location right on the Wissahickon Creek! Good food and service... we were there for dinner at 6:00, with last seating at 6:30, which works for this location in the park and on one of the best walking/biking trails. A really good place for lunch, snacks or drinks when walking Forbidden Drive (Don't let the name scare you, it's not really forbidden..)

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DS16
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been to the Inn in quite awhile and was delighted to have great lunch with friends. The food choices and quality were excellent and the service very attentive. Looking forward to my next visit

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NancyN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely setting in the park with great food.

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LisaG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch with my besties!

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vipReneeC
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant for more than 20 years. It is special in every way!

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AlexandriaO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been wanting to try the Valley Green Inn for literal years as someone who has hiked the Wissahickon trail for years! It did not disappoint. The scenery is incredible. We had outdoor seating and the food was amazing, as well as reasonably priced! Recommend 10/10 to anyone! It’s gorgeous.

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vipMare
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and the service was great- even being short staffed as they were. Highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I have previously loved the VGI and have dined here soo many times. Tonite left much to be desired. Don’t even leave reviews but I can’t help myself. First, I was seated outside when I booked a table inside. Because I was seated outside I was literally a part of Catherine and Nicholas’s wedding. I don’t know these people. And certainly wasn’t expecting to watch their entire wedding. There was then confusion on who our server was. The server that landed on us, stunk. And then left abruptly to deal with an “emergency”. But then asked if we wanted dessert. And waited for her tip. The server that took over for her then granted us another drink each and then out of nowhere came over and said..and I quote bc I never heard this in my life..”you need to leave because we need this table for another reservation.” My two young children, my husband and I were shocked. Never have I ever been told this by a server. Promptly complained to the manager who didn’t send to really care, and then just left. I will *never* be back. Management is so poor for a $36 entree. Get real. And learn basic respect.

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SandraB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything was very nice, except the noise level was very high as I was trying to record my elderly parents and the gravel ground covering is not conducive for older people with walkers and canes.

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bunnim
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

we ate outside and it was beautiful but we are old and it was a problem to have had to park so far from the restaurant
Once there it was perfect and we want to go again

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Lovely
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Above and beyond service from everyone, as usual.

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ClaireL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent.
The Inn needs some restoration.
Walkways are difficult for older folks to manipulate.

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desslok
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Such a great setting and the food is always quality.

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NancyL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lob day to eat outside. Berry salad was delicious.

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Cathy
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time. The food, service, and atmosphere were just what we had hoped for.

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Valley Green Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 1345 OpenTable diners.

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