Valley Inn Restaurant and Martini Bar

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294 reviews
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Valley Inn Restaurant is proud to be a landmark in the San Fernando Valley for over sixty five years. Our restaurant is a true one of a kind. Step back in time and be enveloped by the decor; elegant, yet casual dining areas, dark wood, and leather booths with white tablecloth.
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Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

staff is great - friendly, efficient. ambience is cozy. great local hang-out.

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Friendly and reliable. Great food.

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SR
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service is always excellent and a good value.

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SK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We left going to the Valley Inn. Good food, wonderful retro ambiance, relatively quiet so conversation is easy. Great for special occasions and out of town guests.

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RC
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We went on Christmas day when not many restaurants were open. Limited menu (no problem), friendly service, right on time for our reservation.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Came here tonight for my husbands birthday. First time. Yes it’s Christmas Eve. But they’re not closed and chose to take our 8pm reservation. From the moment we arrived at 7pm to have a drink at the bar, the staff was angry we were there. The bartender barely wanted to serve us. Clearly wanted to be home with family. The server was terrible. Rude and disrespectful. When one of our meals arrived different than ordered, we asked for it to be fixed and were told that the chef already went home, nothing could be done. No dessert was available for us to order. Again, don’t begrudge anyone for wanting to be with their family for Christmas Eve, but don’t accept a reservation. These first timers won’t be back. Ever.

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S
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Dinner was great. I had the fried chicken, which was excellent. I would highly recommend this to everyone.

The restaurant is very old school. The servers have been there a long time. They may not be the most pleasant but are efficient.

I would recommend this place due to nostalgia and the food is still very good, after all of these years.

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V
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I have been coming to this restaurant for years, it's a neighborhood institution. The problem I have had lately was with the service. We waited 45minutes before getting our salad and I don't think there is any excuse for that. The food is always good but I find it annoying to have to wait so long for service. The problem was not just with our table, but also for those we could observe.

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DR
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Chicken was a bit dry but asking for gravy helped. Mashed potatoes ok but appearance was average. Veggies the same. Needed more seasoning for plating appearance.

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f
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We arrived very early in the evening, 5:15 because we had show tickets in a different part of the City. We ordered about 5:30 and were only the third occupied table in the restaurant. As time passed we asked for our food several times but weren't served until 6:25, 55 minutes after ordering in the practically empty place. At this point we could only rush through a partial meal. The waitress said it was the kitchen's fault; the owner's wife said it was the waitress'. When we complained to the owner because they had ruined our dinner by taking so long, all he said was "I'm sorry, it's never happened before" and most nonsensically of all, asked if he could buy us dessert as if we had all the time in the world. A quality restaurant would have either bought us dinner since we had to rush out due to their mistakes or at least offered some small accommodation on the price. We really weren't looking for a break, but they should have offered something after ruining our meal and blaming two different parts of the staff. Very poor response to our situation. By the way, he roast beef was almost inedible because of the amount of fat in the cut, salmon was pretty good.

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SJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Nostalgic. Good food, good size portions. Great garlic bread. owners and servers not so friendly.
Owners do not make you feel terribly welcome. Wine list could be improved.

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BE
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, food was good and server was Excellent

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BB
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was perfectly prepared, and the service was especially good!

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SA
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Had a lovely dinner. Waitress forgot my husbands rice

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MW
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place, old world charm. Maybe a hostess didn't show up but no one was around the front to greet us and we standed around 10 min. As we left, a lot of old folks were milling about lobby and they also were saying "There's no one here to seat us." Hopefully just an anomaly.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Comfortable & good prime rib

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IK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Horribly understaffed while owners milled around and offered little assistance to wait staff except for pointing fingers where to go. They have been in business long enough to take orders or refill water or bread while overworked wait staff rushes and tries to meet everyone's needs.

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A
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had a reservation at 7:00, two of my three party had arrived early and were seated. When I arrived they said no one had arrived, so they were waiting at the table, I was in the lobby for 20 minutes. They called the restaurant to check if I was in the lobby. We were jammed into a tiny, cramped table at the back of the restaurant, very uncomfortable for three people. Food was okay, not great for the price. Disappointed in this place, chaos in the lobby even if you had a reservation. AK

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v
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always! Service is perfect and attentive. God is yummy and portions are a nice size!

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B
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last night I had the sesame seared ahi tuna with rice and ginger. It came with a salad. The tuna is some of the best I have ever eaten, and I enjoy sushi restaurants. It's better than I get in sushi restaurants. My husband had the sand dabs. We always enjoy our meals here. Servers are friendly and attentive. The martini has spoiled me. It is prepared exactly to my liking, and they do not spare the vodka.
We often have lunch here. The French dip beef sandwich is outstanding.
This is a restaurant with a vintage vibe.
I highly recommend The Valley Inn.

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F
Los Angeles
97 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very quiet on a Sunday night and no one sang happy birthday but the food was terrific !

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J
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

had not been here in years and took a chance, a wonderful surprise with delicious food and great prices.
will be going back

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RE
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I really liked this restaurant. My friends and I have gone often because the menu is diverse and the food is usually very good. This time, however, our server was just overworked. He had a party in the back of the restaurant and several tables to serve in our area. It took a long time to get our food and once we finally did, my food was cold and my sad dabs were soggy. I was disappointed.
Will I try this restaurant again? Probably yes because I don't think one bad experience overrides many good past experiences. But, I hope, things improve in the furture.

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b
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I have liked this restaurant in the past. It has really come down in my opinion. The special for the night was Beef Stroganoff...the meat was chewy/tough and very disappointing. The lobster bisque was mediocre, my wife's onion soup was very salty, and to top it all off, our waiter was a real jerk. We are not likely to return.

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S
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The ValleyInn has been around for about 60 years, and it is still a local favorite. The menu is extensive ranging from burgers to steaks and prime rib. The items are fairly priced and the entrees come with soup or salad.I especially like 2 of their chicken dishes: chicken romano, aparmesan coated breastless chicken, covered with various vegetables, including artichokes. The other is a walnut crusted chicken breast.
They have a wine list, but you can bring your oen wine for a $15 corkage fee. The bar serves great drinks; the bartenders are knowledgable and friendly. You can get a sense of the history of the Valley Inn by looking at the famous sports figures of bygone and current years. All in all, the Valley Inn is a great spot.
One thing to watch for: If you get seated with a server who is also serving a large party in the back, private room, ask to be moved, if possible, because you will have a long wait between ordering and getting your food.

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EJ
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It had been many years I had visited. Thought this would be an ideal location to treat a special client. The food was delicious and so was the martini. I will not wait years to return. Thank you.

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BE
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Cool vibe at the bar and a great neighborhood hangout! Food is good and the Brussels sprouts are a stand out!! That’s about it.

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NO
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dining experience as always! Management and staff courteous and friendly

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JM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been a customer for 20+years and it is the best restaurant to eat and visit with friends in an old time cozy atmosphere.

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JO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can't go wrong with this classic Valley steakhouse. Great drinks at a great price, attentive barternders, terrific food, and owners Boris and Sophia make everyone feel like they're at Cheers. The chopped steak and burgers are fantastic, and so is the signature fried chicken - worth the wait! Grab a couple of friends and have a martini (or two) while catching your favorite game in the bar.

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n
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Slow service and very bland food.

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G
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not for millennial. Old style steak house very good and very quiet.

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c
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Same as always good food and service the noise level hi

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SH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service was great, lost my sunglasses but they found them. Altogether a wonderful place

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WS
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Very disappointing dinner experience here. From the start when the server blocked us from sitting at the table because they were putting menus down (2 of the menus turned out to be completely blank) to not bringing any celebratory desert when I stated it was a birthday on the Open Table reservation and told the host, this meal was an utter disappointment. The prime rib was not a thick cut and was just so-so, as was pretty much all of the food served. (The calamari was the one good exception). The service was as bland as the meal. Our server seemed to lack interest in us and her job and adding nothing to the dining experience. I think she uttered the least amount of words possible to complete her minimal task at hand. There was another server who was dressed like he had come from working in the kitchen or a food truck. At least he seemed to have a personality.
We were excited to return to this restaurant after a terrific dining experience here about 4 years ago. We definitely won’t be back for a third visit. Too bad!

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BA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Valley Inn is simply a fantastic gem that brings the best of old school dining with excellent food and service that is consistent. Wonderful booths, I love booths! Victoria, a legend by herself, is a wonderful waitress that gives just enough of a smile with candor that makes your dining experience enjoyable as well. You won’t be disappointed.

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LC
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

I had never been and a friend said it carried a lot of valley nostalgia. I grew up in the valley so thought I'd give it a try. Indeed it does have valley nostalgia and has a cool throwback atmosphere, but the food was really mediocre. And unfortunately, I got one of the more expensive items on the menu. It is a convenient meeting spot so I will probably go back to try the fried chicken and the martinis. Maybe it was an off night!

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v
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. Service and food amazing as always. Portions are perfect. This is our go to place. .

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CT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Prime rib was tough. Worst service I’ve had in a while

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JP
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, Great old school dark wood red booth atmosphere .
Have known hosts Boris and Sophia for years. They are the best !

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