About Valley Inn Restaurant and Martini Bar

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.

4557 Sherman Oaks Ave.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm

Cross Street:
Ventura Blvd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(818) 784-1163

Website:
http://www.valleyinnrestaurantandbar.com/

Parking Details:
Metered Parking available in front of the restaurant. Plenty of street parking available.

Executive Chef:
Jose Luis Maciel

Private Party Facilities:
Two Private Rooms available John Wooden Room - seats up to 40 people - Flat Screen TV available for presentations. DVD/VHS connections VIP Room - Seats up to 16 people with a private entrance to celebrities. Flat screen TV for presentations

Private Party Contact:
Sophia: (818) 784-1163

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Valley Inn Restaurant and Martini Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (17)
Cozy (16)
Comfort Food (15)
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Good for Birthdays (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good for a Date (8)
Romantic (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Authentic (7)
Business Meals (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Casual (5)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Kid-friendly (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

We eat here often. Any time we have brought guests they have raved about the food, atmosphere and service. Boris and Sophie are delightful as a host team.
I enjoy the walnut crusted chicken, the ahi dinner, hamburgers, steaks and their lunch-time French dip sandwich.
Portions are generous, and drinks are strong.
This restaurant has a classic feel to it with romantic lighting deep booths, tablecloths, oil paintings and an old-fashioned bar. It's a step back in time when dining out laws an elegant, special experience. However elegant, you may still dress casually (business casual) and feel comfortable. It attracts people of all ages.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I used to eat at The Valley Inn all the time, but quite a few years ago I had one or two bad meals and stopped going. It was a convenient place to meet a friend for drinks and I was pleasantly surprised. We ate the bar food and the food, drinks and bartender were really great. I've now been back several times and have eaten in both the main dining room and the bar. I'm happy to have a new/old place to go to for drinks and dinner that is easy access for both the valley and the west side.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Always consistent food and service. Very warm and comfortable and hospitable

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I did not mention in reservation request that I wanted to sit in main dining room. We were seated in a side room alone with no ambiance. The service was excellent. Food good. I had the ribs and they were as good as I remember.

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Always easy to go to and is a local favorite. A hideaway in the city of Encino. Easy to park - no valet. Old school dining. My family and friends love it here.

Tags: Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Hard to tell which is older, the food offerings or the clientele.

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

For some reason they were short-staffed. Nevertheless, our waitress went out of her way to make everyone happy. The food is good, but overpriced. There is nothing novel on the menu. This place is the typical photos of celebs on the wall. There is only street parking and not a lot of that.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Thank you. It was very good

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

From the warm and welcoming smile of the Owners to all the servers, we were treated to excellent service, fantastic drinks, and mouthwatering food (although pricey). Seating is comfortable. Only thing missing is background music. Old Standards would be a nice touch. Looking forward to returning soon.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

This is a neighborhood gem. Simply good food, fair priced and consistent. Small, intimate and also has a couple of banquet rooms too. The martini bar is quite small— tiny. Cute in that it is “old fashioned” and that is also what makes it special. My husband had their famous broiled chicken . It comes with a voice of soup or salad. I had a chicken breast coated in Parmesan cheese with a mushroom, artichoke, tomato topping that was truly yummy! Also had a choice of soup or salad. The sides are actually FRESH veggies, mashed potato. I think that anything you’d have there you’d enjoy. Street parking.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Tuesday was maybe my 5th visit to this restaurant. Have been living in Sherman Oaks for 5 years but had never heard of it. Friends took us there the first time and we have been going back ever since. It is a neighborhood gem that has been in business for a long time. It’s a family run restaurant and reminds me of what restaurants used to look like... red leather booths, dim lighting, professional waitresses who know what they’re doing and who are not waiting to be discovered. Sandra is my favorite. Food is consistently good. Good size menu to choose from. Their fried chicken is fabulous. They call it fried but it’s baked and really delish. Prime rib also good fresh shrimp cocktail also delish. Seems to be a favorite of celebs probably because it’s quiet and no one bothers them. Lily Tomlin was there Tuesday night and the time before that, Diane Keaton was at the booth across from us. Celebs aside, The Valley Inn and Martini Bar is a great place to have dinner. Nothing fancy, just really tasty and good. Great value for the money. Be warned... portions are big!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Cozy, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great old school restaurant. Served a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner. Service was perfect. 🐼

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food was very good. The service was good, not great. The dessert was good, small portion with a lot of whipped cream.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We always come for special occasions. The food is good , and we love the atmosphere. This time , the restaurant was a little too loud. I’m sure we will be back again at some point.

Tags: Romantic, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The prime rib was very good. However the VI was very noisy and several very loud people.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This is my granddaughters favorite. We love the monte cristo sandwich.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wish there were still more places like this. A treasure

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We always love coming here. The staff is professional with loads of personality. This is not a place for foodies but for good, solid dependable fare. Fried chicken is excellent among other things.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Very broad traditional menu. Great food, good atmosphere, great service.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great spot for a low key date night in the valley. Love the ambiance and service.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I love going to The Valley Inn. The food is great as so is the service. The Martini's plentiful. A true neighborhood gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Good place to gather and talk and be with friends and family. Staff tries to accommodate service. Food is fine enough.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

As always never disappointed!!! Food & service spot on.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 14, 2017

The service and the martini were good. The prime rib tasted like it might have been cooked the day before. All food was bland. This place seems to attract an older, very casual crowd of regulars. Although I enjoy historic restaurants, and that's why I went, there wasn't much of a feeling of old style tradition and the decor could use an update.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Restaurant is clean and well well-lit, and has the look of the 50's. Food was OK, and portions were huge.

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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Enjoyed atmosphere of 1960s

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Let me start by saying I always enjoy the Valley Inn. The food is great, good value and the service is always prompt and efficient. This particular lunch however we had a problem with my wife's hamburger. She asked for it medium rare and it came out medium. Sent it back and the replacement came out rare almost raw. Now I like a a rare burger so I swapped with her my cheesesteak sandwich even though if I wanted a burger i would have ordered one. Our waitress was very apologetic, even reduced the bill, but this is not the first time the kitchen cannot seem to get medium rare right when it comes to their burgers. This same circumstance has happened to us twice before as well. But when it is cooked right... it is a great burger. But the double error took away the special aspect of us having a date lunch and that was very disappointing.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The Valley Inn has been serving wonderful food in a beautiful setting for many years. When driving to or through Sherman Oaks we always try to have a meal there. Walking into the restaurant is like stepping into the past.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 11, 2017

The Service was exceptional. The Flourless Chocolate Cake was very light and delicious!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Work event!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 9, 2017

We've eaten there so many times and never has it ever been this noisy. We no longer can take a chance going with another couple if we don't know if we will be able to hear one another. The food has always been good to very good. This time, both fish dishes (sand dabs and branzino) were very dry. The salads were fine, but one was not served as requested and had to be sent back. Whenever we needed anything the waitress was nowhere to be found. It was a disappointing experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great steaks, its 5 dollars to split a meal. nice dark ambience

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 2, 2017

the food is good and the pricing is reasonable. the decor could be updated a bit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

I've been to Valley Inn several times, mostly because their fried chicken dinner is to die for!! This time was for the same reason, however the service was not great. We didn't see a server for at least 15 minutes after we sat down. That is truly my only gripe.
The bar is great and the food is very good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Yummy always done the way you want it.

They aim to please.

Loretta Kaye

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

My husband and I loved it! Everything about it :)

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Healthy, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 17, 2017

All I have to say is...the place is absolutely fabulous

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The food is always good and the service gracious. A pleasure to be there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 29, 2017

This was not a very good experience! Service pretty bad, very amateur forget to serve my soup while my family had received there's My $50.00 steak had a cool temperature dry and no flavor. One choice of a white Italian wine $270 bad experience this is really a upscale diner

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Sometimes this is a weekly venture because there are so many interesting things on the menu still to try! Occasionally too noisey but usually very calm and pleasant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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