Valley Inn Restaurant and Martini Bar

4.3
332 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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Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Locals love this place. First visit since 1982 when we lived in the Valley. Nothing changed! Not even our waiter press! Good time.

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s
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our server, Chris, was fantastic! My friend’s pasta dish was great (vegetarian). I ordered two appetizers, of which one was inedible— the bruschetta— it was swimming in a sea of balsamic vinegar. Couldn’t eat it. They kindly removed the charge from our bill. Other than that, it was fine.

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m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good. Comfortable old time atmosphere. Friendly and helpful staff.

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CR
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I would recommend your establishmentire because of the ambience and service.
The food needs to improve. We had the chicken which was over cooked.

Last time we came we had the Tuna dish which was small and not very fresh. My husband had the salmon and the recipe was plain.
For what you charge I would prefer to pay less.

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F
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I know this restaurant is Historic! I love the selection. We wanted to watch the basketball playoffs and they sat us in a room with a TV. The wait staff was attentive to all of our wishes and the food was delicious!

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c
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always delicious food great service and warm and welcoming atmosphere.

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J
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was good. Server was right there, the cosmo was made perfectly the chicken piccata was yummy. It is old school but very comfortable. I always enjoy it there.

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BE
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good as always

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MP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great place for excellent food and service. A little noisy when the dining room is full, but the specials (especially the lobster tails) are exceptional.

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c
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All perfect.

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EO
Los Angeles
206 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Business dinner for four -- the entire evening was great -- everyone enjoyed the appetizers, the main courses, and especially the desserts. At the Valley Inn you can easily hear the conversation from everyone at your table.

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SR
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Food and Service continue to be excellent. Wife loves the Martini's

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JS
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

What a great neighborhood spot. Been coming for years. We have never been there around 6 pm on a Saturday night and in the future would probably go there much, much later. The room is quite small and narrow and the decibels are huge. My husband and I were across the table from each other and couldn't carry on a conversation without yelling. Must say that has never happened before when we arrived later or on a different night. The food is great and it is very quaint and nicely reminiscent of years gone by. We will clearly enjoy more wonderful dinners there, but later for sure.

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MW
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I love the old world vibe and history of the restaurant. From Yelp reviews I've read, service always seems to be the sticking point. I've went two times recently and both times it was a bit clunky. Not terrible but not what you'd hope for in a fine restaurant. We were given an awkward table in a high traffic area and immediately were bumped twice by passing wait staff and bus boys. I mentioned this and was told we weren't. I said I think we'd know if we were bumped or not. Anyway... the food was very good so that was great but in addition to the bumping, our table was too close to a booth with two loud talking men, so the atmosphere wasn't the best. Also we were too close in general, so not intimate or romantic.

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R
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening as usual! And we had the small private room at the back which made it even better.

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TC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for a quiet lunch with friends. Great service and no rush.

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DK
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The waitress was quite rushed and seemed to what us to pay and leave even though it was not late. However the food was good and came to the table hot. The noise level was high but we could hear each other at the table.

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K
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Come here for a cozy comforting evening where conversation rules, martinis are stiff, and wine pours are generous. The food is good enough, especially the calamari, shrimp cocktail, steaks and prime rib. Excellent mashed potatoes, too. This is old-school dining and a wonderful escape from the trendy small plates, tatted-up servers and scream-to-be-heard restaurants. Highly recommend.

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M
Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice setting for business meeting. Old but fun, great menu selection and plentiful portions.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful! Love the ambiance.

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S
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Old world charm, average food quality and creativity, modern day prices$$$

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M
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was slow, ordered A medium rare ribeye, was served Rare and meat was very tough.

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MR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful service. Varied menu from a simple Beef Dip , to Sea Food( including Sand Dabs and Italian ( great chicken Marsala. Wonderful leather booths, table setting for 4 and 2 great private rooms for meetings or celebrations. LOVE THIS PLACE!

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JP
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a family birthday celebration there, and it was wonderful, soup to nuts!

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PT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Victoria was especially attentive and nice. Very accommodating and professional. Thank you!

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

Love this restaurant.

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TR
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing service, food is good. Great location, easy parking.

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KB
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was absolutely lovely. Old school with red leather booths. Older crowd. The food and service were very good.

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b
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

A step back in time old vibe and old school dishes.
Not my first choice for dinner as the food was mediocre at best,the place is a time capsule and they need to update the place and the recipes.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good. The service was ok. The ambience was nice. It was a bit pricy for just ok. Not bad, might return. Nice people and a pleasant Valentines experience, other than the limited menu. But that probably should have been expected on Valentines Day.

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r
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 3ambience 5

My wife and I were really looking forward to a great Valentines dinner. We heard great things. On the positive side, very nice old world charm decor, the hostess was a delightful woman and the wait staff was also good. On the negative, the bartender virtually ignored us and there was only 4 people in the bar and the food quality was rather subpar.

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R
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day special menu was fabulous. Best service ever. Friendly and warm greeting. Always a pleasure.

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had to ask 3 different times for our water glasses to be refilled. Waitress n others walked by often, but never bothered asking if all all ok.
Food portions are smaller than in recent past (we got prime rib n salmon).
Hostess more interested in sitting with others, Babysitting n playing with newborns n talking to them instead of helping out with tables

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KS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. The Old School vibe and the food is great!

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K
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Old-school dining at its best. Excellent duck, and garlic cheese bread. Terrific martinis. If you’re looking for comfort, look no further. You have found just the right place.

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CM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Only one waitress for entire room, after going to this restaurant for over 30 years.. I may not go back
Very uncomfortable in front of all my friends, since I recommended the restaurant.

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o
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We have eaten at the Valley Inn often in the past and sadly, the quality seems to have decreased while the prices have gone through the roof! I had the prime rib ($38.00) which was mediocre at best (could have paid the same at Lawry's and gotten top quality meat...lesson learned). The service wasn't much better. I ordered the prime rib medium and it was served rare. I sent it back and it came back well-done...and without much taste. My wife was already eating (she enjoyed her chicken) and I chose to just go ahead and eat it so we could dine together. The mashed potatoes were bland, and the carrots were incredibly dry with absolutely no taste. Happily the dinner salad that came with the meal was excellent quality and the creamy garlic dressing was wonderful as always. As far as the ambience, it was incredibly noisy. With all the young children there, it was like eating in a day-care center (this was not the fault of the restaurant, but it made the dining experience extremely unpleasant. How sad that parents are so insensitive to other diners that they allow their children to act as if they're in a school yard). Sorry our experience wasn't as enjoyable as we remembered. We'll probably try again when the kids are in school!

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D
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Valley landmark, with lots of history. Really like the Walnut Crusted Chicken!

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

Friendly and reliable. Great food.

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