About The Valley Inn - Brooklandville
From the owner of The Oregon Grille.
Lutherville, MD 21093
Hours of Operation:
Everyday 1130- Close
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
The Valley Inn - Brooklandville Ratings and Reviews
I recommend this restaurant for "bar seating", because that is where they tried to "push us off" to. Had reservations for dinner. Special occasion. They take us into the bar area to be seated. I said I had intended to dine in the dining area. They took us to the most awkward table (one that really shouldn't exist) in the dining area. Must have been "punishment" for not accepting bar area seating. (It's against a wall at the end of a group of elevated booths, seems very out of place- this must be "the undesirables" table). Overall- nice dining room, food was good, service was very good. But not in a hurry to return and once again be seated at the "punishment" table.
(previous visit they seated us at the same exact table).
Good times with friends from Boston however we had dinner in the enclosed porch. Sounds like an Ideal setting however the biggest draw back is that the enclosure captures every noise and voice in the room resulting in an acoustical nightmare!! it was so loud that it was close to impossible to hear the person sitting next to you making conversation very difficult will not ever sit out in the enclosure again. Food and service was great!
While we like the decor and ambiance and our waitress was gracious, we had one in our party who is gluten and dairy free. There are very few options for that diet on the menu and the kitchen refused to change anything. This is no longer an unusual request and the Valley Inn needs to have a few options or at least be a little more accommodating. There is no reason they can't substitute olive oil for butter on a steak for someone who is allergic to dairy.
The food here is usually very good and I looked forward to returning for lunch. But today was disappointing. The chicken tortilla soup was more like thick chili than soup. The avocado BLT was served without any mayo and the bread was dry. Maybe I just ordered wrong. Will definitely go back, just will order differently.
We have been coming to the Valley Inn since it opened. Almost always we have been very pleased, both with the service and the food.
On this occasion our waiter, Keisue, was brusque and impatient, to to point of being rude. He got so close to my face so I could smell his breath. Uncomfortably close.
He Slammed our drinks on the table. (this should have been a clue to us how the evening was going to go).
He banged the appetizer plates down, and when the main course came I thought the plates were going to break.
We asked for breadsticks - we really like them here. Every other table got breadsticks. We asked twice and got none. He disappeared until the end of the meal.
We went to the bar to order drinks and speak to the manager. The manager gave us no resolution, or even "I'll look into it."
While we have really enjoyed dining here in the past, we will definitely rethink our options in the future.
Although the food was as food as usual, our service was somewhat slow. That was apparently due to how busy the restaurant was. Since it was that busy, the noise level was even more than "energetic". It was difficult to hear the person sitting next to you. The experience would probably have been much better at a time when the restaurant was not so crowded.
The Valley Inn is a nice place but the food is just average. The Caesar salad had an odd taste. My wife and I each had the crab cakes. For $32 bucks you get two rather small crab cakes with relatively small chunks of crab. There are many places around with better value crab cakes. I will admit the taste was good but lacked the lovely sweetness of good fresh jumbo lump. My son had a lobster dish. The cole slaw was very good and fresh. The fries were good but not great. I think for the price they could go for two sides as do most restaurants.
The amount of Lobster was again not generous and the accompaniments weren't enough for a 28 year old young man. He had an order of Brussels sprouts which were tasty.
All in all a high priced meal that didn't quite live up to the high end price. The restaurant is pretty new and is doing a great business but as we all know, establishments that don't offer good value (high prices are ok if one feels they are getting a meal that lives up to the price) eventually suffer. The lack of a nearby upscale bar scene competitor though will help the Valley Inn.
I've been wanting to try this since it reopened, and chose it as the place to celebrate my birthday. It's a sprawling, clubby sort of place. I enjoyed a chopped seafood salad. My Rockfish with risotto was excellent. However, my husband's roasted chicken was dry. There is no excuse for that anywhere, but especially not at this price. The factor that will keep up from returning for a second visit: the noise level was unbearable. The place was packed so apparently they have no motivation to address these issues.
Our server was very slow and inattentive. One persons order requests were not met and one ordered item was not even brought out until we reminded them it had been ordered. To their credit we were not charged for the late arriving item. The food overall was okay. We will try again and hope for better results because the atmosphere was wonderful.
So improved over its first year, we went two nights in a row! Virtually everything we all ordered was delicious and well prepared. Seafood was fresh , as a Marylander I am going to judge crabmeat, and theirs was perfect on the Cobb seafood salad- large sweet lumps and generously dispersed. Shrimp was also perfect. Cheeseburger- cooked perfectly to my taste, thick and outstanding. Organic Scottish Salmon- perfection with Watermelon Salsa that I'm now obsessed with. Rockfish was excellent - but not fabulous. Most impressed with sides- Spaghetti Squash, Risotta, HUGE steak fries! Not the typical American Fare but not too foodie/gourmet that it loses comfort food standing. I have dietary restrictions-no dairy, no gluten, no spiciness- and I was able to find ample selections. Our vegetarian also found choices that were satisfying!
Lite fare to full entrees fit all budgets.
And Graeters Black Raspberry Ice Cream! Now if they carry other Graeter flavors, I'll add a star! Lovely bar, modern sun room and historical stone rooms with fireplaces match every mood.
Have eaten at the Valley Inn many times. This last visit was a disappointment. The manager was basically unpleasant (even though we had a reservation). Choices for wine by the glass are slim and over-priced. Ordered the steak salad - medium. Came very rare and with three small slices. Not worth the price tag. Server was attentive and friendly. Place is always busy so it fills a neighborhood need but it could be much, much better. My advice: go for a drink...
We had a gift card. In all my years of dining out, using a gift card, no restaurant has ever refused to allow any balance on the gift card to be used for or towards the tip. The purchaser paid a sum of money for the gift card and it should be able to be used for anything.
I wasn't really impressed by The Valley Inn. My husband and I went out for a quiet date night. I made a reservation and we arrived a few minutes early. Went to the bar for a cocktail, but weren't able to get the bartender's attention before we were taken to our table for two, in the middle of a room of loud foursomes and several empty tables that would have been much less closed and much cozier. We were the only table in the middle of the room, so it was pretty uncomfortable and made actually talking to each other nearly impossible. However, I could have easily involved myself in our neighboring tables' conversation, since they were in closer proximity to me than my husband.
Food was good, not great. Appetizer was huge and our entrees were brought when we were not through with the app. So our tiny table was very crowded as well. Our waiter, although very nice, never brought the water that I requested and left us between drinks for a verrrrry long time.
Overall, I wasn't impressed. Unfortunately for us, as we still have a pretty hefty gift card balance to use. Oh well. Maybe it'll be better if we try again.
Our server, Taneeka, was fantastic. The atmosphere is nice. I did not love the salad I got - the Field and Stream Chef Salad. The flavors didn't meld together and there were WAY too many olives. The lobster burrito was a hit - spicy with a lot of tortilla chips on the side. Would recommend for lunch. Lots of choices on the menu.
Always enjoy a visit to Valley Inn. Atmosphere is wonderful with the equestrian theme and the fire in the fireplace. Food, as usual, was wonderful. Only down-side for this visit was the service...our server kept "disappearing" and wasn't very responsive to drink refills, requests for condiments, etc. Otherwise, a very nice meal.
We usually are seated promptly every time we come, service is great and I love the diverse menu. The salads are fresh as well as seafood everytime. The only dish I have ever had that was subpar was the grilled oysters. Small oysters with too much breading for the price.
Parmesan crusted rockfish special was one of my best meals ever. Calamari is excellent - clearly not frozen. Our server was sweet but overwhemed and disapeared on us for long periods of time. Our meal was over for at least 15 minutes before dessert menu offered, then disappeared again. It's on the pricey side for mid-upscale. including the cocktails. Atmosphere is lively. It is a welcome option in the area.
Met friends for lunch. This was our first visit for all of us. THe atmosphere is very, very nice. The menu was varied; plenty of choices. My crab cake was excellent; it was about 4 oz. and came with a small side of coleslaw (also very good.) But at $18 it was way overpriced. The hot turkey sandwich with gravy was another selection. It was...meh. The creme brulee I ordered was devoid of flavor, and grainy. The last selection was a the chicken tortilla soup. It was very good. Except for the crabcake, all lunch selections were reasonably priced. The $8 creme brulee would have been a huge disappointment at $1.
It was a great disappointment! The service was slow, the menu was very limited - the restaurant does not serve lunch on Sunday, only brunch, up to the dinner time. The food was tasteless. I would not come there again, and would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Outside of where we were initially sat (tiny table right in the middle of all the traffic and at first the hostess didn't feel like moving us to a different table that didn't give the feeling I was going to be trampled during the meal), the service was great. The food was amazing, start to finish. Food came out quickly and we shared every plate. Would suggest to any friends, just make sure you request a booth or table that is not in the main walkway.
We have eaten at the Valley Inn many times and have enjoyed it. We chose that restaurant to take out of town guests to on Saturday evening. When we arrived we were told that Open Table had overbooked, and we ended up having to eat in the bar with loud televisions and music ( we were accommodated when we asked to have music adjusted). Needless to say, it was a big disappointment. Whoever was responsible for the glitch, something needs to get fixed.
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