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
First time that I have ever been to Valley Inn. Great place. Food was good. Place had a lot of character to it. Service was good--waiter was extremely friendly. Prices were very high for the portions. That was the only turn off. But I would go back there again
I enjoyed the chopped seafood salad very much and finished my lunch with a shared treat of chocolate dipped strawberries. It was a celebratory occasion (belated Mother's Day)and the dessert was perfect-whipped cream and salted pretzels on the side. Nature abounds and the water garden was a nice touch, so if the day is pleasant, be sure to sit outside.
Had a nice Sat night dinner for 2. Service was perfect. Dinning room was cocy but getting very noisey when we left
House salad was great and the steamed shrimp were hugh but very tender.
Clam chowder was a looser even after a good recommendation; more like potato soup.
Beef enchilada was very dry; side sauces were no help.
Should have better menu for inside dining.
Poor VI! A victim of their own success. After a truly unsafe parking odyssey, I and another party thought we had made a reservation for the patio, both of us were told otherwise sort of rudely. We got a table inside where it's loud. Server friendly but undertrained and impossible to find for items I requested st the moment of ordering. Food bland. Overall experience pitiful. I'm sure they don't care because every lonely hearted ex fraternity boy and sorority girl are on the patio but we won't be back
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).
My husband and I had reservations for 7:15pm last Friday. We arrived at 7:00pm and drove around the parking lot for over 15 minutes. We were unable to find a parking space so we left. Management needs to do a better job with managing reservations and parking. It was extremely disappointing because The Valley Inn had become a favorite of ours. I don't know if we will go back.
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.
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