About The Valley Inn - Brooklandville
Lutherville, MD 21093
From the owner of The Oregon Grille.
Hours of Operation:
Everyday 1130- Close
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
The Valley Inn - Brooklandville Ratings and Reviews
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.
After reading other reviews, we were prepared for potential parking issues, but were pleasantly surprised that we found a spot without trouble. The service was good, but the food was very average - except for the ice cream which was fabulous! The noise level was almost intolerable. We might try to return for lunch to get more black raspberry ice cream, but definitely not for dinner.
The swordfish special was spectacular! My husband commented that it may have been a little overcooked, but it was just to my liking. Meatball appetizer was delicious (and not greasy, as so many are). Wine prices were reasonable. The crab imperial was perfect.
Our server was friendly and helpful without being intrusive. He seemed busy, but none of his tables wanted for anything. I appreciate a server who can handle a busy station with finesse! Courses were timed very well and we didn't wait long for anything. All in all, we had a wonderful experience and we WILL be back!
Classic Maryland-style food with a few modern touches. The seafood here is really excellent. The bacon wrapped scallops were sweet and clean tasting with a nicely caramelized exterior. My wife had the seafood chopped salad, which was extremely fresh and packed with high quality shrimp and crab. Great selection of ber on tap as well. Decor was warm and rustic. Service was very friendly and efficient. Overall, a very nice casual alternative to the Oregon Grille.
Funny thing about this place. Their inattention to detail and hygiene does not seem to be important to them. We were there years ago within three weeks of their initial opening and I pointed out to the waitress that the menu was stained with food to which she replied, "Oh they're all like that." Fast forward three years and nothing has changed in that regard. There was actual food stuck to the menu and the wine list was tattered with spilled food/drink. Why would an establishment of this caliber want to present such a poor impression right off the bat with filthy menus? The place certainly is popular though. The parking lot was full and most of the dining rooms were very loud. The food was excellent but portions were not on equal footing. My husband's pork chop and sweet potato/cabbage dinner was huge. My crab imperial was comparatively small but very tasty. Overall the experience was good except for the loud noise and the dirty menus.
In the words of my wife, "that was the best entree I've ever had" (grilled rockfish and asparagus over crab risotto with tomatoes and beurre blanc). I had it too and agree, perfectly prepared, a nice portion, and delicious combination of tastes! Our grilled avocado boat with spicy shrimp and mango salsa was a delicious starter and you just can't beat Graeter's Black Raspberry chip ice cream for dessert. The food was truly wonderful. Our service was efficient and friendly while to the point and unobtrusive. There are a variety of seating areas, we sat in a relatively quiet corner and enjoyed the view of the dining room. I hear the outdoor patio is great though with temperatures below freezing, we did not give it a try. We will definitely be back and it will be hard to order something different next time. Enjoy!
I've been to Valley Inn on noisy crowded nights but this visit, on a very wet and nasty January 3rd
lunch hour was quiet. We had a room and waiter almost to ourselves and it was a real treat! Everything was delicious and although I know this meal was a bit unusual we will certainly be back. You can count on the Valley Inn for consisent good meals and a fun atmosphere.
For whatever reason, the hostesses at Valley Inn always seem clueless and unhelpful. We made our reservation on open table and requested a booth in the bar if one was available. When we checked in, I noticed there were two empty booths in the bar but the hostess immediately took us to a small table for two in the dining room that stuck out into the aisle. We asked about the booth and she said they never look at the special request on online reservations and that the two booths were reserved for people who called in their reservation. Sure enough, when we left one of the booths was still empty. I don't get it. We go here often because it's close to our home, but the hostesses need to be trained to be more customer friendly.
Went for lunch on a busy day week-before-Christmas. As busy as it was the service was punctual and the food was delicious! We shared the Lobster finger appetizer which was excellent! The shrimp salad and Cobb salad were excellent as well. The room was a little loud but festive and very enjoyable!
The Valley Inn, an extremely popular place, continues to draw us in! We love the 1/2 price hamburger night (Monday) and there are a few dishes that I love.
This restaurant is convenient, attractive, popular, and has great food!
I will definitely return again and again!
Would prefer a more fresh food focus and a bit higher quality. Food prices were reasonable. Ambiance was great. We decided to be seated in the bar rather than the dining room as it was more festive for our December friend get together. Staff was accommodating and pleasant. Appetizer selection was varied and suitable for all palates. Good drink, wine, and beer selection. Looking forward to a return visit to enjoy the expansive patio.
My wife and son arrived home from college so our family headed out to this neighborhood regular for a bite to eat. It was packed on a Thursday with table after table of office Christmas parties. Regardless of the demands on the kitchen our food came out in a timely manner and hot. Everything was cooked properly. Our server was excellent. The Valley Inn is fully priced for above average food, but worth the visit.
I was disatisfied with the food I ordered. Crab cake called large, which was not, had no taste. Very bland. Cole slaw, served. with. It was mediocre at its best. Server offered to change meal with another choice and I had shrmp salad. I was not really happy with the taste if it. There again it was bland hostesses at froont door wetevery nnice and accomodating. Table waiter ,Ray, also did a fine job.
The serving of shrimp salad is plentiful but the shrimp salad is very bland. Tastes more like shrimp and mayonnaise with no spice or old bay seasoning.
The cole slaw is tasty but the pieces are large and difficult to eat with a fork unless you cut it up which is not easy considering it is served in a little dish and not on the flat plate.
So have been here many times before but never for brunch. And never again. Rail Bloody Mary's were too expensive to be so weak. The worse though was the eggs Benedict. Eggs overcooked, one small slice of Canadian bacon cut in half for each muffin and hardly any Hollandaise sauce so we asked for more. Bread for the others was ala carte , 3 bucks for a lame biscuit!
Too many really good brunches out there for less money.
We made a reservation for an annual holiday dinner. We were seated in the bar bc there were no other accommodations in other parts of the restaurant. The drinks were boring and the food was lacking in taste. Our waitress had no recommendations and the quality of the dishes was below average. Our waitress was distracted. The ambience was terrible and we did not like sitting at a bar-height table. Before our meal was finished, the DJ started to play music so loud that we couldn't talk comfortably. We didn't realize that this arrangement our only option according to the hostess desk when we arrived. We will not be returning. All around disappointment.
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