About The Valley Inn
From the owner of The Oregon Grille.
Lutherville, MD 21093
American, Seafood, Burgers
Hours of Operation:
Everyday 1130- Close
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
The Valley Inn Ratings and Reviews
It was too loud. We couldn't hear any conversation without leaning in and speaking louder than we would ever want. Had been here once before with the same problem. Decided to try one more time due to location. It was a mistake. Food was OK. Service was OK. Saw a few inebriated patrons walking to their cars to drive home.
The food was good. The waitress was attentive and helpful. The table was not located in a desirable place - it was like eating in a busy hallway with staff and other diners constantly brushing closely by our table. The noise level was very loud from many people (customers and staff) talking loudly. At the end of our meal, we discussed our concerns regarding our dining experience with the manager. The manager seemed rather inattentive and not particularly concerned about our concerns.
Four of us got together for a friends' lunch. Two of us had "small" salads and two the grilled cheese w/tomato sandwiches.
We all loved our lunches. The small salads were like large salads elsewhere. The seafood cob and house salad w/breast of chicken were both considered excellent --- as were the grilled cheese sandwiches.
We ate in the bar, which was very pleasant and our server was perfect. He seemed to anticipate any need we might have.
The dinning room was very formal, in a comfortable way. You could pick the Valley Inn for a formal or informal occasion and know you would be pleased with your visit.
Upon their opening, we often ate at the Valley Inn and enjoyed it. As it has grown and gained popularity the food and the service has suffered. The last 3 times I have been there convinced me I will not be back. Restaurant 101 to me is that I should not have to ask for a water refill. That is the norm there...no refills unless asked for. My salad had undercooked grilled chicken which totally ruined my appetite. And the other night I ordered a shrimp salad sandwich which was tasteless. No old bay, no seasonings and again I had to ask for a water refill each time. I don't understand the popularity of it but my meals have been mediocre at best. Too many other great restaurants to waste my money there.
The food is always dependably good. The restaurant has a steeplechase theme, which is perfect for the setting in Baltimore's horse country. The outdoor dining areas are very nice. The only criticism I have is that the service can be a bit slow on busy dining days.
Cute cute cute little out of the way place.
Loved the raw bar.
The guys working the raw bar were great. Very cool atmosphere.
Dining room is pretty neat with an equestrian vibe. I had a pretty good seafood salad. Bonus points for having 1000 Island dressing on the menu.
Would definitely go back.
We went to celebrate Father's Day on Sunday. I think it was the hottest day of the season and we were seated outside. This was not a good beginning. Our waitress was delightful and accommodating. Our food was ok and took a long time because the kitchen was backed up. Our waitress continued to keep us updated on the status of the food order. I've heard good things about this restaurant but did not find it to be my experience.
We had a nice brunch but there were some negatives. The wait time between ordering and receiving food was quite long - not a big deal when we are a big group and having fun talking to each other, but I would be wary to bring my family for a regular week-night dinner when we are hungry.
Lack of any children's menu items is also a minus for me. The waitress even said the kitchen wouldn't separate one order of pancakes onto two different plates for my kids. We had to do this ourselves at the table. Very annoying. Most other restaurants will accommodate this kind of request.
With our appetizer we received a stack of dirty plates instead of clean ones...probably just an oversight but it was embarrassing for me to have my elderly father notice this on Father's Day.
Made a reservation for dinner for four late middle age adults at 8 PM. We were seated in the bar. I asked if it was loud and was told the "porch was probably louder" by the very young underdressed women at the desk.
Our server, Lauren, was sweet and we ordered drinks, salads and entrees. At 8:30 the noise started. There were music videos and a DJ blasting. We could not even hold a conversation. Management said they would turn it down but that only lasted for 10 minutes.
They should not be seating dinner guests in that bar unless they request it. They are catering to a young crowd that drinks and is not there for dinner. What a shame. We will not return.
From the very beginning everyone one seemed very confused trying to seat us took 3 try after leaving us stand in the middle of the restaurant while they tried to figure it out once seated it took a long time to get drinks and appetizer we then ordered dinner which took a long time also we ask if they forgot about us,when the food did arrive it was very disappointing I sent mine back that's how bad it was and didn't order a replacement meal and my husbands meal wasn't much better for now on we will stick to going to lunch here when the staff is not so overwhelmed!!!!
I reserved Valley Inn via Open Table and under notes section requested outdoor seating. I have done this at various restaurants and they always have honored whatever request I had in the note. However when I got to the valley inn the hostess informed me that she was told they shouldn't pay any attention to the notes on OpenTable and that the next time I should call ahead to request special seating. She said they just happened not to be that busy and she could see this outside. That was very misleading because it asks for special accommodations on the Open Door link. Also, when I asked if we could sit near the outside fountain she said those tables were reserved and the entire time we were there no one was seated at any of the tables near the fountain. Overall I was very disappointed in how we were greeted and were almost made to feel like we were being a pain rather than being open to our requests! Trust me -I am not a picky customer overall.
On the positive side our waiter was excellent and we tripped him accordingly. The food was good but not outstanding. Thank you!
This was my first visit to The Valley Inn, and I liked everything about it. I'll definitely be back. The service was excellent, the rooms were attractive, and the lunch menu was extensive. The dining room we ate in was a bit noisy, but there was a table of 8 with what I imagine were work associates having fun, and they were the main contributors to the noise. My one recommendation would be to clean or replace the sticky menus.
I have finally learned my lesson on my last visit and won't be back to eat at the Valley Inn. We had a tight window between a graduation ceremony and an evening train departure. Since the location made sense, I threw caution to the wind and made a reservation several weeks ahead of the date in question. When we arrived, the only place they had available for us was outside in the 90+ degree heat. The hostesses were totally unconcerned about the situation and offered no apologies.
The food was, as always, indifferent. I ordered the Chilean Sea Bass since I hadn't had it before, but it was as low on quality and high on price as most of their other offerings. Stick with the calamari to start and order a burger if you want to enjoy your food. Anything more complicated is likely to disappoint. The wine list also reflects the general sense that nobody associated with the place puts in much effort. They have some wines by the glass that are okay but hardly exciting. If you are looking for a bottle that is interesting and has been selected in order to pair well with something on the menu, you're better off going someplace else.
I really don't understand why the Valley Inn is as popular as it is. It is a good place to go for drinks because it is usually hopping, and lunch is okay if someone else is picking up the check, but every time I go there for dinner, I end up really regretting it. It is pretty clear that they are busy enough that they just don't care.
I was surprised the two young ladies working at the hostess stand did not walk us to our table where the other couple in our party was waiting. They told us go through 3 rooms. It was a disappointing way to start our evening. This is a large restaurant and it was difficult navigating around.
I arrived 20 minutes and was seated promptly. The waitress was not in my section until after my guests arrived. There was another waitress who was serving in that section and she walked by my table several time during that period never offering a "hello" or "has someone assisted you?". Once our server arrived it was okay. She was kind to the elderly ladies I was with.
The food came in good timing and the martini's were terrific! I just find it unnerving that any service venue would let 20+ minutes go by without acknowledging a guest.
I really enjoyed the Valley Inn. The food was quite good. I had a shrimp salad sandwich which had large shrimp and was fresh. My husband had crab imperial and enjoyed it very much. The atmosphere is definitely "Old Maryland". It was pretty crowded and they seem to have a regular crowd that goes there.
We have been regulars there as we live close by. The venue is outstanding. The landscaping and outside seating is very impressive. That, to me, is where it ends. We were seated promptly but given dirty menus( I mean food stains!) ..The menu has remained unchanged since the restaurant has opened and is becoming mundane. Perhaps rotating a seasonal menu might be considered? The Valley Inn is popular and is in a beautiful setting but the food is somewhat uninspired and average.( which is ok for an Inn) but please print new menus.
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