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
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.
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.
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