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About Valley Green Inn
Located in the Wissahickon Valley, the inviting atmosphere of Philadelphia's last remaining roadhouse is one of the city's best kept secrets. The Valley Green Inn is just waiting to be found in the bustling metropolis of America's Birthplace.
Philadelphia, PA 19128
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Valley Green Inn can accommodate all your special event needs.
Valley Green Inn Ratings and Reviews
We were a party of 5 celebrating a friend's birthday brunch. At first 2 of us were disappointed because we thought there would be more egg dishes available for a brunch. But we quickly found good alternatives. The one friend whose birthday we celebrated is gluten sensitive ( and she was the birthday girl), it took a little back and forth in honing in on something gluten-free on the menu. So, suggestion, maybe a few gluten free options clearly marked on the menu. Other than that, Valley Green is just magical. Exquisite setting. Great waitress/ staff in general. And in general, good menu. No one rushed us, we had a fabulous leisurely brunch. Highly recommend this restaurant!
We were there for Easter Brunch and we were seated in the tent. It was hot and uncomfortable. The food was fair and definitely not worth the price. They charged a child's price of 14.95 for a 2 year old when most places don't charge for under 3. The 2 year old had a small piece of waffle and 2 strips of bacon, quite expensive at 15.00. There was 9 of us so they were making enough money without charging for a 2 year old. We will not be returning.
We understand Easter Brunch is a busy time but the food was not good. Like it had been sitting out for hours. Rubbery eggs, really greasy bacon almost like cheap diner food but at $34.95 it was ridiculously overpriced. It took a very, very long time for a waiter to come over and even bring us water or coffee orders. We will not be heading back.
I had requested to sit outside because this restaurant is located inside a beautiful park across from a creek that I absolutely love. Unfortunately it was not the day to sit outside b/c the sun wasn't out and it was 48 degrees. I went inside & there were only 2 tables taken plus another room all empty seating. We had two dogs in our group but both were service animals with their IDs, no more than 18pds and we were NOT allowed to sit inside the restaurant. That's a first, I have always been able to bring my sd dog ANYWHERE & EVERYWHERE as its so well behaved. Anyway, I went to the car to get blankets and we sat outside. The waitress must have forgotten we were there, it took about another 15 mins before anyone came out. So we finally order,minutes later food comes out and server drops the entire mac & cheese on the table, seat, bday girl & dog. 20 minutes later another comes out, the least she can do is take it off the bill as everyone in the group waited to eat together and their food was frozen. So we take food in boxes and just order a hot chocolate which also comes out cold. It just wasn't the right day to enjoy this beautiful place and it felt as if the staff was mad. Hope everyone has a better day today.
1 WEEK LATER/UPDATING REVIEW: Liza who was in my group received today a gift-card from the owner so we could return and enjoy what we know this place offers . That's outrageous!!!! Thank you so much, we will definitely be back, this wasn't our first and we didn't think it be the last visit. Best of luck to all staff.
The food was excellent it was my wife's birthday Jonesy was a great waitress and we will definitely be back. It was made even more special by the fact that we were the only patrons in the restaurant that night I know it's not a reflection on the quality just a timing issue but it was great
Went there for Sunday brunch on a gorgeous day. Got there early with a reservation and got seating out on the porch. The wait staff was extremely friendly and attentive. The fixed brunch menu was diverse and everything looked delicious. Our meals were beyond filling. It was a great brunch. My only gripe: the coffee is awful. I've been there for a wedding once before and it's the same brown dishwater. Get some La Colombo or something guys!
Wonderful setting and great food but slow service. We ate lunch at Valley Green on a beautiful weather day in February and sat outside. Thoroughly enjoyed it but had to wait over an hour to get our food. They were not staffed properly for the day given it was a gorgeous day in the middle of winter in their non-busy season. Otherwise the experience was wonderful like usual.
My wife and I dined at the Valley Green Inn for Valentine's day this year. I was a little apprehensive due to some recent poor reviews, but I have to say we were extremely happy with our choice. The prix fix dinner was outstanding. We both enjoyed our individual three courses and desserts. My favorite were the scallops and gnocchi. We love history so this place was a must for us. The fireplace room had a slight smokey smell, which we actually enjoyed. It added to the authentic feeling of a historic building hidden in Fairmont Park. Would highly recommend.
The food was solid, but nothing to write home about. Very typical food. We went there for Valentine's Day and had the prix fixe menu ($70 each) thinking the food would be a little "elevated". It wasn't. Just an extra course. At the end, we were too full for dessert (not included in the price) but was thinking that maybe we would get a chocolate or something, since it was Valentine's Day. Nope. We got the check and 2 wintergreen Life Savers, still in the plastic wrappers. Dissapointing and kind of "cheap". Maybe we will try it for brunch next time......
My two friends and I went on Friday to celebrate a birthday. All three of us said our food was not particularly good, the duck was dry and stringy in the kale and duck salad, the catfish sandwich was lacking flavor, and the shrimp and Thai salad was very bland.
There was an excessive amount of smoke in the air from the fireplace as the fireplace was not drawing smoke properly ( plus is was stinky as well as burning our eyes).
We have been celebrating our birthdays at VGI for several years, but for $120.00 we can find elsewhere to celebrate and have a quality meal.
We are sorry to have had such an unremarkable dining experience.
We visited with good friends on a quiet Monday night. We shared a comfy table near the wood-burning fireplace, as well as delicious food. The new chef is hitting it out of the ballpark! The short ribs with mac and cheese and corn-cabbage slaw were a fantastic combination of flavors and textures. Service was low-key and friendly, as always. We'll be back in spring for al fresco dining with the dog.
I'm updating last year's review, because after yet another New Year's Day visit, I can't recommend their brunch highly enough. This restaurant is truly a gem. In our case, I booked for the 10:00 AM opening on New Year's Day 2016, which may sound crazy, but turned out to be a great way to start the new year. So great, in fact, that I repeated the visit again for New Year's Day 2017. If you want to do brunch (or even lunch) I recommend that you don't drive in and park in the lot at the Inn; instead, park at one of the more distant lots (the Kitchens Lane lot for example), then take a walk along the Wissahickon on Forbidden Drive. (On the way back, take the trail on the other side of the creek - there's a great view of the restaurant from across the creek, especially in winter when the trees are bare - plus you get to walk through the Finger Bridge.) There's something really special about taking the time to walk, and then arrive at this restaurant, which is so evocative of the pre-automobile era. During our New Year's visit, the Inn was decorated for the holidays, which was charming, and with the wood fireplace actually providing the heat for the dining room. (I wouldn't sit too close.)
I was sorry to see that this year, they didn't offer the hot buttered rum, but their spiced cider made up for it. The new year's brunch was a $30 prix fixe two-course menu - a truly excellent value. Their house salad was excellent, and the 2016 lobster frittata was gone, but the 2017 crab Eggs Benedict was outstanding, eggs perfectly poached. I don't think you could go wrong with anything on the menu. We'll definitely be walking back again for brunch before long.
Get on their email list - this past December they offered gift cards that were basically 50% off. Incredible bargain.
Wait staff was not assigned to our table, and once we finally asked for a wait person, the service was still a bit slow. Some of the food was quite good, some was just ok, the salad was overdressed. Obviously people come for the ambiance, and it's a lovely place to eat. Just be prepared to wait a while.
We went on Christmas Eve looking the comfort and coziness of one of the two front rooms with a Christmas tree and fireplace. Unfortunately, they stuck our party of six in a back room with loud music and really bright lighting. It was like being in a cafeteria. WE asked to have the lighting dimmed and music turned down, which made it tolerable but it was not the experience we were hoping for. Plus the menu was more limited and quite pricey. If you go to this restaurant, request the room with the fireplace.
We have been going to Valley Green for years, esp. on holidays or special occasions.. The food is very good and the service is always excellent. For the first time I can remember, they did not offer a buffet in the large tent. This actually reduced the chaos of people going back and forth to the buffet tables.
The setting is beautiful and in warm weather you can sit outside.
The location is picturesque. The cozy dining rooms, charming woodwork, & open fireplace create a warm, quiet & relaxed atmosphere perfect for dinner conversation. The wine & beer list has plenty of interesting options. The menu is limited enough not to be overwhelming but eclectic enough that all four of us found multiple dishes we were excited to try. For starters, the Mac & Short Ribs & the Crab Cake Sliders were big hits . The Burger, the Ravioli & the Swordfish were all superb. The let down was the limited desert menu. Staff was warm, helpful & attentive without being intrusive, but a little disorganized: a few minor mistakes were made. The host/manager came by more than once: a bit intrusive & likely the source of service issues. Attempts to "help" servers lead to confusion. Overall, however, we had a wonderful meal, & I would definitely recommend this place!
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