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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
Surprisingly nothing on the lunch menu really appealed to us. Enjoyed the history and location more than the food. Server was very nice but her tables were scattered all over making it hard for her to stay on top of things. Not a bad experience but we felt it could be much better.
The food was good, portions reasonable, and we had no complaints with the kitchen. The host ignored our reservation, which we later had to correct with OpenTable. Our server didn't appear until 15 minutes after we were seated, then took another 15 minutes to get our drinks. Then she just never came back. We were eventually able to get the host to find our check while we waited at the desk to pay it.
I'd love to come back here, because it's so nice outside, and the inn is cozy. But I probably won't ever set foot in here again after the horrible service.
Indian summer weather in late October lured us to Valley Green Inn for a leisurely Sunday dinner out on the patio, and we were not disappointed. Our party loved - and shared - the pate, the tomato-white bean soup, and the crab cake BLT. They were all delicious. We look forward to returning.
The food is excellent and creative here. You can't beat the view especially when you sit on the porch! Forbidden Drive is gorgeous. Brunch is a deal you can't beat! Dinner is also romantic for couples, but it is also special for a dinner with friends or family. We have been here multiple times, and we are considering having our rehearsal dinner here we like it so much!
This 18th Century Inn nestled in Wissahickon Park is a real gem. We dined at 5pm which was the first dinner slot after the lunch transition. So things were a little slow because of that. But afterwards, service was wonderful and attentive on all fronts. It was a cool fall evening so most diners staying indoors. We could still enjoy views of the creek, wildlife, and the hundreds of hikers, runners, and cyclers who frequent this park at all hours. My sons and I each had angus burgers. They were 1/2 pound huge. The fries were nice and crispy. I ordered my burger medium but it came back medium rare. That was OK but others may find that a problem. The starter soup, a creamy tomato and white bean puree was the perfect temperature to relieve the rapidly cooling temps. The restaurant is open year-round so as the temps drop, they have space heaters and steam radiators. My wife had a veggie burger, a sweet potato and black bean mix. She was very happy with that as usually such burgers have a mushroom mix too. We skipped dessert. This is a quaint and charming inn that is worth a stop after exploring the Parks. There are hundreds of miles of trails, very scenic, and some quite challenging. It can get crowded on weekends so be sure to make a reservation. It is a very popular special event location (weddings and such) so parking can also be an issue. They do have their own lot and it is well marked. The other lot is controlled by the Park. My wife and I agreed it would be nice to go back for a romantic date.
Lovely Sunday lunch on the porch. I've lived on the Wissahickon (never learned to spell it) most of my life and have loved this place forever. It used to be a slightly tatty old place but is now really contemporary and up on food trends. An improvement on what was already quaint and comfy. Definitely worth a trip
I scanned the list of things that I would recommend this restaurant for. Immediate closing was unfortunately not there. Nor was being ripped off.
I can’t think of anytime in recent memory, or past memory, when I have had a worse dining experience.
My wife and I took her mother to Valley Green because not only did she go there as a young girl with her parents, she also took my wife when she was young. Many happy times were spent in the park and at Valley Green.
We were seated on the porch which was perfect as people watching is a great part of the experience there. Sadly the table choice was the high point of the meal.
The menu choices are fine although the starters are are weak. Especially if you don’t like the soup of the day. The “fresh baked goods” basket was laughable. Some low level cold supermarket bread and a few meager pieces of cornbread.
And at 19.95 per person, it’s not stiff but for this quality of food, it’s robbery without a gun.
But before I get to the food, I need to mention the astoundingly bad service. Which admittedly was done by committee so the terrible effort can’t be heaped on one server. This probably was the most offensive aspect of the whole experience. Inattentiveness mixed with indifference doused with incompetence.
The lowlights included cold soup served to my mother in law. I knew when we finally flagged down a waitress an incompetent kitchen would simply nuke the soup and bring it back. I should have spoken up and had I known they were going to bring the poor woman’s soup now nuked to Chernobyl levels I would have. The poor woman took a spoonful and burned the inside of her mouth.
In keeping with the cold food policy the waitress brought my Eggs Benedict icy as well. Which were two of the skimpiest poached eggs, sad, tiny and dry Canadian Bacon, upon a lame croissant all drowned in unidentifiable yellow water. And some burned tater tots on the side.
As I have reached, easily, the character limit, skip this place. Walk on by. Fast.
The food was delicious. Our waitress was great. Very efficient in service. Atmosphere was quiet when we first got there at 6. Started getting busy around 7. Quaint little restaurant reminds me of the carriage house restaurant in coopersburg. It was a lovely date with my husband.
On this visit we were sat immediately, beautiful day so we sat outside, lovely. Our server was fantastic, very friendly and we appreciated his suggestions. Our glasses were always full and our lunch plus dessert was absolutely delicious. Our dog was treated as a guest as well with a water- bowl & treat. It was such a different, much more positive experience then last season, glad we gave this place another chance. And special thanks to the owner for sending us a gift certificate, will surely return when back in town. Thanks again for such excellent service.
the crab cake was very crabby almost inedible...not sure why I didn't send it back...the waitress saw me smelling it several times however did not bother to ask if everything was ok..if it smelled ok...anything.
would suggest to anyone going to get the fried chicken sandwich my boyfriends was good.
I had a great time at Valley Green Inn. We went on a Sunday afternoon and it was busy but not too awful. Service was great and our food came quickly. You get a brunch appetizer and an entree for $20. Only complaint is I think they should have more lunch options rather than breakfast. We went at 1:30 and it was only breakfast
My son grew up in Philadelphia and we often ate at Valley Green when he and his brother were small. He and his family were visiting from Seattle last weekend, and I arranged for all of us- including my younger son and his family - to have lunch at Valley Green. It was truly a hit!!!! In addition to five adults, our party included two young children and a baby, and the wait staff could not have been more patient or obliging. After a lovely lunch we went for a walk along the Wissahickon. It was a perfect afternoon.
The Valley Green Inn is definite must if you are visiting Philadelphia.
The Valley Green Inn is a Philadelphia staple that any resident or visitor should experience at least once. We often hike from our home but it is easily accessible by car.
While food is consistent, in recent years there has been a definite decline in service. During our most recent visit, our waitress mentioned that the famous bread basket would be out shortly. To our dismay the bread never arrived while we waited for our appetizers. BE SURE TO GET THIS... it is spectacular especially during brunch!
Since the bill can be quite healthy (dinner for 4 will run easily . $200) you would hope that service at the very least would be consistent and good delivery would be a little smoother.
Overall, if you find yourself in the area or have a special occasion I would definitely consider Valley Green Inn; it is the quintessential cottage in the woods. Even if your meal takes a little longer to get to you, you will be pleasantly distracted by the beautiful scenery Wissahickon Park has to offer.
Enjoyed Sunday brunch here with my mother and daughter. Historic building in the park, with a view of hikers, dog walkers and bicycle riders going by. Food was delicious and a good value. Prix Fixe included two courses and a non-alcoholic beverage. Will return!
A perfect birthday dinner. My girlfriend and I loved the gnocchi in an arugula pesto and were knocked out by the pavlova (I thought Pavlova was Russian ballerina, not also a dessert!). We dined on the porch, enjoying the view of the Wissahickon and some uber cute dogs walking by. Our server was attentive but not hovering. Wonderful experience.
Historic tavern along river trail was a nice venue. Although menu had a good selection, and food was well-prepared, a bit pricey. For example, the $12 "Inn Salad" was only the size of a small dinner salad, and the burger had a modicum of toppings. Service was marginal, and in fact a bit confusing: After taking our order, our first waitress reported we would be subsequently served by another, which left us wondering if she was off-shift or if we had said something to offend her. At any rate, service timing could have been better.
Took my very special lady for a romantic evening meal. Had been here many years ago and loved the location and setting. We enjoyed our time, especially the corner table by a window next to a fireplace - very romantic.
Unfortunately the food was poor to average, however the ambiance, service and location lived up to my high expectations.
Another great meal at Valley Green. This is an exceptional place to dine. Food and service were good but location on a summer evening was exceptional. My overriding wish is that the restaurant could find the formula to draw in more diners on a Monday night!
Terrific restaurant deep in Fairmount Park. Nestled in a wooded river valley, large open porch and patio for dining outside or interior rooms. Bring your walking shoes or bike too as you will be inspired to take a walk or bike ride after lunch or dinner along the river.
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