About Valley Green Inn
Philadelphia, PA 19128
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.
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
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!
My friend and I grew up spending many summer days in the Wissahickon area. Our homes display framed pictures of The Inn. It is a special treat to visit it again. The view from the dining room makes lunch special. The menus has a number of excellent salads and entrees. Best of all, the staff is sensitive to people who want to spend a little time talking, provided there is no pressing need for the table. Their considerate service makes even a lunch a special occasion.
I took my friend to lunch for her birthday. We were tucked in a cozy corner; in fact, I was right next to the fireplace--sometimes actually too warm on a really cold day! We sat and talked for a long time, dawdling over our food, and no one rushed us at all. The food was tasty and well prepared. We had a nice time.
Great lunch with friends. French Dip was delicious, although it was open-faced and couldn't be picked up to dip. Curried chicken sandwich was also delicious.
Service was not particularly attentive. Server appeared inexperienced.
Setting is pastoral along the Wissahickon trail.
Take in context... our reservation was on the Saturday after Thanksgiving (so a generally busy day). Despite our reservation, we needed to wait about 20 minutes for our table. Ambiance and location are great. We were seated in the main dining room near the fireplace, which was very nice. Menu choices are a bit limited... but proved adequate. Food was solid... not outstanding. Service was good. Only real downer was being chased from our table ("...the next party is waiting..."), which, when considering how late we were seated felt brusque. I hope they are more polite when they are not so busy.
We've gone here many times and still are surprised by how rude they can be. (Previously we tried to come for lunch 20 minutes after getting engage and they slammed the door in our faces.) They get easily overwhelmed whenever they have a wedding or other event.
Aside from some rudeness when we called to confirm our reservation and when we arrived, this time we had a pleasant lunch outside and the hostess and waitress were really kind. We'll still go back but maintain low expectations for being treated well.
Food was delicious and reasonable but the noise level was quite high with some loud tables. We did not care to hear the medical reports of all their family members (the table was 2 from us), so we moved to the other room to at least hear each other's conversation
My friends and I have been coming to VGI for several years to celebrate our birthdays. This brings us to celebrate in three seasons, winter, spring and fall. Always lovely to see the different changes in the various seasons. Charming atmosphere and good food have made for good memories!
Love eating at The Valley Green! Love the history and the beautiful views! Dining on the porch is such a plus, and we have a few favorites from your menu. I was on a carb restriction, and the kitchen accommodated my needs without making me feel awkward! THANK YOU!!!!
Valley Green Inn couldn't have been more romantic of an atmosphere! the staff was great and very attentive and the food was erotic and excitingly delicious! My date and I had a spectacular time sharing our meals and trying these exquisite dishes! We enjoyed sitting by the water after our meal and feeding seeds to the beautiful ducks and admiring the colorful leaves on the trees.
Our experience was outstanding. Our waitress, Josie, was cute, attentive, and exceptionally pleasant. Great young lady. The food was terrific, a culinary artistic event. Complements to Stephanie, our chef. We will go back, many times, in all four seasons. This inn in the deep woods calls to your sense of history, to the days of futures passed, and warms with its welcome.
Beautiful location, if possible arrive while it is still light out so you can take in the tranquil view of the stream and surrounding woods. Cozy, historic building. We sat in the Fireplace room and felt it was very romantic. There are not a lot of options for food but what they prepare is delicious. I had the grilled swordfish on top of a quinoa salad in a yellow tomato, cantaloupe gazpacho and loved every bite. It was well seasoned, the flavors were perfectly balances and the different textures added dimension to the dish. Would recommend without hesitation.
We got married here, so we celebrated our 7th anniversary with brunch on a beautiful Sunday morning. VGI is a really nice place, the food was good, and the ambiance is terrific.
My only complaint - upon eating outside is something that isn't the locale's fault but is just a factor of eating out on a fall day. Bugs were a pain in the butt - we had to shoo several yellow jackets away, and several flies. We could have eaten inside of course.
It's a great place, I'd highly recommend them.
Some of the food was fine, the chicken salad was made with dark meat and was a bit slimy. We were called 10 minutes before our reservation time, and the person calling seemed to be upset that we were going to be on time rather than early. Once we were there the staff was great, it was a gorgeous day, and we had a relaxing time
I made a reservation for Valley Green, remembering it as an institution from my childhood. We sat for 45 minutes without any food. We weren't offered menu specials. Our waitress was completely unprofessional. I eventually got up and left without eating, after waiting for 45 minutes. Completely unacceptable.
I will not return to this restaurant nor recommend this restaurant. I had a reservation made for lunch on Saturday and was seated promptly. We ordered 1 appetizer along with two entrees. The appetizer arrived in a reasonable amount of time however the service declined from there.
In the 1 hour we waited for our entrees, our waitress checked on us twice. After 30 minutes our waitress first check in with us to inform us that there is a delay as the kitchen was catching up on orders for a party of 30. We were understanding and initially was not upset at all. However, I started to notice parties that arrived the same time we did begin receiving their orders. After another 15 minutes, our waitress checked in on us the second time and informed us if our order does not arrive in 5 minutes, she will get Patty (whom I never got to meet nor know who it is). She expressed that the delay in our entrees was not her fault and out of her control. Well who is in control and who can correct this we thought? Patty? Five minutes passed and she did not return. I lost my patience when the table next to us, who sat down long after us, ordered the identical entrees that we ordered and received their food... We sat there and observed in confusion and disappointment. I immediately requested for our orders to be canceled which apparently have not been started. No attempts to make amends were done on the restaurant's part by anyone. We were still charged for our appetizer which we gladly paid.
We certainly left feeling not valued as customers at all and no one should feel the way we did. We attempted to dine at a restaurant that we took the consideration to make reservations for, proceeded to patiently wait due to the restaurant's poor time management and was left not only forgotten but also dismissed. We have never felt so insulted.
They hired a new chief and he has changed the menu. He removed something we always have ordered for years...the chicken salad sandwich with cranberries and almonds and we were disappointed its wasn't listed. Hopefully they put it back on the Fall menu. Prices are higher, no bargains on the menu. It's still a wonderful location , the bathrooms are pretty clean and the staff is helpful. We had a new server and she was not very helpful. We always go club.
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