Valencia has not always been the greatest of places for interesting dining, but recently since the arrival of international sporting events such as the America's Cup, Tennis Open 500 and Formula One more and more restaurants are opening and surprising us with their diversity and quality! We search high and low all the time to find the best the city has to offer and here it is, the best restaurant and bar & café listing you can get.
We have ordered them by price, then by type and finally by area.
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UP TO €15 RESTAURANTS IN VALENCIA
Villaplana ·24 Calle Doctor Sanchis Sivera. Tel. 96 385 0613 A huge cervecería that's very popular with large groups and large families, large portions in a large place and largely noisy (particularly at weekends)! The set menu for groups costs around €18 a head — and the food and drink just keeps on coming, served by friendly staff who never seem to get fazed and try their hardest to speak a bit of english if you really cant handle the spanish after a bit too much of their house sangria!!
La Taska Sidreria · C/ Conde Altea, 39 tel: 963 819 444 and
La Parpadella · 10 Calle Borradores. Tel. 96 391 8915 Next to the cathedral, this fab iyetie restaurant specialises in piadinis (griddle-cooked sandwiches) salads and pastas. Lunch is great value at €10, including drink and pudding.
Yuso · C/de la Cruz 4 tel: 96 315 3967 Hidden away in a little street behind the Torres de Serranos, this restaurant has served consistently good food for years. Paellas and Arroz Melosos (wet rice) are the speciality here, along with well prepared Tapas. **
Tintofino Ultramarino · C/Corretgeria 38 tel: 96 315 3964 Save water, drink wine! is their slogan. This is a deli-cum-restaurant serving great cheeses, hams and tapas along with an extensive and interesting list of over 100 fine wines from Spain and around the world. ***
L'Antiga Botegueta · C/Purisima 6 tel: 677 405 931 Bustling and fun, with great tapas and lovely artwork on the walls. Ther's nothing on the menu we don't like and it is so reasonably priced. Gets Busy. Get a number if the place is busy, the waiter tells you roughly how long you'll wait and is pretty accurate. **
Paparazzi! · C/Baja 42 tel: 96 315 4588 Homecooked Italian food at a great price. The menu here every evening is just 10€ and the menu is really good and interesting. On Wednesdays dine to live Jazz and on Thursdays to Flamenco. A mixed crowd come here for the good food and service.**
San Miguel · C/San Miguel 7 tel: 96 392 3129 You can't miss their colourful terrace, always crowded with people eating or just enjoying a cocktail. Known for its rice dishes, particularly its Paella and Arroz Encebollado - a rice cooked with fish and onions. Extensive tapas list too.**
Vintara · Plaza de la Reina 19 tel: 96 392 4158 · A lively and attractive bodega, or wine bar serving great tapas, ham and a daily paella. **
Seu-Xerea · C/Conde Almadóvar 4 tel: 96 392 4000 One of the first and certainly the best known fusion restaurants in Valencia - had its 20th birthday just a few weeks ago. Delightful and surprising menu of food from all corners of the earth, beautifully presented and served in elegant and relaxed surroundings. The owner/chef is British.***
La Salvaora. · C/Calatrava 19 tel: 96 392 1484 Flamenco aficionados will love the photos of famous Flamenco stars all around the walls and the food does not disappoint. This is a 'Taberna Español' and the tapas and wines are excellent. ***
La Comisaria · Plaza Arbol 5 tel: 96 391 0739 Tapas y copas illegales. The chef creates his dishes before your very eyes (if you are lucky enough to sit downstairs) in this small and intimate bar/restaurant. Beautifully prepared and presented food that tastes as good as it looks. Very reasonably priced too. Pop in for a drink and a tapa and I guarantee you'll end up trying everything! ***
Los Cuentos · 200 Avenida del Puerto. Tel. 96 330 0022
Yi · 15 Calle Antonio Suárez. Tel. 96 344 1567
Basilico · 42 Calle Cadiz. Tel. 96 316 8369 This café/restaurant is minute, so make sure you book a table in advance of your visit. Basilico is minimalist and modern, with attentive and friendly service by the English speaking owners. Interesting international food.
LaLola · 8 Calle Subida del Toledano. Tel. 96 391 8045 This restaurant serves well-presented Mediterranean food . Pay€45 for the menu desgustacion and let the chef choose what you are going to eat. There is often live music, flamenco or cool Jazz, while you eat! It is in a small alley just next to the Cathedral, look for the sign.
EXCLUSIVE AND CHEF OWNED RESTAURANTS IN VALENCIA
Arrop · C/Almirante 14 tel: 96 392 5566 In the basement of the Hotel Palacio Marqués de Caro (it is scheduled to open in November) is this fairly new Michelin starred restaurant. The owner/chef is Richard Camarena. Minimalist decor and a backdrop of the old Moorish city walls, including a 12th century watch tower, which were only discovered while the hotel was being renovated.
MercatBar · Joaquín Costa 27 tel: 96 374 8558 Quique Dacosta has long been renowned for his restaurant in Denia. Now he has opened two new restaurants in Valencia, this one, Mercatbar, is a glass-fronted local with a long bar where chefs prepare market fresh food in front of the diners. There are tables towards the back of the room for more leisurely dining. Price quality ratio is excellent and the bustling atmosphere is lovely. ***
Vuelve Carolina · C/Correos 8 tel: 96 321 8686 Quique Dacosta describes Vuelve Carolina as "tapas with a toque". Many of his Denia signature dishes are on offer in this restaurant. It's an informal affair with a lovely atmosphere. From tapas to full meals and at really quite reasonable prices given the quality and inventiveness on offer here. ****
Casa Montaña · C/Jose Benlliure 69 tel: 96 367 2314 It's been at the centre of Cabanyal's Tapas and wine scene forever - well since it was established in 1836. It serves an astonishingly good array of Tapas and has a wine list to match. A great place to meet with friends surrounded by the trappings of wine (huge wine barrels etc) and photos of famous visitors. ****
La Sucursal Del IVAM · 118 Calle Guillem de Castro. Tel. 96 374 6665
Rías Gallegas · 4 Calle Cirilo Amorós. Tel. 963 525 111
Chust Godoy · 36 Calle Boix. Tel. 96 391 3815
Riff · 18 Calle Conde Altea. Tel. 96 333 5353
San Nicolas · 8 Plaza Horno de San Nicolas. Tel. 96 391 5984
Ampar · 14-16 Calle Navarro Reverter. Tel. 96 316 2884
El Rall • Tunidores,2 (near La Lonja and Pl Negrito) Tel:96 392 20 90 Open everyday. Excellently located in the atmospheric centro historico with a great terrace. Experienced staff serve well-prepared rice dishes and fish specialities. Good quality meat dishes and tasty desserts make this newish restaurant a top choice in the centre. Relax, savour and take your time in what has already become a firm favourite in the Carmen. Recommended.
• • Chust Godoy • C/ Boix, 6 - 46003 Valencia • Tel. 96 391 3815. This is, quite simply, a great restaurant. Beautifully prepared Spanish and Valencian food, served in very comfortable surroundings by attentive and knowledgeable staff. They occasionally have special menus, such as, recently, a game menu, 14 courses with wine 53 euros per head. Be sure to book.
Lounge 33 · C/ San Dionisio Tel: 96 392 4161 Spanish with a twist, such a great idea, to do the traditional spanish menu imaginatively. Gay friendly and perfect for a 1st date, and the service is friendly but not too in your face.
Enoteca C/Vicente Iborra 3 tel: 96 315 20 72
Taberna Valenciana • Calle San Ignacio de Loyola,1 Tel:96 384 74 66. Five minutes walk from the Torres de Quart, this a real Valencian tavern with room for seventy customers. Home-made dishes by a family-run business. A wide range of rices, tapas and meat dishes.Good quality food at reasonable prices. Worth the stroll.
Tasca Corona • C/corona,7 Turn left after Circus on c/Alta Tel: 96 392 63 36 This bright and fresh looking locale is proving to be very popular both day and night. One-minute walk from Calle Alta, it is well worth a visit.National specialities including Andalucian, Mallorcan, Aragonese and Valencian dishes. Popular with builders, artists, office workers, politicians, architects, foreigners. Recommended
Figón • C/ Centenar de la Ploma,3 Mellow restaurant in an atmospheric corner of the Barrio Carmen. Cheese and Spinach Croquetas, Imaginative salads, plenty of hams, rioja. On Sundays there are delicious paellas and plenty of Rioja to drink. Open every day from 8p.m. to 1a.m. Good service, rustic interior. Open afternoons on Sunday. Conveniently located near the I.V.A.M.
Utielana • Two entrances: Pl. Picadero dos Aguas,3 and San Andres,4 Just off Marqués de dos Aguas. Lunches only. Closed Sat. Very authentic and popular among Valencians. About 8euros for the full menu. Traditional home-cooking.
El Rincon de Roberto • Conde Altea,35 Describes itself as a ‘café-bar’, but it seems to us like more of a tasca. A strong competitor at lunchtime, with the terraza always full. The menu set us back about 6 euros each.
La Pepica • At the Beach - Avda. Neptuno,6 Tel:96 371 03 66 Open every day 13 to 16h and 20.30 to 23h (closed festival evenings). Rices and seafoods are the main ingredients, with paella Valenciana at 7 euros.Hemingway did eat here.
CARMEN RESTAURANTS IN VALENCIA
Tapineria - first left off Corregeria. Open evenings only during summer, from 21.30 to 24 or 1h. Closed Sun. Well-loved by the designer crowd, with international designer dishes to match. Menu at 15 euros.
Bodego de la Sarieta • Juristes,4 Off Corregería. Open mid-day and evenings. Closed Sun. Valencian cuisine plus a bit more. Menus of picadas and platos average 12euros, a la carte weighs in at 20-24 euros
Montalbán • Caballeros,10 Tel:963 92 44 95
Dante • Calatrava,4 Next to Pl. Negrito Open evenings only. Italian restaurant/pizzeria, easily missed but with a spacious, atmospheric interior thanks in part to the tidy exposed brickwork and dim lighting. There are two other Dantes elsewhere in Valencia.
JUAN LLORÉNS RESTAURANTS IN VALENCIA
La Galería · C/Baja 38 tel: 96 315 4494 Noisy and fun. Good honest inexpensive food. Popular with groups and couples alike. Named for the permanent exhibitions that adorn the walls.**
La Pilareta · C/Moro Ziet tel: 96 391 0497 Famous for serving the best Clochinas/Mejillones in Valencia. In case you didn't know they are both Mussels - Clochinas are the smaller, sweeter and shorter-season Valencian version. They are said to serve 4 tons of the things in Fallas! There are plastic boxes that line the bar, at your feet, for the empty shells. It's a legendary haunt for tapas lovers in the city. Always packed in the evenings.**
FOOD FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Don Salvatore Italiano • C/ Conde de Altea,41 Tel: 96 3731117 In the heart of the Canovas restaurant zone, this is a real treat of an Italian restaurant. Well-lit, excellent service and plenty of space. Nearly 40 pizzas to savour including Siciliana, Caprichosa and Americana. Delicious toppings of mushrooms, ham, onions, salmon, salami, tuna, spicy meats and more. Healthy salads including fruit and cheese choices.Try the original Don Salvatore spaghetti or enjoy well-prepared pasta dishes from Genova, Florence and Parma.Incredible choice of meats - solomillo, steaks, spicy, beef - nearly fifty dishes to choose from. A favourite with Valencian footballers and regularly visited by tourists and the foreign community. It is mentioned that in 1969 man arrived on the moon and that in 1997 Don Salvatore arrived in Valencia! A welcoming, classy Italian restaurant where a good meal with wine comes to about 20 Euros. Great for groups and a discerning option for couples looking for something a cut above the usual. Well- situated, popular and with bi-lingual, friendly owner. Highly recommended. ***
Las Lunas · C/Ciscar 35 tel: 662 047 091 Open all day as a bar in the morning and restaurant at lunch at dinner. The food here is excellent. International menu leaning towards Italian. You can choose to eat at the bar or in the attractive restaurant.***
BACCO D.O.C. • C/ los Derechos 29 Bajo (1min walk from La Lonja building). Tel: 96 391 19 65 A very original, Italian restaurant with a difference. The setting is fun and a little decadent. Stalagtites hang from the cave-like setting. It has one the most original washrooms in Valencia. The owners are Italian and Valencian, The food is very good and well-presented. Very varied menu Anti Pasti, Pasta, huge range of Pizzas. Good selection of wine. An excellent choice for first-timers, courting couples, experts and groups.Now a much wider range of tasty pasta and excellent pizza- a fun night out.
La Bottega Dell Ozio • Salvador Giner,1 Near Na Jordana and IVAM Tel: 96 391 10 70. Open 13.30 to 16.30h and 21h onwards. Original Italian deviating from the the typical routine(actually the first to do so) and with specialities of “anything-but-pizza” variety. Wines and tapas are also recommended.Genuine owner with lots of experience. Warm and intimate atmosphere.
Maramao • Corregería,37 Tel: 96 392 31 74 Open 14 to 16h and 21 to 24h.
Al Pomodoro • Del Mar,22 Tel: 96 3914800. Open 14 to 16h and 21 to 24h. Very popular Italian locale since its opening. Bright, well-designed interior on two floors.A top choice for groups and good value for money. Let’s be clear on one thing - the house speciality is PIZZA.
La Pappardella • Bordadores,5 Next to the Cathedral Tel: 96 3918915. Open 14 to 16h and 21 to 24h. Just as - if not even more - popular Italian restaurant ‘from the same school’ as Al Pomodoro, but without pizza and with the emphasis this time on Piadinas and pastas. Like Al Pomodoro, has universal appeal.Conveniently located near the Cathedral.Now more visible.
Peperoncino, Maestro Gozalbo,29 tel 96 373 2254
Sale & Pepe • C/Joaquin Costa,61 • Tel: 96 395 90 54 In the cosmopolitan Canovas area, this is an original Italian restaurant run by the owners of the renowned La Botega Dell Ozio. In Sale & Pepe you will find a large range of delicious pizzas prepared the authentic way by Italian chefs.. Check out their Peppe Nappa with Tomato, mozzarella, ham and mushrooms or their native Pizza Siciliana with tomato, mozzarella, aubergine, capers, parmesan and basil. Fine range of delicious salad dishes like their Insalata di Rucole with prawns and pineapple.
Spaghetti and Blues • Playa de la Patacona.C/Partida de Vera,109 Tel: 96 550 474. 15 minutes walk up from Malva-Rosa. Italian with blues every night. On the beach front, with terrazas front and back. Two other S&Bs exist in town - including Avda Reina de Valencia.
Indian RESTAURANTS IN VALENCIA
Turkish RESTAURANTS IN VALENCIA
American RESTAURANTS IN VALENCIA
TGI Friday's ·GV Marques del Turia 36-38 tel: 96 307 3097. The old favourite comes to Valencia. ***
Tony Roma's · Plaza Canovas 2 · Tel: 96 351 3433
Little Rock • Blasco Ibáñez
Río Grande • Blasco Ibáñez/Yecla
French RESTAURANTS IN VALENCIA
El Bicho Raro • C/ Conde Montornes,9 Tel:96 392 49 20 One of the Finest French restaurants in Valencia. Specialities Duck, Crepe, Salmon, cheeses. 4 minutes from Plaza la Virgen. Authentic French atmosphere.
Piano Vert Fromagerie • Salamanca,18
Chinese/ Thai RESTAURANTS IN VALENCIA
Japanese RESTAURANTS IN VALENCIA
Sushi and Tapas · C/Salamanca 10 tel: 96 061 7874 Just what it says on the sign, a very clever mix of sushi and tapas. ***
Kaede • Calle Ciscar Tel:96 333 86 33 Open 12.30 to 16.30 and 20.30 to midnight. Kaede has been waiting for the Japanese craze in Madrid and Barcelona to reach Valencia... Needs a little updating decor wise but the food is still good and Not as pricey as you’d expect (15-18 euros per head) and the healthiest option available.
Lebanese RESTAURANTS IN VALENCIA
RESTAURANTS IN VALENCIA OFFERING SOMETHING DIFFERENT
Tarangalila · Avda. Maestro Rodrigo 13 tel: 96 347 2803 Open every day from 14 to 15.30h and 21.30 to 2h (closed Sun mid-day). International cuisine, accompanied by drag queens (“La Prohibida” and the son of Lydia Peters) singing every evening. Very popular, especially with groups.
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