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Reviews of Restaurants and Bars in Valencia

There is a huge selection of restaurants and bars in Valencia. We've tried some really good, some not so good and we've listed some below. If you discover a good restaurant in Valencia that you'd like us to add to this page, contact us with the details.

Our favourite restaurant in Valencia was the pleasantly-named Ginger Loft Cafe. It was a small, unobtrusive restaurant, down a side street on Calle Vitoria #4, by Calle San Vicente Martir and Calle Moratin in central Valencia, close to the Cathedral and was run by the friendly Peruvian Santi and Michael from Scotland. The food was absolutely delicious, whether you were looking for a four-course meal or just a snack. TheyGinger Loft Restaurant, Valencia excel in food with an Asian twist, with excellent Thai curries, but also offer Mediterranean specialities. Unfortunately they have now closed down and we haven't been able to find out if Mike and Santi have a new venture in the city - they briefly ran the Ginger Cantina but it too appears to have closed. If we find out any news, we'll post it here.

The Spanish aren't generally very good at Italian food, but Pomodoro, on Calle del Mar just off Plaza de la Reina is an exception. We had a delicious meal in June 2013. We had a nice starter of little pieces of slightly crispy bread rolls with dips - tomato, cream cheese and olive pate. We then shared a really nice Kikka salad (see left - chicken, avocado, rocket, parmesan) and a very tasty Pancettona pizza (buffalo mozzarella, ham, cherry tomatoes & rucola). Visit their website for more information and full menu.




Pomodoro's sister restaurant Pappardella is just round the corner from the Cathedral and also has a nice ambience and good selection of salads and pastas (they don't do pizzas here).
Visit their website for more information.

A place that gets great reviews but didn't really do it for us is Tinto Fino Ultramarino, close to the Cathedral on Calle Corregeria 38. We visited in 2013 and had their Menu del Dia, great value at just €8.50* for 3 courses, a drink and coffee, and friendly staff, but we found the food a bit bland. Still, we seem to be in a minority as these reviews show. Visit their website for more information.

There is a large selection of bars and restaurants in the Canovas area. We had a good meal at Restaurante La Mala Vida at Calle Conde de Altea 35 in April 2010. Their Menu del Noche at €12.50 was very tasty and good value and there was a nice ambiance in the restaurant. Sadly it seems that they have now closed down.

In 2007 we had a lovely meal at Lambrusqueria on Conde Altea 31-26, also in Canovas. There are seats indoor or outside with candlelight and a nice ambiance. Our tomato and mozzarella salad to start was very nice and the pasta dishes for our main course were also delicious, accompanied by some very nice fresh bread.
   


In April 2014 we visited Lambrusqueria again, after being recommended it by the owners of our B&B and liking the ambiance, with candles and subdued lighting. We weren't sure what to order from the quite sparse menu so we decided to go with the waitress's suggestion to try their tasting menu at around €20 a head (it actually worked out less than that). You don't actually choose anything from a menu, but you are given a cheese dish, a salad, other starter, pasta and a dessert, and you share all the dishes. If you don't like what they bring, they will get something else for you. The food was nice without being outstanding. We like most types of cheese, but the strong blue cheese they brought first, and the smoked cheese that was the second option weren't our thing. The salad was OK. The carpaccio was absolutely delicious, the best we've ever had. The pasta was also very tasty. The ice cream desert was fine. A nice bottle of chilled rosado and some nice fresh bread finished off the meal. It's a very popular place and was packed when we were there, so we were lucky to get a table without a booking.

 

Another Italian restaurant worth a mention is Bacco Doc, close to the Ginger Loft at Calle Derechos 29. Friends of ours love this restaurant and regularly take holidaying friends and family here, so our expectations were high. It's an interesting cave-like building which is a great setting for a restaurant and a bit unusual. We went at lunch time and their Menu del dia is good value at around €10*, although it's a lot more expensive at night. The food was disappointing, and the staff were very unfriendly, but it seems to be popular so we maybe just caught them on an off day.

There is a really nice shopping centre just opposite the City of Arts & Sciences, with some nice shops and a huge food section with pubs, an Italian restaurant, mexican restaurant, middle east restaurant, pizza restaurant, sandwich shops, etc.

 

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In 2006 we had a lovely meal at an Italian Restaurant called Il Ghittone. We had the most delicious mozzarella, tomato & basil salad to start, with a selection of nice breads then had a very tasty pizza and Pasta Arabiatta. Very friendly staff, opened late and they don't rush you to finish your meal. Get more information here.

 

We also ate at Don Salvatore, which gets rave reviews but we were disappointed with it. The bruschetta to start (we were impressed as it wasn't on the menu but they offered to make it for us) was very tasty, although a bit more cheesy and less tomatoey than we're used to. For mains we had a Veal Pizzaola and their house speciality pasta - macaroni with bacon, cream, tomato and mushrooms. The pasta was tasty but we were disappointed not to be offered parmesan or black pepper, and the veal was quite nice but came with just chips and no vegetables (this can be a problem generally in Spain, where you do not automatically get vegetables with your main course, even in a nice restaurant). Visit their website for more information.

If you're going to a football match at the Mestalla or staying at the Hotel Silken Puerta there is an Italian restaurant just across from the hotel called Capricio del Cardinale. Their salads are delicious, or at least the Ensalada de la Casa was really tasty, with tuna, avocado, lettuce, tomato, mozzarella, carrot, etc. It was huge - more than enough for 2 to share. We also shared a pizza but weren't impressed and found it a bit greasy, so if we went back to this restaurant we'd try the pasta with our salad next time.

 

The Barrio del Carmen area in the old quarter is a quaint area with narrow cobbled streets and lots of bars and open air cafes. There's a nice little bar in Plaza Negrito, La Cava del Negret, just off the main street Calle Caballero where you can sit and watch the world go by with a jug of Aqua de Valencia. Agua de Valencia is Valencia's speciality cocktail. It tastes like a Bucks Fizz but with a bit of a kick - orange juice, cava with vodka or gin added, usually vodka. Very nice!.


Another nice little bar with seats outside is Cafe de Sant Jaume on the corner of Calle Cabellero and Plaza del Esparto. They also do great Agua de Valencias but we had a very interesting variation here, made with cava and lemon ice cream. Delicious and very refreshing!

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*Note: Prices quoted above were accurate in 2006-2017