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Las Cuevas – Great Tapas in the City’s Heart

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Las Cuevas is one of the more popular tapas restaurants in Valencia, and with good reason. Great ambiance, an interesting menu and reasonable prices combine to provide a wonderful night out — best enjoyed with friends and a good bottle of wine (location).


Cuevas means “caves”, and the reasoning behind the restaurant’s name is immediately apparent when you wind your way around its cavernous, tightly packed halls toward your table.


And the food is great. You can get tapas of all sorts; things you’ll recognize (bravas, calamaris) and other more puzzling items, which can be delicious… or horrifying. Ah, how fondly I recall the €15 dish called something like “Goulas”.

“Hmm…”, I foolishly thought during our first visit to Las Cuevas, “goulash is always good, and at such a price this must be like the world’s greatest goulash!” Ha! Whatever that word was, it sure as hell wasn’t “goulash”. Sporting a malicious grin, the waitress set before us three fried eggs with a mountain of tiny worms strewn atop. I almost wretched, but … we paid fucking €15 for that one dish. So, I grabbed my fork, said a prayer and began to devour the tasty little egg worms. Minutes later they were all gone. Every last one. They were delicious, heaven help me.

Las Cuevas is extremely popular with the locals, so if you plan on going during the weekends, you absolutely must make a reservation. You won’t regret doing so… it’s a great night out.

Las Cuevas
9 Samaniego
96 391 7196
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April 8, 2009 at 9:10 am
  • April 9, 2009 at 4:52 pmmartin

    Las cuevas is on our doorstep so we use it all the time. Great atmosphere and tasty tapas. Me encanta!
    Another great little bar in the same area is Al Cantonet on c/Sant Tomas towards Placa Tossal – try it late at night!

  • April 9, 2009 at 5:52 pmvalencia blog


    Thank you very much for the comment and tip. We will give Al Cantonet a try. Sounds good. If you got more tips, we are all ears.

  • April 11, 2009 at 9:04 ammartin

    Back in Val on 19th – happy to share a beer with you at Bodega la Rentaora – Placa Mosen Sorell (next to the Mercado).
    Smokey but great food.

  • April 18, 2009 at 3:01 pmFernando

    Hilariuos explanation, hehe.
    BTW, “gulas” is for angulas (“angula” means “tiny eel”), and it’s a kind of “surimi” with that “worm shape”, a manufactured substitute because real “angulas” are really, really expensive.
    Real eel can be eaten in the dish “all i pebre”.

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