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Hola Valencia’s Top Five: Restaurants

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This was a really difficult list to compile, as we’ve been to a lot of restaurants during our time in Valencia. We tried to get include a good mix, from traditional Valencian to sushi. We operate on a budget, so you won’t find any wallet-smashers on this list (nor, for that matter, anywhere else on our site!) If you’ve not visited any of our top five, wait no longer! Here they are, in no order:

El Albero

One of the first restaurants we discovered in the city, El Albero is a great place for dinner, serving up a huge array of Andalusian tapas. Always busy, the place is small but offers outside seating.

Calle de Ciscar, 12
Our Review of El Albero

Las Cuevas

Extremely popular with Valencians, the windy, dark interior of Las Cuevas does just to its name. They offer an interesting menú of tapas that combines popular favorites with other more unique items. Don’t miss the flaming rum-soaked chorizos!

Calle Samaniego, 9
Our Review of Las Cuevas

Ao Yama

Possibly the best lunchtime deal in the city, Ao Yama is a Japanese sushi restaurant, offering unlimited food for a small price. As long as you keep packing it down, they’ll keep bringing the sushi and other great dishes like chicken in orange sauce and grilled shrimp.

Calle Joaquín Costa, 3
Our Review of Ao Yama


The best Arabian meal in Valencia can be found in the University district, in Al-Balansíya. The plates full of authentic and delicious Arabian food just keep coming in this popular locale. Baba ganoush… chicken tajín… groan.

Paseo de las Facultades, 3
Our Review of Al-Balansíya

La Utielana

Home Cookin From Mama! This restaurant, in the heart of the city, is so popular that you’ll have to take a number before getting your table. Incredible Valencian eats at outrageously good prices, with an open kitchen and a fleet of matronly waitresses attending to your every need. We’ve been back a lot.

Plaza Picadero de Dos Aguas
Our Review of La Utielana

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Valencia’s Open Restaurant Week

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… is going on right now! Sorry about the late posting.

From June 15th until Sunday the 21st, 52 of Valencia’s best restaurants are offering great menu deals, as part of a city-sponsored event called VLC Cuina Oberta. There’s a lot of information and a map on their official website.

Each restaurant offers a lunch menu for €18 and dinner for €30. At most of the participating restaurants, this is a great deal. (At others, perhaps not — Al Pomodoro is great, and we can highly recommend going, but it’s not generally a pricey establishment; their normal midweek menú del día is a lot cheaper than €18!)

So, if there’s a restaurant you’ve been avoiding because of its price tag, this is the week to take the plunge. You have to make reservations in advance, specifically stating that you’re interested in the VLC Cuina Oberta menu.

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