Small Plates, Big City: Top Tapas Bars in Valencia

This blog post was originally posted on June 28, 2017 and was updated on April 16, 2019.

Enjoying a night out complete with tasty tapas, endless drinks and good company is an integral part of Spanish culture.

Although tapas aren’t typically associated with Valencian cuisine (that honor goes to paella!), valencianos have adopted this beloved tradition as well. As Spain’s third-largest city, there are endless options for an evening de tapeo in Valencia. Although it’s a bit hard to narrow down from so many delicious choices, here are our top picks for tapas bars in Valencia that will make you feel like a local.

These six tapas bars in Valencia are essential foodie stops on any evening out.

Tasca Ángel

Despite the menu and the restaurant itself both being on the small side, Tasca Ángel is proof that quality beats quantity. Come for the house specialty—freshly fried sardines—and stay for the vibrant, authentic atmosphere. Just be prepared to squeeze your way through the crowd for a seat!

Tasca Angel might be one of the smallest tapas bars in Valencia, but it's easily one of the best!
What Tasca Ángel lacks in size, it makes up for in fantastic tapas! Photo credit: Vivir Valencia

El Pederniz

At El Pederniz, tucked away in a residential neighborhood outside of the touristic center, the welcoming and enthusiastic staff will make you feel at home immediately. Owner Fouad greets all his guests as if they were family and takes the time to talk to each group, finding out each person’s likes and dislikes in order to provide them with a high-quality dining experience that suits everyone’s tastes. Wine experts on staff are also available to recommend the best bottle of vino (out of more than 600 varieties!) to pair with each meal.

One of the most welcoming tapas bars in Valencia is El Pederniz. Try one of their more than 600 bottles of wine!
From the friendly staff to the delicious homemade food, everything about El Pederniz will make you feel en casa! Photo credit: City Insider

Bar Pilar

Step back in time at Bar Pilar, also known as “La Pilareta” among locals. This historic establishment was originally a grocery and liquor store and began serving food in 1917. Valencianos adore this place as much for its historic ambiance as for its clóchinas (fresh mussels—the especialidad de la casa!).

Las Cuevas

One of the most unique tapas bars in Valencia, Las Cuevas certainly lives up to its name (which translates as “the caves”). The interior of the restaurant looks like an underground cavern, though diners can also enjoy a meal on its spectacular terrace. With a five-page tapas menu, it’s home to some of the best variety in Valencia.

Casa Montaña

This classic, elegant establishment has delighted valencianos and guests alike since 1836. The posh interior and exquisite selection of both wines and tapas at Casa Montaña is sure to impress. As one of the oldest tapas bars in Valencia, it’s a must for visitors who want a high-quality dining experience.

Casa Montaña is one of the classiest tapas bars in Valencia.
Enjoy an elegant dining experience at Casa Montaña. Photo credit: Guía del Ocio

Central Bar

Michelin-starred Valencian chef Ricard Camarena is the mastermind behind Central Bar, one of the most classic tapas bars in Valencia with a modern twist. Located right inside Valencia’s bustling Mercado Central, the tasty dishes here are prepared with ingredients from the market itself. What could be better than a classy dining experience made complete with locally sourced products?

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