This blog post was originally posted on August 20, 2017 and was updated on April 16, 2019.
Valencia is a modern, cosmopolitan city that still stays true to its traditional roots, and this is clear as day when it comes to eating out.
But if you’re trying to decide where to eat in Valencia, narrowing down your options can be a tall order. There’s so much to choose from and not nearly enough time to try it all! Luckily, we’re here to help. No matter what your taste buds are craving, there’s something for everyone. This guide will help you pick where to eat in Valencia depending on your tastes and style (and by all means, try more than one). We hope you’re hungry!
Traditional Valencian meals
Topping our list of where to eat in Valencia are some of our favorite local establishments that specialize in cuisine unique to the region. One such place is La Riuà in the historic El Carmen neighborhood. Owners Francisco and Pilar have won several awards for their homestyle Valencian cuisine, which is unlike any other in town.
Another beloved local institution, Palace Fesol, has delighted customers with its traditional Valencian offerings since 1909. Its delicious menu includes many typical foods from Valencia, such as all i pebre and esgarraet, in addition to a wide variety of rice dishes.
Michelin-starred dining experiences
If you’re wondering where to eat in Valencia for an exclusive, unforgettable experience, look no further than Ricard Camarena. The Valencian-born chef’s eponymous restaurant is the proud recipient of one Michelin star. It uses locally-sourced ingredients to create unforgettable dishes you’ll want to come back for.
Another Valencian restaurant boasting the food world’s highest honor is El Poblet. This elegant, contemporary restaurant is owned by legendary Valencian chef Quique Dacosta. It offers traditional Spanish food with a modern twist.
Casual tapas bars
No trip to Spain is complete without tapas! One of our favorites is Tasca el Botijo, a no-frills bar in the heart of El Carmen. Locals crowd its sunny terrace from 10 a.m. until 2 in the morning, washing down tasty tapas with beer.
In addition, Casa Montaña is a historic restaurant that has served some of Valencia’s best tapas for centuries. Don’t let its low-key setting fool you. This local institution uses only the finest ingredients to create fantastic tapas. It’s also one of Valencia’s best wine bars!
Valencia’s status as one of Spain’s most cosmopolitan cities means that there is a diverse array of international cuisine! For a unique fusion of Spanish and Italian cuisine, try trendy Tinto Fino Ultramarino. Locals love this cozy spot for its unique blend of two beloved Mediterranean varieties.
Looking for something a little different? The Arabic flavors at Restaurante Balansiya are a perfectly delicious tribute to Spain’s Moorish past. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time—the restaurant’s gorgeous interior and exotic food will make you feel like you’re in Al-Andalus itself!
If you’re wondering where to eat in Valencia for a more modern-day vibe, look no further. With its minimalist decor and sweeping views of the Mediterranean, Vlue Arribar is undeniably more than just your average seafood joint. It even includes a special kids’ area, so families with small children can enjoy a top-class dining experience!
Meanwhile, for a more rustic experience, check out Esencia. This restaurant with a rural-industrial vibe opened in 2015 and will give you a small-town feel in the heart of the city. Family-run with a commitment to using fresh, local products, Esencia is truly in a class of its own.
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Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.