It's hard to find a tourist guide to Valencia that doesn't rave about the city's gastronomy. Are they right? Yes, very much so. This article gives you 10 of the finest restaurants in the city. If you think that the only thing on offer is paella (which is delicious, of course), you couldn't be more wrong.

    Keep reading till the end and discover the wide range of cuisine on offer in Valencia, offering the very best of the land and sea on your plate. Check out the 10 best restaurants for local cuisine in Valencia.


    Ricard Camarena Restaurant

    Signature cuisine in an exclusive art gallery

    The Ricard Camarena Restaurant was opened by the namesake Valencian chef at the Bombas Gens Centre d’Art cultural centre, where you will find a spacious gallery in a renovated industrial complex that shows exhibitions of contemporary art. What better reason to visit the art centre than to dine at the Ricard Camarena Restaurant, the holder of 2 Michelin stars and 3 Repsol suns?

    Camarena describes his cuisine as 'creative without being strident, simple in appearance yet complicated in its preparation'. This exquisitely decorated restaurant is committed to the use of local produce to ensure a unique blend of flavours. We recommend the tasting menu, which offers a selection of wines that marry perfectly with the food. Keep your eyes open – it's by no means unheard of for Camarena himself to attend to the tables.

    Location: Avenida de Burjassot, 54, Bombas Gens Centre d’Art, 46009 Valencia, Spain

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from 1.30 pm to 3 pm and 8 pm to 10 pm (closed Sunday–Tuesday)

    Phone: +34 963 35 54 18


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    Bar Ricardo

    A whole world of tapas

    At Bar Ricardo, you will find a typical Valencian establishment that has hardly changed since it opened its doors in 1947. Why play around with a formula that works so well? Its tapas, such as the tellinas (wedge clams) and the ensaladilla rusa (Russian salad), have been delighting its clientele since the middle of the last century.

    Choose between eating at the bar, at a table or on the open-air terrace. Another plus for Bar Ricardo is its perfect location, just 2 minutes from Gran Vía de Fernando el Católico and the Jardines del Turia gardens. Who can resist a cold beer with tapas after a pleasant stroll?

    Location: Calle del Dr. Zamenhof, 16, 46008 Valencia, Spain

    Open: Tuesday–Thursday from 8 am to midnight, Friday–Saturday from 8 am to 12.30 am (closed Sunday–Monday)

    Phone: +34 963 22 69 49


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    Casa Montaña

    A charming, traditional tavern

    Restaurante Casa Montaña is one of the places with the most pedigree in all Valencia, serving meals since 1836. Right in the heart of the Cañamelar neighbourhood, behind a splendid modernista facade, you will find a timeless restaurant with a most pleasant atmosphere and servers who are happy to advise the clientele with diligent attention.

    Although their advice is clearly very useful, we should also say that the speciality tapas include the tuna and the anchovies. What do you fancy to drink? Perhaps a vermouth? Whatever you order, it's bound to be delicious.

    Location: Calle de Josep Benlliure, 69, 46011 Valencia, Spain

    Open: Monday–Friday from 1 pm to 4 pm and 7.30 pm to 11.30 pm, Saturday from 12.30 pm to 4 pm and 7.30 pm to 11.30 pm, Sunday from 12.30 pm to 4 pm

    Phone: +34 963 67 23 14


    Casa Carmela

    Try the paellas cooked over a wood fire

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    Casa Carmela, which opened for business in 1922, offers an experience that will take you back in time, allowing you to savour the tastes of yesteryear. Perhaps the secret of its delicious paellas, regarded by many as the best in all Valencia, is that they are slowly cooked over an orangewood fire, or maybe it's that they are prepared with such loving care, or that they only use the freshest, highest quality ingredients. Or maybe it is a combination of all that – who knows?

    Whatever the truth is, you will definitely want to try the rice dishes at this restaurant with its large dining rooms decorated with artisanal ceramic tiles and light-coloured woods. Special mention should also be made of its original desserts, such as the torrijas caramelizadas (caramelised sweet French toast) and the flan de horchata (crème caramel made with horchata tiger nut milk).

    Location: Calle de Isabel de Villena, 155, 46011 Valencia, Spain

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +34 963 71 00 73



    Timeless cooking to eat here or take away

    Bar Rausell has been a point of reference for gourmets in Valencia since 1948. Its traditional cooking is simple yet flavoursome, and never disappointing. We can recommend the paella, the arroz al horno (baked rice), the fideuà (a dish that is similar to paella but prepared with pasta instead of rice), the berenjenas rellenas (stuffed aubergines) and the croquettes. It's so difficult to decide that the best thing to do is to try a variety.

    The wine list is similarly extensive, as is the range of liqueurs that top off a fantastic meal perfectly. You can eat at the bar, at a table or buy food to take away. As the Jardines del Turia gardens are just 10 minutes away, why not have a picnic?

    Location: Calle de Àngel Guimerà, 61, 46008 Valencia, Spain

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from 8.30 am to 4 pm and 8 pm to midnight, Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm (closed Monday–Tuesday)

    Phone: +34 963 84 31 93


    Pelayo Gastro Trinquet

    Sport and gourmet cuisine

    Pelayo Gastro Trinquet, a restaurant with markedly Mediterranean roots that will delight you with its preparations, is found at Valencia's Trinquete de Pelayo, an enclosed space at which pilota valenciana (a traditional handball sport) has been played since 1868.

    Its clientele's favourite dishes include all the starters, the paella de sepia y alcachofas (cuttlefish and artichoke paella) and its desserts, such as the queso batido con frutos rojos y tiramisú (whisked cheese with fruits of the forest and tiramisu). The restaurant's location couldn't be more central, as it's just a minute from Norte railway station.

    Location: Calle de Pelai, 6, 46007 Valencia, Spain

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 12.30 am

    Phone: +34 963 52 68 45


    Bodega Anyora

    Gourmet tapas in a timeless bodega

    Bodega Anyora has been serving wines and tapas since 1937. It pays homage to the mouthwatering, traditional ways of cooking, like your grandmother did when you were young. Among the regulars' favourite dishes are the anguila ahumada (smoked eel), coca con helado de calabaza (a Catalan pizza-like flatbread with pumpkin ice cream) and the 'entrecot' de tomate (tomato 'entrecôte'). Anyora's patatas bravas (fried potatoes in spicy bravas sauce) deserve special mention, as they are simply unbeatable.

    The decoration, based on the use of natural materials and Valencian ceramics, recreates the bodegas of yesteryear. As you sample the delicious fare, you feel like you are travelling back in time to the 1930s. Sounds good, doesn't it?

    Location: Calle de Vicent Gallart, 15, 46011 Valencia, Spain

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 1 pm to 11 pm, Friday–Saturday from 1 pm to 11.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +34 963 55 88 09


    La Pascuala

    A must-visit Valencian bodega

    La Pascuala is an iconic bodega that is famous for its tapas, its homely cooking and its 'XXL lunches' consisting of gigantic stuffed baguettes. The original bodega, which the Valencian Pascuala Vives started in 1921, opened in new, more spacious premises in the seafront Cabañal neighbourhood in 2017.

    The 'bocadillo', or stuffed baguette, menu is so varied and the staff so welcoming, friendly and fast that some call La Pascuala 'the Valencian Temple of Lunch'. Sounds good, doesn't it? If you fancy something more substantial than its bocadillos, we recommend the sepia (cuttlefish), calamares (fried squid) or fideuà con bogavante, which is similar to paella but with pasta instead of rice and served here with lobster.

    Location: Calle del Dr. Lluch, 297, 46011 Valencia, Spain

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 3.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +34 963 71 38 14


    Alquería del Brosquil

    The best food in the area with the best views of the La Albufera lagoon

    Restaurante Alquería del Brosquil, a point of reference locally in terms of Valencian cuisine, is found in an old building with wooden-beamed ceilings, upholstered chairs and a large, open-air terrace.

    The setting is spectacular, as it's filled with orange trees and found within the stunning La Albufera natural park, right where paella was invented. Take our word for it, visit La Alquería del Brosquil – any of its rice dishes that you order will be perfect in every regard.

    Location: Entrada Casa El Llarc, 1, 46013 Castellar, Valencia, Spain

    Open: Daily from 1 pm to 6 pm (Saturday evening from 8 pm to midnight)

    Phone: +34 963 75 79 70 / +34 652 48 95 64



    Gourmet cuisine in the heart of Valencia's old quarter

    Q’Tomas? is a taverna serving gourmet cuisine in the centre of Valencia, just 200 metres from The Plaza del Ayuntamiento. The owners, from nearby Denia, expertly combine the freshest fish, different kinds of meat and rice of the highest quality to produce exquisite Mediterranean dishes with a certain Asiatic twist.

    Among the most popular dishes are the arroz con bogavante (rice with lobster) and the tarta de queso (cheesecake), not to mention the extensive wine list. Visit this restaurant with its ample, welcoming dining area and its simple, elegant decoration and experience authentic, unique cuisine.

    Location: Calle del Convent de Santa Clara, 13, 46002 Valencia, Spain

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 1 pm to midnight, Sunday from 12.30 pm to midnight

    Phone: +34 963 44 44 79


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