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Refugio, Restaurante del Carmen

C/ Alta (d'Alt), 42, 46003 Valencia, Spain
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Ranked #25 of 1,878 restaurants in Valencia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $18 - $45
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Eclectic, Fusion
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Restaurante del Carmen in the historic quarter of Valencia is known for its seasonal cooking with high quality ingredients, careful presentation, friendly and informal service and its excellent value for money. All of the dishes are made in-house, including the desserts. The seasonal menu always has a selection of rice, fish and meat dishes and a wide variety of vegetarian options. The ambience is intimate but lively, with two dining rooms. There is a carefully designed wine list and a wide variety of infusions and the restaurant also offers food and wine matching dinners and special menus for groups.
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Zurich, Switzerland
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This little restaurant in the old town of Valencia is a real gem! The staff is very nice. The menu is small and the dishes are delicious! Try the seafood salad which is served in cocos milk, delicious! And the best of all is the tuna steak with wasabi souce. The house wine was good as well. You are also... More

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Valencia, Spain
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

A very good restaurant with a limited, but creative menu. A welcomed break in the city of a thousand paellas (that all taste about the same). The service was charming but a bit slow, we waited about 15 minutes to get the menu when we first sat. The food is tasty, well presented but with a few rough edges, for... More

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Nerja, Spain
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112 reviews 112 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We went in the day as the restaurant doesn't open till late in the night, we had the menu de dai, would have to be the best and most interesting in Valencia. Paco interpreted the menu and we both had a different selection for entree and dessert and same main. Entree: Mussels and patatas done in a lovely pimento sauce... More

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Harrow, England, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

You would probably pass this gem of a restaurant by if you didn't know it was there but what a tragedy that would be. Probably the best price menu del dia in the Old City, the food is to die for. Whilst the menu isn't extensive the food itself is always amazing. A must visit restaurant in the Carmen district!

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London, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We went there for diner on sunday night based on the recommendations on our hotel and were not disappointed! The food (modern mediterranean/fusion food) was delicious and a welcomed change after 2 days of tapas/paella, the staff was super friendly and the wine (recommended by our waiter) was very nice as well. It was from far the best food and... More

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New YOrk
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

This charming little place is a culinary journey. I have been a couple of times and both times I have been happily surprised by the combination of flavors. The most creative cuisine I've tried inside and outside of Spain. Paco and Rocio, the owners, are very friendly... Let them guide you through the menu.

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Brussels, Belgium
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118 reviews 118 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We arrived here for lunch, just after the restaurant opened, at 14:00. The athmosphere is fantastic, with hindu paintings and 60's music. The food is even better, especially all mushroom varieties. We had a 3 cause lunch menu (12 euros) - all home-made. The white house-wine was great. Plates are a mix between spanish and indian food, all very fresh.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We followed the advice of our fellow travelers on Trip Advisor and visited Refugio during our first night in Valencia. It was an amazing find in the streets of Carmen and quickly became the standard by which all future restaurants were measured during our stay. The presentation, combinations, flavors and taste of the food was truly unique and supremely satisfying.... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We decided to try out this restaurant on our last night in Valencia. It is hidden down a small street and is quite hard to find but definitely worth seeking out. You are warmly welcomed to this small cozy restaurant and it has a very homely feel. The food is such a refreshing change from the standard tapas and paella... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

We found this restaurant by chance two years ago, and searched for it again this time, finding it by luck. Both times we had the menu del dia, which was perhaps a little more expensive than elsewhere but still great value because what you get is really excellent and a little out of the ordinary with an interesting mix of... More

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