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Refugio, Restaurante del Carmen

C/ Alta (d'Alt), 42, 46003 Valencia, Spain
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Ranked #26 of 2,007 Restaurants in Valencia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $18 - $45
Sun - Sat 2:00 pm - 12:00 am
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Nice meal we had so far and with reasonable price too. Lunch packet consists of 3 courses menu for 12 euro. I started with pasta and fish in curry sauce and followed by entrecote as main course..It was delicious, nice portion too..My husband ordered carpaccio salad which was also very nice. Try the cake with vanilla ice cream and the... More

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Jerusalem, Israel
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

There is not much to add to the rave reviews written above :) other than it's ALL true - and for vegetarians as well (perhaps for vegans also). The food and decoration were highly original, extremely tasty, and as I said - optional for vegetarians and vegans as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Great place! Was busy, but sat us (2) down right away. The menu ia not long, but very interesting. Started off witha bottle of white wine (14euro! I love Spain) and the ceviche. OMFG the ceviche with coconut milk was one of the most amazing things I've ever had. We litteraly drank the last bit of it in the bowl... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

it did not look like much from the outside and the inside is ordinary. The owner is not ordinary and extremely friendly. The food was everything but ordinary. The presentation of the food was absolutely beautiful and all the courses was excellent. The desert had goats' cheese ice cream that sounds risky- but the tastes and textures of the desert... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

We went here for dinner, Refugio looks like a hole in the wall from the outside, but has a lot more space than you'll think. The courses were top class (except for the dessert that partialy had goat cheese as an ingredient, which did not please my pallet), but the cheviche was the best I ever had anywhere in the... More

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Hi, we passed by by chance and decided to try it, the owner and the people there are extremely friendly and the food is excellent. If you like tuna, try theirs - it is awesome. Otherwise they make excellent fish!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Super lucky to rent an apartment near this place! Creative, yet approachable food. Try the goat cheese stuffed with artichokes and figs, the tuna...most likely anything you order will be great. Service good, owner very friendly. One night there was a family celebration, yes this is not a tourist-only restaurant, locals come, too. Well worth a second, or third visit!

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Londonderry, Northern Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This is a place that is really worth visiting many times. The food is always superb and the staff very welcoming. Not that easy to find but worth the effort and close to many outdoor bars for a pre-meal drink. Love it.

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6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

Great food, good service - attentive but not over fussy. Clever, flavoursome dishes - we tried a sardine starter, and pork and salad main courses, all excellent - and good value. Best meal in Valencia in our week here. Atmospheric little restaurant, simple decor. I am headed back today for lunch - to try the cod or monkfish, which looked... More

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Warrington England
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80 reviews 80 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

What an experience! ...and that was only the Gin and Tonics!! The atmosphere was lively, warm and friendly. Our host was a one-off with a booming infectious laugh. He was engaging and informative (the history of the El Refugio area is worth asking about) and the food served was a visual and gastronomic treat. We are not big eaters and... More

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