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Refugio, Restaurante del Carmen

C/ Alta (d'Alt), 42, 46003 Valencia, Spain
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Ranked #23 of 1,987 restaurants in Valencia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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88% Recommend
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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Montreal, Canada
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70 reviews 70 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

found this small restaurant while walking through the Carmen borough. I don't know why I stepped in, I was not hungry.. I think it was my good luck. I entered and suddenly I felt stunned by the place.. wich is a combination of asian and spanish cultures. then I sat and decided what to eat. the menu is not large..... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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120 reviews 120 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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