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Restaurant Valenca

665 Monroe Ave, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
(908) 354-4024
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Ranked #9 of 222 Restaurants in Elizabeth
Price range: $15 - $25
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

Near the airport, and often very busy. The menu has much to choose from, I opt for the steak on the hot stone, which is the favorite of most. Their shrimp paella is also very good, salad and bread are served along with very good sangria. Reservations are a must, the place is very busy. Parking is a challenge, several... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Have been here many times and am never disappointed. The steak on a stone is always big hit and the Paella Valenciana is also outstanding. Sangria is also a must. Parking is sometimes an issue. They offer valet, but I have always been able to find a spot on the street, by driving around a bit.

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Grand Cayman
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Whenever I am in the New York/Philadelphia area I travel to Elizabeth NJ and this restaurant at least two times during my stay. I found this gem 10 years ago and have been a faithful customer -- or better yet -- consumer since! The hot stone filet is the way to go. The butter served with it - perfection. Steaks... More 

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122 reviews 122 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

One of their signature dishes is a beautiful cut of meat on a hot stone which allows you to actually cook your steak exactly the way you want a slice at a time. The Spanish Portuguese food menu will cause you to want to try everything they offer. The Sangria is also one of the best I've ever had. They... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Based on reviews I thought this place would be so much better. Service was great, but food was merely okay. Paella rice was very good, but the seafood in it was overcooked. Stuffed clams were heavy on the stuffing and light on the clams. Food portions were large. As to atmosphere: We didn't mind being packed in - it fits... More 

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Brantford, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The shuttle from our hotel dropped us off at the restaurant and we went in what we thought was the main entrance. Obviously wasn't, since there was nobody there to greet incoming diners. The restaurant was extremely busy and very noisy, with most of the clientele made up of families and large groups. Obviously Valenca is a restaurant that people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Passing through on a cold, rainy Saturday night December 7, 2014 and the Hampton Inn desk clerk recommended Valencia just a few blocks away. OK, we had planned on going back into NYC for a delicious meal and some Christmas shopping, but the weather report said Sunday would be better, so we took the desk clerks recommendation. This place is... More 

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Elizabeth, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

I live close to this restaurant and my family gets food delivered or taken out at least once a week. This past month I decided to go and have a sit down dinner with my friends and ended up going back every week. The atmosphere is always lively (noisy) but I like that. The servers are friendly, the prices are... More 

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North Wildwood NJ
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Whenever I am in the Newark NJ area, Valenca is tops on my list for wonderful Portuguese food in a convivial atmosphere. The service is friendly and efficient and the portions are ample. You'll always see regulars at the bar and families in the dining area. It's obviously the place to be in Elizabeth!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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97 reviews 97 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This is not going to dinner, it is an evening. Take your time, enjoy the food, enjoy the experience. When ever in the area, this is a MUST STOP location. Everything is enjoyable from the rolls to the post dinner Port. We especially enjoyed the service from Hector and Jose. They are both attentive, enjoyable, and efficient. The place is... More 

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Additional Information about Restaurant Valenca

Address: 665 Monroe Ave, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Phone Number: (908) 354-4024
Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Elizabeth
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
Cuisine: Portuguese

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