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All 222 Elizabeth Restaurants

Restaurant Valenca

665 Monroe Ave, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
(908) 354-4024
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Ranked #8 of 222 Restaurants in Elizabeth
Price range: $15 - $25
Hours:
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
Brantford, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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89 reviews 89 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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Brooklyn, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Met a friend in on business for dinner. The hotel staff quickly recommended this place, and I see why. We had the most delicious fresh swordfish and scallops special. Very reasonable price, very fast service. It's a noisy place full of happy people eating. Great place to have a nice dinner and catch up with a friend. I'd have a... More 

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Elizabeth, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This place is always packed and if I had to base my review on just the food and atmosphere it would be better but unfortunately the service and overall attitude of the staff is underwhelming. Love the steak on the stone.

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Sherbrooke, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Very good Portuguese restaurant. Service and food were exceptional. Try the steak on the stone. Easy access for the hotels. The Hampton Inn shuttle bus can drive you there and back. Try the restaurant. You will not regret.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This restaurant was recommended to us and we ate here for my wife's birthday. Although, we had a great time, and the drinks were good, we would not eat here again. The parking is terrible and we were not impressed with the food. It was good, but we have had better and they are way over priced.

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Elizabeth, New Jersey
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72 reviews 72 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Valenca is a well known Portuguese restaurant in Elizabeth. Food is very good. traditional dishes as well as some more modern takes on things. The only problem I have - is the their signature dish is "steak on a stone". Why people want to go out to eat and then have to cook their own meat is beyond my comprehension...... 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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