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Valenca

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European, Pub, Portuguese
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665 Monroe Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
(908) 354-4024
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 126
    Excellent
  • 68
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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If you like Spanish/Portuguese food this is the place to go to. The food and service were excellent! They start you out with a delicious complimentary salad and crispy bread. My wife had a special String bean soup and I had the Clams and Garlic Sauce with Portuguese sausage. My wife had the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Mario T
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Iselin, New Jersey
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Iselin, New Jersey
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you like Spanish/Portuguese food this is the place to go to. The food and service were excellent! They start you out with a delicious complimentary salad and crispy bread. My wife had a special String bean soup and I had the Clams and Garlic Sauce with Portuguese sausage. My wife had the Shrimp and Garlic dinner and I had... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very generous servings. Delicious food. High quality meats.Very good sangria. Yummy coconut creme brûlée. Slow service.

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Thank DanisaSuarez
Elizabeth, New Jersey
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Food and Service were great. Enjoyed their salad, main course. We ordered the Sangria and it was very good.

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Thank LLeon56374
Linden
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was excellent ! Well seasoned and not over or under cooked .. Went one nite for a lil get together with my family, and. Everyone was happy! The prices are light on the pockets also

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Thank RahRahL
NY
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143 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

From the waiter, to the food and drinks , to the owner. Always packed but what do you expect from a fantastic restaurant! Appetizers are fantastic, main dishes are delicious whether its the cod fish or steaks, and the desserts are to die for. If you haven't gone yet you are Missing Out on fantastic meal and service! Only one... More 

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Elizabeth, New Jersey
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65 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am local to Valenca and there are countless Spanish/Portuguese restaurants in the area. Valenca delivers the best. Large menu with daily specials.Very flavorful at a decent price. Usually go with fish special or grilled shrimp, DH loves the combo BBQ Ribs and Chicken or Steak on Stone. Nice Salad and of course sides of Yellow Rice and Spanish Potatoes.... More 

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Washington DC
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42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a colleague in tow and the drive to our hotel at Newark Airport left us ragged. I asked the front desk about local restaurants and they offered to have the hotel shuttle drop us at any of half a dozen ‘nearby’ places. They highly recommended Valenca – a local Portuguese/Spanish restaurant. Turns out it was a great tip.... More 

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Thank Archer1943
Bethel Park
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From the time we sat down, to the time we left, we were attentively served by our waiter. Food was delicious. I had the stuffed shrimp, which was fresh and flavorful. My husband had the filet on the stone, which was a remarkable cooking option, and his food was delicious. A great neighborhood restaurant, with an attached take out liquor... More 

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NYC
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016 via mobile

We just visited this restaurant and while it was ok I can say There are things that could be much better... So I'll start by saying that parking is a complete nightmare. Probably made worse by the fact that we went on a Saturday night but just beware that it's street parking and there are a lot of driveways so... More 

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Thank justus2Nyc
Madison, New Jersey
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

My wife and I attended my wife's company's Holiday Party at Valenca this past Monday and it Was impressive! The environment was lively, but not too loud and the food was well priced and the portions generous. This is a great restaurant for all ages and all occassions!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 665 Monroe Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Elizabeth
  • Phone Number: (908) 354-4024

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
  • Cuisine: European, Pub, Portuguese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?