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Valenca

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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
Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Doing business
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 87
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 9
    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
great food and good service.

Food is always yummy but as far as service when busy is lacking that attention. although this is expected but i have been in restaurants in the past that there are extra waiters for busy times of the day. So a suggestion for service be there in early part of the day and enjoy their good extensive... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
Alan J. G
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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167 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is always spot on in terms of food. Everything is consistent and the food always comes out hot and fresh. The downside is the service is fairly mediocre. There is always a line, however, you should eat a restaurant without a line because it probably isn't that great.n

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Redlands, CA
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75 reviews 75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Thanks to TripAdvisor, we opted to try this Portuguese restaurant prior to a flight out of Newark Airport. If you can fit it in, it is well worth the visit. Absolutely everything was beyond delicious. We intended to go to the restaurant, not realizing there was a bar and grill also. The restaurant was full so they recommended we go... More 

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New Mexico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

The best food with a large amount for a disent price Nice customer service and good service will come back to visit

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Food is always yummy but as far as service when busy is lacking that attention. although this is expected but i have been in restaurants in the past that there are extra waiters for busy times of the day. So a suggestion for service be there in early part of the day and enjoy their good extensive menu, which can't... More 

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Elizabeth, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Valenca has really great food! I cannot really say if it is authentic Portuguese food, since I've never been to Portugal, however, there are a lot of native Portuguese folks there. It's pricey, but I think it's work the meal.

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Elizabeth, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We stop in often to have dinner. We are alway pleased with the service and selection of food. there is always something for everyone and if not, they can make it! We recently tried their Texas ribeye steak. It was delicious! My kids who are 5 and 8 love it here as well. Love the sangria and spanish fries! you... More 

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Elizabeth, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

have eating there for several years never had meal that was not first class good sangeria and nice wines.

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Monroe, New Jersey
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80 reviews 80 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We had a family dinner there for my mother in laws birthday. We were given orders to "order whatever we want" so we did. The calamari was average at best. The Chilean sea bass was not very good at all. It tasted gelatinous, which is odd because for the price it's usually very good everywhere. My brother in law asked... More 

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USA
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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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: Portuguese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
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?