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“Great location, best deserts in Valencia” 4 of 5 stars
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La Fonda
Plaza de la Reina, 46003 Valencia, Spain (La Seu)
+34963922806
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Ranked #1,726 of 2,343 Restaurants in Valencia
Price range: $33 - $133
Cuisines: Barbecue, Spanish
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: La Seu
Sacramento, California
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“Great location, best deserts in Valencia”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2009

Sit outdoors if the weather permits! The food here is much better than expected for such a touristy location, it sits in front of the beautiful Valencia cathedral. As I said the food is good and outdoors is a great location to sit, but the deserts are superb. The story I originally heard was the chef here, was the desert chef for some royal family in northern Europe. After trying the deserts, you will agree.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Marlow England
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Fine Dining - at a price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2009

During our recent holiday in Valencia, my wife and I had decided that for one night we would treat ourselves to a "posh" meal and so we went to "La Fonda".
We were not disappointed. We chose to eat inside, as the outside eating area, although well screened from the other eating places on either side was on the main thoroughfare in the Plaza del la Reina and we would have had the whole world looking at what we were eating only a metre away - not for us.
We were at one stage the only diners inside, but that didn't worry us as the waiters/waitresses were back and forth, so at least you felt part of the overall experience.
As to the meal itself, we couldn't fault the quality of the food and the cooking skill of the chef. The presentation was exactly what we expected from a restaurant of this class, and although the price made this the most expensive meal that we had this time in Valencia, as a treat it was well worth it.
The cooking style is not typical Spanish, all the dishes had a Spanish influence but with the chef adding his own interpretation to the finished article.
For a special event - birthday, anniversary this would be the place we would go to again.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Frigiliana, Spain
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“Expensive but Good Quality”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2009

Went to La Fonda as a treat with my wife and daughter. It is located in the main tourist square of Valencia and is a 'proper restaurant' so is pricey (say £40 a head + wine for 3 courses).

It is a small, intimate restaurant, with very good muli-lingual serving staff.
The bottom line was the food was excellent- very fresh fish and paella; excellent quality side dishes and home made desserts; good selection of wines.

I would recommend for a special treat (and as many other places in the old town are relatively poor quality).

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Huddersfield
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“Very very expensive”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2008

La Fonda is situated in Plaza de la Reina. It looks a very nice restaurant with outside seating that is secluded from the road and street by screens. My husband and I ate there one night whilst on holiday in Valencia I wish we hadn't bothered and had gone to the sandwich shop a few doors down. Upon opening the menu both of us nearly fainted. The menu looked very appetising but the prices were extortionate. I was even contemplating running out of the restaurant or maybe pretending to faint. Our meal which consisted of a main course with a shared dessert and one glass of wine each came to 87 Euros. The waitress whilst very charming with excellent English pushed very hard trying to sell us absolutley everything. The food wasn't even that good definately not worth what we paid. I would not recommend this restaurant there are plenty others on this square especially Pepe Pica across the road.

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Worcester
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“Shame- promised so much more”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2008

Nice looking place, next door to a cheap tapas place. Sat outside. Shielded from the road and next door by small trees in tubs gives it a sort of intimate feel. Spoilt by finding a piece of sticker still on the apple slice in our main course dish (both of us). When we pointed it out we were given a very soggy fruit cocktail as an apology! Waitress was trying too hard. If you want to take out a second mortgage they are one of a few places in Spain that serve Kobe beef- glad we didn't go for it! Definitely not worth the 187 euros my wife paid for the last meal of our holiday

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