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Refugio- Restaurante del Carmen

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Calle Alta 42, 46003 Valencia, Spain
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
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310 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a restaurant with a difference: imaginative dishes beautifully prepared in the open plan kitchen, excellent wines at reasonable prices, a wonderfully friendly host and a great atmosphere in the two tightly packed dining areas. It is no exaggeration to say that this was by some distance the best of many meals that I have eaten in Spain. I... More 

Thank John S
Tiptree, United Kingdom
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134 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled on this restaurant, while exploring the Barrio Carmen. The food is very different to anything else we had in Valencia and we would highly recommend it. I started with a mussel, prawn and scallop ceviche with 'tiger' milk, my husband had the goat cheese, both were delicious. For main courses, we had Monkfish with spicy sausage cracker and... More 

Thank Elmrosie
London, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having eaten at some of the more tourist centres restaurants and been totally disappointed we went with recommendations at it was fab! Eat here great food great service and in the heart of Valencia. Wine two courses massive G&T 70 euros I'm here again. Add this to your list!

Thank Richard C
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Can't recommend this place highly enough, the menu is really imaginative ad varied and all the food beautifully prepared, We paid 160 euros for 4 people with two bottles of wine which was great value for money. Add in a really friendly and helpful owner / proprietor and it's an absolute winner in an area swamped by restaurants. Would'nt hesitate... More 

Thank richefc
Kloten, Switzerland
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180 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

If you step into the Refugio- Restaurante del Carmen you will meet a clean and simple interior no "high chic" and stile race with modern environment... Don't classify the local by that - the cuisine is OUTSTANDING - super fresh, superbe, made with "Rafinesse" and a combination of different tastes you never had before - real Fusion on highest level... More 

Thank mschrofe
Kloten, Switzerland
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71 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016

Refugio-Restaurant del Carmen, what a pleasurable experience. If you see the plain furnishing you would never believe that the food is such amazing, really extraordinary dishes with surprising combinations and tasting so good. A insiders' tipp, don't miss to have dinner there during your stay in Valencia!

Thank sschrofe
Cape Coral, Florida
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

Great place for lunch or dinner. We ate there twice and everything was super fresh and very tasty, deserts included. The Cod fish and ceviche were outstanding and the goats cheese appetizer was also to die for. Service was very friendly and efficient too.

Thank Uri A
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

Refugio is a little off the beaten track but well worth searching out in the northern part of the old city. As a result, it's not that full, but it's well worth trying. Started with a tapas of potato, cod, and mango. Mango is not something you'd normally think of putting with potato and cod but it really worked -... More 

Thank Gerry H
Falmouth, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

You can usually have a good, honest "menú del día " (set menu) in many Spanish restaurants but what this restaurant has is something else. This is author food, the menu is different, thought through, creative. They charged us €15 per head for a three course meal made with fresh ingredients, tasty and beautifully presented. The service is spot on... More 

Thank AntonioGP_13
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

Excellent discovery. High grade cuisine for reasonable price. Have visited twice during 2 week trip in Valencià. Will be back.

Thank Chris M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$18 - $45
Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, International, Spanish, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Alta 42, 46003 Valencia, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Valencian Country  >  Province of Valencia  >  Valencia
  • Phone Number: 34963917754
Restaurante del Carmen in the historic quarter of Valencia is known for its seasonal cooking with high quality ingredients, careful presentation, friendly and informal service and its excellent value for money. All of the dishes are made in-house, including the desserts. The seasonal menu always has a selection of rice, fish and meat dishes and a wide variety of vegetarian options. The ambience is intimate but lively, with two dining rooms. There is a carefully designed wine list and a wide variety of infusions and the restaurant also offers food and wine matching dinners and special menus for groups.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?