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$15 - $25
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Seafood, European, Portuguese
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sad that our favorite Portuguese restaurant in the Newark area went out of business, we were pleasantly surprised to find Valença which offered even better food and a wonderful experience. Classy ambiance with a very Portuguese vibe (waiters all in black). We weren’t able to...order everything we wanted since there were only two of us, but we enjoyed our usual: carne de porco à Alentejana, polbo à feira, and a delicious steak with a garlic, onion rosemary essence. Love how salad and Portuguese bread are served before you order. And to top it all we were serenaded with an Italian polka. Very lucky to get in without reservations on a Friday night after a long flight from Spain! Recommend reservations!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

they were very rude so we left and went to Algarve just a few blocks away way better service and food We traveled all the way from central PA were we live for a meal there never again go to A LGAVE WERE THE WILL...TREAT YOU RIGHT FOOD THERE WAS GREATMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 27, 2022 via mobile

We made reservations for 6 pm for 6 of us. Initially the service was pretty good until after we were seated and order taken. I asked the waiter three times to bring me some more water, well it took an hour until the water came....That is after all of us finished eating. The place at that time wasn't even crowded. We just got ignored. The food is good though.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 3, 2022

Service was truly horrific. Waiter, Alex, barely came around our table. When we requested a soda from another worker, we were told to wait for our server. We requested the soda five times and no one served us. When he finally came to our table,...about 40 minutes later, we asked for the soda again and it took another 15 minutes to get it. The food was horrible as well. For anyone who truly appreciates good Portuguese food, this is definitely not the place for you. The fish was dry and the meats were undercooked. The entrees were served one hour and ten minutes after our arrival. The desserts also tasted as if they were done weeks ago and the espresso was burnt. Cost was exorbitant for the quality of food and service. Will never recommend this restaurant to anyone.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed January 28, 2022

I couldn’t believe they burnt the lobster to a crisp and when I complained the waiter had the audacity to tell me that he was surprised that I didn’t like the lobster that way because most of his customers enjoy their lobster burnt that way....To tell you that I was flabbergasted beyond the point of no return would be an understatement. My husband encourage me not to continue with the conversation and instead write this review. The stuffing for the lobster was with crab meat and the crab meat was either imitation or very old crap meat, because it certainly wasn’t crab! The meal was a disaster! I packed it to go and disposed of it in the garbage. They couldn’t care less and instead of saying let me get you another lobster I was told “oh I’m so sorry”. I was the one who was sorry! Sorry for taking my friend advice to visit this restaurant for great seafood 🦞!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed October 8, 2021 via mobile

Highlight of my dinning time, ROCIO AND MONICA, , their understand patrons and treat people with respec an fun way....Food was good exactly hoy order up thx ROCIO.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed July 27, 2021

I had my meal delivered. I had the spaghetti with shrimp in garlic sauce. It was dripping in oil and so overly spiced that it was unpleasant. I also had the stuffed avocado appetizer and it, too, was highly spiced - but not as bad...as the pasta.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 17, 2021 via mobile

Stopped here based on TripAdvisor and was not disappointing! Food was delicious, portions were huge and servers were attentive! The flounder stuffed with crab was beyond delicious and even the mashed potatoes were worth a trip back!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 29, 2021 via mobile

I ordered the prawns which were HUGE! Came with the best sauce, rice, homemade potato chips and a huge bowl of delicious salad. Such a great value. My waiter was great at the start of the meal, but I had to have someone else get...my check. My meal was amazing, and looking around at everyone else’s, seemed to be the same. I was torn between so many options, and narrowed it down to the prawns and lamb chops. Someone sitting near me ordered the lamb chops and said they were just ok.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 22, 2021 via mobile

Steak on a stone! Best ever. We all got the steak and shrimp and it was delicious. So were the clam appetizers. The tables were more spread out and it wasn’t crowded like it usually is. It’s a family favorite!

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 3, 2021 via mobile

Words aren't enough yo describe how delicious this food was. The flavor was immense and plentiful. So glad we took the time to stop on our way to the airport.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed December 15, 2020

I loved this place when I lived in the area years ago. I hadn't been back in awhile, so while passing through yesterday, I dropped in. I have found that a lot of places I love have taken a nosedive in food/service quality during the...pandemic. This place has not. The food was extraordinary--the value and quality for the money cannot be beat. Everything was prepared perfectly--great flavor and the right temperature. The skirt steak was large enough to feed me for four meals, easily. The service was absolutely unmatched. The waitstaff really listens to you and wants to make your experience top-notch, even while facing the challenges of restrictions and additional sanitation. I was having a rough day, and this visit absolutely made my night. From start to finish, the experience could not have been better. Many restaurants are challenged during this time, but this one will undoubtedly survive because they know how to adapt and overcome and they never disappoint, even during the worst of times. I love you all.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed October 23, 2020

Food was ok Big portions that was good The bartender girl was nice The server sucks During the dinner only came once just to get our order the rest of the time he was just talking to his coo-workers. If I am going to spend...that kind of money I want a good serviceMore

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 22, 2020 via mobile

Our friends have been here before but our first trip. Wow, it was delicious. From the appetite the main dishes to the desserts all wonderful. Will definitely be back.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed February 28, 2020

Paella, seafood in a copper pot and lots of amazing appetizers to share. We had a great experience. Didn't try it but the flaming sausage appetizer looked amazing. Room gets a little smokey when diners cook meat on the hot stone.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Hibike
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Response from DeeCUnion | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I see the question was already answered. But to reiterate, the restaurant has a pretty stocked bar.
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I have no idea......but I'm sure you can order anything without the rice ......
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Valenca is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4