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“A lovely small family run restaurant - definitely recommended”

Restaurante El Encuentro
Ranked #39 of 3,580 Restaurants in Valencia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $45
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Make yourself at home, sit back and we will tell you the details of our kitchen, our love for the gastronomy , and the small details that make up our day.Already more than 19 years behind us. We have always maintained our core values ​​by cuisine prepared at home, craftmade, natural, and with fresh and authentic products creating each dish a unique taste , a special taste of Restaurante El Encuentro. Wellcome to Restaurante El Encuentro Valencia
London
Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“A lovely small family run restaurant - definitely recommended”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

After a bad experience somewhere else at dinner the previous night, we managed to find this restaurant near our hotel having done some research via Tripadvisor.
How pleased were we that we found it!
A very nice waiter looked after us, trying his best to speak English. As it was a Monday, there was no fresh fish, but we had cod with tasty tomato sauce covering, accompanied by the house salad.
Encouraged by the good experience, we booked again for the following night, and weren't disappointed. We had three courses, all of which were very tasty and good value.
There seems to be no wine list - you just go to wine rack and select the bottle that you want (duly priced) - works OK for me!
It is correct that the food is perhaps rather simple & rustic, but it is tasty, well cooked, and nicely presented in a nice small restaurant with a good ambience. On top of that, the service was very efficient and friendly.
Definitely recommended

  • Visited March 2014
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El Encuentro V, Propietario at Restaurante El Encuentro, responded to this review, April 1, 2014
Thanks Papa Polo for your review and your visit , is was a honour you came at home and you liked it .
Please if you come back visit us.

Thanks

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121 reviews
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“Fantastic food, great service”
Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful food. Innovative cuisine, a welcome change from the standard. The only issue was the lack of accompaniments/ sauces/ garnish. Chicken with pickle was a delicious plate of cold chicken with a sour sauce, but the serving was a huge plate of just that. Similarly lamb was a few thin slices, with not much else. Deserts were great. Great wine selection. Super friendly service. Would recommend a visit.

Visited February 2014
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El Encuentro V, Propietario at Restaurante El Encuentro, responded to this review, April 1, 2014
Trav3lgur thank you for your opinon and visit.
I was a pleasure for us had you at home , I we hope you had a nice time in Valencia.

Our best regards.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“fabulous”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

We had the last two seats at the bar, but were treated as special guests. Very friendly asmosphere, lovely food and great wines.

Visited February 2014
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Geneva, Switzerland
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“ok but not that special”
Reviewed February 5, 2014

I was expecting a lot more from this place looking at the reviews. This is a very tradicional place and the presentation of some of the dishes is a bit boring for me. We only tried the fish, thought mine was ok but a bit cold, so did not think it was the best meal I have ever had. The tapas we had were good though. Go here if you like tradicional food but don't expect to taste anything really special!

  • Visited December 2013
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El Encuentro V, Propietario at Restaurante El Encuentro, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Fayben thanks for your opinion , is true that we are not very special , are just a restaurant with traditional spanish food as the way that cook our mothers and grandmothers , we try to do it every day with the best products , time and our best feelings for you. Also we try that you feel special , in your case we dont got it.
Thanks for your visit and we hope see you again.

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“The extra mile”
Reviewed February 4, 2014

My wife and I visited El Encuentro for lunch recently after reading the Trip Advisor reviews. We actually sought it out the night before but thought it was closed - not realising that it didn't open until 9pm
However we we were glad we returned the following day. The place was buzzing around 2.30 but the owner found us a table at the back of the restaurant and introduced us to an English speaking waiter who took our orders.
We plumped for a couple of main courses and a glass of wine and a beer.
I ordered from the specials - octopus and potatoes while my wife had the suckling lamb chops from the menu.
While we waited for the food we were given a couple of amuse bouche on the house - delightful little snacks
The food arrived and was very well cooked presented and tasty.
Having turned down desert, the waiter duly arrived with an orange flavoured pudding 'on the house' accompanied by two small chilled glasses of moscatel, again on the house.
We waited with baited breath for the bill not knowing the cost of anything we ordered other than the lamb chops and nearly fell off our seats when it arrived - less than €35!
To top it off the owner appeared when we left and gave us a little box of saffron as a memento.
Charming, good food and great service. El Encuento is a must when visiting Valencia. Go there!

  • Visited January 2014
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