We are often asked for tips for tasty restaurants, tapas bars and other dining options in Valencia. In the years that we live and work here, we have of course already tried many nice restaurants. In that respect, Valencia is really a wonderful culinary city to stay, because you really have a lot of choice for every price and type of cuisine. How often we have not been surprised when we happened to settle down somewhere for a “menu del dia” of around 10 euros how delicious and honest the food was ……
Our favorite restaurants in Ruzafa
In the city of Valencia you have over 3,500 restaurants. So you understand it is a difficult choice to select our favorites. So now we have limited ourselves to our favorite restaurants in Ruzafa, the hip and trendy district in Valencia where our office (Calle de Sueca 25) is located. The top 10 is in random order and we fully understand that we easily could have made a Top 25. So we understand that in this list we had to leave out many very good restaurants and dining experiences.
Top 10 restaurants in Ruzafa:
1. Canalla Bistro
This is a spin off from the star chef Ricard Camarena and is worthy of a star.
What a delicious cuisine in an atmospheric environment with good acoustics. In fact, we always choose the “Menú Degustación”, a walk through the menu with lots of different dishes to share for less than 30 euros. Really great place!
2. Dando Leña
You would almost walk past here, on the outside a gloomy, not fancy facade ….. but when you step in you will be completely happy! With lots of greenery and atmosphere, they prepare and serve the most delicious affordable dishes with a super friendly service. Whether you opt for the 3-course daily menu (10 euros) or one of the fixed menus of 15, 18 or 22 euros, it is all delicious. Again: great to share!
3. Dulce de Leche Boutique
This will no longer be unknown to many people. This excellent breakfast-brunch-lunch location has already been discovered by many, that we doubted whether we would mention it. But yes, it remains a favorite with the delicious (birthday) cakes, pastries, savory sandwiches and healthy smoothies, where the water runs into your mouth. Due to success , a number of new locations have already been opened in Valencia city, but inside and outside on the terrace it is wonderful to relax in Ruzafa. Nice alternatives in the area are Cafecito, Blue Bell Café and La Mas Bonita.
4. El Rodamón de Russafa
The great thing about eating in Spain is that almost all restaurants are prepared to share food. This gives you the opportunity to taste many different dishes and if you see so many delicious things on the El Rodamón menu, you can at least try a lot of them :-). The concept is that they literally and figuratively have a world map with delicious fusion tapas, such as curry langoustines or curry calamari or Thai mussels. Mmm.
5. Bouet Restaurante
On the other side of the Gran Via (not in the direct loop perhaps of many tourists) you will find this stylish fusion restaurant. What an atmosphere, what a service and what a food!
Delicious fusion with a lunch 3-course menu for 19.50 euros or choose from the menu. Difficult choices, but all very tasty food such as dim sums, curries and sashimis. Not the cheapest, but worth it!
6. Restaurant Copenhagen
Ruzafa is also a paradise for vegetarians and gourmets who can go for a day without meat; restaurant Copenhagen is a modern restaurant and has an original menu with vegetarian dishes from all over the world. In addition, they also have a changing 3-course menu for 11.90 euros each day (you can already see it here). Copenhagen also has 2 “brothers”: Malmö (also in Ruzafa) and Oslo (in the historic center of Valencia).
7. El Almacén
Again such a nice restaurant in an informal setting in our street. Delicious tapas with a twist. Choose some dishes to share or just the Menú Degustación for 24 euros where you eat 8 delicious and original dishes. Pure and prepared with love. They also have an extensive wine list with beautiful wines.
8. Sorsi e Morsi
Do you want something different than Spanish food? Then Sorsi e Morsi is definitely a nice alternative. This hip Italian has delicious pastas and pizzas, just a little different from the standard. In addition, delicious piadinis and tasty wines. Well affordable menus here too, so definitely worth a visit for a change!
9. La Tasqueta del Mercat
This is “the little sister” of Dando Leña. If you want more daylight in a nice area near the Mercado of Ruzafa, then La Tasqueta is a nice place. Especially perfect for lunch. They have slightly different daily menus (10 euros), or fixed menus of 15, 18 or 22 euro with delicious dishes to share. Don’t forget to try the tuna salad with peanut sauce or “ensalad rusa”! And super friendly staff. Good price / quality!
10. Mood Food
Mood Food is also such a wonderful restaurant where you can safely go and simply take the 6 or 8 course tapas menu. Delicious dishes in the middle to share with each other. Also a culinary lunch menu for 15 euros.
Again, this is just a selection of the lovely restaurants in the lively Ruzafa district of Valencia.
If you have any tips or other good restaurants in Ruzafa we should try, let us know! 🙂 Or contact us for our latest discoveries in Ruzafa!