This is my new favorite restaurant. There is no need to go to Newark when there is this local treasure to be found in Elizabeth.
We had the following:
The Sangria was excellent- they bring two fresh types of bread to the table.
The salad is a very freshing garden mix with fresh veggies and a lovely oil and vinegar dressing.
For Aps we had the Clams Casino, The Crabmeat Stuffed Mushrooms, and the Sausage that is cooked and sliced at the table. All three were terrific, and the portions were more then enough for my hungry party of 4.
For Dinner we had the Garlic Chicken (amazing), the Whole Fish (very fresh and the mash potatos were to die for, the Steak on a Stone (this is a really fun dish and the portion is HUGE) and the Chilean Sea Bass ( Melted in your mouth.)
steak on a stone,its good but understand its indoors if you have just 2 tabeles having that thay smoke you outitsuncomfertabal wen your eating and you hafto smell berning meat.....thay should have some considaration fore the other paying costemes! P.Spardon my spelling
This is definitely five star cuisine. The staff was GREAT, the food was GREAT, and the Sangria was AMAZING!. I highly recommend this place for those who wish to dine with friends/loved ones and enjoy the time spent.
I have been going to Valenca for the past 12 years. I lived in Princeton for many years and would make it my business to find a reason to go to Valenca . I have celebrated many occasions here. I now live in Elizabeth, only a block away. Great for me. I go to Valenca for lunch and dinner every chance I get. When I want to eat privately or get home late, I call and place my order. In less than half hour, my lunch or dinner is ready for pick up. I have never had a bad experience either with the wait staff or my meals. As a matter of fact, since moving here 2 years ago, we are on a first name basis. I even have my own table! I love this place. Since moving here, when my friends come to visit, I do not cook for them anymore. I tell them I am taking them to the best dinner experience they will ever have and will never forget. For those that complain and want to go to Newark to eat. Go right ahead. There is no place like Valenca. Awesome place, awesome food!!
The stake on the stone is outrageous. If you love stake it’s the best place you would want to go. It is fantastic they bring it out raw on a hot stone and you cook it to your liking. The first time I went there I ordered it for myself not knowing that we could share it. So me and my b/f both had to take a raw filet mignon home because we did not realize it was so much food. We cooked it up the next day as another meal. It was still fantastic but the stake on the stone is an experience you have to try. The sangria was also excellent. I decently recommend this to everyone!!
This restaurant should have two ratings, one for the food which is exquisite and one for the service that SUCKS!
Pedro the manager forgot one of our order and the order of one of my kids (6 years old) which had to wait last to get his food.
Also this guy not only is not apologetic but he fights with you telling you that you are wrong.
Maybe we are accustomed to high end restaurant where if the client complain a bit for sure they apologize with you and offer another bottle of wine or dessert.
This “so called manager” is rude, unprofessional (instead of serving our table he was doing business with another couple for a baptism party) and he even raised his voice at us.
It’s unfortunate that such a great food shall be managed by such a bad person…..i really believe that this restaurant will close soon because him.