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El Mercat
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Moro Zeit, 13, Valencia, Spain
+34 963 91 04 97
12:30 - 00:00
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Witham, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to sit outside in the street and eat simple foods washed down with a local cervaza or two. Watch the locals arrive on tractors park up by the boules pitches and argue who bowled closest to the jack, out door heaven

Thank Unforgiven67
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent... best tapas bar in valencia.... great seafood... very easy going ... authentic... definitely worgh a visit..

Thank benji o
Olympia, Washington
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Also known as La Pilareta, this place is tiny. There are tables outside (much like every other restaurant in town), so you might be in luck there. But, you can always stand at the bar and chuck your mussel shells into the boxes at your feet. They're known for clochinas, or Valencian mussels. Salty broth, pretty good. Nothing too special,... More 

1 Thank Drizzy88
Toronto, Canada
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

Went here on the strength of Lonely Planet writeup, it did not disappoint. we were out of the season for the little mussels but had regular ones that were great, and a fantastic grilled swordfish dish. If we're in Valencia again this will be at the top of our list.

Thank mbroadhurst
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2015

Great authentic, old-fashioned bar with a friendly buzz, interesting tiles, a wooden bottle-filled gallery above and lots of antique knick-knacks about. The waiting staff are a cheery and amusing team and although it was packed inside and out, we took a ticket and were made welcome up at the bar - and soon had a table. We had calamari, whitebait,... More 

1 Thank Tom F
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2015

The menu is simple, but the quality is excellent. Google translate told me that they are specialist in little mussel which is right. The potato is just mind blowing. I cannot believe the simplest dish is the best. The cuttlefish also hit all the spots. In my ten days visit in Valencia. It is either number one or second top... More 

1 Thank familyNG
Derby, United Kingdom
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283 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2015

Hard to find as the sign on the door says La Pilareta. When we found it it became a firm favourite. As it was busy we asked for a table , given a ticket and took our turn. Had Clóchinas al vapor ( Spicy Mussels), Pescaditos on the first night. We returned two days later and had Sepia a la... More 

1 Thank bennynobrain
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015

I've been here in 2013 and early 2015. Both times I enjoyed the atmosphere in this little restaurant. As a tourist I liked the fact that it seemed genuine and I could explore their menu with valencian specialties. The highlight were the mussels.

Thank Klot K
Calpe, Espagne
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185 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2014 via mobile

Having been there before and wanting to introduce this authentic tapas bar, we were very disappointed by the famous mussel tapas dish. The mussels were not freshly cooked, tasted reheated causing the mussels to be pasty. 8:30 pm perhaps too early or too late. Dommage....

Thank Michaeldoc
Burlington, Vermont
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2014

Came here to try the mussels after hearing they were the best. They were big and plump. However, they came out about 1 minute after we ordered them. There is no way that those mussels were made to order and I had a suspicion that they were not the freshest. There was absolutely nothing special about the dish. This was... More 

1 Thank Charles H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mediterranean, Spanish, Bar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:30 - 00:00
12:30 - 00:00
12:30 - 00:00
12:30 - 00:00
12:30 - 00:00
12:30 - 00:00
12:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Moro Zeit, 13, Valencia, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Valencian Country  >  Province of Valencia  >  Valencia>  > El Mercat
  • Neighbourhood: El Mercat
  • Phone Number: +34 963 91 04 97

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?