Valencia Luncheria

South American Restaurant, Arepa Restaurant, and Brazilian Restaurant$$$$
  • Brian M.
    "I LOVE the curry cauliflower empanada and mango and brie arepa!"(29 Tips)
    Lisa IBB S.
    "... dip everything in the Guasacaca"(3 Tips)
    Karl W.
    "Also, try the empanadas cubano and the arepas as well!"(6 Tips)
    Michael S.
    "The Chef Arepa is awesome."(2 Tips)
144 Tips and reviews
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  • empanadas
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  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GrantOctober 20, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    empanadas are good
  • Tamara D.
    Tamara DOctober 6, 2017
    I liked all of it great fun atmosphere
  • Cheapeats I.
    Cheapeats IncSeptember 15, 2017
    This has been on my must try's since seeing it on Diners Drive Ins & Dives. It did not disappoint. Hisbiscus Iced Tea with sugar cane & arepa with shredded beef. Yummmm!
  • Wiktoria P.
    Wiktoria PiktelSeptember 8, 2017
    Great chef arepa!
  • Alex R.
    Alex RobertsonJune 18, 2017
    Love the outdoor seating
  • Ricky B.
    Ricky BlanchardMay 6, 2017
    The arepas are truly special.
  • Tyler E.
    Tyler ErdmanApril 23, 2017
  • Rob P.
    Rob PrattApril 21, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Mixed meat platter is insane - bring your appetite!
  • Rob P.
    Rob PrattApril 21, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Chipotle chicken burrito - solid. Not the best nor the biggest, but solid.
  • Natalie
    NatalieJanuary 16, 2017
    Delicious arenas. Get a few, split them in half and share!
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BuckleyJanuary 13, 2017
    Such a gem, try the nutella & peanut butter empenada
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrdovezaDecember 16, 2016
    There is a wide a selection of empanadas and arepas, there are a lot of savory and sweet options. The tostones, fried plantains, are better than the fried yuca. There is outdoor seating.
  • Jaime R.
    Jaime RodasAugust 26, 2016
    Try the Pernil, it's awesome
  • Stephen S.
    Stephen SmithAugust 8, 2016
    Like a beach café. Enjoy an outdoor table if it is not too hot.
  • Bennett H.
    Bennett HilesJuly 31, 2016
    The passion fruit juice was amazing!
  • Brad D.
    Brad DavisJuly 15, 2016
    They were out of a bunch of things when I was there. Make sure to ask before getting your hopes up for something on the menu.
  • Robert F.
    Robert FanningMay 4, 2016
    Really authentic ceviche, arepas, pernil
  • Darcie M.
    Darcie MuroApril 10, 2016
    All the food is great. I love the condiments. I don't know what the green sauce is but it's great on almost everything.
  • Elysia M.
    Elysia MannApril 2, 2016
    Plantains and green sauce
  • John D.
    John DuarteMarch 18, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great Cocktails. Love that they focus on new flavors and new age mixology.
  • Lucia A.
    Lucia Alfaro-HallFebruary 25, 2016
    Come ahead of time
  • Glen B.
    Glen BischoffFebruary 5, 2016
    Arepas and enchilada specials. Really great place.
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen PerleJanuary 31, 2016
    Get the arepas grilled not fried likewise for the empanadas. But any stuffing is great
  • Nadia S.
    Nadia SwanJanuary 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything. Love arepas, best desserts ever.
  • Dave M.
    Dave McCarthyNovember 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
  • Bridget E.
    Bridget ElliottOctober 17, 2015
    Great selection. Great food. Great atmosphere.
  • Alex H.
    Alex HennesseyOctober 11, 2015
    Can't go wrong with any of the arepas, smothered in green sauce. The pernil is phenomenal. Brunch options are delicious, albeit a little insane
  • Karl W.
    Karl With A "K"September 27, 2015
    Love the food and service here, though know that it gets crowded here on the weekends. Also, try the empanadas cubano and the arepas as well!
  • Simone G.
    Simone GignouxSeptember 26, 2015
  • Michael G.
    Michael GramSeptember 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for a side of green sauce with your to-go box!
  • Roy L.
    Roy LenahanSeptember 8, 2015
    This place is awesome- great empanadas, arepas, burritos, perfect for Sunday brunch.
  • Rhianna J.
    Rhianna JamesonSeptember 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The Aphrodite arepa is AMAZING. Great vegetarian option, I love getting it as an arepa combo. Both sauces are awesome too!!
  • Quentin B.
    Quentin BurgessSeptember 5, 2015
    We love the laid back beach vibe.
  • Adam B.
    Adam BeckerAugust 8, 2015
    "Real deal" arepa (chorizo & mozzarella) & "cubano" empanada were delicious.
  • Adam B.
    Adam BeckerAugust 8, 2015
    "Real deal" arepa (chorizo & mozzarella), "cubano" empanada were delicious!
  • Kingsley Y.
    Kingsley YoungerAugust 1, 2015
    The sauce Guasacaca looks like an amazing sauce to be used on the arepas. Made of blend of vegetables, cilantro, lime and olive oil.
  • Kingsley Y.
    Kingsley YoungerAugust 1, 2015
    Featured on Unique Eats. The Arepas (best seller is Carne Machada) are corn crepes stuffed clam shell-like with chicken, beef or pork and look rather good. They are like Venezuelan version of tamale.
  • Carol-Ann L.
    Carol-Ann LundyJuly 24, 2015
    Someone below said this is cash only. That is NOT true.
  • Carol-Ann L.
    Carol-Ann LundyJuly 24, 2015
    OMG Yums on Yums on Yums. Get the Carlo Arepa. And the Cubano Empanada. Make that a combo with the rice and beans and platanos. Pair that with the expatriate drink. Life is now complete.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GramJuly 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Works to get some sides with an arepa and empanada of your choice. Pick anything that sounds good, you can't go wrong! I like the Cheeseburger empanada and the Reina (chicken salad) arepa.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GramJuly 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Noon-1pm and 6-7pm are extremely busy, and reservations are only accepted for parties of 6 or more. I strongly recommend an early or late meal.
  • Doris H.
    Doris HuMay 14, 2015
    The empanadas are better than the arepas! Pass on the guacamole with crab meat. Fun location, great vibes.
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica Prescott JohnsonFebruary 27, 2015
    Friendly staff, many great choices and good variety.
  • Nicole P.
    Nicole PJanuary 13, 2015
    Arepas and empanadas are really good from here. So many choices. The one I didn't like was the pork with ginger and soy, it was a little harsh, nothing to make it more palatable.
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GargisoDecember 29, 2014
    The arenas and the empanadas are cheap and delicious. Get a fruit juice with your meal
  • mark f.
    mark famousNovember 15, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Just had amazing dinner from specials - Brussel sprout leaves with chorizo, beets, toasted almonds. Lentil and chorizo soup. Crab and lobster cake with roasted corn obviously from the cob. Delicious.
  • John D.
    John DuarteOctober 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    #1. You must eat here. #2. Eric was an amazing bartender who made the experience just as great as the arepas and the empanadas. Just to warn you, you will want to come back!
  • Bri F.
    Bri FlanSeptember 28, 2014
    Great authentic food. Arepa and empanadas pictured. Our waiter was only okay, but the food made up for it. A lot of cocktails to choice from and a huge beer list. Burritos are huge.
  • Alex
    AlexSeptember 27, 2014
    Pay 10 dollars for a margarita, but the amount of ice is at 2 thirds versus the drink. Also empanadas are the best they offer
  • Amy W.
    Amy WellsSeptember 19, 2014
    Arepas, empanadas, Bloody Mary bar
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Valencia's Luncheria as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives , Unique Eats Read more
  • Iuliia S
    Iuliia SAugust 24, 2014
    Cuban sandwich to die for! And chilled avocado soup is great for summer
  • Jared
    JaredAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is delicious. First timers should get "the works" which allows you to choose multiple things. Drown everything in the green sauce too
  • Charles G.
    Charles GuerreroAugust 7, 2014
    Arepas are so good!
  • Fresh Prince O.
    Great place for lunch and dinner. Everything fresh. Their smoothies are the best in town.
  • mark f.
    mark famousJuly 25, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Always good. Everything is delicious.
  • Nat-Tash L.
    Nat-Tash LJuly 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Sundays feature a build your own Bloody Mary bar. Brunch come hungry and order the Hey Little Piggy. Salad de Casa and Margarita Salad. Classic pernil platter. Steak quesadilla. Expatriate to drink.
  • Nat-Tash L.
    Nat-Tash LJuly 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The food is good 90% of the time but the service is an absolute disorganized mess 100% (a clear cut management issue)
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KolendaJuly 12, 2014
    Killer chocolate plantains
  • Adam B.
    Adam BaxterJune 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything here is good. Seriously.
  • Tatiana D.
    Tatiana DoroshenkoMay 31, 2014
    Delicious black beans soup. Wasn't fond of sangria.
  • Nancy P.
    Try the banana chocolate chip bread pudding or the flan for dessert. Both were delicious.
  • Nancy P.
    Come here with a good appetite. Food is great. Place is crowded a lot so you may want to plan out coming here
  • Felipe G.
    Felipe GomezMay 9, 2014
    Coffee is so burnt. Arepas should make up for it though.
  • Corinne
    CorinneFebruary 23, 2014
    Hibiscus Margarita - not on the menu, but soothing A.M. Cocktail!
  • Gigi R.
    Gigi RiveraFebruary 4, 2014
    Not a big place. Standing room only sometimes. Best dining experience when weather permits outside seating.
  • Annie M.
    Annie MarkhamFebruary 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    A fiesta in my mouth like whoa! Arepas make my taste buds pop bottles ♥
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KnightJanuary 31, 2014
    Everything was awesome especially the Oaxaca Cheese Steak that I ordered with the yucca fries!
  • H Q.
    H QDecember 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Coconut Rum Tres Leches
  • H Q.
    H QDecember 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Batido de Mango
  • Michael S.
    Michael SadickNovember 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Chef Arepa is awesome. The Lu is also pretty good.
  • H Q.
    H QNovember 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Hot Chocolate
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HerzOctober 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Nutella and peanut butter empanadas are delicious
  • Brian M.
    Brian MccormackSeptember 15, 2013
    I LOVE the curry cauliflower empanada and mango and brie arepa!
  • Shivani
    ShivaniAugust 30, 2013
    Quality has gone down noticeably since they moved down the street. And even worse, they changed their chimichuuri recipe!
  • Rob P.
    Rob PrattAugust 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The pork dishes here are amazing - slow cooked for hours - melts like butter! Get anything with Pernil in the name - whether as an arepa or an entree. Pictured is the delicious Pork & Clams.
  • Anyuli G.
    Anyuli GuevaraAugust 30, 2013
    Margarita and Cheeseburger empanada are really great!
  • Scott H.
    Scott HumphreyAugust 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get anything the food is great
  • Alex H.
    Alex HennesseyAugust 10, 2013
    Pernil arepa, green sauce
  • Alex H.
    Alex HennesseyAugust 10, 2013
    The arepas are delicious but don't overlook the Chi Cha-- basically a rice pudding milkshake; AMAZING.
  • Tyler R.
    Tyler ReardonAugust 7, 2013
    The Domino and Real Deal Arepas are amazing and great prices as well. the sauces are also a neccesity to be put on everything
  • Isaac R.
    Isaac RosenbergAugust 4, 2013
  • Tori S.
    Tori SouthJuly 31, 2013
    Great food every time! The empanadas and arepas.... Amazing! 😍
  • Jerrod
    JerrodJuly 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit outside on the picnic tables in the sand during a nice day.
  • Cheri K.
    Cheri KleimanJuly 26, 2013
    The arepas are sooooo good!!!
  • Jamie Z.
    Jamie ZombieJuly 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The pernil, you'll never regret it. Also, empanadas will never do you wrong!
  • Lauren E.
    Lauren EamesMay 31, 2013
    The Beef Empanadas are awesome!
  • Phoenix E.
    Phoenix EMay 26, 2013
    Gone downhill . Over priced and headed more and more towards tex-'mex
  • Kat C.
    Kat CampagnaMay 13, 2013
    Special guacamole and crab, 2 die 4 !!! Robert, excellent service !!!!
  • Jim M.
    Jim MironApril 14, 2013
    Josh is a great bartender. Try the Pernil Arepa!
  • Luis G.
    Luis GonzalezApril 4, 2013
    Some Venezuelan food... Why not!!
  • Matty B.
    Matty BMarch 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food, great atmosphere. Steve is the BEST bar tender.
  • Pablo A.
    Pablo AymerichMarch 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Carlo
  • Michaela V.
    Michaela ViscontiFebruary 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the Josie Rose! Best drink I've ever had!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MojicaFebruary 2, 2013
    Venezulan hot chocolate is amazing!
  • Zach B.
    Zach BarkusJanuary 25, 2013
    Ceviche arepa is amazing.
  • Doug H.
    Doug HelferichJanuary 6, 2013
    Green sauce is awesome, get two areas and maybe a side and you'll be full
  • Marissa P.
    Marissa PierceNovember 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Always check the specials written on the back wall! I have yet to be disappointed by any of them.
  • mark f.
    mark famousOctober 19, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Was cash only. But now they take cards.
  • Lenny G.
    Lenny GalloSeptember 23, 2012
    Arepas are what's worth ordering on this extensive menu, but if you're here for Sunday brunch, you must try the eggs benedito's.
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle C.September 18, 2012
    MSN Food names The Domingo Arepa (spinach, bacon, onion and queso) as one of the top 10 foodie reasons to visit the east coast
  • Chris D.
    Chris DavisSeptember 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The eggs benidito is amazing. Finally, a restaurant that knows how to consistently poach a good egg!!
  • Susie B.
    Susie BarkerAugust 31, 2012
    Put the green sauce on everything!
  • Willys
    WillysAugust 30, 2012
    One of the best lunch places in the area, and with a much more spacious new location.
  • Kathe M.
    Kathe MarinJuly 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Drinks are overly priced
  • John
    JohnJuly 25, 2012
    the buffalo-style atlantic salmon tacos with citrus slaw was amazing! first time there, and definitely coming back. i also had chorizo empanada. also good.
  • Ashley P.
    Ashley PetersonJuly 21, 2012
    The AmEx deal is fake. They don't honor it as they shouldn't. Oh well. But the food still is amaaazing!
  • Matt S.
    Matt StymacksJuly 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Fantastic breakfast sandwiches, wraps, arepas, and drinks. Outdoor sandbox seating if you aren't getting it to go
  • Kira P.
    Kira PantschenkoJune 16, 2012
    The empanada cubano is awesome.
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LambertJune 10, 2012
    Baliadas are the best!!!
  • Mark M.
    Mark McKayMay 22, 2012
    They close at 3.
  • Jayant P.
    Jayant PichamuthuMay 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Lot more room and now with a liquor license!
  • Miriam M.
    Miriam MoscoviciMay 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    New location a few doors down with plenty of tables and parking in the back! So happy to see their success!
  • Drew P.
    Drew PennettiMay 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Pernil = delicious slow cooked pork
  • Derek H.
    Derek HeidemannMarch 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best food in town. Hands down.
  • Wil S.
    Wil SFebruary 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Cash only. Best arepas and empanadas. Get the Works for a taste festival of South America. Best to go off times due to its popularity and limited seating. Take out may be the best option.
  • David N.
    David NemethNovember 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the cuban!!! just remind them no mayo. There is no mayo on a cuban! look for the drunken mushroom soup too
  • Ann F.
    Ann FisherOctober 25, 2011
    Today's scallop and risotto dish is awesome!!
  • Franco C.
    Franco CabralOctober 16, 2011
    Healthy frittata was amazing. Healthy but very tasty especially with the green sauce.
  • Robert C.
    Robert ChapmanOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Batidos w/ guanabana & manga. Put there green sauce on everything.
  • Maura
    MauraSeptember 29, 2011
    Overrated and definitely not worth the long wait.
  • Miriam M.
    Miriam MoscoviciSeptember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The best brunch in Norwalk! Eggs Benneditos!
  • Brian B.
    Brian B.September 11, 2011
    Food was excellent! The service? Not so much. Took over 25 minutes to get a drink and order after waiting for a table. Staff may want to stop text messaging and wait on customers. Just order To Go.
  • macieksikora
    macieksikoraAugust 28, 2011
    If you don't know what to choose, try pork chops wrapped in bacon.
  • Skip P.
    Skip PlossAugust 17, 2011
    Venezuelan beach food that is not to be missed. Bring cash. Great stuff as seen on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (it is actually non of those but that's ok).
  • CTbites
    CTbitesFebruary 26, 2011
    Get here early, and order arepas, ceviche and the steak al parilla. If you're like me, you can also season liberally with the house chipotle sauce they put on every table.
  • Lisa IBB S.
    Lisa IBB SommaDecember 22, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The special Coconut Shrimp & Guacamole arepa = heaven
  • Lisa IBB S.
    Lisa IBB SommaNovember 11, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    *Mango & Brie Arepa*La ensalada de Casa*Yuca Fries....blunch of champions...don't forget to dip everything in the Guasacaca
  • David G.
    David GannaloOctober 21, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Turkey club wrappp with avocado and a Lu arepa on the side
  • Jeffrey M.
    Jeffrey MarronAugust 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The baby back ribs are amazing!
  • Terri Z.
    Terri ZJuly 24, 2010
    BYOB welcome! Stop by the package store down the street before dinner
  • Josh F.
    Josh FranciaJuly 15, 2010
    The Breakfast Burritos are delectable.
  • Robert K.
    Robert KernenJune 30, 2010
    Fantastic empanadas and arepas. Lunch is great, dinner even better. Don't let the size fool you. Read more
  • Abel L.
    Abel LenzMay 22, 2010
    Awesome. Perfect lunch spot once you escape from the city. Chilaquiles and shrimp tacos at brunch were fantastic.
  • Al S.
    Al SilversteinMay 19, 2010
    Closed on Tuesdays for dinner? WTF?
  • Robyn G.
    Robyn GreenspanMay 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Eat anything and come back frequently to eventually try everything!
  • Morgan J.
    Morgan JohnstonMay 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I've yet to find something the Guasacaca sauce wasn't good on.
  • Jorge G.
    Jorge GuamanApril 28, 2010
    I tried the chocolate baby back ribs on the special menu. Ummmm very interesting combination of flavors. Liked it very much u have to try it
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WojcikMarch 19, 2010
  • Dana O.
    Dana O.March 19, 2010
    Arepas, empanadas, burritos so big it looks like there are babies inside.
  • Jeffrey S.
    Nutella and Creamcheese Empanada
  • Philip W.
    Philip WessonFebruary 28, 2010
    Try the chocolate plantain empaneda!
  • Tim R.
    Tim RobbFebruary 14, 2010
    Very busy. Try going a little before or after standard meal times.
  • Kelvin M.
    Kelvin MoetMarch 10, 2014
    😄. Love it
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