La Mamounia is a Moroccan restaurant in the center of Valence, on the Avenue Felix Faure, near the pedestrian center. It's a bit difficult to park but the main bus station "Pole Bus" is nearby. Inside is a large room with Moroccan décor, tiles and low armchairs, it's rather intimate and cozy. No smoking. The dishes are typically Moroccan, several types of couscous with spicy sausage, chicken or lamb, or you can just ask for vegetables. The tagines are good and quite large, 2 can share with a salad. I don't like many cakes but they looked good, it would be good to go for afternoon tea with cupcakes. They close at 11 pm and you can call for it to be delivered to your hotel or home.
Le Petit Ryad is a Moroccaan restaurant in the Place Saint Jean de Valence. Here, there is also a market and small church. Le Petit Ryad is a picturesque place to eat out on the terrace. Le Petit Ryad also has an interior room with Middle-Eastern décor. The dishes cost about 10 euros / person, excepts for the couscous which costs 13. It is "all you can eat", so you can always ask for more meat, vegetables, or couscous if you like. The portions are big and finishing the first portion is difficult. The rest of the menu is made up of a typical Moroccan tagines, like oua kefta beid, which is ground beef with an egg in the center. It's good and only costs 9.50euros.
Located in the small university square in the centre of Valence, the La Strada restaurant is found in one of the most picturesque places of the historic downtown. Open everyday until 11:00pm, this Italian restaurant welcomes you into a warm atmosphere, with red walls and wooden tables. La Strada's dishes include ris de veau, a very tender veal with mushroom sauce for 21 euros, roasted lobster with saffron, also 21 euros, and truffle taglatelles, for 14 euros. There's a plate of black duck for 18 euros, sole meuniere for 18 euros, and various ravioli dishes with three cheeses, mussels, prawns, for less than 12 euros.
Cafe Bancel is in the center of Valence, I like to eat here because you are treated very well and efficiently run by a friendly couple. The dish of the day is less than 10 euros and was a beautifully presented white fish with sauce. With dessert costs 16 euros and the menu it's more expensive, 25-30 euros/person, without drinks. I did not try the wines but they seem to have a good cellar and know well what wine should accompany your plate. The décor is modern, at noon people from offices arrive and at night the clientele is younger and they come for coffee.
Café du Louvre was formerly known as Café de Valence. It is located close to the Parc Jouvet in a nineteenth century building, which was nicely renovated. There is a large terrace to enjoy the good weather. If it is a clear day you can see the mountains of Ardeche from here. Prices are reasonable. Drinks cost from 2 to 3.50 euros upwards and alcoholic drinks cost between 4 and 7 euros. They serve dishes like croque monsieur and steak tartare. This is the place if you need fast service but the kitchen closes early at night. They have cared decoration, is a classic style reminiscent as coffee was probably 50 years ago, but it looks old.
Located in Place de la Pierre, the Subtil & Thé restaurant can be found in the beautiful pedestrian square in Valence's historic centre. It has a lovely terrace where you can have a coffee or snack on a late summer afternoon. It is more of a cafe with small appetizers than a full-meal restaurant. They make great salads that fill you up enough for lunch. They cost less than 12 euros. Then there is a large selection of coffees, teas, and various drinks. The setting is beautiful. I recommend it for lunch.
Le Rabelais is a restaurant in the historic center of Valence. It is in a square where they set up a market twice a week. The menu is extensive. There are pizzas that cost between 9 and 12 euros. You can try the Savoyard with local cheese, Reblochon and cream (which is very good,), the tatin with apple and walnuts, as well as some original recipe pizzas that use 4 cheeses, and the ever classic margarita pizza. Then there are the risottos, which cost around 11 euros. There's curried shrimp, seafood, snails and scallops. The fish tends to cost less than 15 euros. The small bouillabaisse, with come with several types of fish and steamed potatoes, and there's also meat, which costs between 12 and 19 euros. The specialties of the region include mushrooms, snails, Saint Marcellin cheese, and small ravioli served with herbs and cheese. The caillette is a small pork pate with herbs, and then there are criques, which are hash browns, bacon, herbs and garlic, which are also delicious.
The Bistrot des Clercs is found in the Place des Clercs, where the "Grande Rue", the old main street of Valence, begins. It is a historic place located in an antique building. The bar has retained a traditional décor with lots of wood and small white curtains that were common in bars in France 40 years ago. The dishes are a good price with generous servings. You can order the fish fillet with creamy seafood sauce and the shrimp risotto for only 11 euros. The salads are 9 euros; one has shrimp and arugula, another has chicken pate. If you want to try the regional cheese, there is a Saint Marcelin cheese strudel for 14 euros with a green salad. The foie gras costs 19, and the escargot 16. The Pot-au-feu is another delicious French specialty with different vegetables in a pork stew for only 19 euros.
The Divinus is a French restaurant on André Lacroix street, near Drapier's house. There is a small covered terrace which is heated in winter. The place offers an original menu consisting of local, seasonal ingredients and innovative recipes. There is a winter menu for 19 euros with three plates of duck confit with figs, four types of pumpkin (soup, ice cream, pastry, and appetizers), or scampi and zucchini sushi. Then there is second of lamb seasoned with leeks and nutmeg, Moroccan-style chicken tagine with saffron and almonds, and sea bream. Desserts include chocolate mousse, tiramisu, or red fruitcake. The food is great at the presentationi is top notch. The menu can be quite expensive, running around 40 euros per person for three courses.
Tasse & Glace is a teahouse on Calle del Teatro, behind Liberty Square in Valence. It's a cozy place with modern décor that serves soft drinks and natural ice cream. Other than that, they're always making up new recipes using seasonal produce. With plants, mineral water, citrus, they sell bottles that you can use to take things home with their original aromas. Fruit nectars, pastries like American cheesecake with red fruit. It's a good place to grab a snack at the end of the afternoon. I like making lemonade, and you have your choice of milk shake, which is also very good.
Le Comptoir du théatre is a restaurant located behind the theater in the historic center of Valence. It offers a basic menu with good regional products. If you want to try some authentic French cuisine, there is the tuna with vegetables, beef with foie gras, fish with tapenade,( a puree of olives eaten in Provence), and several goat and cow's-milk cheeses. The dishes do not exceed 15 euros each, except the steak which costs 17.50. There are platters with various things to nibble on, including roasted vegetables, salmon pate, cheese and meat for 10 euros. The desserts cost about 6 euros each, and there is a wonderful chocolate cake, a crumble, tiramisu, chestnut mousse and coffee with crème Catalan and almonds. Drinks like tea or coffee cost 03 euros. Altogether, the restaurant costs about 25euros/person minimum.
Ly is a small restaurant in an old house in the historic center of Valence. It offers original food with French dishes, as well as regional dishes that they add an Asian twist to. They have some chili there that tastes amazing. Their menu varies with the season, and the recipes do also. It's a great place for a romantic dinner for two because it's very quiet and cozy. It runs about 30 euros per person, but it'll be more if you order bottles of wine. You can book by phone 06 15 56 63 16. Reservations are recommendeded on Saturday and Friday night.
Le Marché is a small restaurant Des Clercs Square, a beautiful pedestrian square in the historic center of Valence. Its name derives from a market held in the square on Thursday and Saturday mornings. It offers a seasonal simple meal and the chefs cook with market produce. In general there is always a meat dish and a fish dish on the menu. Two people would spend less than 40 euros including a drink. The wine is simple, but some regional producers bottles are worth tasting. A small terrace is open in summer. It is a popular place for a snack at night. At noon there is a menu for those that wish to eat quickly for of 15 euros.
L'Annex is a French restaurant in the Place des Clercs Valence. It is in the historic center, in a pedestrian square and has a nice terrace, but in winter the sun goes pretty quickly and it can get cold. The food is made from market produce, and the restaurant offers a menu that changes daily. Three courses cost you 19 euros, two plates 16 and plate costs only 11.50 euros. Generous servings, well presented and a selection of healthy options if you wish. Golden fillet baked with cream of mushroom, cauliflower puree, mango cake, white chocolate mousse, salad with little stuffed lettuces ... Some of the dishes you can find here. The market days are Thursday and Saturday, the square is very lively.
La Cuisine is a restaurant in the Place des Clercs, which was once a famous library. The building was built more than two centuries ago and was where a young Napoleon Bonaparte came to read. Now, they have renovated the place and turned it into a restaurant. It is in a pedestrian-only square which holds a market on Thursdays and Saturdays. It's a very nice place with a small terrace. The prices are higher than in nearby restaurants but the kitchen is better and the food is of higher quality. If you want to try some French cuisine, this is the perfect place. There is a cote de boeuf, a large steak with gravy, which costs 27 euros, 16euros for pork, and foie gras burgers for 20. The decoration is modern.
It's a nice, small little cafe in the center of Valence with a big open terrace above University Square. Cyclades Cafe tends to close for one month in the winter, but then later it's open ever day and little by little it closes later and later. In the summer it fills up quickly after 5 o' clock in the evening so that people can get their snacks and olives. You can enjoy the tranquility of this pedestrian place and later go out to eat in one of the surrounding restaurants. Reasonable prices and friendly service.
Le Milou is a restaurant in the historic part of Valence, which is in the pretty Pierre Square. There are a half dozen restaurants in this square, but they all fill up fast on weekends, so if you can make a reservation, that would be good. It's a cozy little place that serves good regional food. The terrace is very nice in the summer because it has some big shady trees. You can eat there without drinks for less than 15 euros per person. They also have a small list of cheap wines, too. If you eat the dish of the day with a coffee or tea and leave around 10 euros at noon, at night, depending on what you order, but there is no menu, you can go up to 25 euros per person. The restaurant is closed on Mondays and Sundays.
Flunch is a French chain with a branch on Felix Faure de Valence Avenue. It's a fast food joint, but instead of a hamburger or hot dog, here you can enjoy healthier options, including a varied salad buffet, and a buffet of vegetables. In general, they have a dish of the day - fish or meat - and you can take as many vegetables as you like for just 3.95 euros. You can eat well here for less than 10 euros, and it's all very quick - only if you order a steak will it be made to order, everything else is ready. It isn't a highlight of French cuisine, but decent for the low prices, and they have a nice terrace.