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El Bocado

36-37 South Street, Exeter EX1 1ED, England
+44 1392 678445
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“paella” (57 reviews)
“tapas” (264 reviews)
“sardines” (22 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Spanish, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
36-37 South Street, Exeter EX1 1ED, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great location for an office Christmas party with delicious tapas, generous portions, polite staff, and a great atmosphere. Only problem is the antiquated card limit (in this day and age, £10 is too high for a group using the bar).

Thank Felix S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tapas restaurant is slightly south of the main high street/shopping area and we could only conclude that this was the reason it was very quiet when we dined here. It certainly couldn’t have been the food which was top notch. The décor is modern...More

Thank 309Chris
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The venue is great away from the busy Exeter restaurant scene and is very peaceful. The service was brilliant very friendly and attentive with lots of information about the food and wine. A perfect Tapas with each item carefully prepared and very tasty..... this is...More

Thank malcolm709
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyable meal of 6 tapas dishes, mussels were a bit 'shrivelled' but squid, patatas bravas, chicken and other dishes were very good. Enjoyed a jug of Estrella Damm rather than wine. Service was 'erratic' or slow, the waiter/owner? spent a lot of time at one...More

Thank guido342
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Popped in for a beer and Tapas. Beautiful chorizo cooked in white wine and slow roasred Padrón peppers, a delight. Thanks for a lovely experience!

Thank Travel U
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the restaurant for the first time in the evening and the owner Don was very attentive and helpful. We chose the 6 tapas and a bottle of wine for £39.95. very good value. we had 3 seafood dishes and chorizo and cheese, patatos...More

Thank deltaman0_0
Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed our deal! We hope to have you back soon to enjoy our delicious tapas.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked El Bocado on a Sunday Eve in order to experience the Flamenco and the Tapas. the Flamenco was excellent, however the food was only average. Would not revisit, especially having been charged £1.75 extra for a ball of ice-cream to go with the...More

Thank SuffolkJohanna
Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are a small independent business and we source all our products locally from small businesses. All our puddings are made on the premises a part from our ice cream which we buy in Newton...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So lovely to be back in this fantastic restaurant - the menu has changed to include some new scrummy authentic Spanish dishes and has kept my delicious favourites too!!! Was great to talk with the owner Don and learn so much about the food and...More

1  Thank Fiona H
Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and thank you for the flattering words! Good to hear you liked our new menu! Hopefully see you soon for another real Spanish experience at El Bocado.

Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

The food is always excellent with a good variety and something to suit most people. There is always interesting entertainment which makes it a good evening out.

Thank Louise B
Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2017

Thank you Louise! I am happy to hear you enjoyed our freshly cooked tapas. Looking forward to have you back to enjoy one of our Flamenco or Spanish guitar nights!

Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

I visited Exeter to see my daughter at Uni and met here for a meal out. As a family we love spanish food and so we're really looking forward to trying somewhere different. We booked for 8.30pm ordered 5 dishes (2 cold), asked if we...More

Thank 312nickyg
Don S, Owner at El Bocado, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2017

Thank you for your review. I served you personally and I know you had been travelling for 5 hours so I am sad to hear you didn't enjoy your night. On Saturdays our kitchen is open from 11 am to 10 pm constantly working to...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 36-37 South Street, Exeter EX1 1ED, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Exeter
  • Phone Number: +44 1392 678445
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Independent Tapas Bar and Restaurant serving authentic Spanish food. We are passionate about remaining authentic importing our Spanish ingredients and using local suppliers where possible.
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